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Goddess Shubhoconi – Goddess of Auspicious Beginning in Eastern Parts of India

Shubosuconi means good beginnings. Goddess Shubhoconi is local deity worshipped in Bengal, parts of Assam, Orissa and Jharkhand. Puja of her brings good luck and prosperity. Women perform the rituals and puja associated with Goddess Shubhoconi.

Goddess is mainly worshipped when daughter returns to her maternal home for first time after marriage. It is also performed for the wellbeing of pregnant women.

The puja is offered to a metal pot with picture of duck drawn on its sides.

A popular story associated with the worship of Goddess Shubhoconi – involves a boy, his mother, a king and a duck.

It is said that the boy once stole a lame duck. The duck belonged to the king. The mother of the boy chided her son for stealing the duck.

Next day the king’s soldiers found about the robbery and imprisoned the son.

The mother did not know what to do. She fell unconscious and she had a dream. In the dream, an old woman told her to perform puja to Goddess Shubhoconi.

She woke up and did the puja as…

Sriman and Srimat – Spiritual Importance and Symbolism

You might have come across the term Sriman and Srimat. The reference Sri-vaishnavism and Sriman Naryana are very common especially in Vaishnava theology. The term has deep spiritual importance and symbolism.

‘Sri’ in all these term is Goddess Lakshmi, the eternal consort of Vishnu.

She is inseparable from Narayana. Thus, she is omnipotent and omnipresent.
The dvaya mantra in Vaishnavism has two lines both of which have sriman as the first word.

The suffix man or mat indicates the state of eternal union of Sri and Narayana.

By first invoking Sri, the Divine Mother, a seeker seeks her help in connecting with the Lord.
When self realization happens we will realize that there is no second. There is nothing outside. Mother and Father are one.

Sriman and Srimat – Spiritual Importance and Symbolism

Love is a Ladder to the Supreme – Swami Sivananda

Free thyself from egoism and attachment.

Discipline thy minds and senses through detachment.

Identify not with the body, which is  illusory.

Have a balance of mind in pleasure and misery.

Service purifies the heart and the soul.

Service leads to Knowledge.
Love all, embrace all, be kind to all; ove unites, love elevates, love knows no fall, love leads, love purifies, love, begets love, love is a ladder to the Supreme; therefore do love.
– Swami Sivananda