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Durga Saptashati: How a centuries-old epic shaped the spiritual backbone of Navratri
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Durga Saptashati: How a centuries-old epic shaped the spiritual backbone of Navratri

One of the integral parts of Navratri is the recitation of a centuries old text called the Durga Saptashati or the Devi Mahatamya. The Saptashati (700 verses) has influenced what we know today of Goddess Durga

Navratri special: Why Indian households need to reimagine the kumari puja
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Navratri special: Why Indian households need to reimagine the kumari puja

When the ritual of kumari puja was started by Ramakrishna Paramhansa, it was meant to reinforce the essential divinity of the girl child. It is critical that this association is reimagined and refurbished in the current context to make it relevant.

Navratri special: Even in contemporary times, the Durga Saptashati offers us much to learn
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Navratri special: Even in contemporary times, the Durga Saptashati offers us much to learn

Durga Saptashati is a composition that weaves in many basic tenets of life and spiritual thought in its narrative. This piece of poetry with its engaging narration and vivid imagery could suggest these tenets to those for whom the arcane and pithy language of the Upanishads was inaccessible. Some of the takeaways relevant for our times are discussed here.

Navratri special: How the Durga Saptashati shaped our knowledge of the goddess
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Navratri special: How the Durga Saptashati shaped our knowledge of the goddess

One of the integral parts of Navratri is the recitation of a centuries old text called the Durga Saptashati or the Devi Mahatamya. The Saptashati (700 verses) has influenced what we know today of Goddess Durga