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Date Time Schedule  1st Oct  7:00 AM IST | 9:30 AM IST Ghat Sthapana & Durga Pujan  1st Oct  9:30 AM IST | 10:30 AM IST Prati Din Prabhat Aarti  1st Oct  8:30 PM IST | 9:30PM IST Prati Din Sanjha Aarti  2nd Oct  9:30 AM IST | 10:30 AM GMT Prati Din Prabhat Aarti…

Mata Ki Chowki

Mata ki Chowki is a story of a girl called Vaishnavi, an adopted child of Pandit Vidyasagar and his wife Shraddha. Pandit Vindyasagar never loved her and never accepted her as his daughter. When slowly he started liking her, events started taking a twisting turn and after two years, her mother, Shraddha, dies giving birth…

5 reasons to fast this Navratri

The ancient Indian seers were intelligent. They build little rituals around festivals that have a scientific reasoning. Fasting is one of them. There are many reasons to fast during Navratri. Here are a few: #1. Purifies the mind: The benefits of fasting are not only seen on the physical level but have a positive effect…

3 Gunas: understanding the secrets inside you

Hope you’re having a happy day. If you are, enjoy it! And incase you’re not…it’s alright. Why? Because this too shall pass. Many times, our moods that swing from feeling happy, dull, restless are not always outside of you. Instead, you’re simply acting as per the different qualities that are playing up yourself. And these…

Do you really know what you’re eating?

When you reach out to eat something – do you really know what the food has? Not just in terms of nutrients but also its quality. What if you eat the same dish immediately after it’s cooked and eight hours later? According to Ayurveda, there is a close connection between the food we eat and…

Why leading a healthy lifestyle is important

A healthy lifestyle wherein all activities are done in moderation is the key to maintaining theSattva level in us. Overindulgence in food, sleep, or any activity increases the Rajas and Tamasqualities in the body, which then have an impact on the way we feel. So, all the basic lifestyle tips that our grandmas taught us…

Make-it-yourself: Your 2-minute guide to soft puran polis

Hot piping, or cold…you can have them any way you like. Usually this dish is associated with grandmothers, family times, festivals – a time of joy. Meet the puran poli, a sweet roti. A dish warm enough to lift your spirits, and is offered as naivedyam (Prasad) to the Divine Mother. Guide to make soft…

What you should really do during Navratri

Navratri when literally translated to English means nine nights. Night is the time for relaxation and rejuvenation of the mind and the body. #1. Rest your mind and body: Navratri is the resting time for the spirit in you. It is the time when you withdraw yourself from all sense activities (eating, talking, watching, touching,…

5 reasons to meditate during Navratri

Navratri is a vibrant festival, known for its array of colors and gaiety. It is also associated with silence, with a strong focus on chanting shlokas, fasting, and prayers. Many people look at it as a time to turn inward through meditation. If you’re a meditator or looking at starting meditation, here are 5 reasons why should meditate during…

Tune into your inner power

In our day-to-day lives, we get so caught up in different activities, and there are all kinds of noises that are constantly going on in our minds. Remember the last time you judged something or complained? What stops us from uniting with the Source, or even just experiencing inner peace is our mind thinking about…

3 types of spiritual practices

All spiritual practices in the world can be classified three levels: #1: Anva Upaya: Anva is the lowest, means the very beginning. All the japa, mantras,yogasanas, breath control – everything comes under Anva Upaya. They are called Upayas, which means remedies. #2: Shakta Upaya: Above Anva is Shakta. Shakta is only mental, i.e., inside. It is the effect of the meditative state that…

Have you heard the sound of silence?

According to Hinduism, the Mother Divine or Devi is the source of all energy. Due to this attribute, she is also referred to as Shakti, which literally translates to power or energy. The Mother Divine powers everything in this existence and sustains it. And Navratri is a means to honor and worship the Devi for…

5 reasons to include mantras in your daily playlist

Mantras are ancient sounds that are charged with positive vibrations. When a mantra is chanted, sound vibrations are generated which are very beneficial to the listener and the environment. Here’s how:  It brings forth all the positive energy inside you.  It helps to consolidate and strengthen the power of the mind.  It creates an armor…

Bestowing dispassion: Kaalratri

The seventh form of the Mother Divine is said to be Kaalratri. It is a very fierce and terrifying form of the Mother Divine. There can be no form more terrifying than this in the entire Creation but even this terrifying form has a motherly aspect to itand. The Kaalratri form of the Mother Divine…

The epitome of beauty: Mahagauri

The eighth form of the Mother Divine is called Mahagauri. Mahagauri means that form which is  beautiful and resplendent. If you see,  Nature has two extremes. One of the forms is Kaalratri which is  most terrifying and devastating , and on the other hand you see Mahagauri which is the most beautiful and serene form…

