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Michigan Parashakthi Temple Navaratri Specials 2015

Day 1
Devi Shakambari Alankaram

Day 2
Devi Kamakshi Alankaram

Day 3
Devi Kanaka Durga Alankaram

Day 4
Devi Meenakshi Alankaram

Day 5
Devi DhanaLakshmi Alankaram

Day 6
Devi Santhana Lakshmi Alankaram

Day 7
Devi Vaishnavi Alankaram

Day 8
Devi Mookambika Alankaram

Day 9
Devi Saraswati Alankaram

Day 10 - Vijayadasami Devi Mahishasuramardini Alankaram

From Darkness to Light - The Nine Nights of Navratri – Miindia Special Coverage
Tue Oct 13 2015 - Thu Oct 22 2015 @ The Eternal Mother Parashakthi Temple, Pontiac


Every year scores of people throng the beautiful shrine of the Divine Mother with eagerness and excitement to see her numerous forms.

Devi is the creatrix of the universe. Her force and divine power manifests in various forms. As the divine reach of the Parashakthi Temle touches every devotee, the magnificence of the Shakthi- her supreme energy vibrates in our souls and our veins. During the Navratri or the Nine Nights, devotees sing her glory and share stories to generate goodness around. Dusserah, Durga Puja, and Navratri are one and the same. On the first three nights, Durga or the Destructive Aspect of the Mother is worshipped. On the succeeding three nights, it is the Creative Aspect or Lakshmi that is adored. And on the last three nights, the Knowledge Aspect or Saraswati is invoked. The tenth is the Vijaya Dasami Day or the Day of Victory.

Welcome to the Nine Nights and the Tenth of the Divine Journey. God bless your homes with happiness, joy and success. Om Shakthi!
Picture courtesy: Parashakthi Temple, Pontiac.

Navaratri in the year 2015 starts on Tue Oct 13 2015 and ends on Thu Oct 22 2015. Click here for Navaratri 2015 event & sponsorship details»


Navarathri Day 1 - Devi Shakambari Alankaram  |  Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015

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Mother Shakambhari is an incarnation of Devi Durga, the consort to Lord Shiva. In times of famine, the Mother Durga comes down and gives vegan food to the hungry. ("Shaaka" comes from Sanskrit word meaning vegetables and vegan food; and "Ambari" means "one who wears or bears"). Actually the name Shakambhari comes from "shakam" joined with the root "bhri" ("shaka" = vegetables or food and root "bhri" = to nourish).

The Demon Durgamasura had acquired all four Vedas from Lord Brahma through penance. He also received a boon from Lord Brahma that caused all the pujas, yagnas that were offered to the devas to reach him instead, making him invincible. Durgama became very arrogant and started tormenting the whole world. As a consequence, it did not rain for 100 years and the whole world was hit by a very severe drought. The Rishis and the saints took refuge in the caves of the Himalayas, and meditated upon the Supreme Devi. The Goddess appeared in front of them bearing a wonderful form. She had countless eyes that gave her the name Shatakshi, and was carrying grain, cereals, vegetables, greens, fruits and other herbs and because of this was called Shakambhari.

The demon Durgamasura represents the insurmountable ego, and the story describes the way that worldliness, selfishness, conceit, agitation, and confusion affect the world in times of darkness leading to drought. Drought can be understood figuratively, to mean a lack of spiritual consciousness. In dark times when human consciousness is devoid of spiritual qualities like compassion, mercy, generosity, and love, people become greedy and the violent impulses take over and this does actually cause drought and famine to affect the world.

May Shakambhari Devi nourish all living creations with spiritual fulfilment and contentment! **OM SHAKTHI**

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Navarathri Day 2 - Devi Kamakshi Alankaram  |  Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015

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Mother Kamakshi = KAma +Aksi = love + eyes = Eyes full of love. Embodying the autonomy of nature, Kamakshi is defined as the Supreme Goddess of Beauty and Tranquility. Mother is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. As Lord Shiva’s wife, she is known as Kamakshi in South India and Kamakhya in the East. The word is derived from the heritage "Ka" means Goddess Saraswati (God of Education), "Ma" means Goddess Lakshmi (God of Wealth), "Akshi" means Eye. The name as a whole refers as the god who lives in Kanchi with Goddess Saraswati and Goddess Lakshmi as her both eyes.

