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Navratri Day 9 Mantra – Ninth Day Prayers for Navratri in Hindi on September 29, 2017

Ninth day Prayers for Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Siddhidatri. It is chanted on September 29, 2017 during Navratri. Navratri Day 9 Mantra in Hindi is given below. There are three mantras. First is Mool Mantra for eighth day of Navaratri. Second is Dhyan Shloka dedicated to Goddess Siddhidatri. Third is a Stotra. You can chant also prayers like Lalita Sahasranama on the day.

There is no need to chant all mantras. Most devotees chant just the mool mantra.

Navratri Day 9 Mool Mantra Navratri Day 9 Dhyan Mantra Navratri Day 9 Stotra

Eighth Day of Navratri Dedicated to Goddess Maha Gowri form of Durga on September 28, 2017

The eighth day of Navratri of great significance and is dedicated to the Goddess Maha Gowri. She is worshipped on September 28, 2017 during Navratri. Goddess Durga is worshipped in the form of Maha Gouri. Gowri or Gouri is another name of Goddess Parvati. The day is also the second day of Saraswati Puja during Navratri. Durga Ashtami Puja is held on this day in Bengal, Orissa and other parts of India. Goddess Bagala, Narayani and Bhadrakali form of Durga are also worshipped on this day in many parts of India.

In Maha Gowri form, Goddess Durga is depicted as having four hands and she rides a Bull. In this form, Gowri is believed to have done penance to get Lord Shiva as husband.
Durga Ashtami Puja is observed on this day in many parts of India mainly in Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand and other eastern parts of India.
Bagala and Narayani form of Durga is worshipped mainly in Gujarat and Maharashtra on the day. Bhadrakali form of Durga is worshipped mainly in Kerala, Karnataka and other part…

Story of the Lion of Goddess Durga – Story of the Lion that is the Vehicle or Vahana of Goddess Durga

The story of lion that is the Vahana or Vehicle of Goddess Durga is found in a story associated with one of the forms of Shiva worshipped in Ujjain – 84 Mahadevs in Ujjain.
Legend has it that once Goddess Parvati performed meditation and intense austerities. This happened after Shiva referred to her as Kali or black. There was intense heat in the three worlds because of this intense austerity. All the living beings were suffering due to this.

Brahma then appeared before Goddess Parvati and asked her why she was performing the meditation. Goddess Parvati told him the reason. Brahman told her that she would become Gauri or the fair one in due course of time.
Goddess Parvati was not satisfied and she became angry and a lion appeared from her body. The lion was hungry and it jumped to eat the Goddess. However, he soon realized it was impossible even to go near her.
The lion walked away. Goddess Parvati had motherly feeling for the lion and she went near him.
The lion felt remorse and tol…

Seventh Day of Navratri Dedicated to Kalaratri form of Durga Worshipped on September 27, 2017

Kalaratri form of Durga is worshipped on the seventh day of Navratri. She is worshipped on September 27, 2017 during Navratri. The day also marks the beginning of worship of Goddess Saraswathi during Navaratri in many parts of India. Goddess Durga is also worshipped as Dhoomavati and Jagdamba in some regions of India on the seventh day. Kalaratri is the one of the fiercest forms of Durga and her appearance itself evokes fear.

Kalaratri is depicted as having four hands and her vehicle, or mount, is a donkey. She can curse and bless and is known to create havoc. This form primarily depicts that life also has a negative side – Tamas.
The three day worship of Goddess Saraswati during Navratri also begins on this day. Durga Maha Saptami Puja is held in Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand and other eastern parts of India on this day.
Dhoomavati and Jagdamba forms of Durga are worshipped on this day mainly in the western parts of India.
You may also like to read Nine forms of Durga - Nava Durga

Why Yamuna River is also known as Kalindi?

Yamuna River is also known as Kalindi. It is stated in the Vishnu Purana that Yamuna cascaded down to earth from the heavens in response to the severe austerities performed by Saptarishis – the seven great sages. She flowed down from heaven to the summit of a mountain called Kalinda.

However, the Mountain Kalinda was too cold and inaccessible for people. Therefore, Yamuna prayed to her father Surya to make the place more pleasant so that people can visit her.

To help his daughter, Surya despatched a single ray that struck the massive rock at the base of the mountain to create a hot spring. Yamuna then appeared from here to satisfy her devotees.
Yamuna River is addressed as Kalindi River as she initially originated in the Mountain Kalinda.

Wife of Chanakya

Chanakya needs no introduction as his lifework speaks for itself. But there is no clarity regarding his personal life. Many readers wonder as to who is the wife of Chanakya. Was he married? Did he have any children.

Important biographies of Chanakya are silent on this aspect.
As per some source, Chanakya was married before he came into limelight. Name of wife of Chanakya as per such source is Yasodhara. There is no reference of him having any children.

