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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Durga Puja Held On October 14, 2010

Durga Puja is a specific event dedicated to The Goddess, or Devi, Durga that takes place during the autumn festival of Navaratri. It is celebrated in India and all over the world. I, myself, set up an Altar for the occasion. First off, when you see the photos, you will note The Goddess has eight arms. This link will give you a brief explanation as to why She has so many arms on Her body - http://hinduism.about.com/od/hindugoddesses/a/durga.htm

Here is the Altar (with various images of The Devi, candles, incense and offerings to The Goddess):

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You can see here, the box of incense is absolutely apropos as the packaging features Goddess Durga Herself! I pulled a stick out of the box for this purpose:
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Symbol of The Divine Feminine:
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The sticker to the left features Durga in between two representations of the Swastika, the very beautiful symbol of peace that affirms the positive values of life [in Sanskrit, Svastika (स्वस्तिक)]:

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Close-ups of the Amulets:
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The intention of this pop-up book is to provide quick Altars for devotees. As you can see, it works very well:
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Here is a video of the Shrine/Altar:


Here is the url in case the video does not load properly:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4MuKgfmuXs

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