Festivals

Festivals are not for fun, but to prepare the mind to enjoy the fun of life.

However busy we may be, we cannot compromise our professional time because without a job,  our financial energy that fuels all the comforts of life will go down.

We have already understood that this financial energy is one of the aspect of  Jeevadhara Sakthi or SAL Energy that we possess. Seldom we think about increasing this SAL energy, which will later lead to an uncomfortable  life style.

Navarathri  is a time we can focus for nine nights on increasing our own SAL energy through various rituals. Some rituals are done to increase revenue while others prevent unneccsary wasting of SAL energy.

Fasting, chantings and giving food to others increase SAL Energy. All these are emphasized on Navarathri days.

Reading or hearing or discussing the symbolism behind the stories connected with Navarathri will bring positve thoughts in us. Positive thoughts increase SAL energy which ultimately improve the quality of our life .

Devi Mahatmyam is usually read in this regard on Navarathri. In this blog every day we will give a nutshell of what to be contemplated every day.

 First 3 days are spent on worshipping Durga. Worshipping means "identifying or connecting within ourselves". Durga is the force that propel our Tamasic nature  (inertia or resisting change) to rajasic nature or action-oriented nature.

This applies to our

1.young children who shows Tamas to study,

2. teenager nature of resisting to take seriousness in career

3, middle aged people  to take care of health

4. old people to buildup depleting SAL Energy.

Devi Mahatmyam says emphasizes the importance of lisenting nature (not hearing sense).

This is illustrated by the story in Devi Mahatmyam, which will be discuussed today evening. We will upload here the recodring of the talk (10 minutes talk) tonight.

We will update this page for the nine days, so visit every day. You are welcome to post comments or questions.

 Schedule at Sakthi House.

We invoke mother divine in the Bomma Kolu , the South Indian tradition to represent the Cosmic creation of the universe.

Bomma golu - Doll display

 Wednesday, September 28 to Friday , September  30, we will start the program at 6:00  P.M.

6:00 – 6:45  : Invocation and Lalitha Sahasranamam chanting

6:45 – 7.00  : Devi slokas

7:00 – 7:30  Bhajans

7.30 – 7:.40  Lingashtakam

7.40 – 7.50 Mahishasura Mardini Sthothram

7.50  -  Aarthi and Prasad Dinner

Saturday, October 1st

 4.00 - 4.45   Invocation and Lalitha Sahasranamam chanting

4.45 – 5.05   Devi slokas

5.05 - 5.20    Bhajans

5.20 - 5.30    Lingashtakam

5.30 – 6:00    Wedding for Dolls conducted by children (Marapacchi Bomma Kalyanam) -A  tradition of South India done during  Navarathri.

6.00 - 6.15    Mahishasura Mardini Sthothram

6.15 -         Aarthi and Prasad Dinner 

Sunday, October 2nd we will start the program at 4.00 P.M.

4.00 - 4.45    Invocation and Lalitha Sahasranamam chanting

4.45 – 5.05  Devi slokas

5.05 - 5.20   Bhajans

5.20 - 5.30   Lingashtakam

5.30 - 5.45   Kanya pooja and Mathru pooja (Pooja for their mother as divine. Interested children can do Paada pooja (Holy-feet) for their mothers. Adults can visualize their mothers and do Pooja). 

6.00 -  6.15  Mahishasura Mardini Sthothram

6.15 -     Aarthi and Prasad Dinner 

 Monday, October 3rd - Thursday, October 6

6:00 – 6:45  : Lalitha Sahasranamam chanting

6:45 – 7.00  : Devi slokas

7:00 – 7:30  Bhajans

7.30 – 7:.40  Lingashtakam

7.40 – 7.50 Mahishasura Mardini Sthothram

7.50  -  8;00 Aarthi

Prasad Dinner

 According to the Vedic tradition, we also honor the deceased family members, our Ancestors and  Pitru’s (Holy beings) before Navarathri commences.  We are doing Pitru darpan on Tuesday, September 27 at 8:00 AM.

