Religions’ noble objective is to unite the entire humanity with the bonds of LOVE and HARMONY, RESPECT and REGARDS. In India our holy Motherland in particular, by our tradition and culture respect all Religions and coexist with the followers of all religions and with the freedom of worship enshrined in our great Constitution we have temples and churches, mosques and Gurdwaras are abound in all places-East to West and North to South!
Rightly our Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi always stressed upon religious unity and all Indians-Hindus and Muslims, Christians, Parsis and Jains all involved voluntarily in our freedom struggle under Gandhi’s leadership and won historic freedom purely with the weapon of NONVIOLENCE AND TRUTH.
Very nobly he sang Ramdun every day in his prayer meetings:
ரகுபதி ராகவ ராஜாராம்
பதீத பாவன சீதா ராம்
ஈஸ்வர அல்லா தேரே நாம்
சப்கோ சன்மதி தே பகவான்!
Sunday the sixth October today is MAHA SAPTAMI day -Seventh day of Festival of Nine Nights called DUSSEHRA and NAVRATRI.
The seventh day of the Navratri festival is celebrated as Maha Saptami. During the grand Durga Puja festivity of 9 days, there is vital importance of the seventh day which is observed as Maha Saptami. As per the Hindu calendar, the day is celebrated in the month of Chaitra during Shukla Paksha on Saptami. According to the Gregorian calendar, the day falls in the month of March or April.
What is the Significance of Maha Saptami?
The day of Maha Saptami holds great significance as devotees worship Goddess Durga and seek her divine blessings. During all the nine days of the Chaitra Navratri, devotees worship and offer prayers to Hindu Goddess Shakti. It is believed that during the festivity, nine different incarnations of Goddess Durga are revered and worshipped across India. The day is also celebrated as Gudi Padwa in the states of Maharashtra, Ugadi in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and various other southern states and also as the beginning of the Hindu New Year.
The festivity and celebrations of Maha Saptami begin with offering a sacred bath to Navapatrika. It comprises of nine different plants including Paddy, Banana, Jayanti, Colacassia, Pomegranate, Ashoka, Turmeric, Arum Plant, and Bel. All these plants are together tied with Koyala and Aparajita plants and then Navapatrika is formed. This represents the win of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura.
At the time of war with Mahishasura, Maa Durga created eight different war partners called ‘Ashtanayika’. These nine different plants are the symbols of these eight war partners and Goddess Durga.
TOMORROW the seventh October is Durgashtami:
2019 Mahashtami, Durgashtami
Mahashtami, also known as Maha Durga Ashtami, is second day of Durga Puja. Maha Ashtami is one of the most important days of Durga Puja. Durga Puja on Maha Ashtami begins with Mahasnan and Shodashopachara Puja (षोडशोपचार पूजा) which is very much similar to Maha Saptami Puja except Prana Pratishtha (प्राण प्रतिष्ठा) which is done only once on Maha Saptami.
On Maha Ashtami nine small pots are installed and nine Shaktis of Durga are invoked in them. All nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped during Maha Ashtami Puja.
Young unmarried girls, being treated as Goddess Durga itself, are also worshipped on Maha Ashtami. Worshipping of young girls during Durga Puja is known as Kumari Puja. In many regions Kumari Puja is done during all nine days of Durga Navratri. Kumari Puja on a single day during Durga Puja is preferred on Maha Ashtami.
The legendary Sandhi Puja is also falls on Maha Ashtami. The time window of the last 24 minutes of Ashtami Tithi and the first 24 minutes of Navami Tithi is known as Sandhi Time or the holy juncture during Durga Puja. Sandhi time is considered the most auspicious time during whole Durga Puja. Sandhi Puja is the culmination point and the most important ritual of Durga Puja. It is customary to perform Balidan or animal sacrifice at this sacred juncture. Devotees who abstain from animal sacrifice perform symbolic Bali with vegetables like banana, cucumber or pumpkin. For Brahmins any type of animal sacrifice is prohibited by scriptures and Brahmin community does only symbolic Bali. Even the famous Belur Math in West Bengal does symbolic Bali with banana during Sandhi Puja. It is customary to light 108 earthen lamps during Sandhi Kaal.
Here is a poem composed by Mahakavi Subramanya Bharathiyar on Navratri in Tamil, its transliteration and translation:
1.உஜ்ஜயினீ, நித்ய கல்யாணி
ஓம் சக்தி ஓம் சக்தி ஓம் சக்தி (உஜ்ஜயினீ)
2. உஜ்ஜய காரண சங்கர தேவி
உமா சரஸ்வதி ஸ்ரீ மாதா ஸா (உஜ்ஜயினீ)
3. வாழி புனைந்து சங்கர தேவன்
தோழி, பதங்கள் பணிந்து துணிந்தனம் (உஜ்ஜயினீ)
4. சத்ய யுகத்தை அகத்தி லிருத்தி
திறத்தை நமக்கருளிச் செய்யும் உத்தமி. (உஜ்ஜயினீ)
1. Ujjayinnee nithya kalyaaNi!
Ohm Sakthi, Ohm Sakthi, Ohm Sakthi (ujjayinee)
2. Ujjaya kaaraNi sankara devee
Uma saraswathi sri maathaa sa (ujjayinee)
3. Vaazi punaindhu maheswaradhevan
Thozhi, padhangkaL paNindhu thuNindhanam (Ujjayinee)
4 Sathya yugaththai agaththi liruththi
tThiraththai namakkaruLich cheyyum uththami. (Ujjayinee)
1. Primal Goddess of readiness
Mother Might of the sacred syllable!
2. Cause of readiness in us
Consort of Sankara,
Uma, Saraswathi, Mother Mahalakshmi!
3. Praising the companion of Maheswara
We bow at Her feet and get ready.
4. She i9s good, she gives us strength
And encapsulates in us the Age of Truth!
Let us on this auspicious festival of Nine Nights invoke the grace and blessings of Durga for valor, Lakshmi for Wealth and Saraswati for learning and knowledge- three eternal needs of human beings!
With this we end this week’s Sunday story and we shall meet as usual tomorrow. Till then GOODBYE!
Navratri golu-Doll show at Bangalore by Sharadha
Navratri Golu Doll Show at US by Sruthi.
Saraswathi Pooja at Chennai by Srivalli