Shiva gave his Trishul

Vishnu his Chakra

Varuna a conch

Agni a spear

Marut a powerful bow

Indra gave her the Vajra

Surya gave his rays

Yama a sword Samudra a necklace

Vishwakarma gave her a Farsa

Himvat gave her a lion

And thus Devi (Goddess) Durga was created


1. Mother Goddess Durga – The Daughter of the Mountain and Joy of the World

2. Mother Goddess Durga – Destroys the Danavas and the Daityas and Nourishes the Three Worlds

3. Mother Goddess Durga – Destroyer of the Demons Madhu and Kaitabha

4. Mother Goddess Durga – Destroyer of the Demons Chanda and Munda

5. Mother Goddess Durga – Made Lord Shiva the Messenger against Shumbha and Nisumbha

6. Mother Goddess Durga – Pardons the Enemy Heroes when their Wives take Refuge

7. Mother Goddess Durga – Destroyer of the Demons Dhumralocana, Raktabija and Shumbha Nishumbha

8. Mother Goddess Durga – Destroys the Chaturanga of the Enemy

9. Mother Goddess Durga – Whose Battle expresses as Celestial Dance

10. Mother Goddess Durga – Occupies Half of the Body of Lord Shiva

11. Mother Goddess Durga – Union of Beautiful Mind and Charming Appearance

12. Mother Goddess Durga – Accompanied by Army of Jasmine-Like Girls against excellent Fighters

13. Mother Goddess Durga – From Whom Emerges all Arts, Beauty and Power

14. Mother Goddess Durga – Whose Forehead is Stainless and Pure like a Lotus Petal

15. Mother Goddess Durga – Whose Voice is Sweeter than Flute and Cuckoo

16. Mother Goddess Durga – On Whose Radiant Toe-Nails Prostate the Devas and the Asuras

17. Mother Goddess Durga – Who is Pleased with Devotional Contemplation of both: like Suratha as well as Samadhi

18. Mother Goddess Durga – An Abode of Devi MahalakShmi

19. Mother Goddess Durga – An Abode of Devi Mahasaraswati

20. Mother Goddess Durga – Whose Pure Moon-Like Face Subdues our Impurities

21. Mother Goddess Durga – Who Shower Grace on Devotees in the same manner as Arrows on Enemies.

Goddess Durga and Kali 🙏🏻

Goddess Durga is conferred as ‘shakti’ or ‘devi, who is believed to be the most powerful goddess of the Hindus. As ‘shakti’, she is the destroyer of evil and as ‘devi’ she is serene and symbol of life.

Mother Goddess Durga is the supreme ruler of all. She alone takes us across all death and sorrow to the highest Self-Realization that is the ultimate goal of our many births. Do not be taken in by the illusion of the world and its Asuric (Demonic) forces.

She is the fierce form of the protective mother goddess. Kali, Bhagvati, Mahagauri, Bhavani, Ambika, Lalita, Kandalini, Katyayani and Rajeswari are among her many forms. Durga is sometimes referred to as Durgatinashini, which means “the one who eliminates adversity.”

Goddess Durga is cherished also as the protector of devotees and the destroyer of evil. Thus, there are thousands of temples dedicated to Goddess Durga around the globe. If you are a devotee of the warrior goddess, bet you don’t want to miss these most fascinating Durga Temples.

Durga, the Divine Shakti is coming forth again today. She is already stirring and beginning a new manifestation, preparing the decisive moment for her revelatory action. We must make ourselves into her vessels to aid in her transformations.

I love how it is in the midst of Navratri celebration that celebrates the different avatars (incarnations) of Goddess Durga and strength of women, is the time #MeToo hits India.

Time to go all Goddess Kaali on dem suckers #MeTooIndia No other country in the world has so many distinctive temples to the Goddess or so many colourful festivals dedicated to her celebration as India. There are innumerable forms of the Goddess as the nine Durgas, ten Mahavidyas, eight Lakshmis and 64 Yoginis.

Pick up the sword in your hands and become the Goddess Durga. You yourself punish the rapists. Here the administration, government and system all are deaf and dumb. The Power brokers have established a control over it.

Goddess Durga and Kali :

Goddess Durga and Kali are a same representation of the same feminine ‘shakti’, but worshipped in a different form. Goddess Durga born to destroy the tyranny caused by mahisasura called as asuras. The assassination of Mahisasura represents the victory of good over evil. Mother Goddess Durga created the Goddess Kali from her forehead for slaying the asuras named Shimbhu and Nishumbhu.

Mother Goddess Kali became more involved in the battle to destroy the demons. And Lord Shiva threw himself under her feet to stop all the evil. The best way to worship the goddess is by chanting Chalisa and performing Aarti. To perform Durga Aarti in Hindi one ought to adorn the aarti plate with essential things diya, roli, rice, flowers, and some sweet ought to be placed in the plate and the chanting of shloka/ mantra ought to be done in the starting. However, as per Hindu ritual before performing any pooja worshipping Lord Ganesh takes an important place, people sing Shree Ganesh Aarti in Hindi before performing any pooja.

Goddess Kali is mainly associated with the destruction of evil, her image often shows her as being dark and ferocious with a garland made of demon-heads around her neck. Goddess Kali helps the devotees make a relationship of the cycle of birth and death. Maa Kali is depicted in two different forms – having four arms or ten arms. In both the forms Kali Maa is shown to be black in color, her eyes red with drunkenness and rage. She is often seen wearing a garland of human heads. The four-armed image of Goddess Kali is also shown holding a cup made of human skull, a sword, a trident (Trishul) and a severed head.
Durga is portrayed sitting on lion or tiger and standing over the conquered body of mahisasura, thus represents the fall of ego, anger, greedy and all other evils in the world. Mother Goddess Durga is worshipped in all forms, during Durga Pooja. Durga Pooja will be held on Diwali and those days’ falls on Hindu month Karthik. As, Goddess Durga is be dreaded by all, and devotees are took a lot of care for worshipping for defense against for all evils.

Some Awesome Bhagvad Geeta Quotes

– Learn from Me (Lord Krishna), O Arjuna, how one who gas attained such perfection realises BRAHMAN, the supreme state of knowledge.

– Actions do not cling to me because I am not attached to their results. Those who understand this and practice it live in freedom.

