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India is currently celebrating Navaratri, which is a festival dedicated to the Hindu deity, Durga. The word Navaratri means nine nights, in Sanskrit, nava means nine and ratri means nights. The tenth day is commonly referred to as dussehra. Diwali, the Festival of Lights is celebrated twenty days after dussehra. 

The significance being, the beginning of spring and the beginning of autumn are considered to be important junctions of climatic and solar influences. These two periods are taken as sacred opportunities for the worship of the Divine Mother Durga. 

Navaratri represents a celebration of the Goddess Amba, (the Power).

In the state of Gujarat and Maharashtra, people perform the dance of garba.. They dress up in traditional and colourful Gujarati clothes and go for the dance. 

In north India, there the Navaratri is celebrated in form of Ramlila, which is a dramatic folk re-enactment of the life of Rama, ending up in ten-day battle between Rama and Ravana, as described in the Hindu religious epic, the Ramayana. 

On the tenth day dussehra is commemorated in the form of victory of Rama over demon king Ravana, when the actors are taken out in a procession through the city, leading up to a mela ground or town square, where the enactment of the final battle takes place, before giant effigies of Ravana.

Just a picture of Mataji in one of the temple I visited.

  

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We all have 2 sides.. 

We all have something hidden inside.. 

We all have the good and evil.. 

We all have something burning inside.. 

We all have felt pain in life.. 

We all become the people those don’t recognise ourselves.. 

The only difference is, some know about it, 

And some are unaware of their dark side.. 

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This entire week has been crazy.. My niece and her parents (my brother and his wife) have moved to their own house 2 days back and so has Ganeshji. Yes, since most of us know we here in Mumbai are celebrating the most loved festival, Ganesh Chathurthi that started from September 17 and it’s still going on. It is a festival celebrated in the honour of elephant God, Ganesha. During this time, we bring idols of Ganesha at home and worship Him. My family has been celebrating this festival for around 15 years now, and this year was way too special to us due to Shaira. At my place we bring Him for 5 days, and then on the 5th day immerse Him in the sea. The festival goes on for 11 days. All over Mumbai people have Him for different days, some might keep for 1 and a half day or 3 days or 5 days or 7days and finally for 11days. This time we had more guests than the previous year, which was amazing.. They all came to seek His blessings.
Lord Ganesha is considered as the God of power and wisdom. There are various stories associated that show how cleverly and coolly he used to deal with complicated matters.
We brought Him home on the 16th night, and on 21st was the immersion. These 5 days were filled with awesome food, lots of guests, fun, laughter, sweets and not to forget feeling blessed.
Since couple of years in Mumbai, we have now started having these artificial ponds, which are eco friendly and do not harm any marine life. Such ponds are ideal for idols that are brought at home because these idols are small, maybe not more than 3-4 feet. Our idol was 2.5 feet this year. The big idols, like 10 feet have to immerse them in the sea. But still these ponds have been a blessing, we have been going there since 3 years now, it’s hassle free, best part is that we know we aren’t hearing the marine life. I remember one year when we used to go to the beach to immerse the idol, there were way too many idols that were on the shore of the sea, and in a devastated state. Some didnt have hands, or head or a leg. It was really sad to see them in this state. We worship Him for so many days and in the end to see them like this was way too upsetting. So now we prefer the artificial ponds.
This year our idol was of red in colour and lots of diamond, pearl and coloured stones work. We offer Him food, fruits and sweets. Even the guests coming to seek His blessing offer either fruits or sweets or money. I would get fresh flower garland everyday. I am just sharing few pictures of Ganesha.

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These pictures were clicked on my phone, hope it’s clear enough. Thank you all!

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Aren’t kids adorable and precious! My brother and his wife were blessed with a beautiful little angel in the month of June of this year. In another 5 days she will complete 3 months. It’s been a week since we all are living in the same house, and I have to say that these are the best days of my life.. She loves to talk, not that she can but she keeps making baby noises, looks at you, smiles, pulls my hair and everything that a 3 month old baby does.. And it is the best feeling in this world. To be around her 24 hours and see getting naughty slowly it’s just amazing. How our day pass, we have no clue. I love her way too much.. God Bless You Shaira!

For today there’s a small poem that I wanted to share with you all..