The sitting posture is called the Padmasana (meditative) posture signifying peace and prosperity. The Goddess holds a sugarcane bow on her left upper arm representing the mind of a human being and Lotus, Parrot in her upper right arm- symbols of love. The Goddess also has divine chakras called Pasa (weapon that binds obstacles and ignorance) and Angusa (weapon that steers control and direction) in her arms. She Will help us to keep the mind and the senses under control and purify our heart, so that we may attain perfection without being afflicted by kama and lobha (lust and desires) and realize the Ultimate Truth and achieve sublime peace and happiness.

As Lord Shiva’s wife, she is known as Kamakshi in South India and Kamakhya in the East. In one legend, Shiva, opened his third eye to destroy Kama, the God of Love. What Shiva destroys and resists ends up becoming his better half. Another legend reveals that Goddess Kamakshi was praying under a mango tree with a Shiva lingam made of sand to marry the great Lord Shiva. After a long duration of dedicated and devoted meditation to Lord Shiva, Lord Shiva appeared before her and married the Goddess Kamakshi, a divine form of Parvati. In another legend, she fights like a warrior against the devil Bhanda and proves that a woman can be delicate and beautiful, yet destroy evil with the strength of her mind.

These legends goes to prove how Goddess Kamakshi is able to be devoted to her Consort Siva, but to maintain the independence she needs to fiercely lead her army to war. Kamakshi shows how to live in balance, for people with numerous responsibilities. She demonstrates that it is possible to honor the family and other responsibilities, without disappointing anyone. All creation, manifestation and dissolution is considered to be a play of Devi or the goddess.

May Goddess Kamakshi bless your home with balance, harmony and love. **OM SHAKTHI**

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Navarathri Day 3 - Devi Kanaka Durga Alankaram  |  Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

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Kanaka Durga is an incarnation of Devi or the Mother Goddess, a unified symbol of all divine forces. Durga also obtained very powerful weapons, such as the chakra from Vishnu and a trident from Shiva. The name "Durga" in Sanskrit means "invincible". The syllable "du" is synonymous with the 4 devils of poverty, sufferings, famine and evil habits. The "r" refers to diseases and the "ga" is the destroyer of sins, injustice, irreligion, cruelty and laziness. Kanaka Durga is seen with a trident that stands for the three primary evils which need to destroyed in order to make progress towards the divine. They are the evil of anger, the evil of lust and the evil of pride. The trident also represents the three aspects of time, the past, the present and the future. The name Durga means –the power which cannot be attained or reached even with the greatest of difficulty. In other words, Durga is that supreme power which has no second.

Thousands of years ago, a Yaksha named Indrakeela, who was a great shakta(worshipper of the goddess), worshipped Amba and as a boon Amba granted her eternal presence to him. As a result, he assumed the form of a hill named Indrakeeladri and Devi began to reside on this hill. As described in Kena Upanishad, Amba appeared as uma haimavati, adorned with beautiful shining jewels and with incomparable beauty and it is this form of Amba that also came to be referred as kanaka-durga by shaktas. Indrakeeladri is unique in that it has been the chosen abode of Kanaka Durga and Her consort Malleswara as Swayambhu (the self-existent one). Here Durga is one the right side of Malleswara as against the tradition of Goddesses taking their position on the left of their consorts. This shows that Shakthi is predominant on the Indrakeeladri.

At a later period, a king named Madhava Varma ruled that region. Once when his son was accused of accidentally killing some infants, he ordered his son to be hanged till death. Pleased with his righteousness, Devi showered gold and resurrected the dead infants. Thereafter, Vijayawada came to be known as Kanakapuri and Amba as Kanakadurga. One of the many mythologies associated with this place is that Arjuna prayed to Lord Shiva on top of Indrakeela hill to win his blessings and the city derived its name "Vijayawada" after this victory. This is the place where Arjuna obtained the Pasupatha astra (weapon) after his great penance for Lord Shiva.