14 Chapters of Devi Mahatmyam and Navarathri.

First Day
Chapter 1 - Killing of Madhu Kaitabha.
Second Day
Chapters 2,3 and 4- Killing of Mahishshasura
Third Day
Chapters 5 and 6 - Killing of Dhumralochana
Fourth Day
Chapter -7- Killing of Chanda and Munda
Fifth Day
Chapter -8- Killing of Rakatha Bheeja
Sixth Day
Chapters -9 and 10- Killing of Shumbha and Nishumbha
Seventh Day
Chapter -11- Praise of Narayani
Eigth Day
Chapter -12 - Knowing the merits (Phala Sthuthi)
Nineth Day
Chapter -13- Blessings to King and Merchant
Tenth  Day
Chapter -14- Aparadha Kshamapanam (forgiving limitations)

Killing of various asuras symbolises the removal of SAL Energy depleting thoughts.

 

 

       Vishu (Mirroring the Mind's Cosmetic beauty). 

Vishu is the new year of the people of Kerala.   It is a tradition to see the Vishu-Kani first in the morning of the new year. Usually the mother wakes up the family members keeping her right hand  vishuto keep their eyes closed and navigate them to open their eyes on the Vishu Kani. Kani includes a Mirror,  Vishnu picture or icon, yellow flowers, fruits, jewels, spiritual books etc.

 Mirror is the most important part of Vishnu Kani.

Why Mirror?. We cannot think of a day without having a glance of of us in the mirror?. This is because of our cosmetic  sense of our Body. If there is a dirt , growth or black-head on the face we do  not want anyone to comment on that. Because those comments will hurt us and we lose happiness So every single moment we make sure we look good to maintain our happiness. For this cosmetic looks of our body, mirror is important part of our life.

Mugam manasinde Kannadi. Mirror in Vishu kani is for looking at the cosmetic state of our mind. We interact with everyone not only with our physical body , but also with our mind. If this mind has a dirt (a dirt is an unwanted thing), then it reflects in our behavior. Any comment on our behavior will be hurting for us and we lose peace of mind and happiness.  Vishu is a day to begin the year to have an internal cosmetic look of our mind. Like we remove unwanted hairs, pimples, growth and black heads in our face, we have to remove the hairs of unwanted thoughts, pimples of pride and blackheads of jealousy from our minds.

Why Vishnu idol in Vishu Kani?   In Beauty parlors, our inspiration model  is the cosmetic looks of the popular  movie stars or beautiful models. We demand the beautician to get that looks. The model for our   cosmetic mind is Vishnu. This is why near the mirror, Vishnu's picture or icon is kept. If we develop an unconditional mind as Vishnu then we get the blessings of his wife Lakshmi. Where is lakshmi?

The yellow flowers, fruits and Gold?.   Gold and yellow symbolically represents the happiness, our internal wealth. This wealth is Lakshmi. We want to have the wealth of happiness throughout the year. This happiness wealth is what we are all working so hard for in the form of health, material wealth, knowledge etc. But lakshmi, the happiness cannot come without having the clean mind of Vishnu.

vishu-eyesGuru the professional Beautician:   The purpose of seeking the Guru is to beautify our mind. Guru gives the correct spiritual shampoo and sadhana bleaches to remove dirt from our mind. Follow the suggestions of the Guru to keep of the Mind and  have Lakshmi of happiness in our life. Have this vision of contemplation of cosmetic every day or atleast once in a year on the new year of Vishu. Happy Vishu to all of you.

Vishu comes from the word "Vishwath", the Universe. The Universe is only the manifestation of one Consciousness (here named as Vishnu). To Self-Realize Vishnu, the Consciousness, one has to do giveup the "Ego-Self" by being "Selfless". Vishu is a day to remind this every year, making a new year for this ultimate goal of Life. How to give up the Ego is what Onam Festival is celebrated for.

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Source for below article http://hainda.blogspot.com/2017/04/vishu-and-easter.html

Some basic scientific facts.

