Navratri Rangoli – 9

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Ninth Rangoli for Goddess Chamundeshwari…

May the Goddess be pleased and bless us all.

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Navratri Rangoli – 4

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Another round twisted multi-color flower Rangoli for Goddess Durgadevi.

May these Rangolis please her and may everyone be blessed by her on this auspicious Durgashtami day.

Navratri Rangoli – 1

Nostalgia

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This time of the year is when I get nostalgic and long for the Dasara festivities that were so much a part of my childhood.

Come October and my hometown Mysore is decked up with millions of lights to celebrate the world-famous Dasara – a ten-day festival culminating in the Dasara Procession/Parade.

The Parade starts from the historic Mysore Palace, one of the most visited places in India, and goes all the way through the heart of the majestic city.

Check out this picture taken from a drone camera – looks like a necklace – but it is the Mysore palace in full glory during Dasara…..

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Oh how we used to look forward to those ten days when we were kids!

May the splendour of Mysore and Dasara grow and grow with every year – giving hope and joy to millions of people.

Presenting this Rangoli to Goddess Chamundeshwari of Chamundi Hills, Mysore.

It’s Holi day…

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Holi hai!

The word Holi itself brings to my mind all things it is associated with.

The heat of the summer month of March – during which Holi is celebrated – the sweltering heat that makes you want to go stay immersed in cool waters all through the day…¬† It is said that on the Holi festival the heat is maximum because this is when Lord Shiva opened his third-eye to burn Manmatha (who disturbed his meditation) to ashes.

The never-too-below-the-surface Festive spirit of the Indian population…

The endless riot of colors – in several different forms – all over the vast country – whether in the Holi colors, the greenery in nature, the myriad hues on display out on the streets or in the vivid, wonderful, elaborate Holi Rangolis…

While it may be argued that the Indian mind does not need a lot to celebrate, IT’S HOLI!!! It’s Celebration itself! The rejoicing is ultimate…

So, sing Hooray! It’s a Holi-Holiday…

Thank you Boney M.

 

Celebrating Women’s day…

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Wanted to share this picture of the Sri Lakshmi Akshaya Patre Rangoli – also called Aishwarya Patra Rangoli (or Kolam).

In Hindu tradition, the woman is the epitome of godliness. She is considered the ultimate symbol of beauty and prosperity (Aishwarya is Sanskrit) – Goddess Lakshmi herself.

She is Shakti who completes Shiva  and together they form the Universe РShivaShakti. This is depicted in the form of Ardhanareeshwara.

She is also celebrated in various forms as Mata – the supreme mother – Devi, Maheshwari, Lakshmi, Saraswathi, Lalitha, Durga, Chamundi – the all-powerful protector and conqueror of evil.

What better way to celebrate the International Women’s day than with this Rangoli to welcome Devi into our homes, and our lives…?

May the Goddess Lashmi shower you all with unlimited blessings…