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9 Forms of Goddess Durga

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As a Indian we don’t need any introduction to Navratri. It is celebrated across India. Every state has a different style of celebrating Navratri like Gujaratis love to do Dadiya (a dance form) during Navratri and we all know the importance of Durga pooja for Bengalis. In my state M.P. people do nine days fasting and on 8th or 9th day after Kanya Bhojan they break fast.

Nine days are dedicated to nine forms of  goddess Durga.

  1. Shailaputri – Shail means mountain and putri means daughter. As per Indian mythology, she is daughter of king of mountain Himalaya so named as shailaputri. Sati, Parvati, Bhavani are other names of Shailputri. She is wife of Lord Shiva and mother of Lord Kartik and Ganesh.
                       वन्दे वांच्छितलाभाय चंद्रार्धकृतशेखराम्‌ । 
                       वृषारूढ़ां शूलधरां शैलपुत्रीं यशस्विनीम्‌ ॥
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2. BrahmaCharini –  She is unmarried form of Parvati. She want to get married to Lord Shiva but got rejection. So she decided to perform hard austerity. She has done fasting for 1000 years and slept on the floor.
                        दधाना करपद्माभ्यामक्षमालाकमण्डलू।
                        देवी प्रसीदतु मयि ब्रह्मचारिण्यनुत्तमा॥
3. Chandraghanta – She is married form of Parvati. She wears the half moon lie lord Shiva. She is symbol of bravery.
                       पिण्डजप्रवरारूढ़ा चण्डकोपास्त्रकेर्युता। 
                       प्रसादं तनुते मह्यं चंद्रघण्टेति विश्रुता॥
4.  Kushmunda –  It is believed that goddess Kushmunda created the universe with her smile. Her name formed accordingly Ku means “a little”, Ushma means “warmth” or “energy” and Anda means “cosmic egg”.
                       सुरासम्पूर्णकलशं रुधिराप्लुतमेव च। 
                      दधाना हस्तपद्माभ्यां कुष्मांडा शुभदास्तु मे। 
5. Skand Mata – Skand mata means mother of lord Skanda. Skanda is the another name of Lord Kartik. In this form she holds infant lord Kartikeya in her hand. Kartikeya save humankind from Raksha Tarakasur.
                     सिंहासनगता नित्यं पद्माश्रितकरद्वया। 
                     शुभदास्तु सदा देवी स्कंदमाता यशस्विनी॥
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6. Katyayani – She is born to Rishi Katyayan so name as “Katyayani”.  She is known as Warrior goddess. Raksha Mahishasur take a boon from Lord Brahma that no man can kill him. Goddess challenged Mahishasur for duel and she killed him.
                      चंद्रहासोज्ज्वलकरा शार्दूलवरवाहना। 
                      कात्यायनी शुभं दद्याद्देवी दानवघातिनी॥
7.  Kalratri – She is the most violent form of Goddess Durga. Also known as “Kaali”. She has black appearance and represents that there is also other side of mother Goddess which create fear among Rakshas or ill doers. Worshipping her make a person fearless.
                     एकवेणी जपाकर्णपूरा नग्ना खरास्थिता। 
                     लम्बोष्ठी कर्णिकाकर्णी तैलाभ्यक्तशरीरिणी॥
                     वामपादोल्लसल्लोहलताकण्टकभूषणा। 
                     वर्धनमूर्धध्वजा कृष्णा कालरात्रिर्भयंकरी॥
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8. Maha Gauri –  Maha means “great” Gauri means “white or fair”. Maha Gauri means extremely beautiful. As per Indian mythology because of some effects Goddess Parvati skin color become dark.  As a effect of boon she turned fair after bathing in Mansorvar river in Himalaya. Eighth day color is Pink, which also represents beauty.
                     श्वेते वृषे समारूढ़ा श्वेताम्बरधरा शुचिः। 
                     महागौरी शुभं दद्यान्महादेवप्रमोदया॥
9. Siddhi Datri –  She is the 9th Form of Goddess Durga. Siddhi means supernatural or meditative power, datri means giver. Worshiping her will help in getting blissful mind, meditative power.
                  या देवी सर्वभू‍तेषु मां सिद्धिदात्री रूपेण संस्थिता।
                  नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।
This concludes my post on 9 Forms of Maa Durga. Happy Navratri, Happy Dusshera. May Goddess Durga bless you.
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God Is Within Us !!!!!

