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What to do on Navratri?

How to celebrate Navratri? Or What to do on Navratri? These questions have no straightforward answer. Simply because Navratri is observed differently by Hindus in various parts of India and around the world. The myth for celebrating this unique Hindu festival remains the same but the way it is observed is different.
Rituals during this period are primarily dedicated to Mother Goddess - Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi. The most important is the Navratri Fasting. The festivities take place largely on the 10th day that is the Vijayadashami day which is also celebrated as Dusshera. In Bengal, the festivities take place for four days.
Starting from South, Navratri in Kerala is largely dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi and people observe the Navratri fast. Classical musical concerts are organized by various temples, associations and organizations. The most famous being the Navratri concert in Trivandrum. The highlight of Navratri in Kerala is the Ayudha Puja and Vidyarambham ritual – introducin…

Online Puja and Prayers at Madurai Meenakshi Temple

The world famous MaduraiMeenakshiTemple has started e-pooja through their website and thus making it possible for devotees to offer pujas from the comfort of their homes to Goddess Meenakshi of Madurai. The website maduraimeenkashi.org contains a section dedicated to online puja. A devotee has to register with the website to offer the e-puja. The registration process is simple – a valid email id, address, phone number and other personal information like rasi, star, gothram etc. Once registered, the website will send a verification email to activate the account.The poojas that can be offered online are Pathra Kali Abhishekam, Ahora Veerabhadhrar Abhishekam, Mukkurini Vinayakar Abhishekam, Dhakshina Moorthi Abhishekam, Mahalakshmi Abhishekam, Durgai Abhishekam and Swami and Meenakshi amman abhishekam. Price of the abhishekams range from 550 rupees to 1000 rupees.Devotees can also buy the famous sandalwood paste of Madurai Meenakshi temple. Saraswathy Sandal Paste, Durgai Sandal Paste,…

Sri Anandamayi Ma Quotes

Joys and sorrows are time-born and cannot last. Therefore, do not be perturbed by these. The greater the difficulties and obstructions, the more intense will be your endeavor to cling to His feet and the more will your prayer increase from within. And when the time is ripe, you will gain mastery over this power.

There is beauty in the birds and in the animals. They too eat and drink like us, mate and multiply; but there is this difference: we can realize our true nature, the Atman. Having been born as human beings, we must not waste this opportunity. At least for a few seconds every day, we must enquire as to who we are. It is no use taking a return ticket over and over again. From birth to death, and death to birth is ‘samsara.’ But really we have no birth and death. We must realize that. Anandamayi Ma

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