Saturday, October 16, 2010

The North Bombay Sarbajanin Durga Puja Charitable Trust 2010

The North Bombay Sarbajanin Durga Puja Charitable Trust 2010

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Our next stop was Rani Mukerjees and the Mukerjee family's North Bombay Sarbajnin Durga Puja Charitable trust , this pandal was totally packed because of the star factor and star visitors.

I met Subir and Deb Mukerjee and my dear friend Samrat Mukerjee ..Marziya shoy pictures of Subir and he was quite amazed.

I shot about 75 pictures in this lot as I had to get Marziya back home she had not had anything to eat or drink till the time we were shooting the Durgas.

A Message of Peace Hope and Humanity

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The monk thanked Marziya for taking his picture and Marziya repaid his kindness by kissing his hand in humility and gratitude.. beyond the matrix of narrow mindedness found in a world where we are unequally divided as Hindus and Muslims even in a court of law..on the basis of faith instead of Humanity.

And a verdict that sounded more like a football match score than a Message of Peace and Brotherhood.. I felt Paul the Octopus would have passed a more humane verdict if he was part of the scenario and had seen the aftermath of the 93 riots in our country.

Criminal acts can never be condoned on the soul of Humanity irrespective of spiritual or moral rhetoric s of justification.

And this has nothing to do with Masjid or Mandir personally I think the entire land in Ayodhya should belong to the Hindus it is as Holy for them as our own Holy sites.

I personally think a grand Mandir would be the pride of our Nation dedicated to Shri Ram and bring both communities together eternally . as Indians of a single Motherland.

But than politics and the politics of spirituality will not see reason , and so the common man suffers we have seen the Hindu Muslim riots , we saw the pain for bot the communities innocent lives cut short so when Marziya kissed the Monks hands I saw hope that nobody sees not even the apex power of our land in a situation that calls for a human touch and understanding.

What you plant in your children is what will grow as fruits of the soul..Marziya is a product of Hussain is Humanity and thus it shall remain when she becomes a grown up and has her own family too..

So sometimes a single picture can change the destiny of hope too and make a dream into a reality.

Two Muslim Photographers And Durga

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After I finshed shooting Noutanpalli Bandra . we left for Ramkrishna Mission with a friend Kundu here both Marziya my grand daughter a month short for her third birthday shot the Goddess in her spiritual grandeur and the humility of her followers in her presence.

And this continues as my thread on Hope and Hindutva a Message of Peace and Humanity a set on my Flickr photostream as a tribute to my culture my heritage and my upbringing among my Hindu brothers who contributed positively to my growth as a human being..and with my grand daughter I shot all this to share it with all of you on cyberspace.

Goddess Durga
The Mother Goddess & Her Symbolism

From Shri Gyan Rajhans

oddess Durga is the mother of the universe and believed to be the power behind the work of creation, preservation, and destruction of the world. Since time immemorial she has been worshipped as the supreme power of the Supreme Being and has been mentioned in many scriptures - Yajur Veda, Vajasaneyi Samhita and Taittareya Brahman.

The Meaning of "Durga"
The word "Durga" in Sanskrit means a fort, or a place which is difficult to overrun. Another meaning of "Durga" is "Durgatinashini," which literally translates into "the one who eliminates sufferings." Thus, Hindus believe that goddess Durga protects her devotees from the evils of the world and at the same time removes their miseries.

The Many Forms of Durga
There are many incarnations of Durga: Kali, Bhagvati, Bhavani, Ambika, Lalita, Gauri, Kandalini, Java, Rajeswari, et al. Durga incarnated as the united power of all divine beings, who offered her the required physical attributes and weapons to kill the demon "Mahishasur". Her nine appellations are Skondamata, Kusumanda, Shailaputri, Kaalratri, Brahmacharini, Maha Gauri, Katyayani, Chandraghanta and Siddhidatri.

Durga's Many Arms
Durga is depicted as having eight or ten hands. These represent eight quadrants or ten directions in Hinduism. This suggests that she protects the devotees from all directions.

Durga's Three Eyes
Like Shiva, Mother Durga is also referred to as "Triyambake" meaning the three eyed Goddess. The left eye represents desire (the moon), the right eye represents action (the sun), and the central eye knowledge (fire).

Durga's Vehicle - the Lion
The lion represents power, will and determination. Mother Durga riding the lion symbolises her mastery over all these qualities. This suggests to the devotee that one has to possess all these qualities to get over the demon of ego.

