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Goddess Worship in Hinduism

Hinduism is perhaps the only living religion that has a long and thriving tradition of Goddess Worship dating from ancient times. The Worship of Mother Goddess is found in the Indus valley civilization and terracotta Mother Goddess figures dating back to 1000 BC has been found in other parts of India. Goddess Worshipped in Hindu religion is associated with procreation, motherly care, preservation, fertility, nourishment, knowledge, wealth, savior in times of difficulty, love and compassion. Along with her positive traits, she can also be a terror, who will unleash calamity; she can cause and cure distresses. Thus Mother Goddess is also believed to be a personification of Nature – she is Shakti – nothing exists without Her. It must be noted here that that Mother Goddess cult developed and flourished in India before the arrival of the idea of religion. The idea of religion was alien to India and was introduced by Muslim invaders and later on by Europeans and Christian missionaries. Rig …

Why is Vishwakarma Puja celebrated on a fixed date – September 17?

Vishwakarma Puja, or Biswakarma Jayanti, is celebrated annually on September 17 in Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand, Assam, Tripura and other parts of Eastern India. Majority of the Hindu festivals are not celebrated on a constant date because most auspicious days and festivals depend on the lunar calendar and on tithi – lunar day, which changes annually. But majority of times Vishwakarma puja falls on September 17 (very rarely it might vary by a day).
This is because Vishwakarma Puja day is calculated based on the transit of the sun. The two major schools of almanacs followed in Bengali are the he Suryasiddhanta and Bisuddhasiddhanta. Both subscribe to the same view.
Vishwakarma Puja is dedicated to Lord Vishwakarma the divine architect of the universe in Hinduism. Sudeshna Banerjee writes about this interesting aspect in The Telegraph, Calcutta. “Vishwakarma puja is scheduled on the last day of the Bengali month of Bhadra, more specifically on Bhadra sankranti. That is when the sun transits…

Quotes – Indira Gandhi on Nataraja Idol

One cannot but marvel at the deep insight and sweep of imagination of our ancients to visualized cosmic energy in the form of Nataraja. The dance of the Nataraja symbolizes truth and beauty; realization and dissolution; force and rhythm; movement and change; time flowing and time still. The Nataraja is a representation of the divine as creator and artist.Indira Gandhi – Former Prime Minister of India
(Source: In her foreword to C. Sivaramurti's monograph of 1974 on Nataraja)