SHARANYA Newsletter: Jai Kamakhya Maa! Yoni Puja June 24th!

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Aum Kamakhya Maa...


Om Kamakhya Varode Devi Nilaparvata Vasini
Tvam Devi Jagatam Matr Yonimudre Namo-stute

Kamakhya Mantra

This sacred mantra works very well as a chant, and is especially powerful when one is in in need of Maa's strength and fierce love.

 Devotional Translation:

Om Mother Goddess Kamakhya, you who give blessings and live in the blue mountain, You Goddess, World Mother, you in the form of the yoni, we bow to you with honor and respect.

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Yoni Puja - This Sunday!


SHARANYA presents the 2nd Annual


YONI PUJA

Come celebrate the Hindu festival of the menstruation of the Mother Goddess, the spirit of Maa Kamakhya, and the regenerative power of Women, Earth and Nature.


SUNDAY JUNE 24, 2007
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m

WHERE: Cultural Integration Fellowship
2650 Fulton Street (at 3rd Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94118

Wear Red! Appropriate offerings: red flowers, red wine, red fruits, sindoor, red cloth, candles, incense, sweets. Please bring a small jar of water to be blessed. It will be mixed with sacred water from Kamakhya and you are invited to take it home to be used in your own practice.

For tickets, info or to volunteer call 415.505.6840. SPACE IS LIMITED. Please bring a cushion to sit on. Chairs will be available.

Note: Due to accessibility issues, let us know if you need physical assistance.

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Holy Days in June/July



Jai Kamakhya ki Jai!

Kamakhya Mandir (the temple of Maa located in Assam, India), pictured above, is the most important for Shaktas, as it is here, according to sacred texts, that Maa's Yoni fell to the earth.

Ambubachi Mela (June 21-June 25) The four day Hindu festival of Ambubachi begins June 21st at the most sacred Kamakhya Mandir in Assam, India. This Mela, or fair, is a celebration of the menstruation of the Goddess. Honor this time, both women and men alike, by looking to the waters that flow and sustain your very body and giving deep gratitude. Take a lavendar bath, go to the water(ocean, lakes, streams) and feel your connection to the water that resides within. For women, a time to connect ever more deeply to your own cycle...honoring the creation and beauty gifted by the Divine Mother.

Midsummer/Solstice (6/21) The harvest season is upon us! Celebrate the longest day of the year by using the sun's rays to cleanse yourself of any past regrets or unhealthy investments that could still be lingering. Acknowledge what you have moved through in these past months, rethink your commitments, and prepare to welcome in new beginnings.

Rath Yatra (7/16) A yearly Hindu festival in which the Gods literally take a vacation! During this festival, Lord Jagganath, along with his sister, Subhadra, and brother, Balabhadra, travel by chariot from his Temple in Puri to his humble abode in the country. Devotees come from all over India to receive darshan, or sight of the Divine. The Rath Yatra, or Chariot Festival, has become one of the largest festivals in India. The three raths (chariots) are made months in advance and resemble temples. On this day, they are pulled by thousands of devotees to their country home. It is quite a sight to see!


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Community Feature: Kali Chai!


Try this spicy, fierce, grounding, vegan mix for a new taste treat in tea... tasted and approved by the Divine Mother Herself!

*5 sticks cinnamon
*13 silver-dollar slices fresh ginger(more if you like!)
*1/2 t. of cardamom pods
*1 t. of whole cloves
*1/2 t. of fennel seeds
*1/4 t. of licorice root
*1 vanilla bean
*1/4 t. of black peppercorns
*1 t. of all-spice berries
*3 1/2 T. of honey
*5 cups water
*Soy Milk (other vegan substitutes as well, but soy tends to be the creamiest).

*Combine all ingredients, except honey and milk - cover and let simmer over medium heat for 50 minutes. Remove from heat, let sit another 40 minutes. Be patient; it's worth waiting for! Filter, stir in the honey, and add enough milk to taste.

Jai Maa Kali!


 

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SHARANYA: The Maa Batakali Cultural Mission, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit Devi Mandir (Goddess Temple). All donations are tax-deductible. For more information about upcoming events, please visit www.sharanya.org/calendar/ or email info@sharanya.org. All are welcome!

Jai Maa!

 

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