The Goddess vs. Men’s Hurt Feelings

I noticed with some amusement that on Facebook, it’s the end of pitru paksha (fortnight for the veneration of fore-fathers) that’s trending, and not the beginning of devi paksha (the fortnight of the goddess). It’s amusing because pitru paksha is barely noticed by the general populace, while devi paksha spans India’s biggest Hindu festivals with the exception of Holi.

So what’s up, eh? Is this a super-secwet symbolic win for the advocates of Bharat Pita over Bharat Mata? Or is Facebook just SUPER down with India’s current “look back and regress” agenda?

Graffiti depicting the half-man half-woman ideal of completeness, and demanding India be called the Fatherland instead of the Motherland.
Graffiti depicting the half-man half-woman ideal of completeness, and demanding India be called the Fatherland instead of the Motherland.

Well, either way, I hope the chant that welcomes the goddess on earth for the next fifteen days comes true in all our lives, irrespective of religious identity.

Ya devi sarvabhuteshu, shaktirupen sansthita; Ya devi sarvabhuteshu, buddhirupen sansthita; ya devi sarvabhuteshu, pushtirupen sansthita; ya devi sarvabhuteshu, brittirupen sansthita; ya devi sarvabhuteshu, nidrarupen sansthita; Ya devi sarvabhuteshu, shantirupen sansthita.

May the goddess, whose essence pervades all creation, come into your life as strength. May she come into your life as wisdom, as nutrition, as a decent livelihood, and as life-restoring sleep. And may she bring peace with her coming, both in your life and mine.

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