Bappa Moriya!

Lalbagcha Raja (The King of Lalbaug) is one of the most famous Sarvajanik Ganapatis from Lalbaug, Mumbai, which is set up during Ganesh Chaturthi. Known as a Navsacha Ganpati (the one who has the ability to fulfill all wishes”), the idol is open to visitors for 10 days; and it is then immersed in water…

Sharada Navratri

Sharada Navratri, the last of the four navaratis that celebrates the change in seasons in India, is associated with the nine forms of Shakti. One the 10th day (Vijayadashami), Goddess Durga is said to have killed demon¬†Mahishasura¬†(hence, she is named Mahishasuramardini) celebrating the victory of good over evil.¬†Another version has lord Rama killing Ravana, angain…

Flowers of Wisdom

Goddess Saraswati is usually depicted sitting on a lotus flower. The pink lotus depicts the Supreme Reality, while a white lotus stands for the highest level of knowledge and purity. The goddess sitting on a lotus express that the deity roots herself in the Supreme Reality, and hence possesses the power of ultimate knowledge. I…

Praying for Knowlegde and Enlightenment

Considering that I work for a magazine, and that my mother is a professor of economics, Saraswati Pooja holds special importance both at work and home. While I couldn’t conduct the festivities at home this year, the Goddess decided to come as close the bay next to me. This is what the set up before…

May Her Blessings Be With You Always!

The Goddess makes her presences in our locality, where she blesses us with all her might, during the nine day Navratri festivities. As we gear up to rejoice the praises of Goddess Saraswati, its time for new lessons to be learnt in life, and share the knowledge you have acquired all this while. May her…