The Vitality of the Universe Entire – On MahaGauri, SiddhiDhatri, and Demeter

The Eighth Night of #NavRatri is dedicated to MahaGauri - The Great Beauty, The 'Great White One' ; The Ninth Night of NavRatri, to Siddhidhatri - the Bestower of Boons, The Giver of Empowerment. Both because I am rather late in my finishing of this piece - but also due to a certain underlying thematic unity ...  … Continue reading The Vitality of the Universe Entire – On MahaGauri, SiddhiDhatri, and Demeter

The Names Of The NavaDurgas In Accessible Translation For NavRatri

With NavRatri beginning tonight - here's an enumeration of the Nine NavaDurgas (One for each Night) … along with an attempt to make the theonyms more understandable via colour-coding. The colour of the part of the word in Sanskrit corresponds to the English word it's translated as. So, for instance, 'Shailaputri' has 'Shaila' (Mountain) in … Continue reading The Names Of The NavaDurgas In Accessible Translation For NavRatri

Skanda , Heimdall , Kumara – The Star-Borne Son Of The Sky Father

A brief Indo-European observation inspired by the SkandaMata Night of NavRatri -  Skanda, the War God Son of Shiva, has Six Heads. This is due to the rather unique manner of His Birth - wherein the embryonic Skanda is transplanted to six mothers via Agni, the Krittika Stars (we would know these in the West … Continue reading Skanda , Heimdall , Kumara – The Star-Borne Son Of The Sky Father

SkandaMata – 5th of the NavaDurgas, 5th Night of NavRatri

The Fifth Night of #NavRatri is dedicated to Ma as SkandaMata – the Mother of Skanda (Kartikeya), one of the foremost of our War Gods. He takes after His Mother in that regard 😀 Of course, before situating SkandaMata within the overarching context of the NavaRatri Cycle, it is necessary to briefly introduce Lord Skanda, … Continue reading SkandaMata – 5th of the NavaDurgas, 5th Night of NavRatri

GHOST DIVISION – On The BhutaGana of Mahadev & The Einherjar of Odin

GHOST DIVISION - On The BhutaGana of Mahadev & The Einherjar of Odin [Author's Note: This piece was initially intended as an offering for MahaShivRatri, which was this year in early March. A combination of delays in the writing and peer-review process - for which I take full responsibility - meant that it was not … Continue reading GHOST DIVISION – On The BhutaGana of Mahadev & The Einherjar of Odin

Ardhanarishvara ; Valentine’s Day

The Ardhanarishvara dual-aspect of Mahadev & Mata JI. Now, 'Ardhanarishvara', directly translated, means 'Half [Ardha] Woman [Nari] Sovereign [Ishvara]'. And while I can see why misunderstandings have lead to this particular shared form of the Divine Couple being co-opted, appropriated, and flagrantly misrepresented in the modern day by an array of people and clickbait-publishers looking … Continue reading Ardhanarishvara ; Valentine’s Day

SkandaMata – 5th of the NavaDurgas, 5th Night of NavRatri

The Fifth Night of #NavRatri is dedicated to Ma as SkandaMata - the Mother of Skanda (Kartikeya), one of the foremost of our War Gods. He takes after His Mother in that regard 😀 Of course, before situating SkandaMata within the overarching context of the NavaRatri Cycle, it is necessary to briefly introduce Lord Skanda, … Continue reading SkandaMata – 5th of the NavaDurgas, 5th Night of NavRatri