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Michigan Parashakthi Temple Navaratri Specials

Day 1
Devi Shakambari Alankaram

Day 2
Devi Kamakshi Alankaram

Day 3
Devi Meenakshi Alankaram

Day 4
Devi Vaishnavi

Alankaram

Day 5
Devi Annapoorneswari Alankaram

Day 6
Devi Bala Thripura Sundari Alankaram

Day 7
Devi Mahalakshmi Devi Alankaram

Day 8
Devi Kanaka Durga Alankaram

Day 9
Devi Maha Saraswati Alankaram

Day 10 - Vijayadasami Devi Mahishasuramardini Alankaram

 

An exclusive report from The Eternal Mother Parashakthi Temple, Pontiac, MI
Miindia.com © 2019



It is that time of the year! Delightful faces, vibrant chants, the aura of divinity is witnessed as devotees throng The Eternal Mother Parashakthi Temple to celebrate the nine nights/ten days of the cosmic victory of three forms of the eternal supreme power – Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. The Parashakthi temple in Pontiac is known for its positive fervor as devotees visit the abode of the only Shakthi Peetha of the west in Pontiac from all across the globe. The very moment you enter the grand temple doors, the empowering Rajagopuram, the detailed archtecture of each cosmic angel, the divine forces of the Shakthi embraces you into a peaceful submission of your self.

Welcome to the season of festivities. Nine nights and Ten days (Saturday Sep 28, 2019 - Monday Oct 7, 2019) of the temple and the various manifested forms of Mother Parashakthi.


Navarathri Day 1 - Devi Shakambari Alankaram  |  Saturday, Sep. 28, 2019

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An aspect of Goddess Durga, Shakambari nourishes your soul by bringing vegetation or herbs (a natural healing) to your mind. The goddess of the forest guards you in your safe journey. She sits on a lotus and carries grains, flowers, sprouts, roots, herbs, fruits and vegetables. Meditating and thinking of Devi Shakambari averts all darkness, difficulties and provides you nourishment and complete fulfillment.

Demon Durgamasura performed rigorous rituals to attain all 4 vedas and all the wisdom that it emanates. Additionally, the demon received a boon from Brahma that all offerings made to the gods would reach him instead. With insurmountable ego, selfishness, conceit, agitation, confusion and worldliness leads to darkness (in other words “Drought”). Drought and famine affects the world when spiritual qualities cease to exist. Owing to demon Durgamasura’s meditation, darkness grasped human consciousness and the Earth was struck with 100 years of drought.

The sages took reguge in caves and prayed incessantly to the Divine Mother. Moved by the plight of humanity, tears of compassion fell from her eyes which formed the river and nourished life on Earth. Devi took the form of Dasha Mahaavidyas (Ten Wisdom Goddesses) and several other goddess forms and defeated the demon in a huge battle slaying him with the trident. This symbol of Noursishment is called Shakambari - She who nourishes by bringing (ambhari) vegetation or herbs (shaaka).

May Devi Shakambari nourish all living creation and offer you and your loved ones complete spritual fulfillment.


Navarathri Day 2 - Devi Kamakshi Alankaram  |  Sunday, Sep. 29, 2019

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An aspect of Goddess Durga, Kamakshi embodies the autonomy of nature. The goddess appears with beauty and tranquility. Her symbols are associated with the god of love. She carries a noose goad, parrot on the top left and top right hands. She is also seen with a lotus and sugarcane. These elements are symbolic of things that bind one to the world. This gives a very important message to the world – that of keeping emotions under control gives way to enlightenment. The Goddess is called as “Sri Kamakshi. 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 goddess who lives with Goddess Saraswati and Goddess Lakshmi as her both eyes.

According to legends, the lord of the Ganas, Citrakarma creates the image of a man out of the burnt ashes of Love (the Love god Manmatha who tried to distract Shiva from meditation and got burnt by the power of Agni (fire) from the third eye of Shiva). Shiva names the new image, Bhanda, teaches him a powerful mantra and gives him the boon of being one and a half times as strong as his enemy, and empowering him as ruler for sixty thousand years. Unfortunately, because he was generated from the ashes of Shiva's wrath he is transformed into a fierce demon. Intoxicated with his new found power he proceeded to rampage the kingdom of the gods.

The gods could do nothing as Siva is protecting Bhanda, but once this time has gone by, the gods try to find a way to destroy him and protect all the Celestials from the atrocities of a demon. The Devas (after repeated prayers) summon the Divine Mother in the form of Kamakshi. Legend has it that Kamakshi appeared in her ethereal form in a pit or cave (Bilakasa Swarupa) to save the Devas from Asuras. Bhanda does not regard an army of women as a serious threat, and laughs that Kamakshi is as soft and delicate as the flower. To Bhanda's dismay and the gods' delight, Kamakshi's army is very powerful. After a long battle, she kills him using the Kamesvara missile, which has an incredibly bright splendor. All the gods praise Kamakshi for her courage and success. She agrees to bring back the god of Love, Manmatha and reunites him with his grateful wife Rathi Devi.