The Sun after one full circle of 360 degrees re-enters the first degree of the cosmic circle. This position is called Aries in western astrology and Mesha in eastern. That day is on which the day and night are of equal length or duration. In 2017 the day was on March 21. The time of sunrise and sunset is the same eg. 6:30 am and 6:30 pm.  In scientific terminology, this point in the celestial circle is called vernal equinox. This day of entry of Sun into 0 degree of celestial circle is Vishu for Hindus.

Then why did the hindus celebrate the day on April 14?

To understand that we need to know some more astrology. The 360 degrees around earth is divided into 12 signs named aries to pisces each of 30 degrees. The same 360 degrees is also divided into 27 star constellations named Aswini to Revati. So 2.25 stars overlap on each sign. The start of Aswini and start of Aries coincided thousands of years back. That was the 360th degree or 0th degree of the 360 degree cosmic circle around earth. Ancient Indians considered the day on which Sun apparently entered into this point as the new year. And that was the day on which day and night was of same duration and was called equinox.

With the passage of time due to the spherical nature of earth and its orbit around Sun this vernal equinox started shifting by small fraction backwards and reached today’s state when the beginning of Aries is 24 (approx to angular minutes) degrees before Aswini. Indians still consider Aries as the beginning of Aswini and not as per equinox. Therefore when the Sun enters the first degree of Aswini it is new year with the Sun at 0 degree. Hence it is not the day on which day and night are the same length viz. Equinox!

The 24 degrees of difference of equinox and Aswini is termed ‘ayanamsha’. Considering the Sun to be on 0 degree of the celestial circle at Aswini is called nirayana (without ayanasha taken into account) and considering the 0 degree on the day of equinox is sayana (taking ayanamsha into account).
On the day when westerners say that Sun has entered Aries, Indians don’t agree because the Sun has got to go forward 25 more degrees to reach Aswini (where incidentally Aries also is for Indians). But for westerners Sun has entered Aries as the equinoxial point.
When new year is considered as the entry of Sun into Aries, it happens on April 14 for hindus ie. March 21 + 24 (approx) = April 15. It could be 14 or 15 of april due to the angular fractions of minutes and seconds and temporal fractions of minutes and seconds.
Therefore sayana Vishu is on March 21 when the sun enters Aries taking shift of equinox into account.

 

     Onam Festival

kathakaliONAM-1ONAM-2ONAM-3ONAM-5ONAM-6

      Maha-Bali is the one who offered the greatest Bali (sacrifice). When he offered to the Lord his kingdom (planets), the material wealth, Lord was able to measure it with his small feet. Then when Maha-bali offered his wealth of happiness which is all accomplishments, achievements (svarga log), again Lord could measured all of them with his tiny second feet. Then when maha-Bali did the best offering, his Ego, symbolized by his head, lord has to measure just that alone with his third feet (step).

In English

 

In Malayalam

on-vamWhy Did Mahabali offer his Head?. If we think logically, we cannot give any offering to God, because all our offerings are God's own creation. It is like our friend coming to our house and giving rose flowers which was actually plucked from our own garden and saying that it is his token of love.  Same way anything we around is God's creation including own own body. Then what is that we can offer to God that which is not created by God?.

"Ego" is what God did not create  but created by us. When Mahabali understood this Truth, he offered the Ego which he self created and symbolically showed by showing his head. God placed his compassionate feet on the head and pushed the Ego to the Paathal, the area of mental attachments.  When we give up this Ego mental attachments, then we get the grace of the Lord's feet giving us everlasting happiness (Swaraga or  Heaven), which is what Mahabali witnesses as Onam.

Giving up our Ego is the greatest sacrifice (Bali) any human can perform. This is why  he is called Maha Bali, the one who performed the great Bali or sacrifice. We are always caught up in the Ego of jealousy, hatred, judgments, lust, greed etc and never have a peaceful life in spite of all material wealth. Lord does not want us to surrender any of our material wealth,vam-bali achievements and accomplishments, but only our Ego. Once we do that "Bali" or sacrifice, then Bhagavan blesses us like Maha-bali a life of witnessing Onam always.

