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Goddess Narayani

Goddess Narayani is one of forms of Goddess Durga and is mentioned in the Devi Mahatmya. She is the Mother Goddess and she is the fundamental and independent energy responsible for all animate and inanimate. Shakta worshippers believe that it is Her energy that creates, preserves and destroys.The term ‘Narayani’ is also associated with Lord Vishnu, who is also known as Narayana. Some scriptures suggest that Narayani is one of the names of Goddess Lakshmi. Goddess Narayani is yet another attempt by the human mind to give form to Brahman. Some scriptures suggest that she is responsible for the creation of the Trimurtis – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

Mridangam Ganesha Figurine from Lladro

Mridangam Ganesha idol is the fourth and last of the series of musical Ganeshas from Lladro, a Spanish firm noted for high quality porcelain figurines. In the limited edition statue, Lord Ganesh is depicted as playing Mridangam - a double-sided South Indian drum. Mridangam Ganesha was issued in 2009, the figurine is presently available in many online stores and retails for $850 (Lladro yahoo price).The other three musical Ganesha idols from Lladro were Bansuri Ganesha, Veena Ganesha and Dancing Ganesha.

Significance of Vahana – The concept of the Vehicle of Hindu Gods

The Sanskrit word ‘Vahana,’ which means vehicle, is used for the animals and birds that serve as the carriers of the gods in Hinduism. The most famous Vahanas are Garuda of Vishnu, Swan of Brahma, 7 horses of Surya, lion of Durga, rat of Ganesha, peacock of Skanda or Muruga. Most of the gods in the Hindu pantheon has a Vahana and it is offered due worship along with the presiding deity. The Vahanas are suggestive of the nature of the power that is expressed by the deities.Idols and pictures of the Vahanas are prominently displayed along with the gods and goddesses in temples and sacred places. The living counterparts of the Vahanas on earth are protected and provided a sanctuary.The vehicle of a particular deity in Hinduism has symbolic and philosophical significance. The symbolic meaning varies from deity to deity. Some Vahanas teach human beings the value and importance of selfless service, devotion to duty and patience. Often the Vahana of a Hindu God indicates a wrong human qualit…

Chaitra Purnima – Chait Poornima

Chaitra Poornima, or Chait Purnima, is the full moon day in the month of Chaitra (March – April) in a traditional Hindu calendar. In 2018, the date of Chaitra Purnima is March 31. Chaitra Purnima is a highly auspicious day for many Hindu communities and it is observed differently in different parts of India. The most important festival on the day is the Hanuman Jayanti.

The month-long Vaishakha Snana begins on Chaitra Poornima.

In Orissa, month-long special pujas dedicated to Goddess Mangala begins on Chaitra Purnima. The day is also highly auspicious for the fishing community and they offer special pujas for a better catch and safe fishing in the seas.