Arrival of autumn is the arrival of season of festivals in Hindu calendar with one of the biggest festival Durgotsav and Navratri. Both of these mean the praying to mother goddess. Devi Durga is also known by nine different names which are: Shailaputri, Brahmcharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri. Well that shows that Hindus love to worship their Mother Goddess. In reality it is the way by which religion tries to teach us to respect women. This started from the beginning of religion in India. A whole chapter in the tenth mandal of the holy Rigveda (first Hindu scripture) deals with the devotional sadhanas of Shakti. The “Devi Sukta” and “Usha Sukta” of the Rigveda and “Ratri Sukta” of the Samveda similarly sing paeans of praise of sadhanas of Shakti.The fifth chapter of the Rudra Sanhita of Shiva Purana also vividly describes the various Divine Emanations of Durga.
The reality is that in Hinduism or better in India of the past women had the highest pedestal. Now we are more into professing our respect to Goddess and looking at women as a commodity. This is the greatest flaw that is pulling us down as a society. We have to empower our woman, give them education (to the poorest of poor) so that future generations come out really educated. Festivities in the meantime will continue.
There are many stories regarding Devi Durga, many of them unknown to even many Indians. It will be my endeavor to bring those stories to you in the coming posts. Hope you will love it. This is not just for Indians but for all the women to know what power is ascribed to women according to Indian Mysticism (Puranas). Hope you will enjoy it. Just read it and try to see eastern mysticism. I am sure you will love it. Just as a glimpse I am giving some recitations which is recited everyday in the name of Goddess for next nine days starting from tomorrow onwards. They are nothing but respect to mother Goddess or better respect to Womanhood
Ya Devi sarva bhuteshu Matri rupena samsthita
Ya Devi sarva bhuteshu Shakti rupena samsthita
Ya Devi sarva bhutesu Shanti rupena samsthita
Namestasyai Namestasyai Namestasyai Namoh Namah
Translation:The goddess who is omnipresent as the personification of universal mother
The goddess who is omnipresent as the embodiment of power
The goddess who is omnipresent as the symbol of peace
I bow to her, I bow to her, I bow to her
(from Sree Sree Chandi; translation from Google)