– Persons of demonic nature do not know what to do and what not to do. They neither have purity nor good conduct nor truthfulness.

– I believe You are the imperishable, the Supreme to be realized. You are the ultimate resort of the universe.

– Some after their wealth, their austerity, and their practice yoga as sacrifice, while the ascetics with strict vows after their study of scriptures and knowledge as sacrifice.

– Those who cannot renounce attachment to the results of their work are far from the path.

– This being the case; the ignorant person who considers oneself as the sole agent due to imperfect understanding does not understand.

– The one who rejoices in the Self only, who is satisfied with the Self, who is content in the Self alone, for such a (Self-realized) person there is no duty.

– I am death, which overcomes all, and the source of all beings still to be born.

– The ignorant work for their own profit, Arjuna ; the wise work for the welfare of the society, nation and the world, without thought for themselves.

– He from whom all beings originate, and by whom all this universe is pervaded; worshipping Him by performing one’s natural duty for Him one attains perfection.

– For the senses wander, and when one lets the mind follow them, it carries wisdom away like a windblown ship on the waters.

– I am the supporter of the universe, the father, the mother, and the grandfather.

– After Self-Realization, one does not regard any other gain superior to Self-Realization.

– The Divine illusion of mine, caused by the qualities, is hard to pierce; they who come to me, they cross over this illusion.

– Perform all thy actions with mind concentrated on the Divine, renouncing attachment and looking upon success and failure with an equal eye. Spirituality implies equanimity.

– A gift is pure when it is given from the heart to the right person at the right time and at the right place and when we expect nothing in return.

– There are three gates to Self-Destructive Hell: Lust, Anger and Greed.

– All the scriptures lead to me; I am their author and their wisdom.

– Even if you were the most sinful of sinners, Arjuna, you could cross beyond all sin by the raft of spiritual wisdom.

– When meditation is mastered the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a windless place.

– Whatever action, whether right or wrong, one performs by thought, word, and deed; these are its five causes.

– There is nothing higher than BRAHMAN. Everything in the universe is strung on BRAHMAN like jewels on the thread of a necklace.

– What is work and what is not work are questions that perplex the wisest of men.

– Approach those who have reasized the purpose of life and question them with reverence and devotion; they will instruct you in this wisdom.

– There is more happiness in doing one’s own (path) without excellence than in doing another’s (path) well.

– One’s inferior natural work is better than superior unnatural work. One who does the work ordained by one’s inherent nature incurs no sin.

– Actions do not cling to me because I am not attached to their results. Those who understand this and practice it live in freedom.

Mother Goddess Lakshmi 😊🙏🏻

Mother Goddess Lakshmi is a mother of prosperity, peace, and illumination. Without her grace one can’t have inner peace or perennial joy.

Mother Goddess Lakshmi is commonly known as Goddess of wealth. Wealth is not only the money. Tradition and values of life also wealth. Our family and progress is also wealth. Our belongings such as land, prosperity, animals, grains, etc as well as virtues like patience, persistence, purity etc in the form of a character are wealth and so is glory or victory.

Mother Goddess Lakshmi is the source and provider of the following enumerated well known sixteen types of wealth and many more :

1) Fame, 2) Knowledge, 3) Courage and Strength, 4) Victory, 5) Good Children, 6) Valour, 7) Gold and other gross properties, 8) Grains in abundance, 9) Happiness, 10) Bliss, 11) Intelligence, 12) Beauty, 13) Higher Aim, Higher Thinking and Higher Meditation too, 14) Morality and Ethics, 15) Good Health, 16) Long life.

Let us glance upon the glory of Mother Goddess Ashta Lakshmi’s individual nature and forms.

AshtaLakshmi, The Eight Forms, Confer All Types Of Wealth :

Her four hands represent dharma (righteousness), kama (genuine desires), artha (wealth) and moksha (liberation from cycle of life and death). The golden coins falling out from her right palm means she is the giver of wealth and prosperity. It signifies that a true devotee should not earn wealth just to earn name and fame but must be generous so that others can be happy too. The lotus bud held in the hand signifies beauty, purity, spirituality and fertility. Her other hand holds a pot of wealth as if to say that she is its sole possessor and is flanked by white elephants a striking image of name and fame associated with abundance. Not just material wealth, the goddess epitomises wealth in all forms and that’s why she’s recognized in eight forms collectively known as Ashta Lakshmi, each known for a particular aspect of wealth.

The Eight Forms of Goddess Lakshmi Bestow Varied Types of Blessings :-

1) Adi Lakshmi/Ramma Lakshmi (Primordial) :

Mother Goddess Lakshmi resides with Lord Narayana (Vishnu) in the Vaikuntha, the abode of Lord Narayana. She is known as Ramaa, means bringing happiness to the mankind. She is also known as Indira (who holds lotus or purity in the hands or heart.) Divine Mother’s this form is normally seen serving Sri Narayana. Lord Narayana is omnipresent. Adi Lakshmi or Ramaa Lakshmi serves Sri Narayana is symbolic of her serving the whole creation. Though Sri Narayana is attended by innumerable devotees, still she personally loves to serve the Lord. Actually Mother Goddess Adi Lakshmi and Lord Narayana are not two different entities but one only. Many a place we see her form sitting in the lap of Sri Narayana.
First to be worshipped and is symbolised for eternal wealth. There is no end to her supply of wealth which is never ending and keeps flowing incessantly.

2) Dhanya Lakshmi (Foodgrains) :

Dhanya means grains. This includes all kind of purified food containing all essential vitamins, minerals, protein, calcium, carbohydrates and so on. With the grace of Mother Goddess Dhanya Lakshmi one gets all essential nutrients grains, fruits, vegetables, and other foods. The mother who feeds. ‘Dhanyam’ means food grains and she is the goddess of food and sustenance and nourishes the entire universe.

3) Dhairya Lakshmi (Courage) :

This form of Mother Goddess Lakshmi grants the boon of infinite courage and strength. Those, who are in tune with infinite inner power, are always bound to have victory. Those who worship Mother Goddess Dhairya Lakshmi they live and lead a life with tremendous patience and inner stability. She is worshipped for courage and strength. She is depicted as having eight arms and wears a red sari.

