and the Goddess
A lady I once
came across told me her story of faith in God. She
was a very religious woman and had firm faith on Goddess Durga.
She celebrated the Navratri festival with great fervour. Kirtans
were held at her place and she kept fasts during the nine
days. She also invited small children from the neighbouring
houses on the 8th day and fed them happily and gave them money
& gifts. Her
husband did not have anything at all to do with all this.
a confirmed non believer. The lady used to ask him to worship
the Goddess, atleast during the festival days but he wouldn't
oblige her. He did not stop her from celebrating the nine
days but took no part in it.
night as his household members slept, on the last day of the Navratras,
he read for sometime and then prepared to go to sleep. He lay down
with his feet towards the puja place where he worshipped the Goddess.
He had just drifted off to sleep when he heard someone call his
name. He got up rubbing his eyes and was surprised to see a lady
standing near his bed. She was dressed in a white sari with a broad
red border. There was a big round red bindi on her forehead. Her
long black wavy hair was hanging on one side of her shoulder. She
had long luminous eyes and a smiling face. She seemed to project
an aura of divinity. She stood there smiling at him, then spoke
in a soft melodious sing-song voice - "Why are you lying down
with your feet towards your wife's puja sthan? Don't you know you
are dishonouring me by doing this?" The man was taken aback
but as soon as he came truly awake, he fell on the lady's feet realising
it was the Goddess herself.
begged forgiveness touching her feet and said meekly, - "I
have understood that you are really there. From today, I will
never dishonour you and will worship you with all my heart."
The next instant, the room was empty. He woke up his wife
and told her what had happened. She said - "Now do you
believe in her?" He told her he did and after that he
started worshipping the Goddess with all his heart. He fasted
on all the 9 days of the Navratri festival and felt at peace
I heard this amazing story, I realised that God always has
a reason for everything. In this case, Goddess Durga wanted
this man to understand the power of faith which his wife had.
She had to come
herself in order to convince him of her existence. The man was merely
misguided and would never had listened to his wife unless this miracle
hadn't happened. It is important to honour and worship God, even
if we do not conform to all the rituals. Prayer needs no speech
or show! It is devotion of the mind, body and soul. A complete submission
and surrender to God Almighty.
Contributing Writer: Amita
enjoys writing about her experiences as well as short stories
for children and poems. Contact her at : firstname.lastname@example.org