May the goddess illuminate your home with goodness, divine vibrations and benevolence. **OM SHAKTHI**

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Navarathri Day 4 - Devi Meenakshi Alankaram  |  Friday, Oct. 16, 2015

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The Mother of the Cosmos, “Adi Shakti” (the original source of energy), the divine consort of Lord Shiva, “Sundareshwara” appeared in her third incarnation as “Meenakshi. Meenakshi - Her eyes (akshi) being in the shape of fish(meena)). Akshi also means to abide, reside, dwell, inhabit , take possession. This “akshi” could also mean sun and moon. We consider the right and left eye the sun and the moon - Siva & Sakthi. Fish usually looks after and protects their younger ones with their eyes, similarly goddess looks after her devotees with care and attention. Just by her one look, one glance our miseries disappear.

Meenakshi was a great devotee of Lord Sundareswara (Shiva) and the Lord comes in disguise followed by 64 thrilling episodes known as thiruvilayadal (sixty four divine games), before marrying the goddess Meenakshi. The goddess is the presiding deity of Madurai (birthplace of Tamil literature) and not Sundareswarar - this is unlike most Shiva temples in South India where Shiva is the principal deity. The green parrot resting on Her shoulder is the celestial partner imparting knowledge of all the 64 arts to Devi. The green parrot plays a great role as a symbol of love, peace and transfer of knowledge. The parrot also symbolizes Meenakshi’s love for Shiva. Therefore it is not astonishing that the parrot is also the vehicle of Lord Kamadeva, the god of love and passion. While having darshan of the Goddess, it is essential to seek the blessings of the parrot for upliftment in the knowledge of fine arts.

The parrot, apart from enhancing speech, also has a tendency to repeat all it hears, symbolizes the inexorable law of karma, the belief that one cannot escape the consequences of one's acts. It also represents the world of nature. Madurai Meenakshi statue is made of a particular green color stone called Maragatha Kal. But it is not the precious emerald. Hindus associate green color with the planet Mercury (Bhudhan). Anyone who has got a weaker Bhudha in their horoscope come to Madurai to cure the evil effects of the planet. It is a Bhudha Kshetra (Place of Planet Mercury).

For the literary fans, the glory of Meenakshi-Sundareshvarar has been extolled in immortal hymns by the Shaiva saints Appar, Sundarar, Tirujnanasambandhar, and Manikkavachakar, and in the works of erudite scholars like Paranjyoti Munivar, Kumara Guruparar, and Nilakantha Dikshitar.

May your homes be blessed and illuminated with knowledge and wisdom of the supreme energy and divine forces. **OM SHAKTHI**

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Navarathri Day 5 - Devi Dhanalakshmi Alankaram  |  Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015

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Dhana Lakshmi is one of the aspects of the eight secondary manifestations of Goddess Lakshmi. The name "Lakshmi" is derived from the Sanskrit elemental form "lakS," meaning to observe or perceive. This is also synonymous with "lakSya," meaning aim, goal or objective. Lakshmi is also considered a Mother Goddess when it comes to providing wealth in its 16 forms: Knowledge, intelligence, strength, valor, beauty, victory, fame, ambition, morality, gold and other wealth, food grains, bliss, happiness, health and longevity, and virtuous off-springs.

Dhana means wealth in the form of money or gold; at an intangible level it may even mean inner strength, will power, talent, virtues and character. So, Dhana-Lakshmi represents this aspect of the human world, and with her divine grace, we can get an abundance of wealth and prosperity. This form of Goddess Lakshmi is portrayed as six-armed, wearing a red sari, and holding in her five hands a discus, a conch, the holy pitcher, bow and arrow, and a lotus while the sixth arm is in Abhaya Mudra (a hand pose that is the gesture of reassurance and safety, which dispels fear and accords divine protection and bliss to the devotee. In Abhaya Mudra, the right hand is held upright, and the palm is facing outwards) with gold coins rolling from her palm. Her four arms signify Purity, Prosperity, Perfection and Freedom from bondage and the gold coins continuously flowing out of her left hand represents endless material prosperity. The story of Dhana Lakshmi and the power of material wealth is closely associated with the story of Goddess Padmavati and Lord Balaji.

Legend has it that once Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu had some quarrel and in anger Goddess Lakshmi left Vaikunta and came and resided on earth as Goddess Padmavati. Soon Lord Vishnu came in search of her and resided on earth as a forest dweller. Goddess Padmavati was now the daughter of a rich king. Soon Vishnu and Goddess Padmavati met. He wanted to marry her but a poor forest dweller did not have the wealth to make the daughter of a king his wife.Finally, it is said that Lord Vishnu took loan from Kubera, the treasurer of Gods. Kubera agreed to help under the condition that Lord Vishnu cannot leave the earth without repaying the debt. The amount that Lord Vishnu borrowed and the interest on it was too high that Vishnu could never return to Vaikunta. Finally, Lord Vishnu had to acknowledge the power of wealth and Dhana Lakshmi blessed him.

