1. Varalakshmi Niranjan
    March 26, 2018 @ 2:14 pm

    Beautiful piece Kavitha. I have been ‘celebrating’ Navrathri with the rituals, bhajans, gatherings, colors, dolls, music and dance for past 19 years. It has been bothering me for last 1-2 years. I have been asking myself ‘Is this the true way of celebrating Navrathri. I decided to ‘downsize’ my celebration last year. But still felt that is not the answer. Let us see how this year turns out to be in the fall. So far the Vasantha Navrathri is going very well with daily meditation and learning about Maha vidhya through your book. I have two questions for you.
    1. Is there any specific instructions to follow while reading Devi Mahatmayam to control our senses ?
    2. Who is qualified to chant Rudram and Chamakam in your opinion?


  2. Kavitha
    March 26, 2018 @ 10:43 pm

    Hi Varalakshmi!
    So glad that your Navarathri celebrations are evolving. It’s such a beautiful time to go within, but to also celebrate joyously. Here is a blog post on how to read the Devi Mahatmyam: https://mahaperiyavaa.blog/2013/10/01/devi-mahatmyam-reading-procedure/

    Regarding the Rudram and Chamakam, I’d say that anyone who is called to it is qualified. It wasn’t a conscious choice in my case – it was an incessant drive from within to learn them and chant them. Some orthodox teachings prohibit women from chanting them, due to the understanding that they can mess up the apana vayu that can lead to health problems. However, when chanted with the intent to break free of our limitations, they are self-correcting in my opinion.

    Wish you much love! <3


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