Durga's Many Weapons

* The conch shell in Durga's hand symbolizes the 'Pranava' or the mystic word 'Om', which indicates her holding on to God in the form of sound.
* The bow and arrows represent energy. By holding both the bow and arrows in one hand "Mother Durga" is indicating her control over both aspects of energy - potential and kinetic.
* The thunderbolt signifies firmness. The devotee of Durga must be firm like thunderbolt in one's convictions. Like the thunderbolt that can break anything against which it strikes, without being affected itself, the devotee needs to attack a challenge without losing his confidence.
* The lotus in Durga's hand is not in fully bloomed, It symbolizing certainty of success but not finality. The lotus in Sanskrit is called "pankaja" which means born of mud. Thus, lotus stands for the continuous evolution of the spiritual quality of devotees amidst the worldly mud of lust and greed.
* The "Sudarshan-Chakra" or beautiful discus, which spins around the index finger of the Goddess, while not touching it, signifies that the entire world is subservient to the will of Durga and is at her command. She uses this unfailing weapon to destroy evil and produce an environment conducive to the growth of righteousness.
* The sword that Durga holds in one of her hands symbolizes knowledge, which has the sharpness of a sword. Knowledge which is free from all doubts, is symbolized by the shine of the sword.
* Durga's trident or "trishul" is a symbol of three qualities - Satwa (inactivity), Rajas (activity) and Tamas (non-activity) - and she is remover of all the three types of miseries - physical, mental and spiritual.

Devi Durga stands on a lion in a fearless pose of "Abhay Mudra", signifying assurance of freedom from fear. The universal mother seems to be saying to all her devotees: "Surrender all actions and duties onto me and I shall release thee from all fears".

hinduism.about.com/od/hindugoddesses/a/durga.htm

Ramkrishna Mission Sarbojanik Durgotsab 2010 Santa Cruz

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from wikipedia

In Hinduism, Durga (Sanskrit: "the inaccessible"[1] or "the invincible"[2]) or Maa Durga (Mother Durga) is a form of Devi, the supreme goddess. Goddess Durga is considered by Hindus to be the mother of Ganesha, and Kartikeya.[3] She is thus considered the fiercer, demon-fighting form of Shiva's wife, goddess Parvati.

Durga is depicted as a warrior aspect of Devi Parvati with 10 arms who rides a lion or a tiger, carries weapons and assumes mudras, or symbolic hand gestures. This form of the Goddess is the embodiment of feminine and creative energy (Shakti).

Contents [hide]
1 Legend
2 Worship
3 Notable temples in India
4 See also
5 References
6 Further reading
7 External links



[edit] Legend
The Great Goddess Durga is said to be exquisitely beautiful. Her form is blindingly bright (devi), with three lotus-like eyes, ten powerful hands, lush hair with beautiful curls, a red-golden glow from her skin and a quarter moon on her forehead. She wears a shiny oceanic blue attire emitting fierce rays. Her ornaments were carved beautifully of gold, with ocean pearls and precious stones embedded in it. Each god also gave her their own most powerful weapons: Rudra's trident, Vishnu's discus, Indra's thunderbolt, Brahma's kamandalu, Kuber's gada, etc. Himalayas gifted her a fierce white and gold lion. On the end of the eighth and beginning of the ninth day of waxing moon, Chanda and Munda came to fight the goddess. She turned blue with anger and the goddess Chamunda leaped out of her third eye. Her form was the most powerful one with three red eyes, blood-filled tongue and dark skin; she finally killed the twin demons with her sword. This form of the divine goddess is worshiped during the sandhikshan of Durga Puja festival, as sandhi/chandi puja. Finally, on the tenth day of waxing moon, Durga killed Mahishasura with her trident.

The word Shakti, meaning sacred feminine force, and Durga reflects the warrior aspect of the goddess, embodying a traditional male role. She is also strikingly beautiful, and initially Mahishasura tries to marry her. Other incarnations include Annapurna and Karunamayi (karuna = kindness).

According to the narrative from the Devi Mahatmya of the Markandeya Purana, the form of Durga was created as a warrior goddess to fight a demon. The demon's father Rambha, king of the demons, once fell in love with a water buffalo, and Mahish Asur (the demon Mahish) was born out of this union. He is therefore able to change between human and buffalo form at will (mahish means "buffalo"). Through intense prayers to Brahma, Mahishasur had the boon that he could not be defeated by any man or god. He unleashed a reign of terror on earth, heaven and the nether worlds.

Eventually, since only a woman could kill him, the Holy Male Trinity went down to the river Ganges and prayed the mantra, "Om Namo Devaye", imploring of the great goddess Devi to save their realm from ruin. They were blessed with her compassion when the goddess Durga was born out of the river.


[edit] Worship

A priest worshipping a contemporary image of Durga during Durga PujaThe four day long Durga Puja is the biggest annual festival in Bengal and Bihar. It is celebrated likewise with much fervour in other parts of India, especially the Himalayan region, but is celebrated in various forms throughout the Hindu universe.

