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Mysuru Dasara, Yeshtondu Sundara – The Royal Face of Navratri

In all parts of the country, Dasara is celebrated as a community based festival where groups or mandals, furiously compete with each other to give the festival a currency, meaning, as well as vibrancy, and grandiosity to beat all previous celebrations. Dasara starts...

The Many Forms and Vahanas of Devi

The vehicles of the gods and goddesses in Hinduism are animal mounts that the gods/goddesses ride.  All the Hindu gods and Hindu goddesses are represented as using vahanas to separate themselves; each vehicle is very different and even more symbolical. Parvati is the...

Understanding the Fierce Cosmic Mother, Kali

Who is this terrible woman, Dark as the sky in midnight? Who is this woman, Dancing over the field of battle, like a blue lotus that floats, on a crimson sea of blood in frenzy and savage fury? Under the weight of her tread the Earth itself is trembling, Shiva, Her...

Navaratri – The Many Hues and Forms of Dasara in India

Navratri is celebrated in different ways throughout India. The celebrations are as varied as the diverse cultures in the East, West, North and South of this great subcontinent. The Chaitra Navratri culminates in Ram Navami and the Sharad Navaratri culminates in Durga...

Jai Santoshi Ma Worship in India

The Deification of Santoshi Ma Santoshi Ma is a Goddess of recent origin in the Hindu religion. She was formally apotheosized in the 1960s after the establishment of five temples in North India. Hailed to be the “Goddess of Satisfaction,” and although Hindu scriptures...