Symbolically, Dhana Lakshmi teaches the importance of material wealth in modern society. Dhana Lakshmi is only an aspect of Goddess Lakshmi. But unfortunately many people are immersed in this one aspect – making material wealth. Too much of anything isn’t good. Wealth is just like water. You need water for survival but too much of it can drown you as well. You need different types of wealth and resources to be rich in a real sense.

May the goddess bless your home with prosperity and harmony. **OM SHAKTHI**

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Navarathri Day 6 - Devi Santhana Lakshmi Alankaram  |  Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015

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‘Santhana’ means children. With the goddess’ blessings, you will be blessed with children who bring joy in your life and make you proud of them. With Santhana Lakshmi’s blessings you will get desirable children who will bring you wealth, fame and peace in the life. In this aspect she is the beautiful goddess who bestows upon worshippers the wealth of progeny for the welfare of the world and for upholding virtue. In the images she is shown as having six arms, of which she holds two sacred pitchers (kalasas) in two, a sword and shield in two, while with the fifth she holds a child who is seated in her lap and with the sixth she gives assurance to the world, holding it in the abhaya mudra. The arms also represent directions in space and thus symbolize omnipresence and omnipotence of the Goddess. She grants health and intelligence among children and protects the infants from all diseases. She is considered a very important goddess because children are the biggest wealth for a human being. Children are the greatest treasure, source of happiness, joy and your hope. Santhana Lakshmi is goddess of Progeny and Child birth.

A child is a god’s blessing. It also becomes important for the child to respect and offer salutations to the parents.

The legend says: Once, there lived a king named Padmakshan who ruled his kingdom with lots of goodness. Once, he did severe tapas (penance) towards Sri Lakshmi and asked the varam (boon) that Sri Lakshmi has to be born as his child. Padmakshan finally, got the varam that Sri Lakshmi will be born as his child. As a result of the Varam, Sri Lakshmi was born as the child for Padmakshan. They kept her name as "Padmai". As the years passed, Sri Lakshmi grew and Padmakshan was very fond of his daughter. When she reached a marriageable age, he ordered for the Swayamvaram (bride chooses her man) to happen. He called up all the kings to participate in the Swayamvaram. In the palace, lots of kings and Asuras also came for the swayamvaram, the kingdom and the palace sparkled in brightness. And finally, Padmai came to the palace where all the kings, Asuras etc., were present. On seeing the beauty of Padmai, all the kings were star struck. Seeing this scene Padmakshan thought that no one is equivalent in terms of beauty of his daughter. So, he announced that who ever smears the blue color of the sky in their body, would get married to his daughter. And on hearing this, all the kings and Asuras etc., thought he was making a fool of them, and all got angry towards him. As a result of this, there was a war between Padmakshan and the Asuras. Finally, the Asuras killed Padmakshan. Having heard about this, Padmai jumped into the fire. On hearing this, all the Asuras and the kings, left the palace. After sometime, Padmai emerged from the fire and saw the kingdom destroyed completely. She thought the entire disaster is because of her. So, near the fire, she started to perform tapas towards Sriman Narayanan. The lord appeared and thus formed the union between Sriman Narayanan and Santhana Lakshmi.

May the divine grace of Santhana Lakshmi be symbolic of your spiritual connection with your progeny thus bringing peace and wellness into your household. **OM SHAKTHI**

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Navarathri Day 7 - Devi Vaishnavi Alankaram  |  Monday, Oct. 19, 2015

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Goddess Vaishnavi is the Divine Mother of Hinduism. “'Vaishnavi' means the one who is related to lord "Vishnu'', who represents his energy. Her right hand holds joy and pain and her left hand holds life and death. Goddess Vaishnavi is one of the seven mother goddesses or Sapta Matrikas. Goddess Vaishnavi takes Her name from Lord Vishnu and is born from the body of Vishnu. She is armed with the same weapons like Lord Vishnu and wears the same ornaments and rides the same Vahana or vehicle. The Sapta Matrikas or the seven divine mothers, represent the saktis, or the energies of the important familiar deities - Brahmani, Mahesvari, Kaumari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Indrani and Chamunda. (Please note that Goddess Vaishnavi is different from Goddess Vaishno Devi).

