Goddessness

I am yet to hear of Kings or Queens who are atheists. While the levels of religiousness may wary, it seems that anyone who earned unprecedented power, did attribute a fare share of their success to luck and the powers from above (or in some case below). Most palaces and forts that I have visited…

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…

Vishnu-Sahasranāma Stotram

603. om anivartine namaḥ Salutations to him who does not reject those who are inclined to return to the material world. 604. om nivrttātmane namaḥ Salutations to the self of the spiritual practitioners who are attached to the path of Liberation. 605. om saṃkṣeptre namaḥ Salutations to the limiter of the field of light for…

Nine Forms Of Strength

For a country with no solid religion to fall back on, India has made up for it with a strong set of cultural values and social ethos. Before you jump to conclusions, let me explain. Hindusim by and large isn’t as much a religion as it is a way of life; hence it is called…

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…

Pleasing the Goddess

As I mentioned in my posts a few weeks back, the festival season is on in full swing in India. Yesterday marked the first day of the nine-day feast called Navratri. Each of these nine night we sing praises of one form of the Goddess Durga. This is a very important festival for us, as we follow the…