Sita Kalyanam

Sita Kalyana VaibhogameRama Kalyana Vaibhogame The great celebration of the marriage of Sita, The great celebration of the marriage of Rama, Pavanaja Stuti Patra Pavana Charitra Ravi Soma Vara Netra Ramaniya Gatra (Sita) He who is praised by Hanuman, the son of wind, He who has a very holy story, He whose eyes are the…

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…

Marriages Made in Heaven

I enjoy the Durga Navratri, probably my second favorite festival after Diwali (that’s when I was born :-)). For nine nights, which culminates with Vijayadashami, we worship nine forms of shakti (Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati), who brings to us wisdom, fertility and strength. I have a smallish traditional golu setting this year. The lowest step celebrates…

The Sweet Sound Of Tradition

In India, married women wear anklets made with silver, or gold as a sign of their marital and social strata. Traditionally, young girls and married women were only allowed to wear anklets; spinsters and widows were barred from this privilege, but not any more. Although an anklet or payal (or golosu in Tamil) is an…