Sathya Dharma Shanti Prema Ananda Free Mandalas

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Ganeshji Ananda Mandala

Ganeshji Ananda Mandala

Sathya Sai Baba: Who is Vinayaka? In the sloka (verse) beginning with the words, Suklaambaradharam Vishnum, only the form of the deity is described. But there is another inner meaning for the name Vinayaka. Suklaambaradharam means one who is clad in white. Vishnum means he is all-pervading. Sasivarnam means his complexion is grey like that of ash. Chathurbhujam means he has four arms. Prasannavadanam means he has always a pleasing mien. Sarvavighnopasaanthaye means for the removal of all obstacles. Dhyaayeth, meditate (on him). Vinayaka is the deity who removes all bad qualities, instills good qualities and confers peace on the devotee who meditates on him.

Sri Lakshmi Bliss Mandala

Sri Lakshmi Bliss Mandala


Saraswati Bliss Mandala

Saraswati Bliss Mandala


Maha Lakshmi Bliss Mandala

Maha Lakshmi Bliss Mandala

Sathya Sai Baba: The supreme Shakti manifests herself in the form of Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. Durga grants to us energy –physical, mental, and spiritual. Lakshmi bestows on us wealth of many kinds –not just money but intellectual wealth, the wealth of character, and others. Even health is a kind of wealth. She grants untold riches to us. And Saraswati bestows intelligence, the capacity for intellectual inquiry, and the power of discrimination on us. The Navaratri festival is celebrated in order to proclaim the power of the goddesses to the world.

Sri Sathya Sai Bliss Mandala

Sri Sathya Sai Bliss Mandala


Sai Baba Of Shirdi Bliss Mandala

Sai Baba Of Shirdi Bliss Mandala


Sathya Baba Bliss Mandala

Sathya Baba Bliss Mandala


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Vasant Panchami – Basant Panchami – Saraswati Puja – Sarasvati Pooja 2009

Vasant Panchami

Vasant Panchami


Vasant Panchami – Basant Panchami – Saraswati Puja – Sarasvati Pooja 2009
Vasant Panchami Will Be Celebrated On Saturday January 31 2009

Vasant Panchami (sometimes referred to as “Basant Panchami” or “Shree Panchami”) is a Hindu festival celebrating Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, music and art. It is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the Indian month Magh (January-February), the first day of spring. Traditionally during this festival children are taught to write their first words; brahmins are fed; ancestor worship (Pitr-tarpan) is performed; the god of love Kamadeva is worshipped; and most educational institutions organise special prayer for Saraswati. The color yellow also plays an important role in this festival, in that people usually wear yellow garments, Saraswati is worshipped dressed in yellow, and yellow sweets are consumed within the families.

Also known as Saraswati Puja (Bengali: “shoroshshoti” puja), this festival is celebrated in Nepal, India and Bangladesh to invoke wisdom and consciousness in human beings. Apart from wisdom, Saraswati is also the deity for fine and performing arts. The day is also called Basant Panchami which falls in Falgun (Phalgun in Hindi) month of Bangla calendar; that is February of the Gregorian calendar. In West Bengal saraswati puja is celebrated in Hindu households and also in schools and colleges. Bengali men are usually dressed in traditional paijama and punjabi. Women are dressed in yellow (basanti) coloured sari. With Her grace, the mute, it is believed, have been able to speak and people have been blessed with the ability to write or compose poems. Musicians sing here and many even choose to perform here first. Instrumentalists have puja performed for their instruments here. Apart from art and culture, Goddess Saraswati also showers Her blessings for the education of children.

Notebooks, pencils and pens are kept at the Devi’s feet for blessings and then used by the students. A noticeboard asks the students to write their names, address and the roll number on a piece of paper and put it in the hundi after praying for success! It is believed the Goddess blesses them for good and positive results.

Basant Panchami Sarasvati

Basant Panchami Sarasvati


Her expression is so serene and calm even as She is majestic. She is seated on a white lotus in Padmasana, adorned by a pure white silk sari, has a book in Her lower left hand, Her lower right hand showing the chinmudra, Aksharamala in Her right upper hand, and Amrithakalasam in Her left upper hand. Both eyes are full of compassion. The vehicle assigned to each of the three goddesses also symbolically represent their special powers. Goddess Saraswathi is the consort of Lord Brahma (Lord of Creation) and is the Goddess of wisdom and learning. Saraswati is the one who gives the essence (sara) of our own self (swa). She is considered as the personification of all knowledge – arts, sciences, crafts and other skills. She has a beautiful and elegant presence, is pure white in colour, clad in a white sari, seated on a white lotus, representing purity and brilliance. She has four hands representing four aspects of human personality in learning; mind, intellect, alertness and ego. She has the sacred scriptures in one hand and a lotus (a symbol of true knowledge) in the second. With her other two hands she plays the music of love and life on the veena.