“Mauko Kahaan Dhoondhe Re Bande, Main To Tere Paas Mein
Naa Teerath Mein Naa Moorat Mein, Naa Ekaant Niwaas Mein
O..Naa Mandir Mein Naa Masjid Mein, Naa Kabhi Kailaash Mein
Main To Tere Paas Mein Bande….Main To Tere Paas Mein
Bandaa Re…..

Ho… Khoji Hoye Turant Mil Jaaoon, Ek Pal Ki Talaash Mein
Kahd Kabir sunoh bhai Saadho, Main To Hoon Vishwas Mein
O Bandao Re…..Main To Tere Paas Mein..
O Bandao Re…..Main To Tere Paas Mein..

O..Naa Main Jap Mein, Naa Main Tap Mein, Naa Barat Upaas Mein
Naa Main Kirya Karam Mein Rehta, Naa Hi Jog Sanyaas Mein
Nahi Praan Mein Nahi Pind Mein
Naa Brahmaand Aakash Mein, Naa Main Prakriti Pravar Gufaa Mein
Naa Hi Swaas Ki Saans Mein…
Ho… Khoji Hoye Turant Mil Jaaoon, Ek Pal Ki Talaash Mein
Kahd Kabir sunoh bhai Saadho, Main To Hoon Vishwas Mein
O Bandao Re…..Main To Tere Paas Mein…
Sambhavaami Yuge Yuge, Sambhavaami Yuge Yuge
O Bandao Re…..Main To Tere Paas Mein…
Sambhavaami Yuge Yuge, Sambhavaami Yuge Yuge… “

This song with awesome lyrics is the part of movie Raaz 2. If you look at the lyrics of this song, every line is showing what exactly God wants to preach us.

Sometimes even we don’t realize what we are doing in the name of ritual, it is like our elders used to do it so we are following them. We never analyzed these things because it doesn’t seems necessary. Actually we don’t have time for it. It always happens with us when the crisis arrives in our life, we don’t know whom to blame so we start putting blame on God ignoring all our faults. May be this is our way to get the peace, may be because we know that he will not reply us by saying “This is not my fault, but yours” like others do. Perhaps, that’s why we called him “Supreme Father”, because only parents can always with us inspite of our bad behavior towards them .

We can’t say idol worshiping is a superstition, it’s a matter of faith. The lives of Mirabai, Shri Ramkrishna Paramhansa are the examples that can prove the point. There is an old saying about it :

“Believe can transform stone to the God”

But sometimes we forget that God lives inside us, even inside everyone of us. It is said in holy books that every particle of the universe contains a part of God inside it, we call that part “soul”. This reminds me a doha (also called “Sakhi”) of Saint Kabir which I studied in Junior school :

kasturi kundali basai, mrig dhundhe ban mahi;
aise ghati ghati ram hi, duniya dekhai nahi.

which means Musk(kasturi) is in the navel of the deer, but the deer searches for its fragrance everywhere in the forest.In the same way, God dwells in our heart, but we search for him elsewhere, and do not find him.

This post is written for Indispire topic proposed by me :

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Faith Vs Fear – Reason for Worshiping God

I would like to share the reason for selecting this topic. On Diwali evening, one of my relatives came to our house for giving Diwali wishes. Let me first explain the background of this relative of mine. He was a very successful businessman, due to some unfavourable conditions he lost all of this wealth and goodwill in the market so he decided to wind up his old business and started a new one. His family refused to give him any support (may be they have their own reasons, I can’t blame them). In short, he lost everything in a very small time. Back to my Diwali story, he came to our house and my mother asked him for dinner. His answer makes us a bit surprised, “No, I have to rush quickly. It’s getting late and I have to perform the Diwali Punjan at my shop”. Only thing came to mind, “He still has faith in God. A person who lost faith in relations, who lose all hopes of getting his old life back, have still faith in God..amazing”.

