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Goddess Gayatri

Goddess Gayatri is described as Brahman or the Supreme Truth. She is the Mother of the Vedas and the goddess of knowledge. Those scriptures and texts that are associated with Goddess Gayatri give her the supreme position. She is also believed to be the form given to the Gayatri Mantra.
Goddess Gayatri is usually presented with two hands and she is beautifully dressed – a red sari. She holds a kamandalu and Vedas in her hands. She also has a halo of Surya (sun god). Goddess Gayatri is also depicted as having five faces and each has a different color – pearl, lapis lazuli, gold, sapphire and white. She is also believed to have a third eye like Lord Shiva. Her vehicle is a swan and she is seated on a lotus. She wears gold crown and is bedecked with moon on her head.
She is explained as the Supreme Consciousness and is believed to be the force behind creation which she was able to fulfill by praying to Lord Shiva.
She is believed to have given birth to the Vedas when dharma, devotion a…

Dharmaraj Dasami – Worship of Yama

Dharmaraj Dasami is dedicated to Hindu God Yama, who is the god of death. Dharmaraj Dasami 2018 date is March 26. Yama is also known by the name of Dharmaraja. He is propitiated on the tenth day (Dasami) during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Chaitra month as per traditional calendar followed in North India.

Special pujas and rituals are held for overcoming the fear of death on the day. As per Hindu tradition, Yama is believed to control death and it is he who performs the act of taking away the soul of a person.