Surrendering Ego we will always have a life of happiness. We will treat everyone as one and the same. Then there will be no need for cheating and deploy.  This is the meaning of the song, Maveli Naadu vanidum Kaalam, Manusharellam onnu Polae". This means when we give us Ego in life, we treat all human beings as one Vasu deva kudumbam. Then there is no need for kallavum and Chathiyum (dishonesty and Cheating) So Mahabali was not sent to Paathal or lower kingdom but only his Ego. Mahabali now enjoys  Swarga (Heaven).

               
mahabaliOnam is also the Tiru-Nakshatram of Lord , which means that we get the status of Lord Himself, once we surrender our Ego to him. This is why Mahabali is welcomed as Tiru-kakkarayappan on Onam days. This is the deep significance of celebrating Onam. If we understand this great event and story of Mahabali we will have Nithya Onam in our hearts.


 

Isn’t Vishnu unfair in pushing the great noble king Mahabali to the underworld?

We have given this in a drama form. Please click the complete story of previous life of Mahabali and understand it ethically.

    

For more details

1. "Journey to the Source" by Pradheep Chhalliyil .

 

          Universal message of Holi Festival   

 

 

2014 Holi Message.  Holi festival brings us the message that everybody, including Gods (Devatas) and Humans (Manavas) are challenged by problems. The attitude in which we take these problems makes us who we are.

These are three types of attitudes  of people in our home, organization and in community.

Whenever  problems  occur, the

Group 1. complaining (discussing)  about the problems and continues to suck freely the energy of others.

Group 2  quitting  away from the problem or firing the person away, without analyzing and solving it.

Group 3 - consider each  problem as opportunity to  improve many aspects of the organization or system  and bring about a change in the organization. They do this by solving the problem through self-involvement (considering as themselves).  They question through the fire of analysis of asking these six questions of why, what, when, where, who , whom and how of the problem. Through these they make a change at home, organization or community.

 When Devas was challenged with the problem of Hiranyakashubu, they wanted Vishnu to kill him (quit or fire him). Hiranyakashubu also did the same thing to kill Prahlad when his own son became a challenge. However prahlad was transforming each challenge into a learning process and success automatically came to his life. Each failure, challenge, trouble,  incident  of life was converted into  opportunities for success and achievements for Prahalad. This attitude brings color to life which is celebrated as Holi, because we need to interact with this positive attitude with all others represented by smearing colors on other.

Happy Holi.      

 

Holi is undoutedly the most fun filled festival celebrated in India, where the ritual ends up so much laughter, that easily dissolves identity (Ego) irrespective of gender, social status and race. Holi color festival is celebrated now by Indians all over the globe with the same vigor and fun. holi-1However the hidden message should not be forgotten in the fun filled color festival which is based on two important stories of Holika and prahlad and Radha and krishna's stories.

Both the stories interestingly shares a common feature that the attitude we show to others ultimately affects only our own self. If we bestow positve emotions like help, love, care inturn increases happiness and prosperity in our life. Hatred, jealousy, anger and other negative emotions that we have on others finally hurt our own life.

This is very beautifully illustrated in the two stories given below.

Radha krishna

Once in a conversation between Radha and Krishna , Krishna told her that both of them are one and the same. When she asked him to prove the statement, he asked her to apply  colorful red kumkum powder on her forehead as Bindu. When she did , she was surprised to see that that color was seen in krishna's head. Krishna now playfully took the powder and applied on her hands and that immediately shown on his hands. To the surprised Radha he asked her to now apply in his face and hands and again she found that they appeared on her body. Her Joy of understanding that both are one, broke into joyful laughter and play, which become the seed of Holi festival.

Holika and Prahlad

Holika had a boon that she will not be burnt by fire. So she misused that talent in destroying innocent Prahlad by taking him to fire. Interestingly she got killed in fire and Prahlad came out unhurt. This shows that trying to harm holi-2others , even ourselves get destroyed with the same talents we have. In Holi festival after the color festival, Holika dolls made of flammable materials and earthen or metaalic doll of Prahlad are put in a Holy fire.

