Navratri is a combination of two words. 'Nav' means nine while 'ratri' means night. Therefore, this celebration is literally translated as 'nine nights'. The celebrations begin on the first day of the month of Ashvin according to the Hindu calendar. They culminate in the festival of Dassera, on the tenth dayof the month.The festival of Dassera is celebrated to worship the goddess Durga. She is the embodiment of Devi, or the supreme goddess. The form of the goddess Durga is said to symbolise creative energy and the feminine body. This form of the goddess has nine aspects. Navratri therefore is dedicated to the worship of these aspects. Each form or aspect of the goddess has its own day dedicated to it.The celebrations are devoted to the worshipof the Eternal mother, which has its origins in the Vedas. Durga is also considered to be a combination of the Trinity of goddesses. They are Saraswati, Parvati, and Lakshmi. During Navratri, these three main goddesses are worshipped as well. The central theme of Navratri though is the triumph of good over evil. HSO along with Hindu Yuva celebrated Navratri on October 14th in which members of both organizations participated in garba and dandiya processions. Pictures will be posted soon!
Thanks everyone for coming out to our Malibu Temple Trip this past Sunday. The trip was a success, with 26 people attending. We drove up to the temple, prayed, ate at the Temple cafeteria, and a few of us stopped by the scenic Pepperdine University on the way back to look at the views. Pictures of the trip will be up as soon as we receive them. Let us know what you thought of the trip and what other kinds of events/temples you would like to see in the future!
After offering Aarthi and our prayers to the Divine, our content chair Harsh Vathsangam began the discussion about Swami Vivekananda. We were each given a copy of Vivekanada's speech he gave at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1893 during the The Chicago World's Fair. Vivekananda's speech emphasized the themes of unversality and religious tolerance. Please share your thoughts on Swami Vivekananda and his World's Fair speech!