Kumari Puja-An Important Ritual of Durga Puja

Kumari Puja is a part of Durga Puja. A teenage girl is symbolically worshipped in this ritual. At the end of Mahashtami Puja, Kumari Puja is usually organized at the end of Mahashtami (eighth day after Mahalaya)Puja. In many places of India, Kumari Puja is performed at the end...

Freedom from Cruelty

ॐ Upon entering the mystical path of Śaivadharma “freedom from cruelty” out of all theprinciples to be observed by the yogin is quintessential. The Divine does not exactly punish the individual in the human sense but rather the individual is punishing himself because he has done wrong by going...

Nabapatrika – Adoration of Mother Nature

Nabapatrika is a part of Durga Puja in Bengal. The word Nabapatrika literally means the leaves of nine trees. Although in reality it is not nine leaves, but nine plants (Nabapatrika plants). The nine plants are: Kadali or Rambha (banana) plant, Maankachu (colocasia) plant, Haridra (turmeric)plant, Bel (wood apple),...

Devi Durga – The Vedic Mother Goddess

Devi Durga is usually considered as a Puranic Goddess. But many theologists and Hindu devotees do not think so. They think Her as a Vedic Goddess. They also think that She is the female form of Param Brahma. Photo credit:Pinterest.com According to them, the forms of Devi Durga, the...

How do we realize the unseen changes in the universe?

We don’t. If they are not observable, they are not changes. You may not see how a tree or a plant grows, still, the change is a fact. There are, however, six changes that can be realized in the universe, and which are the symptoms of life – we...

Durga Puja, 2020-Devotees awaiting the grand celebration

Like some other countries in the world, Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Bangalee Hindu community, is going to start on October 22 in Bangladesh. This year’s Durga Puja is going to be held following some govt. directives amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. So, the puja festival can...

What is Mahalaya Pitru Tarpan?

Mahalaya Pitru Tarpan or Pitru Paksha Shradh is an important Hindu ritual. It is usually observed at the end of Pitru Paksha on the occasion of Mahalaya. Devi Paksha (the auspicious period when Durga puja is celebrated) begins with the end of this ritual. Photo credit:Rudraksha Ratna Mahalaya Pitru...