The Birth of the Shakti Peethas in Hinduism

The Birth of the Shakti Peethas in Hinduism

The birth of the Shakti Peethas is actually marked by the death of Shakti herself in the form of Sati. The story of Shiva and Sati has great significance in the Hindu festival Mahashivaratri.  Let’s look into the story of Sati and Shiva. Daksha Yearning for Daughters...
A Tale of Two Navratri – Celebrating the Cosmic Mother

A Tale of Two Navratri – Celebrating the Cosmic Mother

The Cosmic Mother is worshipped not once as is commonly believed, but as many as 5 times during the course of a year, in the Navratri celebrations dedicated to her. However, of these, two are well known – the Chaitra Navratri which falls in the months of...
Mahisasura Mardini-The Making of Durga

Mahisasura Mardini-The Making of Durga

Durga is a form of Prakriti, the mother of entire existence. She represents the Supreme Consciousness and was manifested by combining the energies of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara. Within her, Durga has the combined powers of Laxmi, Saraswati and Kali. Durga has...
Durga Puja – A Hesternal Revisit

Durga Puja – A Hesternal Revisit

An Exordium on Durga Puja ‘Durga Puja’ meaning ‘worship of Durga,’ also called Durgotsav in Bengali, (meaning festival of Durga Puja) is an annual celebration of the Hindu Goddess Durga, Lord Shiva’s consort. Celebrated across Indian states, such as Assam, Mithila,...