*In South India they call her Saraswathi and in north India, Saraswati, so i have used both the names.
Saraswathi Pooja for this Navrathri festival
Story about how i managed to continue our tradition of keeping Golu with a simple idea sai blessed me with .
Just one beautiful, graceful saraswathi did it all !
My love for Goddess Saraswathi :
The days i was coming around for 4 to 5 hours everyday in dhuni( sacred fire) of shirdi saibaba in Nagasai mandhir in 2005, i used to remember Goddess Saraswathi whole heartedly and even went to Koothanur Saraswathi temple which i wrote in this article below
Later after few years, in 2007, i was motivated by Shirdi Sai baba to create SaiSaraswathi.com to spread the Glory and greatness of Goddess Saraswati worship.
Saraswathi for Navarathri Golu in our house:
Every year during Navrathri days, my parents and i arrange the big Gods/Goddess statues kept inside the boxes for the whole year and keep them on steps like structure for these 9 holy days. We invite neighbours, friends and sing glory of Parvathi,Mahalakshmi and Saraswathi. This year -2011, since my parents are at my Sisters house in U.S, i don’t want to take out the old statues. I want to make it simple by keeping a New Statue of Goddess alone.
How Goddess Saraswathi came home:
Exactly a day before Navrathri started, i went very late from office to Nagasai mandhir and told my friend prem , Ramanujam and vengadesh that i wish to get Goddess Saraswathi from any shop near by. It was already 9.15, so Udayakumar took me to the kannan departmental store and we started searching for good statues of Gods and Goddess.
I spotted this Goddess Saraswathi sitting beautifully over White Lotus , Holding a veena and i can’t believe even these days statues are made with such graceful facial expression. I was hooked by the beauty and the smile of Goddess Saraswathi in this statue.
We then went to Nagasai mandhir and i took the bus home.
Saraswathi and Shirdi Saibaba :
I placed Saraswathi over a small table just 2 inch high and want to keep my Dwarakamai Shirdi Saibaba statue near her. Next day morning , i din’t had time for sundal and other foods amma makes as offering. I just kept a small vessel with milk and sugar , lit lamp and how graceful friends..I can’t believe it …when i kept many little flowers ( nandhiyavettai) around saraswati she was truly amazing.
Amma asked me to keep Lord Ganesha also near Saraswathi:
Next day my Amma called up from U.S, and said she also kept few small braze statues which i sent as Gift to my sister. She asked me to keep Ganesha statue along with Saraswathi. So i kept a Ganesha murti made of white wood, which i got in Thirumananjeri temple near Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu, India 2 years back.
Lighting 6 Ghee lamp for Goddess Saraswathi:
It was Sunday october 2nd 2011,I wanted to do pooja for Shirdi Saibaba, Saraswathi and Lord Dattatreya. So cleaned all place, did abishekam for Sai, Datta and Saraswathi too.
Then i lit 6 ghee lamps to Goddess Saraswathi, decorated her with flowers especially for doing photography. I was taking all these saraswathi and shirdi saibaba photos for over half an hour. My chitti, chittapa, murugan mama and athai had come home to visit me with their home food. Mean while i happily took these photos especially to share it with StarSai family and rest of the world as Saraswathi Pooja is fast approaching * october 5th 2011.
I sincerely pray Goddess Saraswathi to bless all sai children with good mind, pure thoughts, Good education and Career. I am sure who ever chants whole heartedly any mantra of Goddess Saraswathi or simply chant in mind for few minutes everyday…
“Sai Saraswathi, Sai Saraswathi, Sai Saraswathi”
( or try to learn any small mantra of Goddess Saraswathi)
and light lamps regularly at home( in safe place) they will certainly feel the greatness of this wonderful Goddess Saraswathi who is the Mother of all Arts and Learning .
May Goddess Saraswathi bless all who read this with good education, peace and prosperity. Kindly remember that its not in the rituals you do or the flowers you offer, what matters for Mother Saraswathi is your pure thoughts and good deeds.
I especially like the below photography of Saraswathi…Look at the way she smiles and her palm on veena, Oh my God, friends, i feel touching..shes speaking to me …so graceful, so sweet and she’s filling my heart with devotion.
Goddess Saraswathi is all about mercy, when you keep on concentrating on your studies and work remembering her, you will realize her greatness.
May your heart blossom and remain pure as milk.
Aum sri sainathaya namaha
To add more beauty to Saraswathi , today in Shirdi Saibaba temple in my place, I got a Lord Murugan statue this evening and added to my simple and sweet Navrathri festival. You don’t have to wait untill Saraswathi Pooja every year to worship Goddess Saraswathi.
When ever you read this article, please worship saraswathi whole heartedly by
1.chanting her holy name,
2. Reciting any little mantra of Goddess Saraswati
3. Reading the holy book Guru Charitra – life of Saint Narasimha saraswati who lived in 13th century
4.Lighting lamps at home and in temple remembering Goddess Saraswathi
5. Help someone of our friends/relatives or any one who needs help in education. Do little you can afford. Even showing someone the right course/education/career with out expecting any returns will make saraswathi happy.
6. Gift your friends kids, relatives kids and poor children with books, pens, help them learn something.
7. Curtail all bad habits and promise yourself to do good deeds especially pure thoughts is the first step towards getting a place in the heart of Goddess Saraswathi . If Saraswathi Keeps us in her heart, what else do we need!
Little servant of Shirdi Sai baba
October 2nd 2011.