Among all creatures in the world, man is considered as the most selfish creature. It is the fact that can’t be denied. Nobody ever taught us how to use people for our benefit, but we learn it by ourself it’s a kind of inbuilt characteristic. If we came to know that, by breaking a coconut in a temple or tying a red cloth to a holy tree our wish will come true, one will do it with any kind of means. Suddenly, faith in God will arise and if that wish will not fulfill, faith will vanish.

Honestly, in India you will find more temples than schools. I understand our religious values, but the question is, “Do we need these many temples?” If a person is visiting temple regularly, he is pure?”. Few lines that often used by my elders when I stop them from fasting (as fasting is not for their health) “I used to do this fast from long time, if I stop doing it, god will become angry and something bad will happen” “You know when a lady from our neighbour stop doing it, her husband met with an accident” and so on… I believe in fasting, but my reasons are different. Please don’t mix fasting with hunger strike that was done to torture god, “If I will not get this, I will not have food”.

Visiting temples, fasting, reciting mantra are the best ways of getting peace of mind. These are the ways to connect to our inner self, to know who you are and to whom you belong to (your soul). If these things are performed with love, then one can get peace of mind and right direction in life, but if reason of worshiping God is terror or greed, then one will get disappointed only.

Destiny

I was always used to think, is it really true that everything is written somewhere? Many times it happens with me that whenever I achieve something people used to say, “You are lucky” with one sentence they completely ignore all my hard work, it really hurts, but I also used to think what if I was not in the right place at the right time. So maybe they are not completely wrong. When I got failed to achieve something and negative thoughts like “Why it always happens with me?” came to mind, my mother calms down me by reciting the famous shloka from Bhagavad Gita:

Karmanye Vadhikaraste, Ma phaleshou kada chana
Ma Karma Phala Hetur Bhurmatey Sangostva Akarmani

Meaning – You have the right to perform your actions,but you are not entitled to the fruits of the actions.Do not let the fruit be the purpose of your actions, and therefore you won’t be attached to not doing your duty.

Honestly, I never understand the real meaning of this shloka. I used to think, fruits are the motivation for any action how can a person doesn’t think about it. But now I came to know what exactly it means, a person can get real satisfaction and pleasure only when he will do the work without thinking about results. Results makes us conscious or we can say it makes us fearful. But it’s true nobody has control over the results, then who has control over it.. destiny??

Lord krishna said in Geeta that it is true that destiny exists and person get results according to his destiny, but we misunderstood the meaning of the same. We decide our destiny by choosing right or wrong way. It is beautifully shown in below video part of Ramanand Sagar’s Shri Krishna.

Mahabharat In Today’s Life

I have chosen a bit different topic this time,got the inspiration from TV series airing on star plus.Personally, I was never interested in this epic as I found it very confusing. But after understanding it through this TV series, I observed some interesting incidents with great teachings in this epic.

People found its character more realistic in comparison to other epic, the grounds may be every character belongs to it have some negative points unlike Ramayan. My favourite scene (in TV series) is when Krishna tries to console Draupadi after her humiliation in a dice game. Krishna preaches her to forgive Duryodhana and others in order to get the mental peace. He advises her to punish them, but not in order to take revenge only set an example. Mostly people misunderstood the Kurushetra war happen because Pandavas wants to take the revenge, but this is not true.

The reason of war is the silence of the great people when misdeed is happening in front of them, we can easily connect this to the present day people with great knowledge and power opt to remain silent when something wrong is going in front of them. Today, rapist didn’t get the death penalty, but in this epic Dushasan is brutally killed by Bhima as he misbehaved with the woman. At the time of Dushasan’s death Bhima said to him, “By killing you in this way,I am setting an example for the person who misbehave with the woman”.

Some people say that if Krishna was a deity,then why he tricked the Kaurvas and not opted right way to punish them. This argument is similar like if we say traffic cop is breaking rules by speeding while at the same trying to do his job by catching hold of another speeder. You see there are certain occupations liberties that come with being a traffic cop. He has to do his job by violating the rules, there is no way around it. So is the case with Krishna.

It is said that in today’s life also people will get the solution of their problem in Bhagvad Geeta (conversation between Arjun and Lord Krishna before the war).But some small incidences of this epic also teach us a lot.bhagavad-gita_TEA9P_1359374115