The day of Durga's victory is celebrated as Vijaya Dashmi, Dashain or Dussehra - these words literally mean "the Victorious Tenth" (day). In Kashmir she is worshipped as shaarika (the main temple is in Hari Parbat in Srinagar).

The actual period of the worship however may be on the preceding nine days (Navaratri) followed by the last day called Vijayadashami in North India or five days in Bengal (from the sixth to tenth day of the waxing-moon fortnight). Nine aspects of Durga known as Navadurga are meditated upon, one by one during the nine-day festival by devout Shakti worshippers.

In North India, the tenth day, signifying Rama's victory in his battle against the demon Ravana, is celebrated as Dussehra - gigantic straw effigies of Ravana are burnt in designated open spaces (e.g. Delhi's Ram Lila grounds), watched by thousands of families and little children.

In Gujarat it is celebrated as the last day of Navaratri, during which the Garba dance is performed to celebrate the vigorous victory of Mahishasura-mardini Durga.

The Goddess Durga is worshiped in her peaceful form as MahaGauri, The Fair Lady, Shree Shantadurga also known as santeri, is the patron Goddess of Goa. She is worshiped by all Goan Hindus irrespective of caste and even by some Christians in Goa.

Goddess Durga is worshiped in many temples of Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka .

Another important text on Durga is the 21-verse long Mahishasura Mardini Stotram (Prayer to the Goddess who killed Mahishasura) written by Sri Sri Sri Shankara Bhagavatpadacharya.


[edit] Notable temples in India

Durga sculpture, British MuseumMatrimandir in the city of Auroville near Pondicherry in Tamil Nadu.
Ambika Mata Temple in the village of Jagat near Mount Abu in Rajasthan, India.
Bhairabi Devalaya, in Tezpur, Assam
Kalighat Temple, Kolkata.
Kamakhya Temple, Guwahati, Assam
Kanaka Durga Temple, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
Shanta Durga temple in Goa
Shila Devi temple at Amber Jaipur Rajasthan
Shitla Mata temple at Patna Bihar

[edit] See also
Durga Puja
Shantadurga
Hindu Goddess
Kala, husband of Durga in Javanese mythology.
List of women warriors in folklore, literature, and popular culture

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durga

Durga Sloka Notunpalli Sarbojnin Durgotsab 2010 Bandra


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Durga symbolizes the power of the Supreme Being that maintains moral order and justice in the universe. Durga is also known as "Shakti". Worship of the goddess Shakti is very popular among the Hindu people. Durga stands for the unified symbol of all divine forces; Strength, Morality, Power, Protector. Slokas on Goddess Durga form the part of prayers offered to the goddess. Durga (Devi) Shlokas / Slokas are as follows:

"Yaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Maatrirupena Sansthitah
Yaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Shaktirupena Sansthitah
Yaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Shaantirupena Sansthitah
Namastasyaih Namastasyaih Namastasyaih Namo Namah"

Meaning: Goddess Durga is omnipresent. She is the personification of Universal Mother. She is a Mother, who is present everywhere and who is embodiment of power and energy. Great mother, who is present everywhere and who is embodiment of Peace. I bow to that mother, I bow to Durga, I bow to Shakti.

Durga (Devi) Stuti


"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Vishnu Maayethi Sabdita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the name of Maya of Vishnu.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Chetanetyaabhi Dheeyate
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who abides in all creatures as realization.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Buddhi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of intelligence.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Nidraa Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who lives in all creatures in the form of sleep.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Kshudhaa Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of appetite.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Chaayaa Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who lives in all creatures in the form of meditation and reflection.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Shakthi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who dwells in all creatures in the form of Shakti, the creative power.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Thrishnaa Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of thirst.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Kshaanthi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who lives in all creatures in the merciful form.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Jaati Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of race.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Lajja Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who lives in all creatures in the modest form.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Shaanthi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of peace (Shanti).

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Shradha Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who lives in all creatures in the form of unshakable faith (Shraddha).

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Kaanthi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who lives in all creatures in the form of beauty or brilliance (Kaanti).

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Lakshmi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the prosperous form.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Vritti Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who dwells in all creatures in the form of motion.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Smrithi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who lives in all creatures in the form of memory.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Dayaa Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who dwells in all creatures in the form of mercy or kindness (Dayaa).

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Tushti Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who lives in all creatures in the form of satisfaction.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Matru Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who lives in all creatures in the form of Mother.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Braanthi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of illusion (Bhram).

"Indriyaanaamadhistaatri Bhootaanaam Chaakileshu Yaa
Bhooteshu Satatam Tasyai Vyaaptidevyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the all pervading goddess, who continuously controls the senses of all creatures and governs all elements.

"Chiti Roopena Yaa Kristnam Yetadhyaapya Sthithaa Jagat
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who pervades this world and controls in the form of awareness.