4) Gaja Lakshmi (Elephants) :

In the holy book of Srimad Bhagavata the story of the churning of the ocean by Gods and Demons is explained in detail. Author, the Sage Vyasa writes that Mother Goddess Lakshmi came out of the ocean during the churning of the ocean (Samudra Manthan). So she is known as a daughter of the ocean. She came out of the ocean sitting on a full-bloomed lotus and also having lotus flowers in both hands with two elephants by her sides, holding a beautiful vessels filled with milk and pouring it over Sri Lakshmi. Many a time we see Sri Lakshmi standing in the lotus and elephants are pouring nectar over her. During the festival of the lamps or the Deepavali along with Sri Lakshmi the Ganapati or the Elephant God also gets worshipped; that signifies the protection from evils as well as abundant grace and blessings for additional prosperities. The Goddess with Gajas or elephants is the most common form where in two tuskers are seen on either side of the goddess pouring water from their trunks over the goddess. This signifies the very aspects of Lakshmi like prosperity, good luck and abundance.

5) Santan Lakshmi (offspring) :

In the family life, the children are the greatest treasure. Those who worship this particular form of Sri Lakshmi, known as a Santan Lakshmi, are bestowed with the grace of Mother Goddess Lakshmi and have wealth in the form of desirable children with good health and long life.
The Goddess who is invoked for begetting children. She bestows her devotees with wealth in the form of perfect children with good health and long life.

6) Vijaya Lakshmi (Victory) :

Vijay is victory. Vijay is to get success in all undertakings and all different facets of life. Some are strong physically but weak mentally while others are economically rich but poor in their attitude and cannot exert any influence. Vijay is to have all encompassing victory. Vijay is to rejoice glory of our real nature – Vijay is to conquer the lower nature. Vijay is the victory in external and internal wars and of course eternal wars! Hence those, with grace of Mother Goddess Vijay Lakshmi, have victory everywhere, at all time, in all conditions and situations. Victory to Mother Goddess Vijay Lakshmi. This form symbolises victory in all endeavours. She endows her devotees with success in all activities during different stages in life. She ensures triumph anywhere, everywhere and at all times.

7) Vidya Lakshmi (Education) :

Vidya is education. Education is not mere studies to receive the degrees and diplomas certificates from the educational institutes or universities. She ensures 16 qualities imbibed by a person through education.
Education does not only mean knowledge gained from schools or colleges, but also qualities acquired from experience like serenity, absence of vanity, sincerity, adaptability, humility, nobility, magnanimity, charity, equanimity, fixity, simplicity, purity, generosity, regularity, integrity and charity.

8) Dhana Lakshmi (Wealth) :

Dhana is wealth. But as per Rigveda’s Purush Shukta Dhana is not only a wealth in coins and currency. Even Sun and Moon, Fire and Stars, Rains and Nature, Oceans and Mountains, Rivers and Streams, all these are our wealth, so are the progeny, our inner will power, our character and our virtues. With the grace of Mother Goddess Dhana Lakshmi we will get all these in abundance. She symbolises material wealth, prosperity and fortune. She is also worshipped for luxury, relinquishing courage and blissful life.

Lord Krishna’s Story

A voice uttered, for all to hear,
An ominous message from sky,
O Kamsa! Count your days with fear!
A warning that you shall soon die!

Hearing what the voice had said,
Kamsa was trembling like a leaf,
His eyes, that never had known dread,
Were filled with doubt and disbelief.

The voice further boomed its decree,
As motionless the world remained,
The eighth child born to Devaki,
Will slay you, Kamsa, as is ordained!

The import of this message when,
It dawned upon the cruel king,
The only thought he’d there and then,
If Devaki were not living…

He turned around, and looked at her,
With murder in his fiery eyes,
He raised his sword to slay her there,
Devaki, stunned with silent cries!

Vasudev pleaded for her life,
What has Devaki done to thee?
I beg you, Kamsa, to spare my wife!
I beg you, just hear out my plea!

What children she and I beget,
I promise to give them to thee!
I beg you, O wise King, forget,
The thought of slaying Devaki!

Kamsa agreed to spare them awhile,
And locked them in a dungeon dark,
The walls heard the wails of a child,
And informed the evil monarch!

One, two, three, four, five, six, sadly;
The cruel king smashed them to death.
The two prisoners watched helplessly,
And prayed to God with silent breath.

Devaki, weary and distraught,
Looked up at Vasudev and sighed;
Will seventh also be a naught?
And fell asleep, still teary-eyed.

Lord Vishnu, sat with subtle smile,
And moved the wheels of decreed doom!
From Devaki, the seventh child,
He transferred to Rohini’s womb!

As Kamsa entered the dungeon red,
He was surprised to find no wail!
Stillborn, O King, Vasudev said.
The king just laughed and left the jail!

Vasudev, with some hope alive,
Comforted Devaki who wept,
The Lord himself may soon arrive,
He said, as Devaki just slept.

The eighth day of the waning phase,
In Shraavan month when clouds were high!
Past midnight, by Lord Vishnu’s grace,
The eighth was born, without a cry!

The chains that held them broke apart,
The doors of prison opened wide,
A thrill ran through Vasudev’s heart,
The eighth could yet be saved, he cried!

In a basket he placed the eighth,
And fled past the guards, sleeping sound,
Yamuna, alas, was in spate!
He stood there, looking all around!

On the banks, even as he stood,
The waters parted, a way was seen!
He hurried as fast as he could,
Reached Nanda’s house, his friend in need!

Yashoda, Nanda’s wife, had borne,
A girl on the same fateful night!
He exchanged her for one his own,
And returned ere the morning light!

Next day, Kamsa came in elated,
He laughed and thundered at the one,
Is this the one that was fated?
He bellowed as he thought he’d won!

As with others, he tried to slay!
The little one escaped and flew,
A divine voice was heard to say,
The eighth child lives, and will kill you!

