धर्मो रक्षति रक्षितः। Dharmo Raksati Raksitah.

Dharma protects those who protect it.

– Veda Vyas, Mahabharat


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  • The Sixth Navratra- Symbolism

    The Sixth Navratra- Symbolism

    By Aparna Sharma The sixth Navaratra is to honour the sister’s daughter. That little niece who is responsible for the first stirrings of the parental instincts in us; who we want to pamper and protect. This is the final day of MahaLakshmi in these Navaratras. Among the NavaDurgas Ma Katayayani, the Protector Goddess is the… Read more

  • The Fifth Navratra- Symbolism

    The Fifth Navratra- Symbolism

    By Aparna Sharma The Fifth Navartara is to honour the Sister. Whether older or younger, a sister is the first friend you would have, your first Confidante in life, your first experience of innocent love. Did you know that the female deity Subhadra in the Triad at Puri is the younger sister of Lord Jaganaatha?… Read more

  • The Fourth Navratra- Symbolism

    The Fourth Navratra- Symbolism

    By Aparna Sharma या देवी सर्वभू‍तेषु माँ कूष्माण्डा रूपेण संस्थिता।नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥ Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Kushmanda Rupena SamstitaNamastasyay Namastasyay Namastasyay Namo Namah She blesses her devotees with energy, power and guides them to take the right direction. “The Fourth Navaratra is to honour one’s Mother – biological or adoptive,” says the artist,… Read more

  • The First Navratra- Symbolism

    The First Navratra- Symbolism

    By Aparna Sharma 13th April, 2021—and the beginning of the new lunar year– Samvatsara 2078, the day Lord Bhrama is said to have begun his creation. Add to that it is also the beginning of one of the four transformative periods of Navartaras we experience every year, this day is truly powerful. The 1st Navaratra… Read more

  • The Third Navratra- Symbolism

    – By Aparna Sharma The Third Navaratra is to honour the Prasooti Ma. The woman who ensured that the fragile and vulnerable new born – new mother receive the nurturing care they require. The period of ‘Sutak’ where the new mother and new born were isolated, or placed separately, away from the rest of the… Read more

  • Just a bhajan…

    by Aparna Sharma ‘Sonam’ Here is a personal favorite piece of poetry, a piece of music, and a chance answer to a very pertinent question on one of those Spring days in another age. To share it with the Hindi-challenged or bhajan-challenged audiences.  Perhaps there lies some beauty for you to savour as well. You… Read more



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