Durga Sloka Notunpalli Sarbojnin Durgotsab 2010 Bandra


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Durga symbolizes the power of the Supreme Being that maintains moral order and justice in the universe. Durga is also known as "Shakti". Worship of the goddess Shakti is very popular among the Hindu people. Durga stands for the unified symbol of all divine forces; Strength, Morality, Power, Protector. Slokas on Goddess Durga form the part of prayers offered to the goddess. Durga (Devi) Shlokas / Slokas are as follows:

"Yaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Maatrirupena Sansthitah
Yaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Shaktirupena Sansthitah
Yaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Shaantirupena Sansthitah
Namastasyaih Namastasyaih Namastasyaih Namo Namah"

Meaning: Goddess Durga is omnipresent. She is the personification of Universal Mother. She is a Mother, who is present everywhere and who is embodiment of power and energy. Great mother, who is present everywhere and who is embodiment of Peace. I bow to that mother, I bow to Durga, I bow to Shakti.

Durga (Devi) Stuti


"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Vishnu Maayethi Sabdita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the name of Maya of Vishnu.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Chetanetyaabhi Dheeyate
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who abides in all creatures as realization.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Buddhi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of intelligence.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Nidraa Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who lives in all creatures in the form of sleep.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Kshudhaa Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of appetite.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Chaayaa Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who lives in all creatures in the form of meditation and reflection.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Shakthi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who dwells in all creatures in the form of Shakti, the creative power.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Thrishnaa Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of thirst.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Kshaanthi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who lives in all creatures in the merciful form.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Jaati Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of race.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Lajja Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who lives in all creatures in the modest form.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Shaanthi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of peace (Shanti).

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Shradha Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who lives in all creatures in the form of unshakable faith (Shraddha).

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Kaanthi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who lives in all creatures in the form of beauty or brilliance (Kaanti).

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Lakshmi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the prosperous form.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Vritti Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who dwells in all creatures in the form of motion.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Smrithi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who lives in all creatures in the form of memory.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Dayaa Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who dwells in all creatures in the form of mercy or kindness (Dayaa).

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Tushti Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who lives in all creatures in the form of satisfaction.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Matru Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who lives in all creatures in the form of Mother.

"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Braanthi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of illusion (Bhram).

"Indriyaanaamadhistaatri Bhootaanaam Chaakileshu Yaa
Bhooteshu Satatam Tasyai Vyaaptidevyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the all pervading goddess, who continuously controls the senses of all creatures and governs all elements.

"Chiti Roopena Yaa Kristnam Yetadhyaapya Sthithaa Jagat
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who pervades this world and controls in the form of awareness.

Durga Chalisa

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NAMO NAMO DURGE SUKH KARANI
NAMO NAMO AMBE DUKH HARANI

The radiance of your light is limitless and all pervading and all the three realms(Earth, Heaven And the Nether World) are enlightened by Thee

SHASHI LALAT MUKH MAHA VISHALA
NETRA LAL BHRIKOUTEE VIKARALA

Your face is like the moon and mouth very huge. Your eyes shine with a red glow and You have a Frightening frown

ROOP MATOU KO ADHIK SOUHAVE
DARSHA KARATA JANA ATI SOUKH PAVE

O Mother. Your look is enchanting, the very sight of which ensures welfare of the devout

TOUM SANSAR SHAKTI LAYA KEENA
PALANA HEYTU ANNA DHAN DEENA

All the powers of the World repose in Thee and it is You who provides food and wealth for the World's survival

ANNAPOORNA HOUI JAG PALA
TUMHI ADI SUNDARI BALA

Like the feeding Mother Annapoorna, You nurture the whole universe and You are the one Who appears like the timeless Bala Sundari (young girl of extreme beauty)

PRALAYAKALA SAB NASHANA HARI
TOUM GOWRI SHIV SHANKAR PYARI

At the time of dissolution, it is You, O Mother, who destroys everything. You are the beloved Consort of Lord Shiva, Gowri (Parvati)

SHIV YOGI TUMHRE GUN GAVEIN
BRAHMA VISHNU TUMHEIN NIT DHYAVEIN

Lord Shiva and all yogis always chant your praise. Brahma, Vishnu and all other Gods ever meditate on You

ROOP SARASWATI KO TOUM DHARA
DEY SUBUDDHI RISHI MUNINA UBARA

You appear in the form of Goddess Saraswati too, to grant wisdom to the sages and thus ensure their Welfare

DHARYO ROOP NARSIMHA KO AMBA
PRAGAT BHAYI PHAR KAR KHAMBA

O Mother Amba! It was You who appeared in the form of Narsimha, sundering the pillar

RAKSHA KARI PRAHLAD BACHAYO
HIRANYAYKSH KO SWARGA PATHAYO

Thus You saved Prahlad and Hiranyakashyap also went to Heaven as he was killed by your Hands

LAKSHMI ROOP DHARO JAG MAHIN
SHREE NARAYAN ANGA SAMAHIN

In the form of Goddess Lakshmi, O Mother, you appear in this world and repose by the side of Shree Narayan

KSHEER SINDHU MEIN KARAT VILASA
DAYA SINDHU DEEJEY MAN ASA

Dwelling in the ocean of milk, O Goddess, with Lord Vishnu, please fulfill my desires.