Shri Mahishasuramardini Ashtottarashatanamavali

॥ श्रीमहिषासुरमर्दिनी अष्टोत्तरशतनामावलिः ॥

Shri Mahishasuramardini Ashtottarashatanamavali

॥ श्रीमहिषासुरमर्दिनी अष्टोत्तरशतनामावलिः ॥ अथ श्रीमहिषासुरमर्दिनी अष्टोत्तरशतनामावलिः ।

ॐ महत्यै नमः ।

ॐ चेतनायै नमः ।

ॐ मायायै नमः ।

ॐ महागौर्यै नमः ।

ॐ महेश्वर्यै नमः ।

ॐ महोदरायै नमः ।

ॐ महाबुद्ध्यै नमः ।

ॐ महाकाल्यै नमः ।

ॐ महाबलायै नमः ।

ॐ महासुधायै नमः ।

ॐ महानिद्रायै नमः ।

ॐ महामुद्रायै नमः ।

ॐ महादयायै नमः ।

ॐ महालक्ष्मै नमः ।

ॐ महाभोगायै नमः ।

ॐ महामोहायै नमः ।

ॐ महाजयायै नमः ।

ॐ महातुष्ट्यै नमः ।

ॐ महालाजायै नमः ।

ॐ महातुष्टायै नमः ।

ॐ महाघोरायै नमः ।

ॐ महाधृत्यै नमः ।

ॐ महाकान्त्यै नमः ।

ॐ महाकृत्यै नमः ।

ॐ महापद्मायै नमः ।

ॐ महामेधायै नमः ।

ॐ महाबोधायै नमः ।

ॐ महातपसे नमः ।

ॐ महाधनायै नमः ।

ॐ महारवायै नमः ।

ॐ महारोषायै नमः ।

ॐ महायुधायै नमः ।

ॐ महाबन्धनसंहार्यै नमः ।

ॐ महाभयविनाशिन्यै नमः ।

ॐ महानेत्रायै नमः ।

ॐ महावक्त्रायै नमः ।

ॐ महावक्षसे नमः ।

ॐ महाभुजायै नमः ।

ॐ महामहिरुहायै नमः ।

ॐ पूर्णायै नमः ।

ॐ महाचयायै नमः ।

ॐ महानघायै नमः ।

ॐ महाशान्त्यै नमः ।

ॐ महाश्वासायै नमः ।

ॐ महापर्वतनन्दिन्यै नमः ।

ॐ महाब्रह्ममय्यै नमः ।

ॐ मात्रे नमः ।

ॐ महासारायै नमः ।

ॐ महासुरघ्न्यै नमः ।

ॐ महत्यै नमः ।

ॐ पार्वत्यै नमः ।

ॐ चर्चितायै नमः ।

ॐ शिवायै नमः ।

ॐ महाक्षान्त्यै नमः ।

ॐ महाभ्रान्त्यै नमः ।

ॐ महामन्त्रायै नमः ।

ॐ महामय्यै नमः ।

ॐ महाकुलायै नमः ।

ॐ महालोलायै नमः ।

ॐ महामायायै नमः ।

ॐ महाफलायै नमः ।

ॐ महानिलायै नमः ।

ॐ महाशीलायै नमः ।

ॐ महाबलायै नमः ।

ॐ महाकलायै नमः ।

ॐ महाचित्रायै नमः ।

ॐ महासेतवे नमः ।

ॐ महाहेतवे नमः ।

ॐ यशस्विन्यै नमः ।

ॐ महाविद्यायै नमः ।

ॐ महासध्यायै नमः ।

ॐ महासत्यायै नमः ।

ॐ महागत्यै नमः ।

ॐ महासुखिन्यै नमः ।

ॐ महादुःस्वप्ननाशिन्यै नमः ।

ॐ महामोक्षप्रदायै नमः ।

ॐ महापक्षायै नमः ।

ॐ महायशस्विन्यै नमः ।

ॐ महाभद्रायै नमः ।

ॐ महावाण्यै नमः ।

ॐ महारोगविनाशिन्यै नमः ।

ॐ महाधरायै नमः ।

ॐ महाकरायै नमः ।

ॐ महामार्यै नमः ।

ॐ खेचर्यै नमः ।

ॐ महाक्षेमङ्कर्यै नमः ।

ॐ महाक्षमायै नमः ।

ॐ महैअश्वर्यप्रदायिन्यै नमः ।

ॐ महाविषघ्न्यै नमः ।

ॐ विशदायै नमः ।

ॐ महादुर्गविनाशिन्यै नमः ।

ॐ महावर्षायै नमः ।

ॐ महतप्यायै नमः ।

ॐ महाकैलासवासिन्यै नमः ।

ॐ महासुभद्रायै नमः ।

ॐ सुभगायै नमः ।

ॐ महाविद्यायै नमः ।

ॐ महासत्यायै नमः ।

ॐ महाप्रत्यङ्गिरायै नमः ।

ॐ महानित्यायै नमः ।

ॐ महाप्रलयकारिण्यै नमः ।

ॐ महाशक्त्यै नमः ।

ॐ महामत्यै नमः ।

ॐ महामङ्गलकारिण्यै नमः ।

ॐ महादेव्यै नमः ।

इति श्रीमहिषासुरमर्दिनी अष्टोत्तरशतनामावली सम्पूर्णा ॥

108 names of Lord krishna

Divine Chants of Lord Krishna” are chanting the names of God which give peace of mind. Listening to these Divine names of Lord Krishna regularly gives lot of peace of mind. These Divine names of Lord Krishna purify the mind of devotee. Chanting the Divine names of Lord Krishna leads to spiritual development.

In “Bhagwat Gita” also Lord Krishna is saying to Arjuna:

“satatam kirtayanto mam
yatantas cha drdha-vratah
namasyantas cha mam bhaktya
nitya-yukta upasate” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Nine verse 14)

“Sri Krishna said to Arjuna: Always chanting My glories, endeavouring with great determination, bowing down before Me, these great souls perpetually worship Me with devotion.”

Below are 108 names of Lord Krishna. If a person remembers these 108 names of God & chants these names in his / her mind then that person achieves to the supreme devotion of God.


