Weekly Photo Challenge: Ooh, Shiny

When I think of Ooh, Shiny, I think of:

… flowers in India

… flowers in Seattle

… microscopic photos of flowers

… fruit from my garden

… and Kavita and Meera’s beautiful Navaratri altar

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Navaratri is Coming!

Navatratri is a nine day Hindu festival that celebrates three forms of the Goddess, Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. The tenth day is called Vijaya Dasham, the festival of victory. This year Navaratri will be October 1-10.

Friends of mine build a beautiful altar for Navaratri. Every item on it has meaning and many of the statues are handmade. I will never forget seeing this altar for the first time; it practically took my breath away. Oh how it sparkled. Continue reading “Navaratri is Coming!”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle

When I saw the photo challenge yesterday, I thought of this beautiful altar that friends of mine built earlier this year for Navaratri.

Diwali altar

For information and more pictures read From Darkness to Light


Prepared for Weekly Photo Challenge:  Twinkle


From Darkness to Light

  असतो मा सद्गमयतमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमयमृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः

Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya | Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya |
Mrityor-Maa Amritam Gamaya | Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||

Om, Lead us from Unreality (of Transitory Existence) to the Reality (of the Eternal Self),
Lead us from the Darkness (of Ignorance) to the Light (of Spiritual Knowledge),
Lead us from the Fear of Death to the Knowledge of Immortality.
Om Peace, Peace, Peace.

Navatatri started on Friday.  Navaratri is a nine day festival honoring Goddesses Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati.  Durga destroys our negative tendencies; Lakshmi brings prosperity; and Saraswati is the embodiment of knowledge.  On Friday, I went to a friend’s house for an event and she had a Navaratri altar set up.  The altar was so stunning that I gasped when I walked into the room.  I heard the same reaction from other people. Continue reading “From Darkness to Light”