HINGALAJA MEIN TOUMHI BHAVANI
MAHIMA AMIT NA JAT BAKHANI

O Bhavani, the famous Goddess of Hingalaja is no one else but You Yourself. Illimitable is your Glory, defying description

MATANGI DHOOMAWATI MATA
BHUVANESHWARI BAGALA SUKHDATA

You are yourself Matangi and Dhoomavati Mata. It is You who appear as Bhuvaneshwari and Bagalamukhi Devi to bestow happiness to all

SHREE BHAIRAV TARA JAG TARANI
CHHINNA BHALA BHAVA DUKH NIVARINI

It is You who redeem the world, appearing in the form of Shree Bhairavi, Taradevi and Chhinnamasta Devi, and end its sorrows

KEHARI VAHAN SOHA BHAVANI
LANGOUR VEER CHALATA AGAVANI

Reposing gracefully upon your vehicle, O Goddess Bhavani, You are welcome by the brave Langour (Lord Hanuman)

KAR MEIN KHAPPAR KHADGA VIRAJEY
JAKO DEKH KAL DAR BHAJEY

When You appear in the form of Goddess Kali, with sword in one hand and a copal in the other, Even Time flees in panic

SOHE ASTRA AUR TRISHULA
JASE OUTHATA SHATRU HIYA SHOOLA

Beholding You, well armed, with a Trident in your hand, the enemy's heart aches with the sting Of fear

NAGARKOT MEIN TOUMHI VIRAJAT
TIHOUN LOK MEIN DANKA BAJAT

You also repose in the form of Devi at Nagarkot in Kangara. Thus all the three realms shudder in the might of your glory

SHUMBH NISHUMBH DANUJ TOUM MARE
RAKTA BEEJ SHANKHANA SANGHARE

You slayed the demons like Shumbh & Nishumb and massacred the thousand forms of the dreaded Demon Raktabeej

MAHISHASUR NRIP ATI ABHIMANI
JEHI AGH BHAR MAHI AKOULANI

When the earth was severely distressed bearing the load of the sins of the arrogant Mahishasur

ROOP KARAL KALIKA DHARA
SEN SAHITA TOUM TIN SAMHARA

You assumed the dreadful form of Goddess Kali and massacred him along with his army

PARI GARH SANTANA PAR JAB JAB
BHAYI SAHAY MATOU TOUM TAB TAB

Thus, whenever the noble saints were distressed, it is You O Mother, who came to their rescue.

AMARPURI ARU BASAV LOKA
TAB MAHIMA SAB RAHEY ASHOKA

All the realms including the Amarpuri (divine realm) remain sorrowless and happy by Your Grace. O Goddess!

JWALA MEIN HAI JYOTI TOUMHARI
TOUMHEIN SADA POOJEY NAR NARI

It is the symbol of Your glory that is burning brightly at Shree JwalaJi. All men and women Ever worship You, O Mother!

PREM BHAKTI SE JO YASH GAVE
DUKH DARIDRA NIKAT NAHIN AVE

He who sings Your glory with devotion, love, and sincerity remains beyond the reach of grief And poverty

DHYAVE TOUMHEIN JO NAR MAN LAYI
JANMA MARAN TAKO CHHOUTI JAYI

He who meditates upon Your form with concentration goes beyond the cycle of births and deaths

JOGI SUR MUNI KAHAT POUKARI
JOG NA HO BINA SHAKTI TOUMHARI

All the yogis, gods and sages openly declare that without your favor one can't establish communion with God

SHANKARA ACHARAJ TAP ATI KEENHO
KAM KRODH JEET SAB LEENHO

Shankaracharya had performed once a special penance called Aacharaj and by virtue of which he had subdued his anger and desire

NISHIDIN DHYAN DHARO SHANKAR KO
KAHOU KAL NAHIN SOUMIRO TOUMKO

He ever worshipped Lord Shankar and never for a moment concentrated his mind on You

SHAKTI ROOP KO MARAM NA PAYO
SHAKTI GAYI TAB MAN PACHITAYO

Since He did not realize your immense glory, all His powers waned and then He repented hitherto