Everyone makes a Sankalpa (determination) to burn out the negative emotions we have on particular or on general individuals and go around three times the fire chanting om Nama Narayanaya Namahaha and Narasimha Gayathri.

The fun of playing with colors is to indicate that if we have positive attitudes with all others, our life will be filled with joy. The fire ritual is to show that our negative emotions self destroys us.

Universal-pattern Prahlad undergoes five elements level testing:

 1. He was put on rocks (Earth) and stamped over by an elephant.

 2.In Milk (Water) poison was mixed and given to drink.

 3.Holika put him in Fire.

 4. He was thrown from a top of a cliff (Air)

5. He was challenged finally by his father to show every (Space) where the presence of Vishnu.

More details of Prahlad story:

The Holi festival is connected to unconditional love of a devotee and Lord. In the previous pages you would have read that Unconditional love is  total acceptance of a person or a situation. This total acceptance or surrender in the language of Bhakthi is the story of Prahalad. He is one devotee who never complained of any hardships of life. When his own father threatened his survival , he as unmoved by it. This is why he was able to overcome even the Cosmic laws or Pancha Bhootas.

When Indra and other Gods asked Narada  when Lord Vishnu will show mercy on them by killing  the Demon Hiranya kashubu, he replied that that will happen only when Prahalad is in danger. The surprised Indra asked why is that Vishnu does not have mercy and bothered of the suffering of the Gods. Narada replied "You are not able to accept the present situation and for your happiness you selfishly wish that your enemy be destroyed".   But look at Prahalad that even when his life in danger he is not angry on anyone, but holds steadfast to Vishnu with total acceptance to the situations and the reactions of his father. He is accepting his father as he is at the same time he does not "let Go" his principle of adhering to the Truth that God is that pure Consciousness.

Normal human beings forget the highest Truth, God (Consciousness) and complain all the transient fleeting problems of life. Then all the prayers we do are not out of devotion, but for our inability to accept the reality like Indra praying to Vishnu for his happiness. Bhakthi is unconditional acceptance of life and should not misunderstood with laziness which is dont-care give-up attitude in life. 


Thus when Prahalad's aunt Holika tried to destroy him by putting in fire, Prahald came our unharmed. Holika was given a boon by Brahma that Fire will not harm her unless she use it for selfish reasons.   Fire is the symbol of  knowledge. If we use knowledge for selfish needs it will destroy us. That is what happened to Holika. Instead if we use that knowledge to increase our Awareness to realize God Consciousness we will be released from the bondages of life. That knowledge will inturn protect us, like Fire unharmed.

Holi Celebration: Holi is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna (February/March), (Phalgun Purnima), which usually falls in the later part of February or March. Phal means result and guna is nature. This means we get the fruits of our nature and deeds. In the new year , we begin with good thoughts and in Phalguna month we see the results of it. Holi is celbrated as the result of our action which is happiness. It is on full moon day representing the fullness of knowledge.

Holika represents jealosy and Hirankya represents pride. These two qualities destroy happiness in us. These two qualities back fires on us and causes self destruction.  If we overcome these qualities we get happiness in the end. This is the symbolism of Holi.

Phalguna is the month to celbrate weddings of Gods, the celestial weddings like of Muruga, Sri ranga nathar etc. This also indicates Union with the Consciousness. In Indian villages dieties are all done worship in this month, especially Dharma Sastha or Dharma Devathas indicating the end result of all actions.

Additional readings:

 Please read the previous page about the Un-conditional Love of  "Radha and Krishna". This great Love is celebrated as Holi festival in Bharath. Unconditionality brings out the True color of joy and color of life.  Holi is the symbolic  joyous celebration of the colors of love and life experienced through unconditional Love

 

Only in Unconditional Love one transcends to the highest divinity state of God-Consciousness state.  If one wants to understand the deepest meaning for transcending  "Conditions" for God-realization is because , Consciousness is Unconditional,  and we exists as Awareness which is nothing but un-conditional Consciousness conditioned in space and time.

