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Shakambari Mata Navratra – Goddess Shakambari Navratri

Shakambari Mata, or Shakambhari Devi, is an incarnation of Shakti and is worshipped in many parts of India.  In 2017, Shakambari Mata Navratra or Navarati begins on December 26, 2017 and ends on January 2, 2018. It is believed that she feeds those who are hungry with vegetarian food. She is Mother Earth who suffices hunger.

Shakambari Ma is known as ‘the bearer of the greens’ – Shaka means vegetables and Amabari means who bears. Goddess Shakambari is mentioned in the Devi Mahatmya.

Shakambari Mata is worshipped during Navratri and Durga Puja but one of the most famous Navratra dedicated to her happens in Paush month or Pushya Month (December – January). Shakambari Mata Navratra is a major puja and festival in some parts of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. In the Devi Mahatmya, it is said that Goddess Durga appeared as Shakambari after a dry period of hundred years. She brought forth from her body fruits, flowers, vegetables and herbs to suffice the hunger of the p…

Satguru Sivaya Subramaniya Swami Thoughts on Hinduism

It is the unique and all-encompassing nature of Hinduism that one devotee may be worshiping Ganesha while his friend worships Subramaniam or Vishnu, and yet both honor the other's choice and feel no sense of conflict. The profound understanding and universal acceptance that are unique in Hinduism are reflected in this faculty for accommodating different approaches to the Divine, allowing for different names and forms of God to be worshiped side by side within the temple walls.Satguru Sivaya Subramaniya Swami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today