SHARNAGAT HOUYI KIRTI BAKHANI
JAI JAI JAI JAGADAMBA BHAVANI

Then He sought refuge in You, chanted Your glory and 'victory, victory, victory to Thee, O Jagadamba Bhavani'

BHAYI PRASANNA ADI JAGADAMBA
DAYI SHAKTI NAHIN KEEN VILAMBA

Then, O Primal Goddess Jagadamba Ji, You were propitiated and in no time You bestowed Him with his lost powers

MAUKON MATOU KASHTA ATI GHERO
TOUM BIN KAUN HAREY DUKH MERO

O Mother! Severe afflictions distress me and no one except Your Honored Self can provide relief please end my afflictions

ASHA TRISHNA NIPAT SATAVEIN
MOHA MADADIK SAB BINSHAVEIN

Hopes and longings ever torture me. All sorts of passions and lust ever torment my heart

SHATRU NASH KIJEY MAHARANI
SOUMIRON IKCHIT TOUMHEIN BHAVANI

O Goddess Bhavani! I meditate only upon you Please kill my enemies O Queen!

KARO KRIPA HEY MATOU DAYALA
RIDDHI SIDDHI DEY KARAHOU NIHALA

O Merciful Mother! Show me your favor and make me feel happy by bestowing me with all sorts of riches and powers

JAB LAGI JIYOUN DAYA PHAL PAOUN
TOUMHRO YASH MEIN SADA SOUNAOUN

O Mother! May I be respectable of Your grace as long as I live, ever recounting the feats of Your Glory to all

DURGA CHALISA JO NAR GAVEY
SAB SOUKH BHOG PARAMPAD PAVEY

This way, whoever sings this Durga Chalisa shall ever enjoy all sorts of pleasures and shall attain the highest state in the end

DEVIDAS SHARAN NIJ JANI
KARAHOUN KRIPA JAGADAMBA BHAVANI

Deeming Devidas to have sought Your shelter, O Bhavani, grant me Your favor.
JAI MAA BHAGWATI !

Ramkrishna Mission Sarbojanik Durgotsab Shot By Marziya Shakir Nikon D80

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I made Marziya stand on a chair and shoot this..

Marziya is a month short of her third birthday..

The Bengalis Are The Most Cultured Race

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ma durga
the core essence
of their dignity
their culture
their race
the bengalis
humanity
embrace
beyond time
beyond space
sonar bangla
always
on good things
of life
they lavish praise
bad things
from their minds
they erase
lovingly called
bongs
with
their intelligence
wit charm
humility
they amaze
yearning
to be in
kolkatta
during durga puja
they bring kolkatta
to mumbai
by gods grace
for ma durga
loves them
intensely
in their hearts
serene souls
peaceful minds
she stays
to the beats
of music
while
the dholak plays

The Essence Of Ma Durge

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from Wikipedia

In Hinduism, Durga (Sanskrit: दुर्गा, meaning "the inaccessible"[1] or "the invincible"; Bengali: দুর্গা, durga) or Maa Durga (Bengali: মা দুর্গা, ma durga, meaning "Mother Durga") "one who can redeem in situations of utmost distress".[citation needed] Durga is a form of Devi, the supremely radiant goddess, depicted as having ten arms, riding a lion or a tiger, carrying weapons and a lotus flower, maintaining a meditative smile, and practicing mudras, or symbolic hand gestures.[citation needed]

An embodiment of creative feminine force (Shakti), Durga exists in a state of svātantrya (independence from the universe and anything/anybody else, i.e., self-sufficiency) and fierce compassion. Kali is considered by Hindus to be an aspect of Durga. Durga is also the mother of Ganesha and Kartikeya.[2] She is thus considered the fiercer, demon-fighting form of Shiva's wife, goddess Parvati. Durga manifests fearlessness and patience, and never loses her sense of humor, even during spiritual battles of epic proportion.[citation needed]


The word Shakti means divine feminine energy/force/power, and Durga is the warrior aspect of the Divine Mother. Other incarnations include Annapurna and Karuɳamayi (karuɳa = kindness). Durga's darker aspect Kali is represented as the consort of the god Shiva, on whose body she is often seen standing.
Durga Slays Mahishasura, Mahabalipuram sculpture.

As a goddess, Durga's feminine power contains the energies of the gods. Each of her weapons was given to her by various gods: Rudra's trident, Vishnu's discus, Indra's thunderbolt, Brahma's kamandalu, Kuber's Ratnahar, etc.