 

1. "Journey to the Source" by Pradheep Chhalliyil

Prahalad and Holi festival. 

Indian Sanskrit Calendar

Tamil Calender

Malayalam Calendar

 

 

 Golu or Bommai (Bhomma, Gombe Kolu)

Golu Means the Royal Court of Sakthi or Energy

നവരാത്രി ഗോലു
ഗോലു എന്നാൽ ശക്തിയുടെ രാജ സദസ്സ്

கொலு என்றல் சக்தியின் ராஜ அரங்கம்

Golu is the display of the entire Energy (Sakthi) forms in the Cosmic Universe using dolls and figurines arranged in odd (usually 3,5,7 or 9) numbered tiers ("padis") during the navarathri festival celebrations.

"Uni" means one and verse means "words arranged in a rhythmic pattern". Golu is a learning tool for both children and adults to understand that one Single Energy manifestingly evolves in a rhythmic order to a plethora of forms.

Keeping Golu at home is a way to invoke the Cosmic Energy for improving the quality of our life.

The Vedic science calls all perceptible energy forms as feminine or Prakruthi (Sakthi) and the unmanifest as Purusha (Brahmam) or masculine.  Like both the sperm and egg unite to form the zygote cell, which then multiplies and grows as a human being, the Purusha and Prakruthi unite to form Brahmanda and then multiplies and grows as the Universe.

The zero like round coconut represent the unmanifesting Purusha or maleness and the vessel below it , the khalasa represent the Prakruthi or Sakthi. The imprint of this union is present in each and every form like the genetic imprint of parents in each and every cell of the 100 trillion cells in the human body.

The pattern of our human body is similar to the universe pattern as in the sloka  "Yatha Pindae, thathaa Brahmandae". Like we grow in our mother's womb for nine months, nine step processes are involved evolution of the Universe.

Golu is a half pyramid with the dolls shopwing the perceptible manifestation and the other invisible half as the unperceptible aspect of Universe.

Everyone are invited to see  this exhibit and are offered prasad (the sacred offering) along with kukkum ("Tilak".) and some gifts  to girls and married women.

In the evenings, the oil Lamp  ("kuthuvilakku" ) is lit  in the middle of a decorated "kolam" (Rangoli), traditional the srichakra (Yantra) before the Golu and devotional hymns and shlokas are chanted. After performing the puja, the food items that have been prepared, are offered to the Goddesses.

golu-1The oil lamp represents the inner light that we have to be aware of and the Yantra with the triangles represents the male (Consciousness) and female (matter) involved in the manifestation of all forms in this universe. 

     Golu is adorned with dolls - predominantly with that of the Gods and Goddesses depicting the creation of this Universe.

    Nine steps representing the Navagrahas or the nine modes of expression of the universe is done. It is the pure Consciousness , the One, that manifest as this universe. Hence in the first step , the pure Consciousness is symbolically represented as Kalasa is kept. A kalasa is done by kalasaplacing a coconut on a round vessel. The Kalasa is symbolic of a human who has the faculty to realize the Pure Consciousness. The three eyes of the coconut is the symbolism of the two physical eyes of man and the third of inner vision. The vessel represents the human body and the water in it represents the vital fluid of the body. The thread worn around the body represents the clothes over the body. The kalasa is placed on a red cloth to symbolize para-sakthi, the manifesting aspect of the Brahman.

In the next step, the Trimurthy Gods and Godesess are kept to represent the manifestation  of Energy in the form creation, maintenance and dissolution.

In the third step, objects representing the pancha bhootas are kept.

   In the fourth to seventh steps, dolls representing  other worldly objects are kept. It is very interesting that several caricature dolls even politician dolls, movie stars,  sportsmen, are also kept indicating everyone are the manifestation of the Pure Consciousness

In the eighth step, it is a traditional practice to have wooden dolls of  a man and women. This is to represent the the spirit (Purusha) and matter (Prakariti). The doll that is used are wooden (Mara-pacchi), which has two meanings, one is the literal meaning wood and the other is hereditary. Usually the man and lady dolls are passed on to generation after generation representing the ancestors. The mother  in law gives  the  dolls to the daughter in law after marriage to symbolize the passing of the tradition and family values.

