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IN Desi ON 07 Oct, 2016
The goddesses in the Hindu mythology are seen as immensely beautiful forms who are also the epitome of serenity. They are considered the divine feminine form. However, that is just the tip of the iceberg. There are numerous goddesses who are not serene. There are those who are peaceful but there are also the angry ones. The one thing that stands common for all of them is their origin from 'Sakti.' It is the purest and ultimate form of power. Also, each of them has some teaching for us that can push us to break our own comfort zone and reach for something better.
Philosophies of the Hindu form of life are practiced through the different rituals. However, the lesser known fact is that the philosophies are also well-hidden in the different forms of goddess we worship. At first glance, they are forms who are bestowed with supreme power whom we worship to fulfill our certain desires. However, if we are willing to travel beyond obvious, then the goddesses are a powerhouse for teachings. Each holds a hidden piece of wisdom. The wisdom prepares us for true transformation and liberation.
She is one of the goddesses who is worshiped on the first day of Navratri. She is the daughter of the mountain who is considered the first form of Sakti. Sati and Durga are rebirths of the same form of Sakti. The actual form of Mother Nature is fierce in her power yet she teaches us to be patient. She is the higher form of power within us and through the rituals, we get attuned with self. This is why when we are agitated or tensed, it is said recitation of her name will bestow one with the aspects of calmness and patience.
Worshipped on the second day of Navaratri, she teaches the world about the benefits of meditation.
Her name comes from the crescent moon that is seen on top of her head. On the third day of Navratri, we worship her. She is not seen in a calm form but rather in an angry one. This angry goddess teaches us that we should know how to conjure our anger for defending ourselves when the time demands the same.
Worshipped on the fourth day, the name of the goddess means a little part of the cosmic energy. She is an ever happy being who teaches us that despite all the darkness surrounding us we need to keep our smile alive.
Her motherly nature is worshipped on the fifth day of Navratri. A deep look at her shows that she teaches us the attributes of kindness and compassion.
On the sixth day, we worship this goddess who is extremely peaceful but when she has to defend the righteousness, she invokes anger and takes a dangerous form. She teaches us that there is nothing wrong in defending or fighting for something that is right.
On the seventh day, we bow our heads in front of this goddess. Do you know why? She is the one who removes the darkness of ignorance. That is what she teaches us.
The eighth day is reserved for the goddess who means clean and bright light. She teaches us that it is the ray of light within that we need to find when we are lost.
On the ninth day, we pray to the goddess who can give us 'Siddhi' or knowledge. She teaches that through knowledge we can slowly do away with our ignorance that will help us in reaching self-actualization.
Known as the goddess of death, teaches us the lesson that life is ever transitory. The killing is symbolic. She teaches us to kill the desire of the physical world to bring mental peace. It is going from one form to another.
She is worshipped as a goddess who can be considered as the Aphrodite of the Indian mythology. She is a true beauty but she is also one of the angry goddesses of India. The anger comes from the notion of human to attach beauty only with a certain form. She teaches the art of seeing beauty in everything around us and attaining happiness through the same.
Yes, river Ganga is also a form of goddess. Her existence is felt all over India and for betterment. She teaches that we should leave our mark everywhere we go and give something good for people to remember us.
Her image is glory with a garland of a human skull around her neck and no head on her shoulder. The chopped off head teaches us that we should never limit ourselves only to the mind. It is a movement that also includes the aspect of heart in the picture and prepares a person for attaining Samadhi.
The goddess with Veena and book teaches us the importance of education and art in our life. They are the ways in which we stay connected to a larger universe. She teaches us to reach beyond ourselves and connect with others.
These are the two popular forms of one goddess who teach the same thing. She sits on a lotus flower and is someone who is worshipped for wealth and prosperity. Lotus is such flower that can go anywhere, even in the dirtiest of water. She teaches us our surroundings cannot stop us from growth. The teaching is not about material growth but the spiritual one.
The ten-handed goddess is often seen killing 'Mahisasur', her enemy. However, what is not popularly known is that 'Mahisasur' actually attained a higher form of life after getting killed. It is a symbolic way of killing the evils within us. She teaches us that at times we need to bow down our heads to accept defeat and walk towards a better life.
It is said that this goddess keeps us entrapped with illusions of the material world. However, that doesn't make her evil. She teaches us that it is a constant tug of war within ourselves and through this resistance we learn to see the better things of life.
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