Friday, October 20, 2017

Now about the word "Diwali" - Difference between "Diwali" and "Deepavali"

In my previous post posted on 18/10/2017 about celebrating the festival of Deepavali without crackers, I requested all of you to not to use the word "Diwali" while talking about the Festival of Deepavali.

I will tell you now why we should not use that negative word "Diwali".

You must know that one of the popular languages of India is Hindi. In Hindi language, people refer to a bankrupted person as a "Diwala" (दीवाला). The feminine word for it is "Diwali" (दीवाली). 

"उसने दीवाला पिट गया"  or "उसने दीवाली पिट गयी"|    

So, the word Diwali refers to a loser or a pauper.

That is why I am asking everybody to refrain from referring to "Deepavali" as "Diwali". Please do not get embarrassed at this negative feedback. Try to understand the situation.

Deepavali is a festival of celebrating the Happiness by driving away the darkness and negative thoughts from our mind and the humanity. It is a festival where Goddess Lakshmi gifts you with Prosperity.

So, how can you call it as "Diwali"?

That bad name to the festival was given by the Britishers and other foreigners who could not spell Deepavali and so misspelled and shortened it as "Diwali" only for their own convenience.

Now, our modern so called civilized people have become addicted to that easy word and using it permanently (spelling it like those foreigners) without knowing the negative message that it passes all over there.

So, from next time onward, kindly try to refer to this auspicious festival of prosperity as "Deepavali".

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Happy Deepavali - A Festival of Lights (Not Diwali Festival)

Wish you all "A Happy Deepavali" celebrations.

It is a festival celebrated with lights arranged in a row or in some particular shape. So, it is called as "Deepavali" meaning Row of Lights.

Kindly don't spell it as "Diwali". Diwali is an inauspicious word for Hindus. That name was given by the Britishers and foreigners who could not spell Deepavali.

It is a very sad point to note that when you search with the spelling of "Deepavali" you get only 7.60 lac results whereas when you search with the spelling of "Diwali" you are getting 760 lac search results!!! It shows how that corrupted word has entered the blood of people.

Anyway, celebrate Deepavali now on with "NO CRACKERS".

The firecrackers are very dangerous to lives creating accidents and pollution. The air gets polluted and the sound becomes unbearable throughout the night of this Deepavali Day. Nowadays, they are using the crackers to celebrate weddings and any other pleasant occasion making it very horrific for people living around.

Please care for the Humanity and celebrate all festive and happy occasions peacefully with love and kindness and with a sense of care for others.

For those who may need to know some facts about the Festival and the way of celebration throughout the five days, I am providing a link here to my own post about this festival's significance and the method of celebrating it on all the five days. Please read here for it.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Navratri Celebrations (Dussehra) - Its Meaning and Significance for Hindus

Wish You All "A Happy Navratri Celebrations".

May Goddess Durga Maa bestow all favors upon you and your family members.

The Navratri celebrations are most important and popular festive occasion for Hindus living all over the world. It is a festival of worshipping Goddess in nine forms during the nine days of this festive occasion which generally occurs during the last week of September or the first half of October at the starting point of the Autumn season. According to the Hindu calendar, it is the first nine days of the month known as Ashwin or Ashwayuja.

Navratri or Navaratri means nine nights. Even though people may perform worship during morning time also both at homes and at temples, the most important type of worshipping takes place during evenings hours during all these nine days of Navratri. The tenth day is also celebrated as a festive occasion to enjoy festivities for one more day.

It is also known as Dussehra Festival as it is celebrated to enjoy happiness and great relief on the death of ten kinds of Demons (killed by Goddess during this period).

The festival is celebrated to worship the Goddess who destroyed evil and protected people always in her different forms of appearance. She is mainly worshipped in three most popular forms of the embodiment of Power/ Force, Wealth/ Prosperity, and Wisdom/ Education.

Nine forms of Goddess

Chronologically these are the nine forms of Mother Goddess (or Devi as referred in Hindu scripts) as per citations in many scriptures.

1)Devi Adi Parashakti or Siddhidhatri: This is a pure form of energy with no shape whom Lord Shiva worshipped before starting the creation. She appeared on the left side of Shiva. She sits on a lotus and rides on a lion holding Shank, Chakra, Gada, and a Lotus in each of her four hands.

2)Devi Kushmanda: After taking the form of Siddhidhatri, the Goddess lived inside the Sun so as to release some of the Sun's energy to the Universe and provide life to the living beings. She has eight hands holding a Kamandalu, Bow, Arrow, and Kamal with her right hands and Chakra, Gada, Japa Mala, Pot of Nectar with her left hands. She also rides on a lion.

3)Devi Brahmacharini: After Kushmanda's form, the Goddess took the form of a Brahmacharin born to Daksha Prajapati. She was supposed to marry Lord Shiva. But Daksha insults Shiva and she gets self-immolated herself vowing to marry Shiva in her next birth. She holds a Kamandalu and a Japa Mala in her hands and walks bare-footed.

4)Devi Shailaputri: After self-immolation, she takes birth as Shailaputri (Daughter of a Mountain named Himalaya) to marry Shiva. She rides on a Bull, carrying a Trishul and Lotus in her hands.

5)Devi Maha Gauri: Shailaputri, after reaching her age of sixteen years, is believed to be of extremely beautiful with a splendid and sparkling glow. So, she is called as MahaGauri meaning extremely beautiful. She also rides on a Bull with her four hands holding a Trishul in the right hand, A Damaru in the left hand, and making the Blessing sign with the other right hand and a gifting sign with the other left hand.

6)Devi Chandraghanta: On marrying Lord Shiva, she begins wearing the half-moon sign on her forehead shaped in the form of a bell. So, she is known as Chandraghanta. She mounts on a tigress with her ten hands. She holds the Arrow, Bow, Lotus, and Mala of her neck with four right hands, keeping the fifth hand in Abhayamudra (a blessing sign). She holds the Trishul, Gada, Sword, and Kamandalu in her four left hands, posting the fifth hand in a gifting sign (Varadamudra).

7)Devi Skanda Mata: Skanda is the other name for Lord Kartikeya, the son of Shiva, Parvati.So, she is called as Skanda Mata meaning mother of Skanda. Skanda Mata rides on a fierce lion. She has four hands. She holds Lotus in her upper two hands and holds her son Skanda (who is a six-headed child) with her right hand. She keeps the other left hand in a blessing mode.

8)Devi Katyayani: Katyayani Mata was formed from the waves of anger exuded of all Gods who have been angry with the atrocities of the demons. She was entrusted with the task of killing Mahishasura and other demons. She is red in color and rides on a majestic lion. She holds a Lotus and Sword in her left hands and keeps her both right hands in blessing and bestowing modes.

9)Devi Kali: This is the most fierce form of the Mother Goddess. She is black in color and rides on a donkey killing the deadly demons named Sumbha and Nisumbha in a very frightening manner. She holds her both right hands in Varada and Abhaya mudras and carries a huge Sword and fierce Iron hook in her left hands.

The worshipping sequence of the nine forms of Goddess Durga

Day One: Shailaputri
Day Two: Brahmacharini
Day Three: Chandra Ghanta
Day Four: Kusmanda
Day Five: Skandamata
Day Six: Katyayani
Day Seven: Kali Mata
Day Eight: MahaGauri
Day Nine: Sidhidhatri

For more comprehensive details of Dussehra celebrations like Ram Leela and Vijaya Dashami, you may like to visit this article of mine posted 3 years back with full details at this link.