    Children perform doll-marriage  to Purusha and Prakriti with the sankalpa of Vishnu and Lakshmi or Ram and sita or Krishna and Radha.  In this fun event children are imparted the cultural knowledge and importance of marriage. They are shown the importance of family and society through this dolls. Usually the dolls-wedding is done on the first day of Navarathri representing family life as the means to Spiritual life.

Gratitude to parents, relatives, friends, teachers, community and cosmic forces are shown by involving in the ceremony.

    In the ninth step, Lord Ganesha is kept. He represent the high "Energy" state (Mooladhaara) of all beings that potentially transcends to the Consciousness state. This is why he is first worshipped in all rituals.

Navarathri starts after the new moon day in September October months. That New moon day is good for doing "Ancestral" worship). The same day the Golu (kolu) steps are arranged with wooden planks or packing boxes. Make Nine steps.

The next day Ganesha is worshipped with the Awareness that the whole festival is helps to raise the Awareness. Then the dolls are arranged in a specific way to begin the festival.

Children take an active participation in Golu because that gives them the opportunity to display their creative talents. They make miniature parks, zoos, houses, cities , name any forms in Golu. Every evening children and adult sings traditional Vedic songs, chant mantras. It is a period of fun along with sweets and nine different types of legumes are sprouted and or cooked are offered to everyone as prasad. Health awareness is also imparted in Navarathri. In summary Navarathri is a Universal learning and display of Science and Arts along with Spirituality.

On the 9th day (Saraswati Puja), special pujas are offered to Goddess Saraswathi - the creative aspect of the mind. Books and musical instruments are placed in the puja and worshipped as a source of knowledge. Also all tools used in one's professional life are placed in the pooja - as part of "Ayudha Pooja". Even vehicles are washed and decorated, and puja performed for them. The understanding behind this is that it is that "One"  Consciousness that has manifested as the plethora of forms in this Universe.

In the Vedic tradition every object is worshipped (Acknowledged) as the manifestation of pure Consciousness. This is why all objects of action (Aayudha)  is worshipped in Navarathri. No object is spared in this ritual. All objects are adorned with Tilak as a mark of Awareness of the pure Consciousness.  

The 10th day, "Vijayadasami" - is the most auspicious day of all. It was the day on which evil was finally destroyed by good. As we have discussed earlier , Good and evil are the expression of Awareness verses Ego. It is the triumph of Awareness over Ego.  It marks a new and prosperous beginning. Hence new ventures started on this day are believed to flourish and bring prosperity. Kids often start tutoring on this day to have a head start in their education. It is not uncommon to initiate new business ventures , fresh tasks etc. The logic is simple that the Awareness is sharpened through these festivals.

In the evening of "Vijayadasami", all the dolls from the "Golu" are put to sleep and the Kalasam is moved a bit towards North to mark the end of that year's Navaratri Golu.

Why are the dolls put to sleep?

In Vedic tradition, Golu represents the creation of this universe, created by Lord Brahma. He sleeps in his end of the day which cause the dissolution of the Universe. His timing is different than the human years and are of high mathematical figures (click here to know about Brahma's years in creation cycle). To symbolically express this dissolution the Golu dolls are put to sleep.

Why Kalasha moved to North?. We have discussed earlier that North is direction of none or "Brahman" or pure Consciousness. It is neutral.

East - Awareness -gods
West- Mind- Guru
South- Ego-body-Ancestors
North - Intellect-Brahman

One transcends to the Awareness state and finally to the pure Consciousness state.

Prayers are offered to thank God for the successful completion of that year's Golu and with a hope of a successful one the next year! Then the Golu is dismantled and packed up for the next year.

Source: This is an excerpt from the book "Vedic Universal Self Pattern", 2015.