1. Achala : Krishna is Still Lord

2. Achyuta : Krishna is Infallible Lord

3. Adbhutah : Krishna is Wonderful God

4. Adidev : Krishna is The Lord Of The Lords

5. Aditya : Krishna is Like Sun

6. Ajanma : Krishna is One Who Is Limitless And Endless

7. Ajaya : Krishna is The Conqueror Of Life And Death

8. Akshara : Krishna is Indestructible Lord

9. Amrut : Krishna is One Who Is Sweet As Nectar

10. Anaadih : Krishna is One Who Is The First Cause

11. Anandsagar : Krishna is Compassionate Lord

12. Ananta : Krishna is The Endless Lord

13. Anantajit : Krishna is Ever Victorious Lord

14. Anaya One : Krishna is Who Has No Leader

15. Aniruddha : Krishna is One Who Cannot Be Obstructed

16. Aparajeet : Krishna is The Lord Who Cannot Be Defeated

17. Avyukta : Krishna is One Who Is As Clear As Crystal

18. Balgopal : Krishna is The Child Krishna, The All Attractive

19. Bali : Krishna is The Lord Of Strength

20. Chaturbhuj : Krishna is Four-Armed Lord

21. Danavendra : Krishna is Granter Of Boons

22. Dayalu : Krishna is Repositiory Of Compassion

23. Dayanidhi : Krishna is The Compassionate Lord

24. Devadidev : Krishna is The God Of The Gods

25. Devakinandan : Krishna is Son Of Mother Devaki

26. Devesh : Krishna is Lord Of The Lords

27. Dharmadhyaksha : Krishna is The Lord OF Dharma

28. Dwarkapati : Krishna is Lord Of Dwarka

29. Gopal : Krishna is One Who Plays With The Cowherds, The Gopas

30. Gopalpriya : Krishna is Lover Of Cowherds

31. Govinda : Krishna is One Who Pleases The Cows, The Land And The Entire Nature

32. Gyaneshwar : Krishna is The Lord Of Knowledge

33. Hari : Krishna is The Lord Of Nature

34. Hiranyagarbha : Krishna is The All Powerful Creator

35. Hrishikesh : Krishna is The Lord Of All Senses

36. Jagadguru : Krishna is Preceptor Of The Universe

37. Jagadisha : Krishna is Protector Of All

38. Jagannath : Krishna is Lord Of The Universe

39. Janardhana : Krishna is One Who Bestows Boons On One And All

40. Jayantah : Krishna is Conqueror Of All Enemies

41. Jyotiraaditya : Krishna is The Resplendence Of The Sun

42. Kamalnath : Krishna is The Lord Of Goddess Lakshmi

43. Kamalnayan : Krishna is The Lord With Lotus Shaped Eyes

44. Kamsantak : Krishna is Slayer Of Kamsa

45. Kanjalochana : Krishna is The Lotus-Eyed God

46. Keshava : Krishna is One Who Has Long, Black Matted Locks

47. Krishna : Krishna is Dark-Complexioned Lord Who Attracts

48. Lakshmikantam : Krishna is The Lord Of Goddess Lakshmi

49. Lokadhyaksha : Krishna is Lord Of All The Three Lokas (Worlds)

50. Madan : Krishna is The Lord Of Love

51. Madhava : Krishna is Knowledge Filled God

52. Madhusudan : Krishna is Slayer Of Demon Madhu

53. Mahendra : Krishna is Lord Of Indra

54. Manmohan : Krishna is All Pleasing Lord

55. Manohar : Krishna is Beautiful Lord

56. Mayur : Krishna is The Lord Who Has A Peacock Feathered-Crest

57. Mohan : Krishna is All Attractive God

58. Murali : Krishna is The Flute Playing Lord

59. Murlidhar : Krishna is Murlidhar One Who Holds The Flute

60. Murlimanohar : Krishna is Murlimanohar The Flute Playing God

61. Nandgopala : Krishna is The Son Of Nand

62. Narayana : Krishna is The Refuge Of Everyone

63. Niranjana : Krishna is The Unblemished Lord

64. Nirguna : Krishna is Without Any Properties

65. Padmahasta : Krishna is One Who Has Hands Like Lotus

66. Padmanabha : Krishna is The Lord Who Has A Lotus Shaped Navel

67. Parabrahmana : Krishna is The Supreme Absolute Truth

68. Paramatma : Krishna is Lord Of All Beings

69. Parampurush : Krishna is Supreme Personality

70. Parthasarthi : Krishna is Charioteer Of Partha – Arjuna

71. Prajapati : Krishna is Lord Of All Creatures

72. Punyah : Krishna is Supremely Pure

73. Purshottam : Krishna is The Supreme Soul

74. Ravilochana : Krishna is One Who Eye Is The Sun

75. Sahasraakash : Krishna is Thousand-Eyed Lord

76. Sahasrajit : Krishna is One Who Vanquishes Thousands

77. Sahasrapaat : Krishna is Thousand-Footed Lord

78. Sakshi : Krishna is All Witnessing Lord

79. Sanatana : Krishna is The Eternal Lord

80. Sarvajana : Krishna is Omniscient Lord

81. Sarvapalaka : Krishna is Protector Of All

82. Sarveshwar : Krishna is Lord Of All Gods

83. Satyavachana : Krishna is One Who Speaks Only The Truth

84. Satyavrata : Krishna is The Truth Dedicated Lord

85. Shantah : Krishna is Peaceful Lord

86. Shreshta : Krishna is The Most Glorious Lord

87. Shrikanta : Krishna is Beautiful Lord

88. Shyam : Krishna is Dark-Complexioned Lord

89. Shyamsundara : Krishna is Lord Of The Beautiful Evenings

90. Sudarshana : Krishna is Handsome Lord

91. Sumedha : Krishna is Intelligent Lord

92. Suresham : Krishna is Lord Of All Demi-Gods

93. Swargapati : Krishna is Lord Of Heavens

94. Trivikrama : Krishna is Conqueror Of All The Three Worlds

95. Upendra : One who is Brother Of Indra

96. Vaikunthanatha : Krishna is Lord Of Vaikuntha, The Heavenly Abode

97. Vardhamaanah : Krishna is The Formless Lord

98. Vasudev : Krishna is All Prevailing Lord

99. Vishnu : Krishna is All Prevailing Lord

100. Vishwadakshinah : Krishna is Skilfull And Efficient Lord

101. Vishwakarma : Krishna is Creator Of The Universe

102. Vishwamurti : Krishna is The Form Of The Entire Universe

103. Vishwarupa : Krishna is One Who Displays The Universal Form

104. Vishwatma : Krishna is Soul Of The Universe

105. Vrishaparvaa : Krishna is Lord Of Dharma

106. Yadavendra : Krishna is King Of The Yadav Clan

107. Yogi : Krishna is The Supreme Master

108. Yoginampati : Krishna is Lord Of The Yogis

॥ दुर्गास्तुती देवीमाहात्म्यकथसाररूपा ॥

॥ दुर्गास्तुती देवीमाहात्म्यकथसाररूपा ॥
.. Durga Stutih Essence of Devi Mahatmya Katha

Being pleased by the praises sung by Brahma who was troubled by the asuras Madhu and Kaitabha at the end of a kalpa, She, the supreme Devi, supporter of the worlds, emerged out of MahaVishnu’s eyes, who was in mystic slumber. Deluded by Mahamaya, the evil asuras, Madhu and Kaitabha, were then slayed by MahaVishnu. Let Goddess Durga become a fort for me to stop the terrible army of kRitAnta, the god of death.

