Guru Purnimah Navaratri: 3 - 11 July 2008
Navaratri [nava = 9 ratri = night] or 9 nights of mother divine is a time of cleansing and purification and evolution throughout nature. It is a time when the tide of Sattva or coherence or wholeness of life rises to purge the fragmented, imperfect values of natural law. In vedic mythology it is represented as the time when Shakti [the quintessential power of the universe], champion of the gods, is victorious over the demons. It is a time for light to triumph over darkness.
Maha Laksmi [Durga] slaying Mahishaasura the buffalo demon

Harnessing nature's momentum through yagya 
Navaratri is also known as 'Durga Puja': 9 day festival celebrating Durga: the Divine Mother -the wholeness or collectedness of God's feminine aspect. Yagyas are traditionally performed during the 9 days to harness the momentum of this highly auspicious window of opportunity. Navaratri or Durga puja yagyas serve to direct this lively flow of nature's intelligence into our daily life in order to safe guard and enhance our progress & evolution in life and also to achieve specific goals.

Fertile Soil - Mansa Devi Laksmi Temple in Haridwar

In 2007 we tried a new approach to Navaratri/Durga Puja yagyas. We transported pandits from Delhi to Hardwar to perform the yagyas inside a celebrated Laksmi temple. Mansa Devi Laksmi Temple is famed throughout Nth India due to the extraordinary liveliness of Maha Laksmi's divine presence. This aspect of Laksmi is known as fulfiller of desires or granter of wishes. The reputation is built on the experiences of generations of pilgrims who find their sincere desires fulfilled and prayers answered after visiting the temple: like seeds planted in fertile soil.

As a result of this highly charged atmosphere, the effects of the yagyas were extraordinary. The clients who sponsored this yagya reported outstanding benefits.


Expanded Program

The feedback from this new approach has been so inspiring that we have been encouraged to expand the program. In February 2008 along with 9 pandits performing yagya at Mansa Devi Temple in Hardwar [see above], we also took 9 pandits to Sarada Maihar - celebrated Saraswathi Temple in Madya Pradesh.

This combined Laksmi/Saraswathi program now runs every 3 months* at 2 Temples simultaneously:
Mansa Devi Laksmi Temple, Hardwar
Sarada Devi Saraswathi Temple, MP
Total Pandits = 18
9 pandits performing @ each temple.
More than 42 sponsors from 5 countries participated in this program and associated programs in Feb 2008

Maha Laksmi (Sri)
is that collectedness of nature's intelligence governing success & affluence on every level of life: from the inner spiritual, emotional & mental realms through to the outer worldly realm: she is worshipped for prosperity. By taking part in this Navaratri Yagya celebration, you will enliven the principle of Maha Laksmi in your life and thereby generate a powerful momentum for success & affluence on every level: inner & outer - happiness, fulfillment & material affluence -
Maha Saraswathi
embodies the “Gyana Akasha” or all pervading knowingness. She presides over all expressions or phases of knowledge: pure and applied. She is worshipped by those seeking the direct experience of the pure knowledge of Enlightenment. She also governs the arts, speech, writing & all applied aspects of learning. Traditionally,she is worshipped or invoked by those seeking success in the arts, studies, sciences and career or vocation or profession.
Testimonials from participants in the combined Laksmi/Saraswathi Navaratri yagya program

Well only you could believe that on day one of the yagya his solicitor wrote to us offering to settle (after 4 years).
This week our accountants have cut a deal with the other side which finalizes the matter. We are now in the process of getting the legal paper work finalized (which has happened without a glitch). Remarkable.
This is the conclusion to all of the dramas which began 4 years ago. This is the outcome we have wanted. The paper work has been finalized. So thank you and for your insights into how best to complete this assignment. Also please
thank the Pundits involved.
Remarkable shift.
B Australia

"What a yagya. I think my whole physiology is changing... I think this must be the best yagya ever...The impacts keep on coming. I can feel the pundits coming and going. It is amazing...Can you book me a place for next year?"
PR - Melbourne

So, I have had some good things to report since the yagya, I have been given a new position at last. It's a promotion with pay increase but the best part is I am back in a department I started from. Only now I'm the manager. The entrance has a sunny aspect, the floor is about to undergo refurbishment so will end up being fabulous ,sleek and contemporary.
The overall outcome for me personally is like coming home with more power. It is also challenging and exciting as it is a much more complex floor.There is less day to day drama and stress and it is more interesting.
At the same time it is not nearly as physically demanding but has more scope to use my creative visual skills.I feel happier at work than I have for ages. While I'm inspired looking forward to new projects, the situation is more balanced.
So on all levels I am very happy about the changes. Thank you and please thank the pundits for me
D. Australia

Regarding this latest yagya, t
he results were immediate, ongoing, astounding and dramatic. Obstacles and threats to the wellbeing of all my family members seemed to be removed overnight and have continued to dissipate throughout succeeding days & weeks.
E. Melbourne.

...and yes for the Laksmi/Saraswathi (as there was an almighty shift towards the positive)
B Australia

More testimonials
Mansa Devi Laksmi Temple in Haridwar, Uttaranchal
Sarada Devi Saraswathi Temple in Maihar, Madya Pradesh
Chanting Durga Saptashathi [essence of Durga Puja]
Outside front entrance, Sarada Saraswathi Temple
4 Navaratris per year
There are 4 Navaratris each year [also known as the 9 days/nights of Mother Divine]. The major ones are the maha [grand] navaratri in October/November and Vasant [spring] Navaratri in April/May. There are also 2 'gupta' or hidden navaratris - the next of which runs July 3 - 11, 2008
Each Navaratri has a particular theme aside from the general underlying context of the enlivenment of Shakti or Nature's organizing power. This coming Navaratri [9 nights of MD] culminates in Guru Purnimah - day of the Guru or full moon of Guru Dev on July 18
Of all the nine planets [grahas] Guru or Jupiter is the great benefic. He is responsible for everything auspicious in life: truth, enlightenment, dharma or life purpose, happiness, wisdom, true love, devotion, loyalty, life partner, family & children, and life lived in accord with [& supported by] universal natural law. In life our Guru connects us with God, so in that respect he/she is the bringer of all of life's bounties. In whatever area God's grace touches our life - this is most often due to the influence of Guru.
Guru Purnimah [the full moon of the Guru or day of Guru Dev] is the day when this influence is most lively and most accessible. And therefore this July Navaratri is one of the most auspicious times to cultivate the influence of Guru Dev in our lives. Along with being the best time to cultivate the above mentioned qualities of Guru, Guru Purnimah Navaratri is a most effective time to perform planetary yagya to ameliorate or enhance the influence of specific planets in the horoscope. To this end you can have a yagya recommendation based on your horoscope. It is also an excellent time to perform yagya for any auspicious purpose.
Upcoming Navaratri Yagya festival September 30 - October 8