|About the picture|
PUJA means worship and SARASWATI is the name of the goddess of learning. In Bengal and in most other states of India she is revered by students and worshipped on the advent of spring.
She is depicted as sitting on a swan with the string musical instrument the veena on her left hand and a book on her right. Her complexion is white (purity) and she is adorned with white flowers.
The image is from a painting by the noted
artist Shri Ramananda Chattopadhyay.
Legend tells us that in the olden days
when the evil forces (Asuras) had taken over heaven and banished the
gods into the wilderness, the gods created a 10-handed
Each autumn in Bengal and the rest of
India, when the fields are ripe with their bounty we praise this mother
goddess and celebrate the victory of good over evil.
In 2013 the days of worship are October
11 - 14
This cactus plant lies dormant in our roof
garden most of the year. Then something wonderful happens in early April
after Easter. Small white buds sprout mysteriously and from each a
gorgeous flower emerges for a single night. The next morning it shrivels
and dies. We don't know its botanical name - but to our family it is the