Durga Puja or Navaratri
"SALUTATIONS to the Divine Mother, Durga, who exists in all beings in the form of intelligence, mercy,
beauty, who is the consort of Lord Shiva, who creates, sustains
and destroys the universe."
-- Swami Sivananda
This festival lasts for nine days
in honor of the nine manifestations of the goddess, Durga. In
India during Navaratri (the word literally means 'nine nights'),
devotees observe a fast, Brahmins are fed, and prayers are offered
for the protection of health and property. The basic aim of this
celebration is to honor Shakti--the goddess in her aspect as
power--to bestow all wealth, auspiciousness, prosperity, and
knowledge (both sacred and secular) upon us all.
Behind whatever special request we may ask of her, is our desire
to link with the divine. There is no other aim. This is being
effected consciously or unconsciously. Everyone is blessed with
Her loving mercy and is protected by Her.
On the tenth day, the Day of Victory, come for an early morning
puja and have the tools of your work (instruments of karma)
blessed. Yes, bring your computer keyboards, keys, photos,
personal items, anything you use on a regular basis. Have them
energized. And stay for the feast!