Personifying Perfection: Siddhidhatri

The ninth form is called Siddhidhatri. Devi Mahagauri gives you all blessings and boons that you seek for material gains, so that you become content from within and move forward in life. Siddhidhatri form of the Mother Divine blesses you with Siddhis (extraordinary capabilities) so that you do everything with perfection. What does Siddhi mean?…

Top 4 from Devi Saraswati’s classroom

Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge – the one who gives the essence (Saara) to the Self (Swa). Devi Saraswati is the consciousness which vibrates with different types of learning. She is the source of spiritual light, remover of all ignorance and the source of knowledge. #1: Steadfastness: She is often depicted as being seated on a…

The Radiating Kushmanda

The fourth form of the Mother Divine is called Kushmanda. Kushmanda is also the Sanskrit word for ‘pumpkin’. Now, if you even jokingly call someone a ‘pumpkin’, they will feel insulted and charge at you! What does the word Kushmanda really mean? A pumpkin is round. So here, it refers to your Prana (subtle life…

Steady and Sturdy, the gifts of Chandraghanta

The third form of the Mother Divine is Chandraghanta. What does the word Chandraghanta mean? Chandra (Moon) means the mind. The mind keeps having its ups and downs. Usually we fight with our own mind. Negative thoughts  such as jealousy, hatred, etc. come in the mind and one starts struggling to get rid of them,…

When Navratri is celebrated

Color, zest, dance, devotion, prayer…Navratri has multifold significance for anyone celebrating this festival. Though rituals could differ, the feeling of joy and celebration are common. An ode to the festival called Navratri. When Navratri is celebrated, Seasons are in the midst of change And Nature is renewing itself. There is magic in the air –…

The peak of experiences – Shailaputri

The first name of Goddess Durga is Shailaputri. Shaila means the peak. How have the scriptures called Goddess Durga as the daughter of the peak? We usually think this means that the Goddess is the daughter of Mount Kailasa, but this is a very basic or lower level of understanding.  On the path of Yoga,…

Demystifying Brahmacharini

The second name of the Mother Divine is Brahmacharini. What does Brahman mean? That which has no end, no shore nor beginning; That which is omnipresent and beyond which there is nothing; It is the ultimate and all-pervading. Brahmacharini means That which is present in the vastness, that which moves in the infinity. Moving in…

Secret of manifesting the Nav Durga in your daily life

The nine nights of Navratri celebrate and honor the nine different aspects of Mother Divine known as Nava Durga. The Mother Divine manifests Herself in these nine different forms with each form signifying something subtle and deep. Do these forms really exist? Yes, in the most subtle realms of creation. They are not visible in…

Celebration of Navratri & the 3 gunas

Gunas are our innate qualities that can be refined through the Divine consciousness. This Mother Divine is a symbolization of the creation, and the entire creation is made up of five elements. The Devi is Trigunatmika – the owner and master of the three Gunas. She is the storehouse of good qualities. The qualities of…

8 aspects you’ll love to learn about Devi Lakshmi

There are eight aspects to this divine energy that may be bestowed upon us. At different stages in life, different aspects manifest in a person. For example, Dhairya Lakshmi may make a person courageous, but without Vijaya Lakshmi, one would not be victorious. On the three days dedicated to Devi Lakshmi, we pray to the…

The one thing you need to know about Navratri

‘Navratri’ means the ‘nine nights’. ‘Nava’ means ‘nine’, and ‘ratri’ means ‘night’. Nights provide rest and rejuvenation. At night you turn inward (you sleep) and you feel refreshed and rested in the morning. In the same way, Navratri or the Nine Nights is that time (of the year) when you turn inward towards your source….

Devi Durga and the Color Red

Devi Durga and the color red Durga is associated with red. She is depicted as wearing a red saree. Red is the color of dynamism – the ‘moving’ energy. You may be trained and skilled, but if you are not able to move things, people, and efforts in unison, then the results are delayed, and you can’t…

Why is Devi Worshiped?

The energy, which is the womb of the entire creation, which has given birth to all that is, is called Devi, or Divine Mother. Everything in this creation, your body, mind, intellect, ego; the physical and subtle energies, are all the manifestation of that one energy into many different forms, and that one energy is…

Significance of Navratri Yagnas

Ratri (night) is that which gives peace and rest. Just like we rest at night every day, in the same way, twice a year, there is a tradition of taking deep rest by going deep into meditation and rejuvenating our being. And this is usually done during the Chaitra (March-April) and Ashwin(September-October) months of the…

Ghat Sthapana & Durga Puja

Navratri Puja Vidhi Basic Rules 1. Keep Purity of mind, body and place of worship during Navratri. 2. During Navratri, do worship with full devotion and love in the feet of Mother Goddess. 3. Worship at a particular time daily (If possible). It improves the results of Pujan. 1. Photo or Idol of Goddess Durga…