The Test of Friendship

Today was a festival. This evening was very delightful. Roads were decorated with full of lights and flowers, everything was visible as far as our eyes could see. Cleanliness in the market was also worth seeing. Even once I was also shocked, I had not come to another city by mistake. But the place was somewhat recognizable. Even the garbage place of the crossroads was seemed to be clean, but failed to hide its familiar smell. Which was a witnessed that I am in the city only.

A lot of time had passed since the sun set, so people were running towards their homes. The market was crowded and children were busy playing, which was causing obstruction to traffic. Hence the market was very active but traffic was sluggish. It took an hour to reach home. All the family members were found outside the house, it seemed that they were waiting for me.

I was very happy to see the family and I was surprised on the other side as well.

I asked eagerly, “How all of you are here at the moment, I hadn’t sent any message!”

He told, “Keshav, the brother of the neighborhood, came to give wishes and gifts. He was missing you very much, he would not have reached home yet. We were about to return but saw you and stayed.

On hearing the name of Keshav, my mind got lost in the memories of the past. We were always together as a child. Food was also distributed and used to be eaten. Keshav could not read due to financial condition and working in the fields had become an integral part of his life. A year had passed, I had not even met him, and even today he was living in the same tight condition.

I quickly went inside the house and opened the sweets given by Keshav and I was shaken to the inside. Where would he have brought such expensive sweets and that much, whether he has left anything in his house or not. With this thought, I immediately got ready and took the path to Keshav’s house.

Keshav blushed at seeing me, he was sitting outside the house looking at the sky. He asked me to sit and himself gone inside the house to get water. I followed him too. As soon as he went inside the house, he told his wife, Deepak has come, keep the children inside. He does not know about our plight, he will be sad. After so many days he has come home, today’s festival should not go in vain. Read More…

Vijai Dashmi/ Dussehra

The festivals celebrated in India give the message of the victory of good over evil in one way or the other but the festival which is known for this message is Dussehra. Exactly twenty days before Diwali. Dussehra is one of the major festivals of Hindus. This festival tells the story of Lord Shri Rama, who, after 9 days of continuous war in Lanka, killed Ahkari Ravana and freed Mother Sita from her captivity.

On this day, Mother Durga also killed Mahishasura, hence it is also celebrated as Vijayadashami and mother Durga is also worshiped. It is believed that Lord Rama also invoked the power by worshiping Mother Durga, after examining Lord Rama, one of the lotus flowers kept for worship disappeared. Since Shri Ram was called Rajivayanan i.e. the lotus with eyes, he decided to offer one of his eyes to the mother as soon as he started removing his eyes, the Goddess appeared pleased and gave him the boon of victory.

It is believed that Lord Rama killed Ravana on the day of Dashami. This festival of Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana and Mata Durga over Mahishasura is celebrated all over the country as the victory of good over evil and religion over unrighteousness. Different styles of celebrating it have also evolved in different parts of the country. Dussehra of Kullu is very famous all over the country, Durga Puja is also celebrated on a large scale in many states including West Bengal, Tripura.

Dussehra is considered to be the biggest symbol on the caste of good over evil. Navratri Dussehra is the main festival of Hinduism. This festival is celebrated as the victory of good over evil and victory of truth over untruth. Every year this festival is celebrated on the Dashami date of Ashwin month Shukla Paksha. There is a tradition throughout the country to blow effigies of Ravana on the day of Vijayadashami.

On this day, Maa Durga and Lord Rama, both should be worshipped. This will destroy all obstacles and you will get victory in life. Worshiping weapons on this day is very beneficial. Arms are worshiped on the day of Dussehra, on this day both weapons and scripture have special significance in the Sanatan tradition. Arms are used in a religious way to protect and self-protect the scriptures. Read More…

Shard Navratra 20- Day- 9. Siddhidatri

The ninth power of Maa Durga is named Siddhidatri. She is going to give all kinds of siddis. Maa Siddhidatri is able to provide all the Siddhas to devotees and seekers. According to Devi Purana, he achieved these achievements only from his kripa. Due to his compassion, half of Lord Shiva’s body was made of Goddess. That is why he became famous as Ardhanarishwar in the world. Mother Siddhidatri is of four arms. The lion is his conveyance. They are also offered on lotus flowers. His right hand has a circle in the lower hand, mace in the upper hand and a lotus flower in the upper hand and a lotus flower in the upper hand. Navratri-pooja is performed on the day of Navami. On this day, all attainment of a spiritual healer is done with classical method and with full devotion. Nothing in the world is possible for him.