Birth Anniversary of Shankardev – Birth Tithi of Shankardev in Assam

Shankardev (1449 – 1569) was a popular Vaishnava Saint in Assam. His birth anniversary or birth tithi is observed on the Ashwin Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon. Birth Tithi of Shankardev in 2018 is October 18.
A Vaishnava saint, Shankardev spread the message of Vedanta and Sankhya philosophy. He used the teachings in Srimad Bhagavad Purana to clarify the doubts of the people who were drawn to numerous other philosophies.
To spread the Vaishnava sect, he built numerous Satra the first was at Bardowa and the second was at Barpeta.
Some of his talented and famous disciples included Madhav Dev and Anant Kandli. He was able to successfully spread the Vaishnava philosophy in Assam. He wrote several devotional songs like Bhagvat Bhakti Ratnakar, Bhakti pradeep and numerous other literatures including one act plays.
The most important holy text of the sect founded by Shankardev is the Srimad Bhagavad Purana.

Navratri Day 8 Mantra – Eighth Day Prayers for Navratri in Hindi on September 28, 2017

Eighth day Prayers for Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Mahagauri  Navratri Day 8 Mantra in Hindi is given below. It is chanted on September 28, 2017 during Navratri. There are three mantras. First is Mool Mantra for eighth day of Navaratri. Second is Dhyan Shloka dedicated to Goddess Mahagauri. Third is a Stotra. You can chant also prayers like Lalita Sahasranama on the day.
There is no need to chant all mantras. Most devotees chant just the mool mantra.
Navratri Day 8 Mool Mantra

Navratri Day 8 Dhyan Mantra

Navratri Day 8 Stotra

Name of Wife of Hanuman

The question ‘name of wife of Hanuman’ itself can be considered as sacrilegious. Hanuman is a Brahmachari and he had no wife as per Hindu scriptures. However, the story of Ramayana has been interpreted in numerous ways. In one such version, Hanuman is married.

Name of wife of Hanuman in Jain Ramayana of Vimalasuri is Anangakusama, daughter of Ravana’s sister.

Later he marries niece of Ravana and several relatives of Sugriva.
Please note that majority of Hindus do not accept Jain Ramayana of Vimalasuri as it deviates totally from the Valmiki Ramayana.

Book - Adi Sankara - Finite to the Infinite

The book titled “Adi Sankara - Finite to the Infinite” is based on the life and teachings of Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya. The book is written by Prema Nandakumar and is published by Chinmaya International Foundation.
Vedanta Kesari May 2015 -  writes about the book

The author of this book has deftly avoided getting into the waters of controversy regarding dates and times found in the other biographies. She has based her work on Madhava Vidyaranya’s Shankara Digvijaya and has presented to us a fascinatingly cogent story of this great phenomenon.
It is an authentic account of Shankara’s life and works and will be counted among the finest monographs on the subject.
The author does not just dryly narrate the course of events; she richly stuffs the events with concepts and ideas that keep evoking the reader’s choicest feelings. The  Upanishads, the  Brahma Sutras,  Bhagavad Gita, Shankara’s mesmerizing compositions, his treatises, his stotras, the gods and goddesses of the Vedic pantheo…

Mother Durga Quotes by Swami Chinmayananda

‘Mother Durga’ is the Power Terrible, which manifested out of the Eternal Truth, which is Paripoorna, and so has in Itself all powers.
Man, the imperfect, the bound, the sorrowful, has a thousand names within. He is riddled with negative thoughts, fears, yearnings. Then there are selfishness, jealousy, meanness, prejudice and hatred – just to mention but a few. The Sadhak must get rid of these lawless villains within. With Mother Kali’s Kripa, these destructive masters are to be annihilated. No amount of soft persuasions can avail. The forces of Sri Rudra must be applied. There must be a deep, determined, adamant resolve, and a fight royal within, as sanguine as Kali’s ferocious sword dripping with blood; and unless the Sadhak is ready to wear about his neck the Skull-mala of these murdered false values there can be no peace or order within.
Invoke the Mother Terrible to help us annihilate within ourselves all negative forces; all weaknesses, - all littleness. It is these that have r…

Dadi Janki on Comparison with others

Comparing your progress in self-development with that of others will leave you vulnerable on three counts: You will either feel inferior, superior, or impressed. All three of these states are dangerous because they disregard the underlying principle of our true connection with each other – mutual love and regard, based on independently generated self-esteem.
To protect yourself from this vulnerability, make sure that your attention remains turned within, towards the spiritual experience.
Staying in your elevated self-respect will help you remain undisturbed by others around you. Keep asking yourself, ‘Who am I?’ “How would my spiritual personality respond to this event or person?” This will help to center you further, and allow you to enjoy the successful efforts of others.
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