SHYAM educational not-for-profit founder Dhruv Chhatralia BEM led a unique Diwali celebration in the House of Commons complex of Portcullis House in London recently and accomplished the historic completion of readings from the holy text ‘Devi Mahtamya’ – describing the Hindu Goddess known as Mahadevi or Adishakti,
The event involved talks on the spiritual tome, the symbolism of Goddess Maa Saraswati and the first five manifestations of the Nava Durga. The parliamentarians attending the event included: Bob Blackman MP, Sir Peter Bottomly MP (Father of the House of Commons), Viscount Younger of Leckie, Gagan Mohindra MP (Assistant Government Whip), Andrea Jenkyns MP (Deputy Chairwoman of the European Research Group), Mark Pawsey MP, Fiona Bruce MP, Robert Buckland MP, Peter Gibson MP, Elliot Colburn MP, David Simmonds MP, Neil O’Brien MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Primary Care and Public Health), Louie French MP, and Brendan Clarke-Smith MP.
The proceedings began with a powerful recital of Hindu prayers by Chhatralia, who then spoke about the relevance of Maa Saraswati in modern times and the importance of preserving wisdom, knowledge, art and music that makes us immortal.
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He shared: “Maa Saraswati represents Vak or the divine word and is praised as the Goddess of the Vedas as Veda Mata, the mother of Vedic wisdom and all the Vedic deities, who guided the ancient Rishis.
“Saraswati in her symbolism is connected to the moon, the poetic face of the Devi. She plays the Veena, which represents not just music but the cosmic vibratory energies that reverberate behind space and time and holds the scripture of inner wisdom and the mala and the power of mantras. The Goddess rides the swan of elegant movement, or the peacock that shows an unbounded creativity arising from a unitary inner vision.”
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He then commenced the narration of the ‘Devi Mahatamaya’ and highlighted that the scripture is the giver of supreme auspiciousness and how the Mother Goddess never foresakes the home where the text is recited daily and shall always abide in that space.