The immediate purpose of the creation of the goddess was the annihilation of the evil. However another purpose of her creation was that she might usher on earth an era of pious and ascetic life so that the peace could prevail upon the world and she through her penance could rise to higher levels of spirituality and ultimately merge with Vishnu. All the matrikas are to be seated images and should have two of their hands in Abhaya and Varada poses while the other two hands carry weapons appropriate to the male counterparts of the female powers.

In her form, we come across the right lower hand, which is held in Abhaya Mudra (the pose signifying assurance of freedom from fear). The Gita says fear is caused by unfulfilled desires. The ultimate gift of the Goddess is the blessing of deliverance from fears. The thunderbolt signifies firmness. The devotee of the goddess must be firm like thunderbolt in one's convictions. Like the thunderbolt that can break anything against which it strikes, without being affected itself, one needs to attack a challenge without losing one’s confidence.

May we continue to evolve in spiritual quality amidst the worldly mud of lust and greed! **OM SHAKTHI**

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Navarathri Day 8 - Devi Mookambika Alankaram  |  Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015

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Devi Mookambika – the goddess who vanquished the mute demon Mooka. The goddess is the embodiment of Shakti (energy or substance of the cosmos), Prakriti (the natural, material world), and Maya (perceived reality). Her manifestation indirectly implies the supreme power and invincibility to dissolve all difficulties in the path of liberation. Mookambika is the goddess presiding over the temple town of Kollur, 135 km from Mangalore, Karnataka. Devi Mookambika has three eyes and four arms, with the divine disc and conch in her hands. Like Lord Shiva, Devi is also referred to as "Triyambake" meaning the three eyed Goddess. The left eye represents desire (the moon), the right eye represents action (the sun), and the central eye knowledge (fire). The conch shell in Durga's hand symbolizes the 'Pranava' or the mystic word 'Om', which indicates her holding on to God in the form of sound. The sword that the goddess holds in one of her hands symbolizes knowledge. Knowledge which is free from all doubts is symbolized by the shine of the sword.

The evergreen Kodachadri hills of the Western Ghats and the perennial Sauparnika River trace back their history to the days of legends when a sage and a demon meditated side by side. While the sage had no aim but to eventually achieve oneness with the Lord, the demon obviously had power and invincibility on his mind. The saint called Kola Maharshi who did penance at the present Kollur (the place was named after him). He was troubled by a Rakshasa called Mookasura. The Adhi Prashakthi killed Mookasura and helped Kola Maharshi to do penance in peace. That is the reason why she is called Mookambika. She is a very popular goddess of Karnataka and Kerala. People of Kerala consider her as Saraswathi and make it a point to visit Kollur as often as possible. It is a dream for many of them to teach the first alphabets to their babies in the Mookambika Temple on the Vijaya Dasami day.

Yet another legend says that Adi shankara once worshipped goddess Saraswati in order to bring her to Kerala, where none of her temples existed. She agreed to come, but only in one condition - that when he was going she would follow and if he stops and looks backs,she will stay there itself and not continue. Adi shankaracharya readily agreed. So they started walking down from Kodachadri hills. While walking he could always hear her anklets, so he knew that she was with him. Suddenly, the sound stopped. Adi shankara looked back in intense doubt. When he saw she was still with him, Adi shankara apologized, knowing that he had broken her condition.

The Goddess Mookambika is in the form of Jyotir-Linga incorporating both Shiva and Shakthi. The Panchaloha image (five element mixed metal) of the Goddess on Shree Chakra is stated to have been consecrated by Adi shankaracharya during his visit to this place. There is an exquisite sculpture of Panchamukha (five faced) Ganesha. The right half of the Jyotirlinga is regarded as the 3 Hindu Trinity Gods -Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. The left half stands for the three Hindu Goddesses Parvati, Lakshmi and Saraswathi. Goddess Mookambika is an embodiment of all divine powers.

