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Different Colour of Saris That are offered to Hindu Goddess

One of the most important offering that is made to a Hindu Goddess is traditional sari and blouse – cotton saree or silk sari. The sari offering is traditionally made to incarnations of Goddess Shakti – Durga, Bhagavathy, Parvati etc. But saris are also offered to various other goddesses in Hindu pantheon like Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati. The color of the sari depends on the purpose of manifestation – thus most Shakti incarnations are given red saris as they appeared to restore Dharma by annihilating Adharma. Durga is offered only Red color sari. Goddess Lakshmi is offered orange, yellow or red color – mostly a mix of yellow and red or mix of orange and red. Goddess Saraswati is offered White color sari or Yellow color – or a mix of yellow and white. When it is a mixed color yellow will be the border color. Goddess Kali is offered Purple color sari in most regions. In some regions a mix of purple and red. The saris are offered to Goddess Bhagavathy in South India on any Tuesday o…

Pictures of Bommai Kolu Dolls – Photos and Ideas of Navratri Bommai Golu Dolls

The display of dolls during Navaratri is an important event in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and for some communities in Kerala. This display of dolls is known as Navratri Kolu or Golu. The dolls symbolically represent the army or assembly (durbar) of Goddess Durga. DNA has published the pictures of the Golu collection of Anupama Hoskere, director of Dhaatu Puppet Theatre. She has a collection of more than 5,000 dolls and the photos also present various ideas. In Andhra Pradesh, the presentation of doll is known as Bommalu Koluvu.

You can view the pictures (slide share) here at DNA.



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Maharas Purnima

The Purnima or full moon day in Ashwin month (September – October) is observed as Maharas Purnima in Braj region of North India. Maharas Purnima 2016 date is October 15. It is believed that divine Raas Lila of Sri Krishna with Radha and Gopis happened on the night of Maharas Purnima. Due to this importance, the day is also referred as Raas Lila Divas or Ras Lila day. A fasting (Vrata) is also observed on the day. The day is popularly known as Sharad Purnima.

There is also a close connection between the moon and the Sharath Purnima day – it is believed that moon’s rays contain nourishing elements. It is believed that the moon is closest to the earth on the day  The significance of Sharat Purnima is mentioned in the 10th chapter of the Srimad Bhagavad Purana. It is also said that the moon is close to the earth on the day and due to this the rays of the moon has several curative properties.