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Symbolism in Parvati as Gauri and Kali

Goddess Parvati in Gauri form is bright as full moon. In Kali form she is dark as the night sky. All these are various forms of Mother Goddess with deep symbolism.
During creation, Mother Goddess is Gauri. The mother of all animate and inanimate. She nourishes her children and represents hope. She protects them and guides them in the path of Dharma
But when her children stray from the path of Dharma and embrace Adharma, she takes the form of Kali. In this form she symbolizes death. She devours everything. She prepares the ground ready for next cycle of creation.
After complete destruction, She again takes the form of Gauri and becomes Mother. This cycle continues.

Gauripatta – The Base of Shivling

Kanvashram Mela at Kotdwara in Uttarakhand

Kanvashram Mela is annually held during the Basant Panchami day at Kotdwara in Uttarakhand. The fair is an important annual even at the Ashram believed to be that of Kanva Rishi whose daughter was Shakuntala. In 2018, Kanvashram Mela is on January 22, 2018.

It is widely believed that the famous episodes in Abhijana Shakuntalam happened here. MaliniRiver here was witness to the episodes between Shakuntala and Dhushyanta.
Rishi Kanva found Shakuntala in the forest and he brought her up in the ashram. Emperor Bharata was also born in this Ashram.
The Kanvashram fair attracts thousands of devotees to the ashram. Saraswati Puja is the main highlight during the mela.

The impulse of vengeance can only lead to negative karma – Dada J P Vaswani

God has made His plans for us: we must put our faith in His goodness and wisdom and pursue the path of truth and justice: then, indeed, man can become the master of his own destiny.

Learn to be responsible for your thoughts, words and actions – therefore, think good thoughts; speak only what is true, pleasant and useful; act in conformity with the voice of your conscience.
Forgive and forget: revenge and retaliation are best left to Divine Justice. The impulse of vengeance can only lead to negative karma.
Refrain from causing pain to others: when we harm others, we are harming our own future! The consequences of our action will reflect upon us.
Related Dada J P Vaswani on Forgiving and Forgetting