This myth shows how Kamakshi is the two forms of human nature simultaneously. She is able to be devoted to her Consort Siva, but to maintain the independence she needs to lead her army to war. She is fierce in her battles, but her most powerful weapons and warriors are created from her laugh and jubilance. Kamakshi shows people the way to deal with problems in their everyday lives. 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.

May goddess Kamakshi bless your homes with vibrant love and success!


Navarathri Day 3 - Devi Meenakshi Alankaram  |  Monday, Sep. 30, 2019

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The Mother of the Cosmos, “Adi Shakti” (the original source of energy), the divine consort of Lord Shiva, appeared in her incarnation as “Meenakshi, meaning fish eyed” from the words “meena, meaning fish” and “akshi meaning eyes”. Meenakshi also means “the one who has eyes like that of a fish”. Fish are said to look after and protect their younger ones with their eyes, similarly goddess looks after her devotees.
Lord Shiva is the embodiment of the super consciousness expressed in the human body. The ultimate union of the male and the female consciousness is expressed in one body - Meenakshi.

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 (maha vidyas) 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. She is the Shiva-Shakthi personification, the powerful mighty princess with exemplary administrative powers, cosmic justice, and causeless compassion to all.


Navarathri Day 4 - Sri Vaishno Devi/Sri Vaishnavi Devi  |  Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019

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Goddess Vaishno Devi is the manifestation of the collective spiritual strengths of Maha Saraswati, Maha Lakshmi and Maha Kali presented by the three natural 'pindis' (heads) which embody the creative, preservative, and destructive aspects of the Supreme Power. Vaishno Devi, also known as Mata Rani, Trikuta and Vaishnavi, is a manifestation of the Hindu Mother Goddess Mahalakshmi. Her right hand holds joy and pain and her left hand holds life and death.

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.

According to the local legends a pious brahma?a named Pa??it Sridhar lived at the foot of Triku?a about 700 years back. Due to his intense devotion and earnest prayers, the Divine Mother had manifested herself as a little girl of extraordinary beauty and had fed a very large crowd of people invited by Sridhar. This place is now called Bhumika Mandir. She had also spent nine months in meditation in a cave, now known as the Garbh Joon.

When pursued by the demon Bhairon, she beheaded him, assuming the fierce form of Ca?dika. In his dying moments, Bhairav pleaded for forgiveness. The Goddess knew that Bhairav's main intention in attacking her was to achieve salvation. She not only granted Bhairav liberation from the cycle of reincarnation, but also granted him a boon, whereby every devotee, in order to ensure completion of the pilgrimage, had to visit Bhairav Nath's temple near the Holy cave after the darshan of the Goddess.

Meanwhile Vaishno Devi assumed the shape of a rock with three pindis (heads) and immersed herself into meditation forever. Devotees believe Goddess Vaishno Devi fulfills all the longings of human life dharma (righteousness), artha (goal), kama (lust) and moksha (salvation). The legend is that the goddess herself has an unfulfilled wish. When all humanity has taken her blessings, Lord Vishnu, for whom the goddess waits in her small cave shrine, would marry her in his Kalki avatar.



Navarathri Day 5 - Sri Annapoornesvari Devi   |  Wednesday, Oct 2, 2019

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This aspect of Shakthi is derived from Sanskrit meaning the giver of food and nourishment. Anna means "food" or "grains" and pur?a means "full, complete and perfect". The lower left hand is depicted holding a vessel full of delicious porridge and the right with golden ladle adorned with various kinds of jewels. Here is a little legend which explains that even Moksha (salvation) is not possible on an empty stomach.

Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati used to play the game of dice. Shiva lost the bet with Parvati in one of the games. A humiliated Shiva left for the Deodar forest. Lord Vishnu approached Shiva and asked him to play again to win back all that he had lost. Taking advice from Vishnu, Shiva played again and won all that he had lost in the previous game. Goddess Parvati grew suspicious about Shiva’s sudden turn of fortunes. This led to a verbal duel between the couple. Finally, Lord Vishnu intervened and revealed that the dice moved as per his wish and they were under the illusion that they were playing.

