Fall Navaratri 2019 - Day 4, Kushmanda Devi

Wednesday, Oct 2, 2019
18:00 h
Shree Peetha Nilaya – Bhakti Marga Centre and Ashram
Am Geisberg 1-8
65321 Heidenrod Springen
Germany
Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda
Donations are welcome
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Description

9 Forms of Maa

Navaratri is a 9-night festival celebrating Goddess Durga’s victories over the demons that keep us from realising the Divine. The Divine Mother, in the form of Durga Maa, is the Remover of Miseries. She appears in 9 different forms, each an embodiment of the qualities that one needs to advance on the spiritual path.

Day 4: Kushmanda Devi

When the universe did not yet exist and there was darkness everywhere, Kushmanda Devi created the universe with a smile. She then manifested Herself and spread Her light in all directions, like rays from the sun. She exterminates sorrow and diseases and amplifies life, fame and strength. Kushmanda Devi is appeased with the slightest amount of devotion and if anyone wholeheartedly worships Her, they will certainly gain Her favour. Her colour is blue.

What to expect

Each night we worship a different aspect of the Divine Mother with special prayers, pujas, and bhajans. After a nightly yagna (holy fire ceremony), an abhishekam will be performed and an abundance of prasad will be offered to Her Feet. The story of Devi’s victories over numerous demons, the triumph of good over evil and the elevation of Divine Love over the ego will be read each evening from the Devi Mahatmyam. We end the night with arati and often a late night dance party.

What to wear

Navaratri is a festive occasion, so traditionally we dress in the colours of each goddess listed below. Indian dress is encouraged, but not required. Women must wear saris or ankle-length skirts and bring a shawl for covering their heads in order to participate in the yagna. Men are encouraged to wear kurtas and dhotis, or nice shirts and trousers. The event will take place in our heated tent, however, it is a good idea to dress warmly in layers, just in case.

Day 1: Shailaputri (Red) - Day 1 Photo Album
Day 2: Brahmacharini (White) - Day 2 Photo Album
Day 3: Chandraghanta Devi (Orange) - Day 3 Photo Album
Day 4: Kushmanda Devi (Blue) -  Day 4 Photo Album
Day 5: Skanda Mata (Yellow) - Day 5 Photo Album
Day 6: Katyayani Devi (Peacock Green/Blue) - Day 6 Photo Album
Day 7: Kalaratri Devi (Black: dark colours encouraged) - Day 7 Photo Album
Day 8: Mahagauri Devi (Light: soft colours encouraged) - Day 8 Photo Album
Day 9: Siddhidatri (Red) - Day 9 Photo Album 
Dussehra - Photo Album

Did you know?

The spring and fall are seasons of transition; they are ideal times to restore balance, both physically and spiritually. Ancient yogis chose this time to focus on their sadhana and to fast in order to cleanse the physical body in preparation for the food changes of the new season. Navaratri is a time when we do both in the company of sangha, our spiritual community.

Vasanta or Spring Navaratri is connected to Lord Rama, a masculine aspect of divinity. The nine-day festival ends on Ram Navami, His Appearance Day. Lord Rama is known as the incarnation of dharmic righteousness and the embodiment of compassion.

In contrast, Sharada or Fall Navaratri is connected to Devi, the feminine aspect of the Divine. This festival concludes with Dussehra, the victory day when Durga Maa’s triumph over the demon Mahishasura is celebrated.

Sponsoring Navaratri

Most of our festivals are free and open to the public. Sponsoring a puja is wonderful way to say thank you to Gurudev for all the blessings you have received from Him. It is also a generous way to help make the event available to others and to contribute to making it memorable for everyone. The act of giving from the heart is a true blessing in and of itself and is much appreciated by Gurudev.

Fall Navaratri, ending on Dussehra, is especially auspicious in that it lasts for 9 days. By helping to sponsor even a single night, you reap the benefits from all the prayers done throughout the entire event. Even if you are unable to attend the event, you may still take part by becoming a sponsor.

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PLACE: Shree Peetha Nilaya: The Ashram & Spiritual Event Centre

In the midst of the lush fields and forests of Germany’s renowned Taunus region, Shree Peetha Nilaya, 'the Home of Maha Lakshmi', invites you to come and explore what lies deep within your own heart. The Ashram offers accommodations and a variety of courses, events, and activities to help you connect more deeply with Divine and with others on the spiritual path. We invite you to come experience all the centre has to offer.

Accommodations

Please use the link below if you would like to book accommodations at the ashram during your event. Accommodations fill up quickly for large events. If you are interested in reserving a room, but are unable to book it directly, please contact us to be added to a waiting list.

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Contact

If you have any questions about the event or registration, please contact us:
Phone: +49 (0) 6124 605 9000 (between 14:00 – 17:00 h, Tuesday – Saturday)
Email: events [at] bhaktimarga.org