Day One of Navratri Festival of Mother Goddess Maa Ambaa/Durga/Mahalaxmi/Saraswati.

For 2014 tomorrow (9/24/14)  is day one of Navratri the festival of Mother goddess of Hindu Religion. This festival runs for nine days and we are supposed to fast all nine days if we can, but if not, the last three days are good as well, if that is not possible just one day the eighth days which is ashtami or aatham is also fine. The reason for fasting and eating less or light food is to give our body time to cleanse from within, and while it si doing so, the mind can focus more on higher spiritual needs of the Human life, the Meditation, pranayam and chants and prayers to get closer to one self from within, to get closer to the supreme Universe of which we all are a small part of.

During the nine days of Navratri we also have beautiful Garba dances happening in the evenings in honor of the mother goddess. In short, the Mother goddess protects the good and punishes/kills  the evil demons at the end of the nine day festival.

As a respect to the mother goddess I will be posting some chants, shlokas and prayers that we normally chant and sing to invoke /praise/pray to the mother goddess for our well being, health, wealth and happiness, all round progress in material world and in the spiritual world as well.

Hope you enjoy the posts, and share as you feel comfortable. Comments and suggestions are most welcome.

Stay tuned for more. Also visit my you tube and
My vegetarian recipes Blog:http://pratibhajanisvegetarianrecipes.wordpress.com/for fasting recipes.

Pratibha

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Surya Prarthana Prayer to the Rising Sun

Surya Prarthana Prayer to the Rising Sun in gujarati and sanskrit chants

This prayer/chant was taught to me by my grandmother at the age of 7. Actually, she never taught. I listened and just learned. I watched every morning as she stood in front of the window or on the terrace facing the early morning rising sun. I heard her chant this and as I kept listening everyday, it just became part of my life as well. I hope you enjoy and share. Comments are most welcome.  Thanks Baa.(grand maa).  I am hoping to put the translation up soon.

Here is the chant/prayer in writing English, Gujrati and Sanskrit script. Morning Prayers to the Rising Sun- Surya Prarthana

Bhagwad Gita. Chapter 12: Audio and Book

Bhagwad Gita Chapter 12 Shlokas Narration.(less than 6 minutes)

It is believed in Hindu culture,  that during the 15 days of this special Shraddha Paksh,(the forth night to remember our ancestors),if you recite the Bhagwad Gita, especially Chapter 12 and Chapter 15,  our ancestors feel proud of us, satisfied and are happier in their present lives (where ever they are). They bestow their blessings upon us due. So Here is chapter 12 for all to listen, read,understand, learn,enjoy and share.

The recitation of the shlokas is slow on purpose so as to allow new and beginner members to follow and participate if they wish.

Audio Chapter 12 Bhagwad Gita -Recitation.    Hope you enjoy and share.

Book Paper Back   Bhagwad Gita Chapter 12   Scanned from the Bhagwad Gita Book in Sanskrit, with English Transliterations and Translations.