Lord Shiva said everything is Maya (illusion)…including food. Goddess Parvati did not agree. She argued that if food is illusion she was also an illusion. She wanted to know how the world would survive without food and disappeared. Her disappearance meant Nature came to a standstill. In the absence of food from the earth, the earth became infertile and everyone had suffered from the deep hunger. Shiva soon realized that he is incomplete without Shakti. To attain perfection in wisdom and renunciation, Shiva seeks her nourishment. Goddess Parvati could not see her children perishing out hunger and appeared in Kashi (Varanasi) and started distributing food. Shiva appeared before her with a begging bowl and Goddess Parvati fed Shiva. Shiva said that food cannot be dismissed as mere illusion as it is required to nourish the body in which resides the Atma.

Mother Annapoorna inspires us to nourish others, to give our best, consistent in the wisdom that the greatest joy comes from renunciation. As we can free ourselves from attachment we experience more and more of the bliss of Sankara, which literally means the cause of peace.


Navarathri Day 6 - Sri Baala Thripura Sundhari Alankaaram   |  Thursday, Oct 3, 2019

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Bala Tripura Sundari Devi or Kumarika (the virgin goddess), also known simply as Bala is the youthful aspect of the Hindu Goddess, Tripura Sundari, the consort of Lord Shiva. Tripura Sundari is represented as a young girl when the delightful aspects of her existence is most pronounced. She is endowed with a playful nature, enthusiasm to learn, seek new experience and charm everyone. Tripura Sundari is an embodiment of youthfulness and is revered as the deity that guides young girls to lead fruitful lives. She is the embodiment of maya – devoid of any blemish. Sri Bala Tripura Sundari, the moving spirit of Sri Chakra. Her face resembles the beautiful face of the full moon. Her eyes look like the lotus petals. Her lotus feet are worshipped by Indra and other Gods.

Sri Yantra represents the goddess in her form of Devi Lalita or Tripura Sundari, "the beauty of the three worlds": Bhu Loka (Physical Plane, Consciousness of the Physical Plane), Bhuvar Loka (Intermediate Space, Consciousness of the Prana (living force) and Swar Loka (Heaven, Consciousness of the Divine Mind). The bright red/golden color in which the Great Cosmic Power Tripura Sundari is represented, signifies her state of ecstatic happiness, her illuminating and complete knowledge, as well as her boundless compassion for all the beings of the Creation. Some definitions also indicate that she is identical with the triangle (trikona) that symbolizes the yoni (origin and form of life) and that forms her chakra. She is called Tripura also because her mantra has three clusters of syllables. Here Tripura is identified with the alphabet, from which all sounds and words proceed and which is often understood to occupy a primordial place in tantric cosmology (Om). She is seen in a meditative form holding the garland of alphabets and rudraksha (shiva's eye).

Bala Tripura Sundari joins the battle against the forces of the arch-demon Bhanda. Although prevented thus by her mom Sri Lalita Devi, the girl was overcome by curiosity. She requested once again for permission to fight. On observing her steadfast decision, the mother, granted her permission after closely clasping her in her arms. She took off one of her armors and gave it to her. From her weapons, she gave her the requisite weapons and sent her off. She killed all 30 sons of the demon Bhandasura which was extremely difficult to do.

May you be blessed with divine support and lead a hassle-free and successful life by connecting with the divine feminine.


Navarathri Day 7 - Sri Maha Lakshmi Alankaaram   |  Friday, Oct 4, 2019

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Mahalakshmi is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity, both material and spiritual. In Hindu mythology, Goddess Lakshmi, also called Shri, is the divine spouse of Lord Vishnu and provides him with wealth for the maintenance and preservation of the creation. The goddess depicts auspiciousness, purity, prosperity and generosity. She also embodies charm, beauty and grace.

In our vision, Mahalakshmi is depicted in a female form with four arms. She is standing or sitting on a lotus. Two elephants (some pictures show four) are shown next to the Goddess. The four arms represent the four directions in space and thus symbolize omnipresence and omnipotence of the Goddess. The lotus seat, which Lakshmi is standing or sitting upon, signifies that while living in this world, one should enjoy its wealth, but not become obsessed with it. Such a living is akin to a lotus that grows in water but is not wetted by water. The four hands represent the four ends of human life: dharma (righteousness), kama (genuine desires), artha (wealth), and moksha (liberation from birth and death). The two elephants standing next to the Goddess symbolize the name and fame associated with worldly wealth. The idea conveyed here is that a true devotee should not earn wealth merely to acquire name and fame or only to satisfy his own material desires, but should share it with others in order to bring happiness to others in addition to himself. Lakshmi's vahana (vehicle), the Owl (or the Ulooka in Sanskrit) is a bird that signifies wisdom and that sleeps through the day and prowls through the night. This is because it can only see in the dark, and goes blind in the day. This partial blindness in the creature is actually indicative of a sadhaka's (seeker) tendency of going toward the pursuit of secular instead of spiritual wealth.

