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Christmas Eve 2018

The language of the soul is one, the languages of nations are many; their customs and methods of life are widely different. Religion is of the soul and finds expression through various nations, languages, and customs. Hence it…

Inspiration : Mother Lakshmi

सिद्धिबुद्धिप्रदे देवि भुक्तिमुक्तिप्रदायिनि । मन्त्रमूर्ते सदा देवि महालक्ष्मीर्नमोऽस्तु ते ॥ Salutations to Goddess Mahalakshmi, who gives us intelligence and success, who fulfills our material desires and grants salvation, who…

Durga Puja 2018 : Ashtami

Photos of Durga Puja on Ashtami tithi at Belur Math on 17 October 2018 As on Saptami, on Ashtami also, Mahasnan and Shodashopacharapuja are done.  In addition, nine small pots with flags of different colours attached are installed and…

Durga Puja 2018 : Sandhi Puja

Sandhi Puja :  The last 24 minutes of Ashtami and the first 24 minutes of Navami (a total of 48 minutes between the two lunar days) constitute the Sandhi or ”Sacred Juncture”.  It is considered to be a most auspicious time.  At this time…

Durga Puja 2018 : Kumari Puja

Kumari Puja :  Worship of a young girl, treating her as Devi, is also a part of Ashtami Puja.  Sri Ramakrishna has said that the Divine Mother manifests herself more in a pure-hearted girl and that is why Kumari Puja is done.  He used to…