Saturday 28 September 2019
For the second part of the festival the goddess is Lakshmi who is seen as the Mother and connected to spiritual wealth. She is often depicted on a fountain of milk holding symbols of wealth and abundance. She gives abundance, good health and opens the heart to gratitude and generosity. She grants clarity to envision our future goals.
The last three nights are for Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and art. She inspires us through science, art, music and education. She is generally shown playing a rudra vina a stringed instrument She expands the ability to understand systems and to create beauty. She dispels ignorance and grants wisdom.
On the tenth day all forms are worshipped. They are the consorts of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma.
In some parts of India and Nepal it starts with Saraswati and ends with Kali. There are also goddesses for each of the nine nights.
So, find a woman, and the goddess inside yourself (men and women) and honour and revere her. Everything is born of woman. Celebrate the feminine it all its forms.