Salutations to the Goddess Mahalakshmi - the destroyer of the demon Mahishasura, who is the consort of the one with blue throat (Lord Shiva), who has many relations in this world (being the Cosmic Mother) and who created abundance (in creation). May the divine grace of Mahalakshmi be symbolic of your continuous self-effort, in accordance with dharma and governed by wisdom and purity, leading to both material and spiritual prosperity.


Navarathri Day 8 - Sri Kanaka Durga Alankaaram   |  Saturday, Oct 5, 2019

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Kanaka Durga is a form of the supreme goddess Durga- an unified symbol of all divine forces. The word “Kanaka” in Sanskrit translates to “gold” and, hence, the goddess has a golden hue around her. Kanaka Durga is regarded as Swayambhu – the self-manifested; as such is regarded as one of the most powerful goddesses of the Hindus. 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.

A very famous legend states that once upon a time many powerful demons performed penance in order to please the gods. Consequently, the gods were pleased and the demons asked for immense power and strength as boon. The gods had no choice but to grant them the boon they desired and, therefore, after some time the demons became very powerful. They began to spread chaos and havoc all around the world. They even defeated many gods and demigods let alone human beings.

While they were troubling everyone including many sages, one of the sages named Indrakila, prayed to Durga with great devotion and sincerity and asked for her help to free them from the tyranny of the demons. Durga was pleased by his prayers and assumed the form of Kanaka Durga and came down on earth. One of the very powerful demons was Mahishasura, who was creating a lot of destruction on earth. Soon, Kanaka Durga encountered him and killed him. Indrakila then prayed to her to stay on earth and bless everyone. Kanaka Durga then agreed to his prayers and made Indrakila her abode. Indrakila is supposed to have assumed the form of a hill. Hence, one of the most famous temples of Kanaka Durga is on the Indrakiladri Hill in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. Kanaka Durga’s consort Shiva took abode on an adjacent hill as Jyotirlinga.

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


Navarathri Day 9 - Sri Devi Maha Saraswati Alankaaram   |  Sunday, Oct 6, 2019

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This is the final day of the Navratri (nine nights) - the supreme energy, the supreme power of the universe was draped in nine different forms symbolizing victory of positivity over negativity. During these nine nights and ten days, the three forms of the goddess -Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi - are invoked. A joyful silence descends that is filled with awareness as we prepare for the grand finale!

The first three days are tamasic (imbalance, chaos, ignorance), the next three rajasic (self-centered, egoistic), and the last three sattvic (balance, order, purity). In life, all these three qualities co-exist and we have to skillfully get past them. It is the awakening of the Divinity. Supporting the positivity in us and skillfully removing the negative can be learnt by invoking and awakening the Divine in us.

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.

The lotus is a symbol of the Supreme Reality. By sitting on a lotus, Saraswati signifies that “She” is rooted in the Supreme Reality, and symbolizes supreme knowledge. The white sari that the Goddess is wearing denotes 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 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. Brahma thus became the creator of the world with Saraswati as his wisdom.

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


Navarathri Day 10 - Sri Devi Mahishasura Mardhini Alankaaram   |  Monday, Oct 7, 2019

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Devi Mahishasura Mardhini - Her most celebrated role as the Slayer of Mahishasura, the Buffalo Demon.

According to mythology - Mahisha, a ferocious demon has undertaken extraordinary austerities, and thereby accrued such vast power that even the Gods can no longer defeat him. In successive battles, they lose the three worlds to Mahisha's superior might -- and the Cosmic Order in thrown into disarray. Who can defeat an enemy that is mightier than the Gods? The Power (Shakti) that created both the Gods and the enemy in the first place. In order to access that Power, the Gods must reverse the downward unfolding of Divine manifestation, i.e. the cosmic principles. To help understand, think of Mahisha as the individual human ego.

When gods offer their own individual powers, the source materializes into a peerless splendor born as a culmination of the three worlds as a woman. She is Maha Devi, the Great Goddess, the Mother of all beings, divine and mortal. Taking the warrior form of Her avatar, Goddess Durga, She departs on Her lion mount to meet the demon. A battle of nine days and nine nights ensues, during which Devi decimates Mahisha's armies using lesser Goddesses produced from Her own body. At last, She and Mahisha alone remain standing on the corpse-strewn battlefield. Of course, Mahisha cannot win, but he takes the forms of many powerful beasts as he tries. While he is in mid-transformation from Buffalo back to Human form, Devi finally slays him, thus saving the Universe, restoring the Cosmic Order -- and earning the title, Mahishasura Mardini.

The word "VijayaDasami" is a Sanskrit word meaning "the victory on Dasami" (Dasami is the 10th lunar day of Hindu calendar month).

Miindia.com wishes all of you a beautiful year filled with lots of positive energy, vibrations and harmony. May your homes and families be filled with joy, peace and goodness.


 
 
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