Sometimes memories made her laugh her heart out,
And drew the widest smile on her face..
And she relived all her precious moments again..
Sometimes she just wanted to run back to that time,
Where everything felt like a perfect fairytale..
But other times tore her open,
And left her in pieces..
Which were hard for her to join back again..

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Hello everyone, I just realised that it’s been a month since I posted my last blog. I must say that I didn’t realise that it’s been so long, days are flying super fast. I was worked up with many things, but the one thing that has affected me the most is someone’s behaviour towards me. Once again I gave my ex the opportunity to take me for granted and play with my emotions, I dont understand why I keep doing that to myself. I also dont understand how can someone behave so bad especially with a person who was once very close to you. If he really loved me like he used to say 3 years back, then he wouldn’t have hurt me so many times. What he doesn’t understand is that in this whole situation, he is only gaining bad karma, because honey, what goes around, comes around. You need to understand that. It’s sad that he doesnt.
I believe in one thing, karma is the sweetest revenge!

Recently I realised a big human revolution in me, a big change in myself. In Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism, every person has 10 worlds in them, right from anger, hell, animality, hunger, humanity, rapture, learning, realisation, boddhisatva and buddhahood.. And when we chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo, we can tap on our buddhahood. So, recently I realised that the life state of anger and hunger has vanished from my life. I dont feel angry at all no matter what the opposite person does, no matter how bad the other person is towards me. For e.g my ex, inspite of his behaviour towards me I dont feel angry. I have now started sympathising on the opposite person’s life state. I feel that there’s no point on getting angry because they are in one of the lower state of life. All I feel is sympathy on their life. Also, I am not hungry for many things in life, I am content with what I have. Yes, I want to achieve many things in life, but nothing excites me anymore. I am not hungry, yes I want few things in life but I am not greedy. There’s a thin line between hunger and greed, the day you realise that, I think one will start seeing the world in a different way.

I have become centred in life too. Since you all know that I go for yoga classes, not to become a teacher but just for workouts. In April my present instructor was on a 3 week leave and in place of her there was another lady instructor who has been practising yoga for over 25 years. I know, that’s a really long time. Before every yoga class, she and myself would end up talking alot and she shared alot of meditation techniques. She used to tell us to pay attention to our body in each and every asana. And I started doing that, also I started practising at home on the days when I didn’t have my class. It helped me to get closer to myself, get closer to the inner me. And also centre myself, which is a very good thing. Now, yoga has become a part of my life like chanting.

Last week, it hit me that I dont like the city life anymore. I like my space, the quietness, calmness and peace around me. I have also been missing my trip to Goa which I went with my ex last year. I had a wonderful time. If he would have respected me what I deserved this time, I was thinking of going there once with him. But I dont think it’s meant to be.

Have an amazing week everyone and a wonderful weekend!

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Lately, I have been feeling a bit lonely all over again.. I miss being in the woods, I miss my trip spent at the most beautiful place with the most amazing person.. I miss talking a lot, I miss finding myself, I miss the laughter, I miss the happiness. I miss it.. I miss each and everything about it.. I wish I had never come back.. I wish the trip had never got over.. But sadly it did.

Today again I’m sharing a poem, something that I feel.

Whenever the clouds of sadness came over,
When tears filled up my eyelids,
When the scars of the wounds didnt heal,
When I could see no light..
When my lonely heart had no one beside,
And when the shadow of the sorrow waved in..
I told my heart,
Why do you cry ?
It happens with everyone.
So, why do you cry ?
Don’t give up hope,
Because there’s always a light at the end of a dark tunnel..
So, why do you cry ?
Why do you cry ?

Have an amazing weekday ! And belated Happy 4th of July everyone!

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July is already here, cant believe 6 months of 2015 have already passed. There’s just a small poem that is running in my head and thought of sharing it with you all.. It’s just something I feel everyday..

Sometimes I am happy sometimes I weep,
But a new day breaks after a dark night’s sleep.
What you & I sow is what we shall reap,
The finale is with the earthly creep.
It doesn’t matter how hard life can get,
What matters is I will win in the end.
Because that’s a promise I made to myself.

If you love something, love it completely,
Cherish it.
But most importantly, show it.
Because something that is there one day,
It might not be the next.
Never take that for granted.
So, say what you need to say,
Then say a little more,
Say too much,
Show too much,
And love too much.
Because that’s a promise I made to myself.

Wishing everyone an amazing week and a great weekend well in advance. 🙂