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Maa Ashche!

Oct. 18, 2020, 12:13 p.m. by Dr Gayatri Mohapatra ( 394 views)

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“Celebrating the Goddesses has the potential not only to tune us to our own sacred capacities but also to help us work with the hidden and secret forces at play in our lives. When we can do that, we can harness these forces for our own transformation”. ( Sally Kempton)

Friends! It’s time to celebrate because Maa Ashche!

The nine forms of Goddess are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidhatri.

Day 1

Goddess Shailputri

The first form of Nava Durga. She is the Absolute form of the Goddess as she embodies the power of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Goddess Shailputri governs the Moon who is considered to be the provider of all fortunes. By worshipping her. Any negative/ bad effect of the Moon is banished.



After self-immolation in Her form as Sati, the Mother Goddess took birth in the house of King of Mountains, as the daughter of Lord Himalaya.

Etymological Meaning:Shailaputri literally means the daughter (putri) of the mountain (Shaila)

Worship Day: 1st day of Navratri

Planet: Moon

Flower To Be Offered: Hibiscus

Color AssociatedOrange

Hymn/ MantraOm Devi Shailaputryai Namah ॐ देवी शैलपुत्र्यै नमः॥ Also Known As Bhavani, Parvati or He

Form/Appearance:The Goddess is depicted riding on mount Nandi ( bull). She has a crescent moon on her forehead and holds a trident in her right hand & a lotus flower in the left.

In Her honour, we bring to you to this powerful rendition of “ Bhawani Dayani’’ by one of the foremost, renowned female vocalists of Hindustani Classical music of our times, Begum Parveen Sultana. It is a favorite of the Begum and she sings it in all her concerts. A formidable crowd puller, clothed in breathtaking jewellery and beautiful sarees, Begum Parveen Sultana’s full-throated, open powerful voice carries the glorious tradition of the Patiala Gharana’s rich emotional expression, ornate romanticism, and vivid imagery.

‘Bhawani Dayani ‘ is based on Raag Bhairavi which is considered to be the Queen of melodies. The word “Bhairavi” also derives from one of the eight forms of the Devi, born in the burial grounds. The Raaga is loved to the point of almost madness by classical music purists and aficionados! Its primordial pull can be felt by even those who have not been exposed to Hindustani classical music!

It is perhaps the blessings of Maa Durga, that in all her renditions of “ Bhawani Dayani”, not once has the Begum faltered in creating an ambience of such great beauty and power that it connects us to the Goddess effortlessly.

Listen to it here :https://youtu.be/n17Id8Cjzqs

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