Mother Siddhidatri is the last incarnation of the new Durga. The worshipers worship the other eight goddesses in a ritualistic manner and worship them on the ninth day. After completing the worship of these Mother Siddhidatri, all kinds of cosmic and supernatural wishes of the devotees and seekers are fulfilled. But after the blessings of Siddhidatri Ma, there is no remaining desire of the devotee, which he wants to fulfill.

He rises above all worldly desires, needs and mentally wandering in the divine loco of Maa Bhagwati, while enjoying her grace, the subject becomes zero. After getting this position, he does not have any desire for any other Vastu. In order to achieve this harmony of the feet of the mother, we must worship them continuously. Maa Bhagwati’s remembrance, meditation, worship are going to lead us to the real ultimate peaceful nectar by realizing the impermanence of this world. Read More…

Shard Navratra 20 – Day- 8. Mahagauri

The eighth power of Maa Durga is named Mahagauri. Their color is fully noticed. It is also likened to conch, moon and kunda flowers. All their clothing and jewelry is also white. They have four arms. They ride bulls. His upper right hand is in abhaya mudra and lower hand has trident. The top left hand is Damru and the lower hand is in Vara mudra.

She is sitting on a bull and is the most calm of all of Maa Durga’s avatars. She symbolizes purity, serenity and tranquility. A lot of devotees consider this an auspicious day and worship their tools. The significance behind this is that Maa Durga’s weapons are worshipped as symbols of female strength. It is believed that Goddess Mahagauri can fulfil all the desires of her devotees. If you worship her, you can be relived from all the sufferings of life.

His previously accumulated sins are also destroyed. Sin will never come in the future, it will never be sad. He possesses all types of holy and inexhaustible virtues. Maa Mahagauri’s attention to all-round welfare is remembrance, worship and worship for the devotees. We should always take care of them, by their grace, supernatural siddhis are attained. They definitely alleviate the sufferings of devotees. Therefore, we should make every effort to find shelter at their feet, their glory has been richly described in the Puranas. They inspire human beings towards the truth and destroy the discrete. Read More…

Shard Navratra 20 – Day- 7. Kalratri

Kalratri form of Durga Maa is worshiped on the seventh day of Navratri. Mother Durga’s seventh form is that of Mother Kalratri Devi. The seventh day of worship of Goddess Durga is also very important during the Navratri days. They are also called auspicious because of always giving auspicious results. It is said that by worshiping Maa Kalratri, Kaal is destroyed.

Navratri seventh day observes the worship of Goddess Kalaratri as well as Goddess Saraswati. This day people also arrange the Utsava Puja and the worship of nine planet. Maa Kalaratri is considered to be the most ferocious avatar of NavDurga and is known for destroying ignorance and removing darkness from the universe. This form of mother is considered a symbol of valor and courage. It is believed that with the grace of Maa Kalratri, the devotee is always fear-free. He has no fear of fire, water, enemies etc.

This incarnation is depicted as a destructive form of the goddess. She can be seen riding a dark black ass. She is dark black in color and has four hands. The position of his hands is in Abhay and Varada mudra and she holds the sword and iron hook in his left hands. It is said that she licked the blood of the demon Blood Seed, who had the ability to create more demons from his own blood. Due to the powers she possesses, she is also called Goddess Shubhankari.

According to the legend, the demons Shumbha-Nishumbha and Raktabija together attacked Devaloka, worried that all the gods went to Shiva. Shiva asks Goddess Parvati to slay the demons and protect her devotees, thus, Parvati assumed the form of Durga Devi and killed Shumbha-Nishumbha. But as soon as Durga killed Raktabeej, the blood coming out of her body produced millions of Raktabhis. Seeing this, Durga ji called Kalratri. Subsequently, when Durga killed Raktabeej, Kalratri drank all his blood and that wicked came to an end. Read More…

Shard Navratra –Day -6. Katyayani

The sixth form of Maa Durga is named Katyayani. The story of his name being Katyayani is as follows – There was a famous Maharishi named Kat, whose son a sage was named Katya. The world famous Maharishi Katyayan was born in the tribe of these katyas. He did very hard penance of Bhagwati Para Amba for years. He wished that Maa Bhagwati was born as a daughter to his house. Mother Bhagwati accepted his prayer.