When Mahishasura was creating havoc in all the three worlds, the devas got together and requested Brahma, Siva and Vishnu for help. Then Goddess Durga was created and weapons were given by them. Let Goddess Durga, whose battle attire is accompanied by the loud cries of the devas, become a fort for me to stop the terrible army of kRitAnta, the god of death.

The sighs heaved by the Goddess turned into battallions and with them she killed the army of asuras. Then She killed ChikShura, the general of the asura army. Her lion jumped on Chamara, another able member of the asuras and killed him in a battle. Within moments She also destroyed the enemies udagra, karAla, bAShkala, biDAla and others. Let Goddess Durga become a fort for me to stop the terrible army of kRitAnta, the god of death.

When Mahisha who shook the entire world approached the Devi, She destroyed him. But, he then took the form of a lion, then came in the form of man, elephant and back to his original form. She then attacked him with her foot and cut him up with Her sword. Let Goddess Durga become a fort for me to stop the terrible army of kRitAnta, the god of death.

᳚You are the personification of the power of the entire host of devas, auspicious one, mAya – the consort of the parabrahman, brave one, in a battle You are the form of LakShmi, Sarasvati and other manifestations, yet, immediately like a lightning, You grace people due to compassion, protect us with trident and other weapons᳚. Thus when the devas praised You, You gave them boons. Let that Goddess Durga become a fort for me to stop the terrible army of kRitAnta, the god of death.

Praised by the devas who were suffering because of their defeat at the hands of the arrogant shumbha and nishumbha, a gentle form emerged out of pArvati at the slopes of Himalayas. Sportingly She attracted all the three worlds and was seen by chaNDa and muNDa. Let that Goddess Durga become a fort for me to stop the terrible army of kRitAnta, the god of death.

Being informed by chaNDa of the Devi’s beautiful form, shumbha became desirous of attaining her and immediately sent a messenger. She sent him back with the message that only the one who defeats her in a battle can become her husband. Enraged by her answer, shumbha sent dhUmralochana, who wanted to fight. Devi destroyed dhUmralochana along with his army. Let that Goddess Durga become a fort for me to stop the terrible army of kRitAnta, the god of death.

When chaNDa and muNDa came with their forces, She created kAli from her forehead. kAli then destroyed the army and its weapons and then killed chaNDa and muNDa. Later when Shumba’s army approached, kAli expressed her anger by roaring aloud. Let that Goddess Durga become a fort for me to stop the terrible army of kRitAnta, the god of death.

Then shivadUtI (one who sent Siva as messenger) – her own power was created from combining the powers of all the devas of the brahmANDa. Then She was called to battle by the asuras who were incited by the words of shiva (lord with the moon on his head) who was sent by Her. She became delighted on seeing the army being attacked by the angry mothers – the manifestations of the devas’ powers. Let that Goddess Durga become a fort for me to stop the terrible army of kRitAnta, the god of death.

The devas next saw the asura raktabIja, who came to the battlefield and who created fear by filling earth with warriors (of his kind) who sprung from his blood that oozed out of him when he was struck by the shaktis. Then as and when Devi attacked raktabIja, kAli drank his blood and ultimately he perished. Let that Goddess Durga become a fort for me to stop the terrible army of kRitAnta, the god of death.

Next was the terrible battle with shumbha and nishumbha. nishumba who fought with an axe and arrows was struck unconscious by Devi with a sword. Then with the trident She struck shumbha who was fighting ferociously with ‘shakti’ – indra’s weapon and with arrows. Let that Goddess Durga become a fort for me to stop the terrible army of kRitAnta, the god of death.

Again, nishumbha sent forth many chakras at the Devi which She broke. She broke his gada with Her sword and then tore his chest with Her trident. Another form of his came from his chest and was immediately killed by Devi with her sword. Let that Goddess Durga become a fort for me to stop the terrible army of kRitAnta, the god of death.

When the different shaktis and Her lion were fighting the asuras, shumbha accused the devi of depending on another’s strenth. So She merged all other manifestations into Herself and fought for a long with shumba who fought with many kinds of weapons (shastra) and astras (arrows released after invoking a mantra). Let that Goddess Durga become a fort for me to stop the terrible army of kRitAnta, the god of death.

Shumba’s weapons were destroyed and he was hit by Devi with her palm. An angry shumbha took Her to the sky and fought fiercely. Devi then decided that She had fought enough and killed him with Her trident and made the earth free of distress. Let that Goddess Durga become a fort for me to stop the terrible army of kRitAnta, the god of death.

Remover of the miseries of those who are distressed, Bestower of auspicious things, be pleased. nArAyaNi, You are the entire world. brahmANi, the first being, protect us from fear with Your weapons like trident and others and kill all diseases. O Giver of everything, give us boons.᳚ Thus She was praised by the devas. Let that Goddess Durga become a fort for me to stop the terrible army of kRitAnta, the god of death.

Whenever I am remembered, I will again kill the host of asuras. Always and everywhere I will protect those who are involved in the stories describing My greatness. And I will give everything that they wish for.᳚ So saying She disappeared. Let that Goddess Durga become a fort for me to stop the terrible army of kRitAnta, the god of death.

Hearing the greatness of Devi as related by the RiShi sumedhas, king suratha performed tapas on the mountain sahyAdri for three years and got a vision of the Goddess. She gave his kingdom back to suratha and and the boon that he will be born to Lord sUrya and his wife savarNA and will be known as sAvarNi and become the next manu. She also gave the boon of self-realisation to the vaishya. Let that Goddess Durga become a fort for me to stop the terrible army of kRitAnta, the god of death.

