The group arrived in the sacred city of Varanasi. Varanasi, which is also known as Benares, Banaras or Kashi is one of the holiest cities in India and is located on the banks of Mother Ganga in Uttar Pradesh.
On our first day we went to Durga Kund and visited the Durga Temple and the Tulsi Manas Mandir. ...read more
On the night before Diwali, we prayed to Kali Maa to remove our darkness and negativeness. There was an incredible energy present on this auspicious evening, as Swamiji led the group in a homa while chanting the Kali Sahasranam.
Enjoy the video of the Kali Homa, which touched the hearts and lives of all present! ...read more
Learn how a Devi Mandir Family Member, Mahananda, became a successful business man through the application of four key concepts that Swamiji teaches: Make a Sankalpa and Set Goals, Treat People with Dignity and Respect, Not Applying Pressure, and Be Content with Small Gains. ...read more
As we walk down this path, we will inevitably find many trials along our way. One of the simplest practices to help us on our way is reciting the name of God, of the Divine Mother!
This wonderful poem brings us to a beautiful contemplation of calling out for Mother, repeating Her name, and the ultimate surrendering to Her will that follows....read more
Have you visited the Devi Mandir and spent time in the presence of Shree Maa and Swamiji? Perhaps you came for a Saturday evening kirtan session and melted upon hearing Shree Maa sing; or you came by on a Sunday morning and felt energized by Swamiji leading a Chandi Path! Maybe you visited on a
Shree Maa has just blessed us with a new group sankalpa to continue our efforts in praying for world peace.
This sankalpa involves chanting the Mahalakshmi Ashtakam, which will help to clarify our goals in the new year. Starting November 11th and ending on December 31st, this sankalpa includes a group total of 10,008 recitations. ...read more
This simple, tasty sautéed mushroom recipe is one of Swamiji's favorites and it takes less than ten minutes to prepare!
Shree Maa serves this as a side dish in a meal with other vegetable dishes and daal. Enjoy with warm chapati or roti. ...read more
The Navagraha Deepam (lamp) is lit in the puja room of our house to inspire positive vibrations. It brings prosperity, good health, peace of mind, and courage.
In this lamp, Lord Surya (Sanskrit: सुर्य, surya), the Sun, occupies the center place, and is surrounded by the other Grahas (plantets). Lord Surya is the source of life in our Solar System and represents the Light of Wisdom who dispels our darkness. ...read more
Diwali is the popular Hindu "festival of lights." The name "Diwali" is derived from the word deepavali, which means a "row of lights, or lamps." Therefore, we celebrate Diwali by lighting lamps and placing them all around the house.
The spiritual significance of lighting lamps is to remind us to share our own inner light. We also pray for the "Light" of the higher intellect to dissolve our darkness. ...read more
This wonderful poem, written by Sadhana Shakti, a devotee of Shree Maa and Swamiji, touches on an important and universal subject, that we are all Divine!
Written as if the Divine Mother was speaking to each of us directly, this piece is a wonderful reminder that we all harbor the great light inside! ...read more