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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Navratri Kicksoff

Each night of the Navratras is dedicated to one form of Mother:

This starts with Mahalaya - click here (part1) and here (part2) to listen

1. Mata Shailputri - Daughter of Parvatraj (King of the Mountain) Himalaya. She married Shankar and gave birth to Ganesh (The Remover of obstacles) and Kartikeya (The God of War).

2. Mata Brahmachaarini - She gives the world the message of Pure Love.

3. Mata Chandraghanta - She establishes Justice. She wears the crescent moon on Her head.

4. Mata Kushmaanda - She provides the `Everyday Sustenance' to the world.

5. SkandMata - She gives the world the gift of Discrimination of right from wrong.

6. Mata Kaatyayini - She constantly fights against Evil and devious entities.

7. Mata Kaalraatri - She killed a demon called Raktabeej. (He had the power to produce a demon from every drop of blood, that fell from his body. Mother eventually licked the blood before it could touch the ground, and thus overpowered him.)

8. Mata Chaamunda - She killed the 2 demons, called Chanda and Munda and re-established order. Mata Maha-Gauri who also rid the world of evil forces.

9. Mata Sidhidaarti - She is a Treasure house of Yantra Tantra (Mystic Powers) and Gyaan (Knowledge)

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