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Symbolic Meaning of Things and Weapons Held by Goddess Durga

Goddess Durga can be depicted with 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16 or 18 arms. Each of her arms holds auspicious things and weapons. Her hands will show a particular mudra. Here are the symbolic meaning of things and weapons held by Goddess Durga. Shankh or Conch – It symbolizes the sound Aum. The first sound that appeared which led to creation.  Bow and Arrow – It represents single-minded focus. Vajra or Lightening – It symbolizes unparalleled energy and strength. Lotus – Success can be only achieved through nonattachment. Sudarshana Chakra – Invokes fear in the mind of those who follow Adharma. Sword – Symbolically represents sharp knowledge, which can cut asunder any form of ignorance. Abhaya Mudra – It gives confidence to a devotee to remove all forms of fear and to move ahead – Mother Durga is always with you. As per some interpretation, lion represents courage red color of the dress of Durga represents passion, abhya mudra represents forgiveness and blessing, gada or

Kitchen in a Hindu Home – Remember These Things While Cooking to Get Blessing of Goddess Annapurna and Lakshmi

As per Hindu religious belief, Goddess Annapurna, the goddess of food, and Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, resides together in the kitchen. Remember These Things While Cooking to Get Blessing of Goddess Annapurna and Lakshmi The kitchen should never face the main road or main gate of the house. Milk should not boil over. It is believed that this will result in misunderstanding among family members. Some Hindu communities believe that it will cause mental illness in the family. It is also believed that boiling over of milk and spreading in kitchen results in financial damage and fights with relatives. (Please note that in South India, milk is deliberately allowed to boil over when the first cooking is done in a new home – this is considered auspicious and a sign of bounty.) Chapatti, poori and other similar items should be made only on rolling board (chakala). The best rolling board is one made from stone. If the board has legs then there should be three legs.

Bhagavad Gita Chapter II Verse 64

A disciplined person, moving among objects with the senses under control and free from attraction and aversion, gains in tranquility. (Bhagavad Gita Chapter II Verse 64) The senses are extrovert by nature. They ramble in fields external. Those objects that are pleasing to them are hugged while those others that are displeasing are shunned. A closer study reveals that these senses are themselves instruments in the hands of the mind. As goaded on by the mind they indulge in attraction and aversion. He is a yogi who has conquered the mind. He makes it revel in Atman. If it ever goes outward, it does so being untainted by attraction and aversion. There is purity as well as innocence in its contacting the external objects, with the result that the tranquility of the mind is not disturbed. On the other hand, calmness and clarity increase. It is a form of Samadhi for the mind to be fixed in purity and calmness while making benign use of the senses. Source - The Bhagavad Gita by Swam