By reading the seventeen verses of ᳚shrIdurgAsrutI᳚ daily, man is freed from fear of death, leaves behind difficulties, gets all that he wishes for and attains liberty. And in that state of liberation, due to the grace of the Goddess, he enjoys in its entirety the fruit that arises out of reading the greatness of Goddess girijA. इति दुर्गास्तुतिः समाप्ता With this, the hymn durgAstutiH concludes.


India is the land of the Divine Mother, honouring her wonderful names, forms and manifestations on all levels of existence, great and small. India as a country is revered as Bharat Mata, Mother India, through Vande Mataram, we honour the Mother.
The Mother Goddess is Bhumi Devi, Mother Earth. Yet she is also infinite space, boundless time and the highest bliss. Above all she is Shakti, power and motivation, especially Chit Shakti, the power of consciousness that is the Self of all beings.
In India, the Goddess is the Universal Mother, Jagadamba, Jaganmata. She has the power to create, sustain and dissolve the entire universe, to put the soul under the bondage of maya or release it into the Supreme Brahman beyond all limitations.
Every male deity or deva has his female counterpart or Devi, Saraswati and Brahma, Lakshmi and Vishnu, Shiva-Shakti, Sita-Ram, Radha-Krishna, without whose grace he cannot function.

Mother Goddess Durga is depicted as riding on a lion or a tiger. A tiger symbolizes unlimited power. Durga riding a tiger indicates that She possesses unlimited power and uses it to protect virtue and destroy evil. The lion is a symbol of uncontrolled animalistic tendencies (such as anger, arrogance, selfishness, greed, jealousy, desire to harm others etc.) and Her sitting on it reminds us to control these qualities, so that we are not controlled by them.
She is usually shown wearing a red sari. The color red symbolizes action and the red clothes signify that She is destroying evil and protecting mankind from pain and suffering.
Thus, Goddess Durga symbolizes the Divine forces (positive energy) that is used against the negative forces of evil and wickedness. She represents pure energy (positive), known as divine light or jyoti that is the embodiment of feminine and creative energy.
This month we must pray to Maa Durga, the Universal Mother, asking Her to use Her destructive power to remove the vices within us (anger, selfish desires, greed, ego and undue attachments), imperfections and faults; and purify us to become a receptacle of her Divine Shakti—Anandamayi Shakti.
There are several mantras for Goddess Durga, but the most simple and easy mantra to remember is “Om Sri Durgaya Namah.” It is believed that by chanting this mantra regularly the Divine Mother will remove the physical, mental and worldly problems in life and shower us with her unlimited blessings.

No country in the world demonstrates such enduring reverence for the Great Mother Goddess, as does India. The Goddess is celebrated in every form, aspect and quality, through music, art, ritual, mantra and meditation. She is honoured in women, the Earth, nature and the transcendent beyond all expression. Her worship is full of splendour, delight, mystery and wonder.
The Goddess is Shakti, meaning power, the resort of all transformative energy and cataclysmic force that mere human logic cannot comprehend. She possesses martial and regal forms that all must bow down before in awe. During the Navaratri – India’s famous autumn festival of the Goddess – she is worshipped as Durga, the supreme Shakti, holding all majesty, wisdom and grace.
Durga is the Mother of the universe from who comes forth the creation, sustenance and dissolution of all beings and all worlds. She is Chit-Shakti, the power of consciousness, out of which the cosmos coalesces as matter, life and mind.
India as a sublime culture and profound civilisation is the gift of Ma Durga. Durga is the Goddess who personifies India as a whole and its incredible vitality, from her presence in village shrines to her representation of the highest yogic spirituality. Bharat mata is Durga with her imperious lion. She was the image behind India’s independence movement, which worked through her inspiration, such as Sri Aurobindo so eloquently lauded.

Mother Goddess Durga is first honoured in the famous Vedic Durga Sukta, composed of Vedic verses to Agni going back to the most ancient Rigveda.
Mother Goddess Durga arises from Agni, the universal principle of fire and light, as its force of purification. Durga holds the radiant colours of Agni as its most powerful flame. She is the cosmic form of Agni as the Sun/Surya, which is why she rides the lion. She dwells like the Sun, as the Atman in the hearts of all beings.
Durga shines brilliantly with the power of tapas, which is the Yoga Shakti, the ascending yogic force. Tapas is focused concentration that generates the heat necessary to transform the mind. It is the inward turning of awareness that draws the light of perception within us, dispelling the darkness of our subconscious nature. Mother Goddess Durga wields the power of tapas like a lightning bolt to remove all wrong thoughts, fears and attachments. To understand and honour Durga we must introduce tapas into our own lives, rigorously developing our power of discernment for introspection and self-inquiry.
Durga as a term means a fortress or a citadel where we retire for protection. Ma Durga as our spiritual mother is our ultimate refuge from the many hostilities of the outer world. Yet the term Durga also means going beyond difficulty, with the ultimate difficulty being death itself. Ma Durga takes as a ship across the sea. In this regard Durga, like Agni, is the power of the Divine Word, Pranava or OM that delivers us from the darkness of Maya to the eternal truth of the Supreme Brahman.

Mother Goddess Durga is the ultimate iconic form, present in every expression, movement and mood, natural and supernatural.

Worship of the Goddess

There is no other country in the world with so many distinctive temples to the Goddess or so many colourful festivals dedicated to her celebration as India. There are innumerable forms of the Goddess as the nine Durgas, ten Mahavidyas, eight Lakshmis and 64 Yoginis.
She is not only the underlying unity of all existence; she has personal aspects at every place in nature and for each creature. She is your mother and the mother of all, present in every process of life, starting with our every breath.
The Devi is auspicious Lakshmi, regal Durga, fierce Chandi, artistic Saraswati, and blissful Lalita. She is not just the mother but also the girl child, consort, warrior princess, queen, high priestess, and supreme yogini. She embraces the whole of life and all the roles of the womanhood from the home to society to the entire cosmos.
The Goddess is lauded through every possible image, sculpture, chant, dance, mantra, and ritual. There is no restriction as to how we can approach her, except to do so with love and respect. She is the ultimate iconic form, present in every expression, movement and mood, natural and supernatural.

