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Healthy Lungs: An Ayurvedic Perspective

In Ayurveda, we emphasize prana, or the vital life force. It is known in Chinese medicine as chi or qi.  In Vedic astrology, we use the first breath to determine the time of birth.  Our lungs are breath-promoting organs. They allow us to take in oxygen from the air and remove carbon dioxide from our […]

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Lakshmi RG

Happy Indian New Year 2017

Following the festival of Diwali 2017 comes Indian New Year 2017 in Vedic astrology or Jyotish.  This is also the first day of the Vikram Samvat calendar used in India.  The year is 2074.  According to mypanchang.com, Indian new year 2017 falls on October 20 worldwide, with the exception of Fiji and New Zealand.  This […]

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Dhanvantari is honored on Dhanteras

Dhanteras 2017

The festival of Diwali is actually comprised of five days of rituals in India.  We begin the celebration of Diwali 2017 with Govatsa Dwadashi and then the festival of Dhanteras.  According to mypanchang.com, Dhanteras 2017 is on October 16 for North America, the West Indies, and South America.  For India, Europe, Australia,  and New Zealand, […]

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Lakshmi

Happy Diwali 2017

Diwali is a five day festival in India. It begins with Govatsa Dwadashi, then Dhanteras, followed by Kali Chaudas and Naraka Chaturdashi, and then the night of Diwali itself. Diwali or Deepavali / Deepawali is the Indian festival of lights. “Deepa” means light and “avali” means a continuous line. Diwali occurs just before the Indian […]

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Siddhidhatri is the NavaDurga worshiped on the ninth night of Navratri

Ninth night of Navratri: Maha Navami

This is the ninth night of Navratri 2017.  Navratri is the nine night festival honoring the many forms which the goddess Durga has taken.  Thus, the goddesses are known as NavaDurga (nine Durgas).  Each goddess represents particular virtues and attributes which we can embrace.  The women in the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra wear saris […]

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Mahagauri

Eighth night of Navratri

This is the eighth night of Navratri 2017.  Navratri is the nine night festival honoring the many forms which the goddess Durga has taken.  Thus, the goddesses are known as NavaDurga (nine Durgas).  Each goddess represents particular virtues and attributes which we can embrace.  The women in the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra wear saris […]

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Seventh night of Navratri

This is the seventh night of Navratri 2017.  Navratri is the nine night festival honoring the many forms which the goddess Durga has taken.  Thus, the goddesses are known as NavaDurga (nine Durgas).  Each goddess represents particular virtues and attributes which we can embrace. Kalaratri is the NavaDurga worshiped on the seventh night of Navratri.  […]

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Katyayini

Sixth night of Navratri

This is the sixth night of Navratri 2017.  Navratri is the nine night festival honoring the many forms which the goddess Durga has taken.  Thus, the goddesses are known as NavaDurga (nine Durgas).  Each goddess represents particular virtues and attributes which we can embrace. Katyayani is the NavaDurga worshiped on the sixth night of Navratri.  […]

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Skandamata

Fifth night of Navratri

This is the fifth night of Navratri 2017.  Navratri is nine nights celebrating the many forms of the goddess which Durga has taken. Thus, the goddesses are known as NavaDurga (nine Durgas).  Each goddess has particular aspects or qualities which we can embrace.  The women in Maharashtra and Gujarat states typically wear saris (traditional Indian […]

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Kushmanda

Fourth night of Navratri

This is the fourth night of Navratri 2017.  Navratri is nine nights celebrating the many forms of the goddess which Durga has taken. That is why the goddesses are known as NavaDurga (Nine Durgas).  Each goddess has particular aspects or qualities which we can embrace.  The women in Maharashtra and Gujarat states typically wear saris […]

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