What is the significance of worshipping Shakti during nine days of Navaratri ?
Indian religions

What is the significance of worshipping Shakti during nine days of Navaratri ?

O Mother ! You are the personification of all that is auspicious, You are the benevolent form of Deity Shiva, You bestow Shakti (Divine Energy) and help people abide by Dharma, beget wealth, fulfill desires and Moksha; You are worthy of being surrendered to. Three eyes adorn You. O Narayani Devi, I pay obeisance to You ! 1. History of Navratra A) This vrat was advocated by Sage Narad to ShriRam, so that He could kill Ravan. After completion of this vrat, ShriRam attacked Lanka and finally killed Ravan. B)…

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Navratri - a nine day festival dedicated to Mother Goddess Durga
Indian religions

Navratri – a nine day festival dedicated to Mother Goddess Durga

The word Navaratri literally means nine nights in Sanskrit, nava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Shakti / Devi are worshiped. The seeds of inner renewal are sown, sprouting, watched & worshiped by devotees during Navratri and on the 8th, 9th and 10th days, Goddess Durga, Mahanavami and Vijayashtami are worshipped. The tenth day that is commonly referred to as Vijayadashami or “Dussehra”, celebrates victory of Shakti over Mahishasura, of Lord Rama over Ravana, and of Durga over demons like…

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What is the correct method of performing arti to Goddess?
Indian religions

What is the correct method of performing arti to Goddess?

1. Spiritually correct way of performing rituals in the worship of the Goddess 3. Worship of the Goddess on Gauri tritiya Every Deity has a peculiar spiritual method of worship. There is a definite science behind performing every ritual in a peculiar way when worshipping a particular Devta. The following table gives information about some common rituals in the worship of the ‘Primal energy’ that is Shri Durgadevi and Her different forms. . Spiritually correct way of performing rituals in the worship of the Goddess 3. Worship of the Goddess…

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Modern Garba dance during Navratri festival : Preservation or Perversion of Culture ?
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Modern Garba dance during Navratri festival : Preservation or Perversion of Culture ?

An alarming loss to Hindu Dharma and culture due to malpractices in the Navratri festival ! O Hindus ! Public celebration of Hindu festivals is becoming perverted. Without considering the religious, spiritual and social causes underlying the celebration of festivals, majority of people view it as a mere reason of fun and frolic. An excellent example of this is that, during the Navratri festival there are advertisements of Garba dance classes on one side and on the other there are news of arguments over court orders on Noise Pollution. But,…

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navratri vrat recipes, navratri fasting recipes (80 navratri recipes)
Indian festive recipes Indian religions

80 navratri vrat recipes

navratri vrat recipes, fasting recipes. here you will find a compiled list of fasting or vrat recipes that are made during the navratri festival. or you can browse the complete collection of 160 navartri vrat recipes here. in north and western india, 9 days fasting or vrat is kept during this festival. however, in south india fasting is not observed. in south india people do worship of deities and make sundals or sweet recipes to offer as prasadam. thus there is a difference how this festival is celebrated all over india. this year chaitra navaratri begins…

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Ganesh Visarjan (Immersion of Idol of Shri Ganesh) and underlying science
Indian religions

Ganesh Visarjan (Immersion of Idol of Shri Ganesh) and underlying science

As per the science of Spirituality, the divinity generated in the Idol consecrated on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi lasts only for a day. That is why the Idol should be immersed in water that very day or the next day, after performing ritualistic worship. Before immersing Idol of Shri Ganesh the uttarpuja (Concluding ritualistic worship) is performed. After performing this ritualistic worship, the Idol is shifted slightly from its place. Uttarpuja means bidding farewell to Shri Ganesh with due reverence. 1. Uttarpuja (Uttaravahan) A. Ritual This puja (Ritualistic worship)…

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The biggest and the best
Indian religions

The biggest and the best of Lord Ganesh idols in Maharashtra

This is the list of all best and biggest of Lord Ganesh Idols in Maharashtra First, of course, the most famous of them all, Lalbagh. One million devotees visit Lalbagh cha Raja every day. This year the theme is very different. The large-eyed owl behind his throne is the vahan of Laxmi, goddess of wealth and prosperity. Here is the Lalbagh Ganesha exiting the beautifully decorated gate on his way to the immersion. Both the photos are by Adil and sent in by Chitra Uttamsingh. This is a close up of…

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Hindu stotras /prayers Indian religions

One Hundred And Eight Names of Ganesha

One Hundred And Eight Names of Ganesha Click here to view original web page at www.hindustanlink.com Akhuratha: One who has Mouse as His Charioteer Alampata : Ever Eternal Lord Amit : Incomparable Lord Anantachidrupamayam : Infinite and Consciousness Personified Avaneesh : Lord of the whole World Avighna : Remover of Obstacles Balaganapati : Beloved and Lovable Child Bhalchandra : Moon-Crested Lord Bheema : Huge and Gigantic Bhupati : Lord of the Gods Bhuvanpati : God of the Gods Buddhinath : God of Wisdom Buddhipriya : Knowledge Bestower Buddhividhata : God…

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God as the Ideal and the World as an Idea
Indian religions

God as the Ideal and the World as an Idea

Summary: This is a comprehensive essay on idealism in Hinduism from various perspectives, with specific reference to Vedanta. One of the fundamental questions which attracted the attention of many philosophers since the earliest times has been whether there is a basis for the reality that we experience. In other words, whether it is unique and original in itself, independent of outside causes, or a copy, effect, model, version, reflection or projection of a preexisting reality, cause, design, force or archetype. If it is so, what it can be and whether it…

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5 Things You May Not Know About Jainism
Indian religions

5 Things You May Not Know About Jainism

Who is a Jain? Most people have not heard of Jainism and those who practice this religion—or what their beliefs are. There are many myths and doubts associated with it, such as do the practitioners wear masks? In order to bust those doubts, here are things you may not know about Jainism but are important to understand. 1. Origins It is believed Jainism, an ancient Indian religion that follows the core principal of non-violence towards all living beings, stems from Buddhism—which in turn stems from Hinduism. 2. Beliefs Jainism is focused…

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