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Goddess Durga Rides Lion or Tiger – Which is the Vahana of Goddess Durga?

Many people have doubt as to Goddess Durga rides a lion or tiger. Frankly, lion or tiger should be of no matter to a devotee. It is not the animal that matters but the symbolism. Lion is mentioned as the vahana or vehicle in the Devi Mahatmya – the story of Goddess Durga is based on it. But Devi Mahatmya was composed during the sixth century AD. Goddess Durga was worshipped for several hundred years before the composition of the scripture.
History The lion first appeared along with Goddess Durga during the late Kushan Period (2nd Century BC to 3rd century AD).

Lion is the king of animals and Goddess Durga is the primordial Goddess. She is the all-powerful and her mount had to be of similar qualities. Thus, lion was chosen.

The forest tribes of Bharat who worshipped Goddess Durga from time immemorial associated her with tiger.

Large relief panels began to appear from the 5th century AD in which Goddess Durga is depicted along with lion.

Calendars with image of Goddess Durga that were w…

Mahanavami 2018 – Navratri - Durga Puja Navami 2018 - Ninth Day Puja

Maha Navami is observed on the ninth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Ashwin month. Maha Navami 2018 date is October 18. It is the ninth and the final day of nine-day Navratri Festival. Mahanavami is also the penultimate day of Durga Puja. Navami 2018 date during Chaitra/Vasant Navratri (March - April) is March 25.
Story of Navami It is believed that Goddess Durga killed Demon Mahishasura on the day.

The rituals associated with Navratri Maha Navami vary from region to region.

In South India, Maha Navami is observed as Ayudha Puja. All books, utensils and tools are kept for puja. People do not touch them. They are taken after puja on the Vijayadashami day.

The Sandhi Puja which is observed on the conjunction of Ashtami and Navami overlaps into the Mahanavami puja day. This ritual is very popular in North and Eastern parts of India.

In some regions, Kumari Puja is performed on the day.

A unique ritual on the day is the Vijaya ceremony. People embrace each other and forg…

Sindoor Khela and Kolakuli during Durga Puja Visarjan

Sindoor Khela and Kolakuli are two important aspects of Durga Puja visarjan – bidding farewell to Goddess Durga.

In the ceremony called Sindoor Khela, married women bid adieu to Goddess Durga, after draping her in new clothes and offering sweets to her. The women then play with vermillion. The term Sindoor Khela comes from the playing with vermillion.

After bidding farewell to Maa Durga, the women hug and console each other in Kolakuli.
For the ritual, women wear traditional Bengali saree, sakha pola (the typical red and white bangles that Bengali married women wear) in both hands, and a large red bindi on the forehead.

Durgashtami – Importance of Durga Ashtami

Durgashtami, or Durga Ashtami, is the eight day of the Navratri celebrations. Durgastami is also known as Mahashtami and is one of the important days of Durga Puja and a fasting is undertaken by many people. In 2018, the date of Durga Ashtami is October 17. Weapons of Goddess Durga are worshipped on the day and it is known Astra Puja. The day is also known as Virashtami as there are displays using arms or martial arts. It is one of the most important day for Goddess Worship in Hindu religion.

Please note - Chaitra Durgashtami will be observed on March 25, 2018.

There is also a belief in some regions that Goddess Kali appeared from the forehead of Durga on this day to annihilate Chanda and Munda and Rakthabija. During the Durga Puja rituals on Mahashtami day the 64 Yoginis and Ashtanayikas – the eight consorts – of Durga are also worshipped.
The eight consorts of Durga, also known as Eight Shaktis, are interpreted differently in different regions of India. But ultimately all the eight …

Education is the kindling of knowledge

Education is the kindling of knowledge. It is the journey from the known to the unknown. It encompasses all the spheres of life and all aspects of one’s personality, external and internal. To educate oneself is to equip oneself to face the struggles of life and the vagaries of the world. And so, every attempt at education should have the balance of external expertise and inner poise. The pull of the manifest world should be withstood by the anchor of the inner self.

An education that focuses only on the external would invariably lead to a discontented personality and a disturbed society.

Without an anchoring in a plane of one’s personality that is unaffected by the mundane realities of the world, the slightest tremor in one’s happy world would shatter one’s very being.

While it is undoubtedly necessary to educate oneself in the art of creating, acquiring, and developing, human experience of millennia is testimony to the fact that the wisdom of refrain, relinquishment, and silence h…

Hindu Calendar Today – September 28, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Thursday, September 28, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon till 7:27 PM on September 28.Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:23 PM on September 29.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is September 28, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – A good date after 8:25 AM. Nakshatra – Mool or Moolam Nakshatra till 12:17 PM on September 28. Then onward it is Purva Shada or Pooradam Nakshatram till 2:48 PM on September 29.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Mool or Moolam Nakshatram till 12:57 PM on September 28. Then onward it is Purva Shada or Pooradam Nakshatram till 3:48 PM on September 29.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi till 9:21 PM on Sept 29.
In western parts of India (Mahar…