She is dressed in white (sign of purity) and rides on a white goose (swan). The swan is known for its pecliar characteristic of being capable of separating water from milk, indicating that we should possess discrimination in separating the bad from the good. The seat being a lotus or peacock implies that the teacher is well-established in the subjective experience of truth. When sitting on a peacock she reminds us that wisdom suppresses ego.

Like Brahma, she is not worshipped much in temples. However, every year Saraswathi Pooja (Navarathiri ) is celebrated by people all over India, be it students, workers, craftsmen, businessmen offering their prayers for a successful and fruitful year. However, Saraswathi does have a temple in Koothanur in Tanjavur district (Tamil Nadu).There is an important Saraswati Temple in Basar at a distance of 40 km from Nizamabad in Adilabad District, Andhra Pradesh on the banks of Godavari River.

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Vasant Panchami Saraswati

Vasant Panchami Saraswati

Sathya Sai Baba’s Divine Discourse on Vijaya Dasami 2008

Sathya Sai Dasara Discourse

Sathya Sai Dasara Discourse


Sathya Sai Baba’s Divine Discourse on Vijaya Dasami, 09 Oct 2008
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Durgashtami – Mahashtami: 8th Day Of Navaratri At Sathya Sai Baba Ashram

Dasara Sai Baba Durga Devi

Dasara Sai Baba Durga Devi


Durgashtami – Mahashtami: 8th Day Of Navaratri At Sathya Sai Baba Ashram
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Today is the most sacred day of Durgashtami which is also known as Mahashtami is the 8th day of Navaratri which is one of the important days of Durga Puja. Navadurga, which literally means nine Durgas, constitute the manifestation of Goddess Durga in nine different forms. These nine forms of manifestation are Silaputri, Brahmacarini, Candraghaṇṭa, Kuṣmanda, Skandamata, Katayani, Kalaratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri. Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 8th, which is Mahanavami, the day for Suvasini Puja or Ayudha Pooja. Om Sai Ram

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Dussara Vedapurusha Jnana Yagna

Dussara Sri Sathya Sai Baba Vedapurusha Jnana Yagna


Dasara Vedapurusha Jnana Yagna

Dasara Sri Sathya Sai Baba Vedapurusha Jnana Yagna

Navaratri – Worship Of Sri Lakshmi Devi At Sathya Sai Baba Ashram

Navaratri – Worship Of Sri Lakshmi Devi At Sathya Sai Baba Ashram

The 3rd, 4th and 5th days of Navaratri are dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Sri Maha Lakshmi.

Sathya Sai Lakshmi

Sathya Sai Lakshmi

Hindu Goddess Maha Lakshmi - Goddess Of Wealth

Hindu Goddess Maha Lakshmi - Goddess Of Wealth

Lakshmi Devi

Lakshmi Devi

Wednesday, October 1, 2008: The Devi Navarathri has begun at Prasanthi Nilayam with the Kalasa puja in the Mandir. Preparations are underway for the Veda Purusha Saptaha Jnana Yagnam which will commence in a couple of days. Bhagawan has been sitting onstage while the Vedam goes on for a few minutes over the last few days before going into the Bhajan Hall for bhajans. Today, He came for darshan a few minutes after five o’clock and moved around in the verandah and the Bhajan Hall before coming onstage at around 5.15. He sat there for nearly half an hour, blessing the Birthday boys and also the Iranian Primary School student who had come for Id blessings. Swami moved to the Bhajan Hall at 5.45 and the Bhajans began. He accepted Arati just after six and returned to His residence in the car.

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Vijayadashami – Dussehra – Dasara – Navaratri 2008

Vijayadashami – Dussehra – Dasara – Navaratri 2008

Vishvarupa MahaDevi

Vishvarupa MahaDevi


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Vijayadashami – Dussehra – Dasara – Navaratri 2008
Celebrated From September 30th 2008 through October 9th 2008

Vijayadashami (Hindi and Marathi: विजयादशमी),also known as Dussehra (Hindi: दशहरा, Marathi: दसरा), “Dashain” in Nepali, is a festival celebrated across Nepal and India. It is celebrated on the tenth day of the bright half of the Hindu month of Ashwayuja or Ashwina, and is the grand culmination of the 10-day annual festival of Dasara or Navaratri. The legend underlying the celebration, as also its mode of conduct, vary vastly by region; however, all festivities celebrate the victory of the forces of Good over Evil. It is also considered to be an auspicious day to begin new things in life. It is the largest festival of Nepal and celebrated by Hindu and non-Hindu as well.