According to a narrative in the Devi Mahatmya story of the Markandeya Purana text, Durga was created as a warrior goddess to fight an asura (an inhuman force/demon) named Mahishasura. He had unleashed a reign of terror on earth, heaven and the nether worlds, and he could not be defeated by any man or god, anywhere. The gods went to Brahma, who had given Mahishasura the power not to be defeated by a man. Brahma could do nothing. They made Brahma their leader and went to Vaikuntha — the place where Vishnu lay on Ananta Naag. They found both Vishnu and Shiva, and Brahma eloquently related the reign of terror Mahishasur had unleashed on the three worlds. Hearing this Vishnu, Shiva and all of the gods became very angry and beams of fierce light emerged from their bodies. The blinding sea of light met at the Ashram of a priest named Katyan. The goddess Durga took the name Katyaayani from the priest and emerged from the sea of light. She introduced herself in the language of the Rig-Veda, saying she was the form of the supreme Brahman who had created all the gods. Now she had come to fight the demon to save the gods. They did not create her; it was her lila that she emerged from their combined energy. The gods were blessed with her compassion.

It is said that upon initially encountering Durga, Mahishasura underestimated her, thinking: "How can a woman kill me, Mahishasur — the one who has defeated the trinity of gods?"[citation needed] However, Durga roared with laughter, which caused an earthquake which made Mahishasur aware of her powers.

And the terrible Mahishasur rampaged against her, changing forms many times. First he was a buffalo demon, and she defeated him with her sword. Then he changed forms and became an elephant that tied up the goddess's lion and began to pull it towards him. The goddess cut off his trunk with her sword. The demon Mahishasur continued his terrorizing, taking the form of a lion, and then the form of a man, but both of them were gracefully slain by Durga.

Then Mahishasur began attacking once more, starting to take the form of a buffalo again. The patient goddess became very angry, and as she sipped divine wine from a cup she smiled and proclaimed to Mahishasur in a colorful tone — "Roar with delight while you still can, O illiterate demon, because when I will kill you after drinking this, the gods themselves will roar with delight".[cite this quote] When Mahashaur had half emerged into his buffalo form, he was paralyzed by the extreme light emitting from the goddess's body. The goddess then resounded with laughter before cutting Mahishasur's head down with her sword.

Thus Durga slew Mahishasur, thus is the power of the fierce compassion of Durga. Hence, Mata Durga is also known as Mahishasurmardhini — the slayer of Mahishasur. According to one legend, the goddess Durga created an army to fight against the forces of the demon-king Mahishasur, who was terrorizing Heaven and Earth. After ten days of fighting, Durga and her army defeated Mahishasur and killed him. As a reward for their service, Durga bestowed upon her army the knowledge of jewelry-making. Ever since, the Sonara community has been involved in the jewelry profession [3].

The goddess as Mahisasuramardhini appears quite early in Indian art. The Archaeological Museum in Matura has several statues on display including a 6-armed Kushana period Mahisasuramardhini that depicts her pressing down the buffalo with her lower hands [4]. A Nagar plaque from the first century BC - first century AD depicts a 4-armed Mahisamardhini accompanied by a lion. But it is in the Gupta period that we see the finest representations of Mahisasuramardhini (2-, 4-, 6-, and at Udayagiri, 12-armed). The spear and trident are her most common weapons. a Mamallapuram relief shows the goddess with 8 arms riding her lion subduing a bufalo-faced demon (as contrasted with a buffalo demon); a variation also seen at Ellora. In later sculptures (post-seventh Century), sculptures show the goddess having decapitated the buffalo demon.


The four day long (Saptami to Dashami) Durga Puja is the biggest annual festival in Bengal, Orissa, Bihar, and Assam. It is celebrated likewise with much fervour in other parts of India, especially the Himalayan region, but is celebrated in various forms throughout the Hindu universe.

The day of Durga's victory is celebrated as Vijayadashami (Bengali), Dashain (Nepali) or Dussehra (Hindi) - these words literally mean "the Victory Tenth" (day).[5]

In Kashmir she is worshipped as shaarika (the main temple is in Hari Parbat in Srinagar).

The actual period of the worship however may be on the preceding nine days (Navaratri) followed by the last day called Vijayadashami in North India or five days in Bengal (from the sixth to tenth day of the waxing-moon fortnight). Nine aspects of Durga known as Navadurga are meditated upon, one by one during the nine-day festival by devout Shakti worshippers.

In North India, the tenth day, signifying Rama's victory in his battle against the demon Ravana, is celebrated as Dussehra - gigantic straw effigies of Ravana are burnt in designated open spaces (e.g. Delhi's Ram Lila grounds), watched by thousands of families and little children.

In Mysore Karnataka, she is worshipped as Chamundeshwari, the patron goddess of the city during Dussehra

In Gujarat it is celebrated as the last day of Navaratri, during which the Garba dance is performed to celebrate the vigorous victory of Mahishasura-mardini Durga.

The Goddess Durga is worshiped in her peaceful form as Maha Gauri, The Fair Lady, Shree Shantadurga also known as santeri, is the patron Goddess of Goa. She is worshiped by all Goan Hindus.

