Chaitra Navratri 2018: Shubh Jyotha

Jai Mata Di!
Shubh Jyotha 🙂 


We would like to wish each and everyone a Happy Jyotha!

Celebration of Jyotha at home

Here are some pictures from our Durga Stuti Path held yesterday 🙂 

For those who would still like to come and receive Mata Rani’s Darshan.. it’s not too late! We still have two more days of Durga Stuti Path today and tomorrow – starting at 2pm! 🙂
More details here!

Happy Dusshera!

Jai Mata Di! 

The Geeta Ashram Youth would like to wish a very Happy Dusshera to one and all!

May Matarani’s blessings be on all of you 🙂

With the grace of Matarani, we successfully completed 9 days of the Durga Stuti Path at Geeta Ashram Malaysia 🙂 Here are some pictures from yesterday’s final day of the Durga Stuti Path!

 

 

We would like to say a big Thank You to Mrs Rita Verma and Mrs Kiran Agarwal for organising and making this path a success. It was truly amazing to be apart of these positive vibrations in Geeta Ashram throughout this 9 days. We would also like to extend our gratitude to all the hosts for all the 9 days. Also, to each and everyone for their support and presence. May Matarani’s blessing be upon all of you 🙂

Shubh Ashtami

Jai Mata Di

The Geeta Ashram Youth would like to wish each and everyone a Shubh Ashtami!

 

May this Asthami brighten your day and night,
May it add colour and make your life more bright, 
May it remove all worries from your life, 
and give you the strength to face every difficulty,
May it bless your life with lots of joy and good health, 
May it further enrich you with lots of peace and wealth.

 

Here are pictures from our Durga Stuti Path today!

 

The beautifully decorated altar

Durga Stuti Path being read

The hosts today – Mr and Mrs Prabhat Kumar performing the Aarti

Other devotees continued to do the Aarti

Ladies in pretty pink today!

Tomorrow will be the final day of the Durga Stuti Path! All are invited to join us at Geeta Ashram Malaysia @ 2pm 🙂 

One Week of Navratri @ Geeta Ashram Malaysia

Jai Mata Di. 

Today was Day 7 of our Durga Stuti Path – We can’t believe 1 week has already flown by so quickly!
Here are some snippets from the last few days!

Matarani showering Blessings

Ladies in Red on Day 6 of Durga Stuti Path

all smiles celebrating these wonderful 9 days!

Pandatji performing Pooja with the host prior to the Durga Stuti Path

Ladies in White on Day 5 of Durga Stuti Path

Ladies in Royal Blue (mostly) for Day 7 of Path

With only 2 days left to go, we would like to invite each and every one to join us at 2pm for the Durga Stuti Path at Geeta Ashram Malaysia 🙂

Shubh Navratri! :D

The Geeta Ashram Youth would like to wish each and everyone of you a Happy Dushera and a Happy Navratri 🙂

We would like to share with you the lessons we learned during these last nine auspicious days!

Five things I learned about Navratri

By Vilsasha Belani

Navratri has just ended and with it, the nine nights of dancing the garba and dhandhiya raas, but I realised that there wasn’t a lot I knew about navratri beyond the “1, 2, 3, 4…” count of the dhandiya raas. So I did what any girl in this amazing age of technology does – I Googled it. So here are 5 new things I learned about navratri:

  1. There are nine forms of Shakti that are worshipped
    When I was little, I was always told that the first three days of Navratri are for the Goddess Durga, the next three days are for the Goddess Lakshmi and the last three for the Goddess Saraswati. But that really is just the simplified version. The Navdurgas, as they are called, in order are Shailaputri (Daughter of the Mountains) or Parvati, Brahmacharini, Chandragupta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Mahagauri and lastly, Siddidaatri.
  2. There is a reason behind the cocentric cirlces of the Garba.
    No, it’s not so there’s more space for the women and girls to dance. The co-centric circles are actually representative of the circle of life. Birth, death and rebirth is a continuous cycle we all must go through, but at the centre of the circle, unmoving and unchanging is the Goddess herself.
  3. The dandiya dance is actually a dramatization of a battle.
    The bamboo sticks or dandiya represent the mighty swords of the Goddess Durga during her battle with Mahishasura. The swishing and striking of the dandiyas together is a reenactment of the Goddess weilding her swords during the battle and bringing the evil king to an end.
  4. The Dandiya dance is not limited to only bamboo sticks
    The Mehr sect in India perform a type of Dandiya dance with swords and shields instead of the traditional bamboo sticks. The Mehr raas resembles strikes in a battle. Watch the video below for a performance done in the Royal Albert Hall:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUaMdVKJVqc 
  5. There is more to Navratri than it being just a celebration of the Goddess Durga
    Like many Hindu festivals, there is a strong social aspect attached to Navratri. It is a festival that brings together communities, old friends and family in this rushed, hulla-baloo of a world. It is one of the times where children can’t wait to go to temple and in between the twirling sticks and clapping, they learn and understand more of their culture and religion. There is no doubt that the spiritual side of this festival is very important, but one can’t disregard the joy of seeing friends, the exhilaration from the beat of the music and silent unity of goodwill as we pray for good in us to trump the bad.

We do hope that you had a wonderful nine days!

Jai Mata Di!