Significance Of Dasara
In Southern India, Eastern India and Western India, the festival of Navaratri which culminates with Vijayadashami commemorates the legend in which the Goddess Durga, also known as Chamundeshwari or Mahishasura Mardini, vanquishes the demon Mahishasura, an event that is said to have taken place in the vicinity of the present day city of Mysore in Karnataka.

In Northern India, the same 10-day festival commemorates the victory of Rama, prince of Ayodhya in present-day Uttar Pradesh, over Ravana, the ruler of Lanka, who according to the Ramayana had abducted Sita Devi, the wife of the former, and held her captive in his realm.

Legend of the Shami Tree
Here is another and little-known legend associated with this festival, one associated with the Mahabharata. For reasons impossible to delineate here, the Pandavas underwent a period of exile, being 14 years of dwelling in the forest followed by a year of exile incognito. Disguise being indispensable during the latter period, the Pandavas found it necessary to lay aside, for the length of that year, the many divine and distinctive weapons that they possessed. These they secreted in a ‘Shami’ tree in the vicinity of their chosen place of incognito residence. At the end of a year, they returned to the spot, found their weaponry intact, and worshipped in thanksgiving both the Shami tree and the Goddess Durga, presiding deity of strength and victory. Meanwhile, the Kauravas had invaded that area, suspecting the residence of the Pandavas there. Upon finishing their devotions, the Pandavas made straight to battle, and won the contest comprehensively. The day that all these events occurred on has since been known as “Vijayadashami”, where “Vijaya” is the Sanskrit word for “Victory”.

The fact of the comprehensive success of the Pandavas in their endeavour has been extrapolated to the everyday ventures of the common man today. Even to this day, people exchange Shami leaves and wish each other victory in their own ventures and efforts.

Celebration Of Dasara
In Northern India, the festival commemorates the victory of Rama, prince of Ayodhya and avatara of Vishnu, over Ravana, the ruler of Lanka who had abducted Rama’s wife, Sita Devi. The festival is celebrated with much gusto. Crackers are burnt, and huge melas or fetes are organised. The Ramlila – an abriged dramatization of the Ramayana – is enacted with much public fervour all over northern India during the period of the festivities. The burning of the effigies of Ravana on Vijayadashami, signifying the victory of good over evil, brings the festivities to a colourful close. Some non-Hindus also go to the festival for the novelty of the costumes and reenactments.

The legend associated with the Shami tree finds commemoration during the renowned Navaratri celebrations at Mysore, which otherwise strongly emphasizes the Durga legend described above, as may be expected in the city built at the very site of the events of the Durga legend. On Vijaydashami day, at the culmination of a colourful 10-day celebration, the goddess Chamundeshwari is worshipped and then borne in a Golden Ambari or elephant-mounted throne, in a grand procession, through the city of Mysore, from the historical Mysore Palace to the Banni Mantapa. Banni is the Kannada word for the Sanskrit Shami, and Mantapa means “Pavilion”.

In Karnataka, Ayudh Puja, the ninth day of Dasara, is celebrated with the worship of implements used in daily life such as computers, books, vehicles, kitchen tools etc.

It is an effort to see the divine in the tools and objects one uses in daily life. Basically it includes all tools that help one earn one’s livelihood. So knowledge workers go for books, pen or computers, plough and other agricultural tools by the farmer, machinery by industrialists and cars/buses/trucks by transporters are decorated with flowers and worshiped on this day invoking God’s blessing for success in coming years. It is believed that any new venture such as starting of business or purchasing of new household items on this day is bound to succeed.

In Madikeri Dasara is celebrated in a different style.Madikeri Dasara has an history of over 100 years. Here Dasara starts of with Kargas from four Mariamma Temples. There will be a procession of 10 Mantapas from 10 Temples on the night of Vijayadashami.

At night, effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakaran and Meghanad are stuffed with firecrackers and set alight. Children especially enjoy seeing this because of the beautiful fireworks on the ground. The festival, which is thought of as the “Victory of Good over Evil” and “Return of Rama from Exile” is celebrated in grand style. Because the day is auspicious, people inaugurate new vehicles, machines, books, weapons and tools by ceremonially asking god to bless the new items.

