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Ram Navratri – Spring Navratri - Importance Puja and Rituals

Ram Navratri is observed during the Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) in the month of Chaitra (March – April) as per traditional Hindu calendar. In 2018, Ram Navratri begins on March 18 and ends on March 25. This festival of nine nights in Hindu religion is dedicated to Goddess Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati and is takes place during the spring season it is also known as Spring Navratri. In some regions the nine days are dedicated to the worship of Lord Ram and includes the reading of Ramayana and observance of Ramayan week.

Legend has it that that Goddess Durga was originally worshipped in the Chaitra month. It was also referred as Basanti Puja as it took place during spring season. But the present day Durga Puja is held during the Ashwin month (September – October). It was Lord Ram who changed the period of Durga Puja from Chaitra to Ashwin as he needed to invoke the blessings of Goddess Durga before going to battle with Ravan. This is why the Durga Puja during (September – Octobe…

The 3rd International Women’s Conference of The Art of Living at Bangalore

The 3rd International Women’s Conference organized by The Art of Living at the Art of Living International Headquarters at Bangalore in India from February 6, 2009 is entitled ‘The Light of Leadership: Integrating Global Perspectives.’ The conference provides a platform for women leaders from around the world to meet, share their views and ideas and form networks through which they may support each other.This year the conference will seek to highlight the importance of women leadership in ensuring sustainable development, create a network of women committed to bringing a positive change in society, and explore ways to unlock the innate leadership potential within every individual. The conference is from February 6 to 8, 2009.The biennial conference brings together the world's most fascinating women thinkers and doers. The speakers for the 3rd International Women’s Conference of Art of Living include: Congresswoman Jan SchakowskyCongresswoman Melissa BeanErika Mann, Carol MartinCon…