After some time, when the tyranny of the demon Mahishasura greatly increased on the earth, then Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, after giving their share of power and generated a goddess for the destruction of Mahishasura. Maharishi Katyayan first worshiped him. For this reason, it was called Katyayani.

Mother Katyayani gives unfailfull results. He is revered as the presiding deity of Vrajmandal. His form is very grand and divine. Her colour is a bright phosphor like gold. She has four arms. Her right upper hand is in Abhayamudra and lower is in Vara mudra. The sword in the upper left hand and the lotus flower in the lower are embellished. The lion is her conveyance. Her form is worshiped on the sixth day of Durga Puja. On that day the mind of the seeker is located in the “command cycle”. This “command cycle” has a very important place in yoga practice. The mind of seeker situated in this chakra makes his own call at the feet of Maa Katyayani. Such devotees who surrender completely, they get the view of Maa Katyayani in a natural way.

By devotion and worship of Mother Katyayani, man gets all the results of meaning, religion, work, salvation very easily. He becomes supernatural fast and effective even while in the world. His diseases, grief, sorrow, fear etc. are completely destroyed. There is no easy way to worship the mother to eradicate the sins of births. Her worshiper is constantly in her custody and gets the highest position. Therefore, we should prepare for the worship of an all-loved mother and worship her. Read More…

Shard Navratra – Day- 5 Skandamata

The fifth form of Maa Durga is that of Skandamata. Being the mother of Lord Skanda, she is known as Skandmata. They are worshiped on the fifth day of Navratri-puja. On this day, the mind of the seeker is situated in the ‘pure’ cycle. Lord Skanda sits on his lap in child form. Skandamata has four arms. This right hand is holding Lord Skanda in the lap and the lotus flower in the other. Her one left arm is in boon form and the other arm also has lotus flower.

Its color is completely white. She sits on the lotus seat. For that reason, she is also known as Padmasana Devi. She rides a lion. After meditating on the mother, the seeker moves towards a pure conscious form. Her mind is completely engrossed as Padmasana Maa Skandamata, freed from all cosmic, worldly, mystic bonds. At this time, the seeker should move towards worship with full caution. He should continue on the path of cultivation while keeping all his meditations focused. Worshiping Maa Skandamata fulfills all the wishes of the devotee.

The seeker begins to experience ultimate peace and happiness in the world of death itself. For him, the gate of salvation is automatically accessible. Along with the worship of Skandmata, the worship of Skanda God is also done on its own. Only this goddess has this specialty, so the seeker should pay special attention to the worship of Skandamata.

Being the goddess presiding over the sun, their worshipers are endowed with supernatural aura. This supernatural halo is always a circular circumference. Therefore, we should try to come to the mother’s shelter by keeping the mind pure with concentration. There is no better way to relieve the sufferings of this terrible death world and make the path of salvation accessible. Read More…

Shard Navratra – Day- 4 Kushmanda

The fourth form of Maa Durga is named Kushmanda. Due to its light, light cube, which produces the universe, it has been named as Kushmanda Devi. When there was no existence of the universe, there was darkness all around, then these Goddesses created the universe with their humor. Only the ability and power to reside in Suryaloka is in him; his body’s radiance and brilliance are as resplendent and phosphor as that of the Sun.

She has eight arms. Hence, she is also known as Ashtabhuja Devi. His seven hands have Kamandalu, Dhanush, Arms, Lotus-flower, Amritpurna Kalash, Chakra and Mace respectively. In the eighth hands, there is a garland of chanting of all the siddhis and funds. The lion is his conveyance. On the fourth day of Navratri-worship, the form of Goddess Kushmanda is worshiped.