May Devi Mookambika bless our homes with wisdom and goodness! **OM SHAKTHI**

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Navarathri Day 9 - Devi Saraswati Alankaram  |  Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015

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Devi Saraswati - one of the many faces reflected in the image of the Divine Mother. Called the Goddess of the Word, Saraswati means "the one who gives the essence (Sara) of our own Self (Swa)”.

She is also known as the Goddess of Learning and is the consort (wife) of the Hindu God Brahma (the Creator). Saraswati is closely identified with culture, language, speech, wisdom, intellect, creativity and inspiration. She contains all forms within her, pervades all creation, and is the power of intelligence and thought. As the embodiment of speech Saraswati teaches us the power of the spoken Word. She helps us to become aware of our speech and to understand the importance of choosing our words carefully. She teaches us about idle chatter and gossip which benefit no one and actually dissipate the light in our chakras (spirituals centers). After creating the universe, Brahma was looking over what was made and realized it was unformed and utterly lacking in concept. To help him with this monumental task of creating form, Brahma decided to create the embodiment of knowledge. So from his mouth emerged the Saraswati- the goddess of knowledge and wisdom. Saraswati emerged from Brahma and began to give him direction on how to create order in the cosmos; the sun, moon, and stars all came into being. She later became the bride of Brahma, as their matching created the order we see today.

The lotus is a symbol of the Supreme Reality. By sitting on a lotus, Saraswati signifies that She is Herself rooted in the Supreme Reality, and symbolizes supreme knowledge. The white sari that the Goddess is wearing denotes that She is the embodiment of pure knowledge. The two front arms indicate her activity in the physical world and the two back arms signify her presence in the spiritual world. The four hands represent the four elements of the inner personality. The mind (manas) is represented by the front right hand, the intellect (buddhi) by the front left hand, the conditioned consciousness (chitta) by the rear left hand, and the ego (ahankara) by the rear right hand.

A book in the rear left hand signifies that knowledge acquired must be used with love and kindness to promote prosperity of mankind. The rosary signifies concentration, meditation, and contemplation, leading to samadhi, or union with God. The Goddess is shown playing a veena (stringed instrument). This symbol conveys that the seeker must tune his mind and intellect in order to live in perfect harmony with the world. A swan is said to have a sensitive beak that enables it to distinguish pure milk from a mixture of milk and water. A swan, therefore, symbolizes the power of discrimination, or the ability to discriminate between right and wrong or good and bad. Saraswati uses the swan as her vahana (vehicle). This indicates that one must acquire and apply knowledge with discrimination for the good of mankind. Knowledge that is dominated by ego can destroy the world. She helped Brahma see how to change chaos into creation.

May the goddess of speech and wisdom enlighten our homes with goodness and purity! **OM SHAKTHI**

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Navarathri Day 10 - Devi Mahishasura Mardhini Alankaram  |  Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

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Day Ten: THE GRAND FINALE – Devi Mahishasura Mardhini
Over the past nine days, you saw how our scriptures narrated many legends and episodes of Parashakthi coming in different incarnations for different purposes. Each day of Navaratri (Nine nights) is dedicated to one such form of Parashakthi (Supreme Energy). It marks the end of the Maha Navratri or the nine days of Durga Puja. This day is also symbolic of the end of Mahishasur, the king of demons who was killed by Goddess Durga on this day. According to mythology, Durga was created by the Gods by pooling in their spiritual powers as they wanted to create ‘shakti’ that was ultimate and could annihilate Mahishasur. So it is a celebration of righteousness over evil. This is why she is called Mahishasura Mardini, the destroyer of Mahisha asura (demon), mahisha meaning “buffalo.” Buffalo represents darkness, ignorance and inertia. This of “Mahisha” as the individual human ego.

Vijayadasami also celebrates the victory of Lord Ram over Ravana as cited in the epic Ramayana. This is when Lord Ram rescues his wife Sita who was abducted by Ravana and imprisoned in Lanka. Effigies of Ravana are burnt to mark the victory of good over evil. The word "Dussehra" is derived from Sanskrit "Dasa-Hara" means "removal of ten heads" which is representing the triumph of Lord Sri Rama over the demon King Ravana, the victory of Good over Evil.

The word "VijayaDasami" is also derived from Sanskrit word Vijaya-Dasami meaning "the victory on Dasami" (Dasami is the 10th lunar day of Hindu calendar month).

May god bless your homes with happiness, peace, success and good health! **OM SHAKTHI**

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