I prostrate before the Goddesses, that they may bless us all with food for the body and for the soul, with courage to face all that life throws at us, with the wellbeing of our children and those of the future generations to come, with victory in setting uplifting goals as well as in achieving them, with prosperity in all its forms and with physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wealth for all.
I wish a very Happy Navaratri to all my readers !! May the Goddesses cast their eyes on all of you!
I had planned for some very interesting posts for this period but unfortunately my computer became sick and was hospitalised for the last ten days. As I am going to be away for the next two and a half months, my household responsibilities also reached mammoth proportions this week. Therefore I have chosen a very simple post for this occasion, a post I hope you will enjoy nonetheless.
I present to you a Ragam Tanam Pallavi by Aruna Sairam which celebrates the eight forms of Lakshmi. I have heard it innumerable times since I bought the CD a number of years ago; each time I find the same sense of prayer and fulfilment. The main raga is Madhyamavati, a very auspicious raga. Aruna Sairam goes on to garland each of the eight forms of Lakshmi with a different Raga, each elegant, each beautiful. The ragas of the ragamalika are
Kamboji – Aadi Lakshmi आदि लक्ष्मी The Primeval Goddess, the foundation
Kurinji – Dhaanya Lakshmi धान्य लक्ष्मी The Goddess of Grain, of food
Atana – Dhairya Lakshmi धैर्य लक्ष्मी The Goddess of Courage
Mohanam – Gaja Lakshmi गज लक्ष्मी The Goddess of Elephants, of livestock
Sahana – Santaana Lakshmi संतान लक्ष्मी The Goddess of the Progeny
Ranjani – Vijaya Lakshmi विजय लक्ष्मी The Goddess of Victory
Bhairavi – Aishwarya Lakshmi ऐश्वर्य लक्ष्मी The Goddess of Prosperity
Lalita – Dhana Lakshmi धन लक्ष्मी The Goddess of Wealth
This version is from the CD – I strongly recommend it as a buy, it is excellent.
For those who cannot link with the music server I use, you can download a slightly different version from Sangeethapriya here (free membership needed). It is Item 10 in this album. This version is not as good as the one in the CD but still beautiful.
My prayers to the Goddesses for all!