On this day, the mind of the seeker is situated in the ‘Anahata’ cycle. Therefore, on this day, one should be engaged in the work of worship, keeping in mind the nature of Goddess Kushmanda, a very holy and unshackled mind. All the diseases and mourning of the devotees are destroyed by worshiping Maa Kushmanda. Their devotion leads to increase in age, fame, strength and health. Maa Kushmanda is going to be delighted with even minimal service and devotion. If a human becomes his refuge with a genuine heart, then he can attain the ultimate position with great ease.

We need that according to the method described in the scriptures and Puranas, should to be continue on the path of worship of Goddess Durga. After moving a few steps on the path of devotion to the mother, the devotee seeker gets a subtle experience of his grace, this form makes the world very pleasant and easy for him. Worshiping the mother is the most accessible and credible way for a man to easily cross journey of this world. The worship of Maa Kushmanda is always going to get rid from various diseases and lead towards happiness, prosperity and progress. Therefore, those who want their cosmic-ecological advancement should always be ready in their worship. Read More…

Sharad Navratri – Day 3 Chandraghanta

The third power of Maa Durga is ‘Chandraghanta’. On the third day, in the worship of Navratri, this form is worshiped. This form of them is extremely peaceful and well-being. Her forehead has half-moon shaped like a bell, for this reason she is called Chandraghanta Devi. Their body color is bright like gold. He has ten hands. Her hands are decorated with weapons like swords and arrows. The lion is his conveyance. She always seems to be ready for war. The tyrannical demon-monster-demons are always shaken by her terrible sound.

The worship of the third day in Navratri Durga worship is of great importance. On this day, the seeker’s mind enters the ‘Manipur’ cycle. Due to the blessings of Mother Chandraghanta, supernatural things are seen. Divine fragrances are experienced and a wide variety of divine sounds are heard. These symptoms are for the seeker to be very careful. She quickly resolves the sufferings of the devotees. His vehicle is a lion, so his worshiper becomes as powerful and fearless as a lion.

We need to purify our mind, words and deeds in prescribed ways, we should be ready to worship Goddess Chandraghanta. By worshiping them we can easily get rid of all worldly sufferings. We should try to move towards cultivation keeping in mind their sacred deity. His focus is the ultimate benefactor and salvation both in and outside this world. Read More…

Sharad Navratri – Day 2 Brahmacharini

The second form of Mother Durga’s new power is that of Brahmacharini. Brahmacharini means follower of Tenacity. The form of Brahmacharini Devi is fully lit and very magnificent. The garland of chanting in her right hand “Kamandalu” remains in the left hand. In her former birth, she was born as a daughter of the Himalayas, and through Narada’s sermon, she did extremely difficult penance to get Lord Shankar as her husband. Due to this arduous austerity, he was named as Tapashcharini i.e. Brahmacharini.

She spent a thousand years eating only fruits and roots. Had to subsist for hundred years only on herbs. Having a hard fast for a few days, under the open sky, suffered terrible sufferings of rain and sunlight. Due to this difficult austerity of several thousand years, the body of the former birth of Brahmacharini Devi became completely degraded. She had become very agrarian. Her mother Maina became very sad to see her condition. He gave them a voice to overcome that difficult austerity, ‘Uma’, hey! Since then, one of the previous births of Goddess Brahmacharini was also named Uma.

Her austerity caused chaos in all three worlds. Gods, sages, determinative sages all started praising Brahmacharini Devi for this austerity as an unprecedented virtuous act. Finally, “Pitamah Brahmaji” addressed him through Oracle and said – ‘O Goddess! No one had done such a hard penance until today. Such austerity was possible with you only. Your supernatural act is being roundly appreciated. Your wish will be perfect you will get “Lord Chandramauli Shiv” as your husband. Now you overcome with penance and return home. Soon your father is coming to call you.

This second form of Goddess Durga is going to give eternal fruits to devotees and Siddhas. Their worship leads to the growth of human tenacity, sacrifice, quietness, virtue, self-control. Even in the difficult struggles of life, her mind does not deviate from the path of duty. By the grace of Goddess Brahmacharini, she attains perfection and victory everywhere. The same form is worshiped on the second day of Durga Puja. On this day, the mind of the seeker is situated in the ‘Swadhisthana’ cycle. A yogi with a mind situated in this chakra receives her grace and devotion. Read More…