History Of Dasara Vijayadashami
This day marks the triumph of Lord Rama over Demon king Ravana. On this day, Rama killed Ravana.

Rama was asked to go on exile because his stepmother, Queen Kaikeyee was tricked into asking King Dasaratha to exile him for 14 years. Rama’s wife Sita, and his brother Lakshmana went with him willingly.

News of Rama staying at an ashram while on exile spread rapidly. A demon, Shoorpanakha found her way there and demanded that Rama or Lakshmana marry her. When both brothers rejected her, she threatened to kill Sita, so that Rama would then be single again. Lakshmana then cut off her ears and nose.

Shoorpanakha’s brother was the demon King Ravana. Ravana was incensed to hear what happened to his sister, and kidnapped Sita to avenge the insult.

The Ramayana chronicles Rama’s travels and deeds as he searched for his wife, and defeated evil.

Variations Of Dasa Across South Asia
Dussehra is celebrated in various ways in different parts of South Asia. In Bengal, the festival is celebrated as Kali Puja or Durga Puja, while in Tamil Nadu, the festival incorporates worship of the goddesses Lakshmi, Saraswati, and Shakti.

Some people feel that Dussehra and Dasara are not simply different transliterations of the same word, but two different festivals.

Dasara is the festival marking end of Navratri and the immersion of Durga idols which are worshipped for nine days prior to Dussehra. Dussehra is also the day when many families start formal education of their kids. The practise has been so old, that in some parts of Kerala, even after conversions to Christianity, some members of the community continued this tradition. In 2004, many churches in Kerala formally adopted the same tradition of introducing young children to education on Dussehra day.

The Dasara celebrations in Mysore are popular with tourists, and are conducted with great pomp. Dasara is celebrated in Nepal by the name of Dashain.

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Sai Maa

Sai Maa


Sathya Sai Baba’s Divine Discourse: 14 October 1988 On Dasara
In the human body, the Divine flows through all the limbs as the divine essence (rasa) and sustains them. This divine principle is called the Embodiment of Divine Sweetness (Rasaswaroopini, or Angirasa). These divine principles that permeate and sustain the physical body should also be worshipped as mother goddesses. Then there are the great sages (maharishis), who investigated matters relating to good and evil, right and wrong, what elevates man or degrades him, and, as a result of their labors and penance, gave to mankind the great scriptures, indicating the spiritual and mundane paths and how humanity could redeem its existence. These sages have also to be revered as divine mothers.

The cow, the earth, the presiding deities for the body, the sages, and the guru are all worthy of worship as the embodiments of the divine Motherhood. Although these five appear in different forms and names, they have one thing in common with the mother. They play a protective and sustaining maternal role for mankind and hence should be revered and worshipped as divine mothers.

Conversely, the mother of every child displays in relation to the child the attributes of these five entities. The mother nourishes the child, provides the necessaries for its growth, teaches the child what it should know and what it should avoid, and leads it on the path of righteousness.

The life of a man who cannot respect and love such a venerable mother is utterly useless. Recognizing one’s mother as the very embodiment of all divine forces, one must show reverence to her and treat her with love. This is the true message that this nine-night festival (the Navaratri) gives us. The supreme Shakti manifests herself in the form of Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. Durga grants to us energy –physical, mental, and spiritual. Lakshmi bestows on us wealth of many kinds –not just money but intellectual wealth, the wealth of character, and others. Even health is a kind of wealth. She grants untold riches to us. And Saraswati bestows intelligence, the capacity for intellectual inquiry, and the power of discrimination on us. The Navaratri festival is celebrated in order to proclaim the power of the goddesses to the world. One’s own mother is the combination of all these divine beings. She provides us with energy, wealth, and intelligence. She constantly desires our advancement in life. So she represents all the three goddesses that we worship during the Navaratri festival.

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Saraswati – Hindu Goddess Of Learning Saraswati Devi

Goddess Saraswati

Saraswati – Hindu Goddess Of Learning Saraswati Devi
Saraswati is a Hindu goddess of learning. She is the goddess of speech (Vac), the Flowing-One. She represents the union of power and intelligence from which organized creation arises. Saraswati posseses all the learnings of the the Vedas, scriptures, dancing, musical power and poetry. She revealed language and writing to man. Her origin is the lost Vedic river Saraswati. This is the source of her profound connection to fluidity in any aspect (water, speech, thought, etc.). She is wisdom, fortune, intelligence, nourishment, brilliance, contentment, splendour and devotion.

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