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Goddess Aparna

Goddess Aparna is another name of Goddess Parvati. Parna means leaf and Aparna means not even leaf and Goddess Parvati got the name when she even forsook leaves during her intense austerity to get Shiva as her husband. Thereafter, Ma Parvathi was named Aparna, or the one who did not eat even leaves.Goddess Parvathi as Goddess Aparna is worshipped by those devotees who undertake fasting. It is said that Goddess Aparna helps devotees to overcome hunger and complete the fast in the appropriate way. Aparna is also associated with Goddess Annapurneswari or Annapoorna. Thus she is also referred as the food that is consumed during Navratri fasting. Yet another symbolism associated with Goddess Aparna is that she is a creeper without leaves. Goddess Parvati as Aparna is entwined to Shiva – this symbolism is found in the Anandalahari of Adi Shankaracharya. Lord Shiva by Himself is austere, clad in next to nothing, and presents an appearance that he has no wealth or gifts to bestow on devotees.…

Watch a Short Video Documentary and Pictures of Haridwar Kumbh Mela 2010 by CNN

This video and slide show on Haridwar Kumbh Mela was made during the Shahi Snan that took place on March 15, 2010. The short documentary and the pictures by CNN Producer and avid photographer Alex Zolbert tries to unravel the spiritual importance and the spiritual aspirations of the people that attend the Kumbha Mela. Like all foreign documentaries on Kumbha Mela, a small portion of the video and slide show is dedicated to the Naga Sadhus – whom the foreign press refers as the naked holy men.You can view the pictures and video here at the official website of CNN. The video is also embedded below. Please note that those people using Internet Explorer 6 browser might not be able to view the video. You may also like to readHaridwar Kumbha Mela PhotosWhat is Kumbh Mela?Story of Kumbha MelaSignificance of Kumbh MelaNaga Sadhus

Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Thoughts on Upasana or Meditation

Upasana is dhyana or concentration or meditation. A form is required for concentration. Reality is always the same and changeless. Brahman, the Ultimate Reality, is Formless.

But Upasana of a form is done with a purpose, namely, the attainment of a given benefit. The purpose to be attained by worshipping or concentrating on a form differs. The scriptures tell you how to meditate and on what all forms and with what results.

The different Upasanas are all aids in the path to the ultimate goal, namely, understanding Reality. Scriptures prescribe Upasana in order to train the mind to concentrate. Upasana is the affair of the individual; there is nothing collective about it.

Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati