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Origin of Goddess Kali

Goddess Kali is one of the most popular Goddesses in Hinduism. Her sensational and extraordinary appearance is watched with awe and fear by devotees. Birth of Kali is a subject of constant debate for scholars and people who want Goddess Kali to fit into their logics. But what they forget is the freedom that each individual has to define the Supreme Truth. For many people Brahman the Supreme Truth appears in the form of female energy – Goddess Kali. And she means many different things to her worshipers.There are few common factors in the origin of Goddess Kali – she is associated with Shiva or Durga and she is born to annihilate evil that is of unimaginably terrible nature. She is also a human representation of extreme fury that Nature can unleash.In Devi Mahatmya, Goddess Kali is said to have emerged from an angry forehead of Goddess Durga. In this form she is believed to be the manifestation of Durga’s anger. She vanquishes Demons Chanda and Munda and later the demon Raktabija. It is…

Why Mango Leaves are used for Decoration during Hindu Pujas and festivals in South India?

Torana or festoon of fresh mango leaves is an indispensable part in all South Indian Hindu pujas and festivals. Mango leaves are strung on a thread and hung on the doors and windows. The main reason why mango leaf is preferred is that they last longer than other leaves. They are also thick and sturdy. There is no specific symbolic meaning as such.It is believed that the long life of mango leaves helps it to generate oxygen. And this property of the leaf helps it to absorb carbon dioxide and infuse fresh oxygen. Therefore there is a popular belief that mango leaves are specifically used during pujas and festivals to generate oxygen as large crowd gather during these days in a confined place.Mango leaves are also used to cover the neck of the Kalash pot used during Puja.

Jitiya Fasting – Jivitputrika Vrat

Jivitputrika Vrat, also known as Jiwit Putra, is observed for the well being of the sons by mothers in North India, especially in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. In 2017, the date of Jivitputrika Vrat is September 13. Time of Paaran in 2017 is at  10:48 PM on September 13. The Vrat is observed on the eighth day in the waning phase of the Ashwin Month. Jiutya, a red and yellow thread, is worn by mothers who undertake this fasting. A section of Hindu society has started questioning the relevance of such Vrats that are exclusively dedicated to sons; they are argue that it only worsens the condition of women and only encourage female feticide.
Jivitputrika Vrat is not dedicated to any particular deity. The sole aim of the Vrat is the long life of sons. After early morning bath and prayers, mothers start the fast and do not take any food during the whole day. Jiutya, a red and yellow thread, is worn on the day by fasting women and some women wear it till the thread is worn out.

Thoughts on Control of Mind from Yoga Vasishta

The mind, tainted by desire and aversion, contributes to worldly life; the very mind, stripped of them, is said to bring it to an end. It is mind that is creator of the world. Mind is the real person. That what is done by the mind is considered as really done and not that which is done by the body only.Except through the extinction of the mind brought about by the renunciation of the desired object – which is within a person’s capacity to do – there is no way to attain the plane of beatitude.Summoning up your will, by reducing the mind to nought, rise to the supreme state where there is none – neither you nor anyone else.Yoga Vasishta(Source: Journey to the Sublime – compiled by K N Subramanian)