3. Durga Puja or Navaratri-4.

The woman of Bengal welcomes the Goddess with a mother’s love and sends away the image on the last day, with every ceremony associated with a daughter’s departure to her husband’s home and with motherly tears in her eyes.

This signifies the parting of Durga from Her beloved mother.

Durga Puja is the greatest Hindu festival in which God is adored as Mother.

Hinduism is the only religion in the world which has emphasised to such an extent the motherhood of God.

One’s relationship with one’s mother is the dearest and the sweetest of all human relations.

Hence, it is proper to look upon God as mother.

Durga represents the Divine Mother.

She is the energy aspect of the Lord.

Without Durga, Shiva has no expression and without Shiva, Durga has no existence.

Shiva is the soul of Durga; Durga is identical with Shiva.

Lord Shiva is only the silent witness.

He is motionless, absolutely changeless.

He is not affected by the cosmic play.

It is Durga who does everything.

Swami Sivananda

To be continued  ....

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