veD OF nvraaTRii:....SRii raam PRAYED TO DuARgaa-maataa TO DESTROY THE EVIL KING raavAN & PRESERVE THE RULE OF DHARm....NOW IN kli-yug gujraatio ARE D
Posted by Vishva News Reporter on October 17, 2004

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The pujaa and prayers to DuARgaa-maataa for nine-days in form of bhk`ti were offered by SRii raam to empower him and his army to destroy King raavAN and his kingdom. This historic occasion is still being celebrated in pRuthvii-lok as the festival of nvraaTRii. During these nvraaTRii period meaning period of nine nights humans are supposed to offer puujaa and prayers to DuARgaa-maataa so that humans are empowered and also safeguarded by the grace bestowed by DuARgaa-maataa to live by the rules and regulations of DHARm.....DuARgaa-maataa is a form of manifestation of shk`ti (powers) of mHaa-maayaa out of which all physical bodies of all aat`maa (souls) are created in infinite diversity of ruup (forms) and naam (names)....

SRii raam lived for 11,000 years in teTRaa-yug (1,296,000 years) which follows the first yug (veDik time era) called st`y-yug (1,726,000 years) in the veDik time concept of repetitive cycles of 4-yug (chtuAR-yug) of 4,432,000 years). teTRaa-yug is followed by Dvaapr-yug of 864,000 years which is followed by the last and the 4th yug called kli-yug of 432,000 years. We are presently living in the 5106th year of kli-yug. This time line means that nvraaTRii is being celebrated by humans in pRuthvii-lok for more than a million years if it is assumed that SRii raam lived in the end portion of teTRaa-yug....

That is a long period for nvraaTRii celebrations to exist....and as is the rule in nature with age everything in creation evolves to new forms...Also this evolution is affected by the prevailing strength of DHARm in each yug...based on the veDik rule that DHARm decreases by 25 percent in each yug with start of st`y-yug which provides an environment for all creations to live by following DHARm 100 percent....In kli-yug humans live by DHARm only 25 percent of the time.....Therefore nvraaTRii celebration in kli-yug has to loose its DHARmik intent by 75 percent....and it is already happening among the peoples celebrating nvraaTRii in gujraat, bhaart....DHARm is the universal laws which sustains and cyclically re-creates all that exists in the entire bRHmaaND (universe) and empowers all creations to harmoniously co-exist and co-support...

Do you want to see proof of the above fact that the present day nvraaTRii celebration has only 25 percent DHARmik intent?...please click on the next line to read about this proof with a little bit of knowledge sharing  from veD texts about nvraaTRii along with some primer on the veDik concept of time and 3-lok which are domains of existence of all creations in a bRHmaaND (universe) with the knowledge compiled from the veD library of SRii Champaklal Dajibhai Mistry of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.....    


King raavAN through his long and arduous tp and bhk`ti of shiv-Daev and boons from shiv-daev had become powerful to reign over the 3-lok (worldly domains) of bhu, bhuARv and svAR. This 3-lok domain is very large in a bRHmaaND (universe). bhu-lok or pRuthvi-lok is the domain of mortals. bhuARv-lok is the space between bhu-lok and svAR where piTRuo (ancestors), stars and planets reside. svAR or svARg-lok is the domain of Daevo (divine beings) who are immortals compared to the residents of pRuthvi-lok or bhuARv-lok with life span ranging from a chtuAR-yug (3.2 million years) to klp (4.32 billion years).

