Welcome, Goddesses! Happy Navratri!

October 5th begins nine days of celebrating the Hindu Goddesses as forms of Shakti, the divine feminine energy. Durga (Day 1-3) Durga is a warrior Goddess. She rides a lion or a tiger and she wears bright red. On each day she is also honored in one of her different forms: Kumari, Parvati and Kali. They represent the three different types of femininity: child, young woman, and adult woman. Lakshmi (Day 4-6) Lakshmi (Laxmi) is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. She rides an owl and dresses i … [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: Parvati

Parvati is the wife of Shiva.She represents love and devotion. She is also called Shakti, the energy (particularly female energy) of the universe. She is also associated with Durga and sometimes Kali as well. The name Parvati means "she of the mountains." Since she and Shiva are both associated with austerity and living away from the world, they are connected with mountain living.It is through Parvati/Shakti that all life energy comes. (In Shakta texts, she is said to ascend beyond even … [Read more...]


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