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Navaratri Day 1: The Daughter Returns

Devi Shailaputri, by Jonoikobangali, from WikMedia

Devi Shailaputri, by Jonoikobangali, from WikMedia


Look, Shailaputri is returning!
Come see, the daughter has arrived.
Riding to the mountain on a snow-white bull
carrying a weapon and a flower in her hands.
How joyful is her homecoming!
All the mothers and grandmothers, daughters and sisters
crowd around to press food and flowers on her
while the fathers and brothers and sons twirl in her honor.
Later they will dance and feast through the night.

Navaratri calls us home,
all the girls and women, boys and men,
drawn to the Mountain Mother, the Great Goddess,
Devi, Shri, Ma,
Maha Durga, Maha Lakshmi, Maha Saraswati,
fierce, kind, sublime,
teaching us three times three ways to know and love Her.
Om Devi Shailputryai Namah.

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