Lakshmi: Everything You Need To Know

Lakshmi (or Laxmi) is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity: both in the material sense and the spiritual sense. She is associated with Vishnu, which makes sense because he is the God who maintains the world, so during everyday life, Lakshmi plays a big role.  You may also hear her called Mahalakshmi, which is "Maha" + "Lakshmi," meaning Great Lakshmi. When Vishnu incarnates on earth as an avatar, Lakshmi joins him. Sita and Radha (lovers of Rama and Krishna) were incarnations of Lakshmi. It is … [Read more...]


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Saraswati: Everything You Need to Know

For Navratri this year (2014), October 2nd is the day to worship Saraswati...Saraswati (Saara-swa-ti) is the Goddess of art, music, philosophy, creativity, wisdom and learning. She is the consort of Brahma. Why Worship Saraswati* Stories * Symbolism * Holidays * How She Is Worshiped * Mantras and BhajansWhy Worship Saraswati It is good to pray to Saraswati before tests or when seeking to become knowledgeable about something new. She gives blessings to people in pursuit of knowledge or … [Read more...]


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Parvati: Everything You Need to Know

In honor of Navratri...Parvati is a family Goddess, known for her wifely devotion to Lord Shiva. She has many other names and aspects. Often Durga, Shakti, and Kali might be considered other forms of Parvati. Why Worship Parvati * Stories * Symbolism * Holidays * How She Is Worshiped * Mantras and BhajansWhy Worship Parvati? As a Goddess of family and love, she is the one to turn to for help with marriage, parenting, and fertility. She has remarkable strength and determination. Som … [Read more...]


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Vasant Panchami: Happy Birthday, Saraswati! [Hindu Holiday]

Vasant Panchami, sometimes also called Basant Panchami, is a festival that welcomes the spring and it is also Saraswati's birthday, so it is a time to celebrate learning and study plus an auspicious time to begin any academic pursuit. This year it falls on February 4th. The name means the fifth day of Spring.Long ago this festival was more focused on Kamadeva, the Hindu cupid. It still has a sense of love and is kind of like a Valentine's day. Ways to Celebrate *Place books near your … [Read more...]


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Meet a Goddess: MahaDevi

Shaktism is a branch of Hinduism that focuses on the supreme power of the feminine energy. The highest form of God is a mother form in this system.  According to Wikipedia: Shaktism's focus on the Divine Feminine does not imply a rejection of Masculine or Neuter divinity. However, both are deemed to be inactive in the absence of Shakti. As set out in the first line of Adi Shankara's renowned Shakta hymn,Saundaryalahari (c. 800 CE): "If Shiva is united with Shakti, he is able to create. If he is … [Read more...]


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Meet a Goddess: Kali

Kali is a powerfully interesting goddess. She defies expectation and turns cultural expectations on their heads. A modern woman can really relate to her life outside of social norms.She is not beautiful by the standards of society. She is full of the kind of female power that terrifies most people.Kali is a goddess of death, of time, of change. She is often shown with blood dripping from her mouth and the severed heads of men decorating her … [Read more...]


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Meet a Goddess: Saraswati

The last goddess of the trinity is Saraswati, the wife of Brahma. She is a gentle goddess of art, music, and knowledge. One meditates on her and prays to her for help with study, wisdom, understanding, and all things creative.This website (selling a statue of Saraswati) had really beautiful language to describe her:  She is the river of consciousness that enlivens creation; she is the dawn-goddess whose rays dispel the darkness of ignorance.  Without her t … [Read more...]


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Meet a Goddess: Lakshmi

Each of the three Gods in the trinity also has a female counterpart/wife/consort. Lakshmi is the wife of Vishnu. It is said that she is his strength and when Vishnu takes a body as an avatar, that Lakshmi becomes his consort on earth as well and that she is both  Sita and Radha.You can often recognize Lakshmi in pictures by the gold coins pouring from her hands. She is the goddess of wealth, both material wealth and spiritual wealth. The lotus that she sits or stands on is a famous symbol of … [Read more...]


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