SRii raam was the 7th avtaar of viSH`ANu-daev out of the 10 avtaar forecast for this current chtuAR-yug we presently live in. An avtaar means taking birth by an original embodied aat`maa as created by creator bRH`m with powers, body and name to suit the purpose for which the avtaar is taken. The avtaar of SRii raam came about from the request of DHARtii-maataa who is the presiding shk`ti (deity) of pruthvi-lok who complained to viSH`ANu-daev that pRuthvi-lok was inhabited by too may peoples who led aDHARmik life....And as it is the creator bRH`m-ordained duty of viSHANu-Daev to ensure the all creations in the 3-lok live the rules and regulations of DHARm and that DHARm remains established when threatened with destruction, viSH`ANu-Daev incarnated as SRii raam along with numerous Daevo from svARg-lok to assist SRii raam in destroying raavAN and his evil and aDHARmik kingdom which was terrorizes all the creations in 3-lok.

nvraaTRii festival is celebrated among all peoples who live veDik gujraat, Hindustaan, nvraaTRii is celebrated with nightly offering of folk song and dance called raas-grbaa as prayers along with puujaa.....Now keep on reading about how the nvraaTRii celebration is being corrupted as forecasted above in gujraat in this kli-yug in which people live by the rules and regulations of DHARm only less than 25 percent of the time....


Traditional is passé in
the modern-day garbaa



Innovation is the name of the game when it comes to wooing the crowds during Navratri . The traditional garba-raas is improvised with new themes and swanky sets each year so much so that a Mumbai-based event manager Niraj Damanwala was in for a shock when he planned a garba on the traditional lines in Ahmedabad.

"I have been working on this for three months now. But when it came to the crunch, I could hardly get sponsors. I don't think they are keen on my insistence of a traditional set-up," says Damanwala.

In fact, had he chosen Vadodara, he would still have stood a chance because it is in this sanskarnagari that tradition still holds fort. "In Vadodara, garba has seen many innovations in terms of costumes, ambience, ritual, music and dance movements, yet it has remained within the framework of tradition. The basic rules are never violated but the city is at its creative best," says Parul Shah, in-charge head of MSU's department of performing arts faculty.

Says Avantilal Chawla, who has been taking part in the Ghadiali Pol garba since 1965, "The newage garbas appear commercial. The costumes are glamorous and the element of devotion seems to be missing. Traditionally, all devotees used to sing and dance garba , which were based on anecdotes about Mataji."

Elsewhere in Vadodara, however, commercialisation has taken over. Talk of the crowd-puller garbas like the United Way of Baroda, BITA or Maa Shakti and Arkee , it is an invasion of massive sponsorship and publicity into the event.

However, the transition from devotion to glamour, has not gelled well with old-timers.

In Ahmedabad, the impact of modernity is much more striking.

Says Falguni Hiren, who runs Spandan, a group that performs traditional garba, "Navratri was originally a purely religious festival. The songs were either prayers offered to 'Ma Amba' and 'Shakti' or they were sung in the praise of Lord Krishna. 'Tali' was very important and the steps were in keeping with the rhythm."

But today, disco beats and Hindi remixes have replaced the traditional rhythm and the lyrics are meaningless, she says. "The big clubs have completely commercialised it and people dance in any way they like."

Agrees Saumil Munshi, a well known musician and garba singer of the old school, "Barring CEPT, NID and a few small societies where the traditional style is still retained, it is total chaos elsewhere."

At NID, students begin practising a month in advance. The singers are called in from the interiors and they only use traditional instruments. At CEPT too, students dance in the dodhiyo style around the matka , in tune with traditional songs.

However, at clubs like Rajpath and Karnavati, except for a couple of days when they organise traditional garba for their members, the rest are booked by different organisations.

So while Devang Patel will be belting out his remix garba at Karnavati, among others, Himanshu Shah of the SOI Event Management Cell will be arranging the show at Rajpath.

Says Shah, "Other than Rajpath, I am also organising garba at the education ground, where the entire backdrop will be that of a space craft with props to match. I have hired the latest sound equipment system for creating the digital effect and there will be special lighting, crackers shows etc. We will also have cartoon characters playing dandiya with the children."

Cosmos Castle has divided its premises into three zones — for children, adults and youngsters with a specially created skating rink for the young crowd.

"There will be different music on all the nine days. The youngsters can dance both on the ground or do disco garba on the skating rink with the orchestra being placed right in the middle of the rink," says Suresh Agarwal of Cosmos.

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