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Goddess Vishweshwari

Goddess Vishweshwari is a name used to refer to Mother Goddess Shakti. The term is used when Goddess Shakti is referred as the queen of all living and nonliving and the ruler of all being. As Goddess Vishweshwari is the protector –Mother to all.

It is Devi Mahatmya that uses the term Goddess Vishweshwari to emphasize the role of mother taken by Goddess Shakti. She who is unimaginably ferocious towards those who practice Adharma is at the same time kind and benevolent towards her children who follow Dharma.
Today Vishweshwari is used as an adjective to glorify various manifestations of Goddess Shakti and also Goddess Lakshmi.

Taraka Upanishad on the glory of Om Namo Narayanaya

Om Namo Narayanaya is the Taraka. It should be worshipped as Chidatma.

Om is a single syllable and of the nature of Atma.
Namah is of two syllables and is the nature of pratkrti (matter).
Narayanaya is of five syllables and is of the nature of Parabrahman.
He who knows this becomes immortal.
Through Om, is Brahma produced; through Na is Vishnu produced; through Ma is Rudra produced; through Na is Ishwara produced; through Ra is the Anda-Virat (or Virat of the universe) produced; through Ya is Purusha produced; through Na is Bhagavan produced; and through Ya is Paramatma produced.
This Ashtakshara (eight syllables) of Narayana is the supreme and the highest Purusha.

Today – November 2, 2012 – is Karva Chauth Vrat

Today – November 2, 2012 – is the famous Karva Chauth Vrat. It is an annual fasting undertaken by women in North India on the fourth day of Kartik Month, as per North Indian Hindu lunar calendar. The moon rise time in India (Delhi) is at Delhi 8:06 PM. Also known as Kadva Choth, it is observed by married women for a happy and prosperous married life and for the well being of the husband and is one of the most popular fast and rituals in North India.

Karva chauth is dedicated to Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is believed that Goddess Parvathi had observed severe penance to get Lord Shiva as her husband. Karva means a clay pot and ‘chauth’ refers to fourth.
On the day, after an early morning bath married women eat food made from selects grains and fruits. All this takes place before sunrise. After sunrise the women observe strict fast. The fast is broken after sighting the moon at night. Women break the fast with an offering of water and flowers to the moon.
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