In Maharashtra, Tulja Bhavani and Ambabai is worshiped as Mahishasur Mardini and is patron goddess of land. Bhavani is known as Tulaja, Amba, Renuka, Yamai, Saptshrungi, Jogai in different places of Maharashtra. She is inspirational goddess of Raja shivaji. As per legends, Bhavani revealed to Shivaji and blessed him to form a kingdom.

Durga Shloka/ Stuti Posted By Shreyashi Sen

by Sreyashi Sen on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 11:22pm


"Yaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Maatrirupena SansthitahYaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Shaktirupena Sansthitah Yaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Shaantirupena Sansthitah Namastasyaih Namastasyaih Namastasyaih Namo Namah"



Meaning: Goddess Durga is omnipresent. She is the personification of Universal Mother. She is a Mother, who is present everywhere and who is embodiment of power and energy. Great mother, who is present everywhere and who is embodiment of Peace. I bow to that mother, I bow to Durga, I bow to Shakti.



Durga (Devi) Stuti



"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Vishnu Maayethi Sabdita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"



Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the name of Maya of Vishnu.



"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Chetanetyaabhi Dheeyate Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"



Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who abides in all creatures as realization.



"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Buddhi Roopena Samsthita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"



Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of intelligence.



"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Nidraa Roopena Samsthita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"



Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who lives in all creatures in the form of sleep.



"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Kshudhaa Roopena SamsthitaNamastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"



Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of appetite.



"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Chaayaa Roopena SamsthitaNamastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"



Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who lives in all creatures in the form of meditation and reflection.



"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Shakthi Roopena SamsthitaNamastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"



Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who dwells in all creatures in the form of Shakti, the creative power.



"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Thrishnaa Roopena Samsthita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"



Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of thirst.



"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Kshaanthi Roopena SamsthitaNamastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"



Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who lives in all creatures in the merciful form.



"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Jaati Roopena SamsthitaNamastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"



Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of race.



"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Lajja Roopena SamsthitaNamastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"



Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who lives in all creatures in the modest form.



"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Shaanthi Roopena SamsthitaNamastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"



Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of peace (Shanti).



"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Shradha Roopena SamsthitaNamastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"



Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who lives in all creatures in the form of unshakable faith (Shraddha).



"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Kaanthi Roopena Samsthita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"



Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who lives in all creatures in the form of beauty or brilliance (Kaanti).



"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Lakshmi Roopena SamsthitaNamastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"



Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the prosperous form.



"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Vritti Roopena SamsthitaNamastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"



Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who dwells in all creatures in the form of motion.



"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Smrithi Roopena SamsthitaNamastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"



Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who lives in all creatures in the form of memory.



"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Dayaa Roopena SamsthitaNamastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"



Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who dwells in all creatures in the form of mercy or kindness (Dayaa).



"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Tushti Roopena Samsthita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"



Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who lives in all creatures in the form of satisfaction.



"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Matru Roopena SamsthitaNamastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"



Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who lives in all creatures in the form of Mother.



"Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Braanthi Roopena SamsthitaNamastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"



Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of illusion (Bhram).



"Indriyaanaamadhistaatri Bhootaanaam Chaakileshu YaaBhooteshu Satatam Tasyai Vyaaptidevyai Namo Namaha"



Meaning: I bow again and again to the all pervading goddess, who continuously controls the senses of all creatures and governs all elements.



"Chiti Roopena Yaa Kristnam Yetadhyaapya Sthithaa Jagat Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha"



Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who pervades this world and controls in the form of awareness.

Notunpalli Sarbojnin Durgotsab 2010 Bandra

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This was founded by Shakti Samanta and Basu Chaterji

Notunpalli Sarbojnin Durgotsab 2010 Bandra

Shot By Marziya Shakir on Nikon D 80

Two Street Photographers And Ma Durge

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Pictures are born in the cosmic mind of the camera burnt by the power of the third eye embedded in the human soul and its flowing steam like consciousness .

Let me tell in the first place I got a chair and made Marziya stand on it and shoot the Durga pandals and I assure you and also challenge you that you will never know the pictures I shot or she shot..

This is the start of our journey beginning with Noutanpali Sarbojanik Durgotsav Pandal Bandra from here we went to Ram Krishna Mission Santa Cruz and finally Rani Mukerjees North Bombay Sarbojanik Durgotsav Pandl at Juhu .

And Marziya shots with ease confidence and maturity and only one month away from her third birthday.

Neither did she complain or grumble ..and this is my new set on Ma Durga at my Flickr photostream.

Aye Dushmane Shabbir a,s Tere Peer Pe Lanat

Ae Dushmane Shabbir tere peer par laanat O enemy of Husain, may God curse your leader Tashreek per, tashkeek per, takfeer par laanat...