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God as our Mother, Devi

When a child senses danger, it will cry out to its mother. The mother will then come running to its rescue.

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Devi and evolution – the meaning of Navaratri

Remember that God is the real doer and power behind our actions.

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Around Amma 2017 Ashram Life

Navaratri days and Vijaya Dasami at Amritapuri

The first day of the Navaratri festival (Nine nights worshiping of Durga) this year was on September 21st. On that day, both at Amritapuri’s Kali Temple and the Kalari, beautiful and colorful ‘Golu’ dolls were being displayed with lights. Special homas and pujas were also conducted in the morning and evening in both locations by […]

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Messages of Amma

Safeguard enquiry, patience and enthusiasm throughout your life

Amma’s Vijayadasami Message 2017 September 30, 2017 – Amritapuri Ashram This is the holy day on which we hold the fingers of the tender new generation and initiate them into learning. Vijayadasami is the culmination of the past nine days of Sakti worship. Invoking the blessings of Sarasvati Devi, the Goddess of Learning, children enter […]

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Around Amma 2014 Navaratri

Ever be a beginner, Life is a book from which we can constantly learn

3 Oct 2014, Amritapuri Thousands gathered at Amritapuri today to celebrate Vijaya Dasami in Amma’s presence. Amma led the assembled crowd in a prayer for world peace, and then led everyone in the traditional writing and reciting aloud of each letter of the mantra, “Om Hari Sri Ganapataye Namah.” Afterward, she personally held the index […]

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Festivals

Navaratri Celebrations, 9 nights of Devi

Among the popular festivals celebrated in India, Navaratri is among the longest. Like the other festivals of India, Navaratri is rich in meaning. At one level, Navaratri signifies the progress of a spiritual aspirant. During this spiritual journey, the aspirant has to pass three stages personified by Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. Then, he or she […]

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Navaratri

Navaratri, Dussehra and the Ramayana

Navaratri highlights the principles elucidated by the Ramayana. This is hinted at in the other name by which Vijaya Dashami is known in India, Dussehra. “Dussehra” is derived from “Dasha-hara”, which means “victory over the ten-faced one”. This ten-faced being (Dashamukha) is none other than Ravana, Lord Rama’s adversary. His ten heads symbolise the ten […]