29 March, 2012

Devi Sukta (Durga Stuti)

Yaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Maatrirupena Sansthitah
Yaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Shaktirupena Sansthitah
Yaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Shaantirupena Sansthitah
Namastasyaih Namastasyaih Namastasyaih Namo Namah

Meaning: Goddess Durga is omnipresent. She is the personification of Universal Mother. She is a Mother, who is present everywhere and who is embodiment of power and energy. Great mother, who is present everywhere and who is embodiment of Peace. I bow to that mother, I bow to Durga, I bow to Shakti.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Vishnu Maayethi Sabdita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the name of Maya of Vishnu.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Chetanetyaabhi Dheeyate
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who abides in all creatures as realization.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Buddhi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of intelligence.


Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Nidraa Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who lives in all creatures in the form of sleep.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Kshudhaa Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of appetite.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Chaayaa Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who lives in all creatures in the form of meditation and reflection.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Shakthi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who dwells in all creatures in the form of Shakti, the creative power.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Thrishnaa Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of thirst.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Kshaanthi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who lives in all creatures in the merciful form.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Jaati Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of race.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Lajja Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who lives in all creatures in the modest form.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Shaanthi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of peace (Shanti).

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Shradha Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who lives in all creatures in the form of unshakable faith (Shraddha).

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Kaanthi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who lives in all creatures in the form of beauty or brilliance (Kaanti).

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Lakshmi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the prosperous form.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Vritti Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who dwells in all creatures in the form of motion.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Smrithi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who lives in all creatures in the form of memory.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Dayaa Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who dwells in all creatures in the form of mercy or kindness (Dayaa).

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Tushti Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who lives in all creatures in the form of satisfaction.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Matru Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Devi, who lives in all creatures in the form of Mother.

Yaa Devii Sarva Bhooteshu Braanthi Roopena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who dwells in all creatures in the form of illusion (Bhram).

Indriyaanaamadhistaatri Bhootaanaam Chaakileshu Yaa
Bhooteshu Satatam Tasyai Vyaaptidevyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the all pervading goddess, who continuously controls the senses of all creatures and governs all elements.

Chiti Roopena Yaa Kristnam Yetadhyaapya Sthithaa Jagat
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning: I bow again and again to the Goddess, who pervades this world and controls in the form of awareness.

10 March, 2012

Importance of Durva in Ganesh Puja

Lord Ganesha is the only God who is offered Durva (Sacred Grass). The word Durva is derived from duhu + avam Duhu means that which is far away and avam means that which brings closer. Durva is thus that which brings the distant pure particles of Lord Ganesha, closer.

There is a story associated with this ritual. Demon named Anlasur created havoc around the world. He was so terrible that the earth would tremble by his voice and his eyes used to emit fire. He would swallow saints, sages and innocent people alive. There was terror all around. Lord Indra engaged him in battle several times and retired defeated. All the Devas request Lord Ganesh for help.

Ganesha agreed to help and transformed himself into a little boy. In order to protect the world, Lord Ganesha gobbled the demon. But, as soon as he did so, he felt the burning sensation inside him. The sensation was so strong that he couldn't bear it at all.

At that time 88,000 sages reached and each one performed archana over Sri Ganesha with 21 Durva grass each. Kashyap muni gave him 21 stacks of duvra to eat and Lord Ganesha was relieved off the suffering. Ganesha declared that henceforth, anyone worshipping him with Durva grass would be the recipient of his benevolence. Since then it is believed that offering 21 stacks of durva appeases Lord Ganesh. Lord Ganesha is offered 21 stacks of Durva, each stack consists of 21 Durvas.