The Divine Mother in various religions of the world

Divine feminine qualities are recognised by different religions in various ways. Christianity has the Madonna and her beautiful paintings. But in Christian theology, the Madonna is not the Divine Mother and does not have the power to create or dissolve the universe. She is the mother of Jesus, helps you by virtue of her son, and is rarely depicted without him.
Islam and Judaism have feminine terms for the Divine, particularly as wisdom and compassion, but the Divine is primarily called Father. They allow no images of the Goddess, and have not always been tolerant of her worship.
Worship of World Mother was more common in ancient times and remains so in native traditions. Pagan images of the Goddess from the ancient world are abundant, intricate and sublime. Indigenous people revere Mother Earth as a sacred presence in all that they do. The Mother Goddess remains an essential part of our global spiritual heritage that India has best preserved for the benefit of all humanity.

Honouring the Mother of the Universe

The Universal Mother is specially honoured as Durga, who takes us across all difficulties, during the famous autumn festival of Navratras, which celebrates her splendour and delight. It ends with her decisive defeat over all the intractable powers of darkness on Vijay Dashami, the tenth day of victory. This joyous autumn festival remains the largest and most important event in the global worship of the Divine Mother today.
Yet the Goddess is not a deity apart from ourselves. She dwells within us as the Yoga Shakti, the inner power of boundless awareness that guides us to the realisation of our true Self beyond birth and death.
In this age of aggression, intolerance and terrorism, let us look to the Mother of the Universe, however we may wish to approach her, as the basis of lasting world peace and happiness.
Seeing the Divine Mother everywhere leaves no room for hatred or duplicity anywhere. The unity of the universe rests upon the Universal Mother, who takes the shape of all creatures and resides within them as their inmost feeling and knowing.

Durga’s protective force

Durga means she who takes us beyond all difficulties. She is the divine energy that protects the soul from duality, adversity and opposition, known and unknown. As Durga-Tara she delivers us across the turbulent ocean of ignorance to the radiant other shore beyond all darkness. She carries us over all dangers like a ship across the sea, as Vedic chants poetically reverberate.
Durga arises from agni, our inner flame of immortal life, awakening our motivation to reach the highest bliss. She is born from the power of tapas, the wholehearted concentration of our aspiration to immutable truth. She is the spiritual fire on Earth who removes all impurities for the soul to shine. Her lion indicates her ruling solar force that illumines all existence.
Durga grants us the transformative knowledge that takes us to a higher level of existence beyond all that we have previously thought possible. She is the Yoga Shakti dwelling in the heart that opens us up to the clear light of self-realisation, the revelation of our true divine nature that stands above all time, space and karma. The Kundalini Shakti arises and works within us through Durga’s force.

Durga’s sword

Durga’s sword is the source of all dharmic ruling power at spiritual and mundane levels. She commands the celestial army and its earthly counterparts struggling for truth and justice in society. Shivaji Maharaj of the Marathas and Guru Gobind Singh of the Sikhs, among many other great leaders of India, received her sword and ruled by its support. Arjuna went to Durga for her blessings prior to consulting Sri Krishna on the battlefield. Sri Krishna affirmed to him Durga’s message of fearless resolve in the face of adharma.
Yet we cannot in our mere human nature wield Durga’s sword. We must draw out the Shiva consciousness within us to do so. We must surrender to her and let her direct us, taking the role of her devotees. All weapons, whether material or spiritual, should first be consecrated to Ma Durga, so that we use them wisely, without any pride or pity in their application.
As Mahishasura Mardini, Durga slays Mahishasura, the personification of ignorance, darkness and tamas. Vijaya Dashami is her glorious tenth day of victory, after displaying her nine magnificent forms, ending with Siddhidatri, her highest blessing aspect who grants all boons and accomplishments. This nine day dynamic display of Shakti takes us to a new vision and unlimited horizon on the culminating tenth day.

Dhyana Shlokam for Narayaneeyam: 038:1-10

I offer my obeisance’s to Lord Kṛṣṇa, the beloved son of Vasudeva, who killed the great demons Kaṁsa and Cāṇūra, who is the source of great joy to Mother Devakī; and who is indeed a world teacher and spiritual master of the universe. (1)

Shlokam:02:When all the directions had been well cooled by rain waters, when the virtuous people were overwhelmed with the joy of the impending fulfillment of their desires,& the moon was rising at midnight, Thou the remover of all sorrows, appeared here on this earth,as Krishna.

Dasakam:038- Shlokam: 03: Thou shone in the birth chamber, though in the from of a child, with Thy body adorned with the divine majesties, shining crown, bracelets, shoulder ornaments, beautiful necklace, conch, discus, lotus, mace,beautiful as the hue of the rain bearing clouds.

Dasakam:038- Shlokam: 04: O Vaasudeva! Thou did shine in that prison house with the glorious Lakshmi Devi comfortably resting on Thy bosom.The side glances of varied graces,with shyful eyes,cast by her, dispersed away the inauspiciousness of the prison caused by the wicked Kansa.

Dasakam:038-Shlokam:05: Thy divine form which is unapproachable to the minds of many aspiring sages, when Vasudeva saw with his own eyes, he had goosebumps all over his body,his eyes were full of tears of joy & with a choked & melting voice he sang praised Thee

Shlokam: 06: Thou were praised with prayers for a long time by Vasudeva who was filled with joy,saying that ‘O Lord! cut down the creeper of all my sorrows with Thy sharp sword like playful eyes.O Supreme Being! Remove all my sufferings with Thy glances laden with compassion.

Shlokam: 07:Thy mother Devaki’s tears whose delicate creeper like body was covered &made wet ,Thy were praised by hymns.Thou,the abode of mercy, then explained to them,about their two previous births. Then at the request of Thy mother Devaki, Thou assumed the form of an infant.

Dasakam:038- Shlokam: 08: Then impelled by Thee, Vasudeva, got ready to exchange Thee with the daughter of Nanda. Thou, who art conceivable only in the minds of revered sages, and Thou, who art pleasing like the young swan seated in a lotus, were lifted by Vasudeva, in his hands.

038- Shlokam: 09: At that time, Thy Maya, Yoganidra, who had been born in the cowherd, Nanda’s house,put all the city dwellers to sleep, through her yogic powers, activated by Thee. But what is more amazing is that the firmly locked inanimate (prison) doors opened by themselves

038- Shlokam:10: Then the most blessed, Vasudeva, set out, with his path lighted by the shining crest jewels of the serpent Adi Sesha,who with his hoods held above Vasudeva’s head,shielded him from the rain.Oh Lord of such great deeds!May Thee destroy the severity of my ailments.