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In this book, we analyze the psycho-social consequences faced by Indian American children after exposure to the school textbook discourse on Hinduism and ancient India. We demonstrate that there is an intimate connection—an almost exact correspondence—between James Mill’s colonial-racist discourse (Mill was the head of the British East India Company) and the current school textbook discourse. This racist discourse, camouflaged under the cover of political correctness, produces the same psychological impacts on Indian American children that racism typically causes: shame, inferiority, embarrassment, identity confusion, assimilation, and a phenomenon akin to racelessness, where children dissociate from the traditions and culture of their ancestors.

This book is the result of four years of rigorous research and academic peer-review, reflecting our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within academia.

Sri Durga Aarti

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Shivananda Swami
Translated by P. R. Ramachander

Jai ambe Gowrii maiyaa, Jai shyaamaa Gowrii 
Nishadina tumako dhyaavata, Hari brahma shivjii,
Bholo Jai Ambe Gowri., 1

Victory to mother Gowri,
Victory to the dark colured Gowri,
Who is being daily meditated by,
Vishnu, Brahma and Lord Shiva,
Say victory to mother Gowri.

Maang sinduur viraajat, Tiko mriga madako 
Ujjvalase dho nainaa, Chandravadaniko
Bholo Jai Ambe Gowri., 2

With Vermillion in your parting of hair,
Made with musk from the deer,
You have two shining eyes,
In your moon like face,
Say victory to mother Gowri.

Kanaka samaan kalevar, Raktaambar raaje,
Raktapushpa galamaalaa, Kantan par saaje,
Bholo Jai Ambe Gowri., 3

With the golden body colour,
Wearing blood red silks,
Your neck is decorated by a necklace and,
A garland of blood red colour flowers,
Say victory to mother Gowri.

Kehari vaahana raajata, Khadaga khappara dhaari, 
Sura nara muni jana sevata, Tinake dukha haari,
Bholo Jai Ambe Gowri., 4

You ride on the splendid lion,
And hold a sword and a skull in your hands,
And are served by Devas, men and sages,
Whose sorrows, you drive away,
Say victory to mother Gowri.

Kaanana kundala shobhita, Naasaagre motii 
Kotika chandra divaakara, Sam raajata jyotii,
Bholo Jai Ambe Gowri., 5

You shine with ear studs on your ears,
And a pearl on the tip of your nose,
And shine like billions of suns and moons,
And create a great halo of radiance,
Say victory to mother Gowri.

Shumbha nishumbha vidaare, Mahishaasura ghaatii 
Dhuumra vilochana nainaa, Nishidina madamaatii
Bholo Jai Ambe Gowri., 6 

Oh killer of Shumbha and Nishmbha,
Oh slayer of Mahishasura,
Your eyes are dark with rage,
On killing of Dhoomralochana,
Say victory to mother Gowri.

Chanda Munda Samharo Sonitha Bheeja Hare,
Madhu Kaidabha dhou Maare, Sura Bhaya heen kare,
Bholo Jai Ambe Gowri., 7

Oh killer of Chanda and Munda,
Oh killer of Raktha Bheeja,
You killed the twins Madu and Kaidaba,
And drove away the fear of devas,
Say victory to mother Gowri.

Brahmaanii rudraanii, Tuma kamalaa raani 
Aagama-nigama bakhaanii, Tuma shiva pataraani,
Bholo Jai Ambe Gowri., 8

You are Brahmani and Rudrani,
You are Goddess Lakshmi living on a lotus,
You are praised by Vedas and Shastras,
And you are the queen of Lord Shiva,
Say victory to mother Gowri.

Chausatha yoginii gaavat, Nritya karata bhairon,
Baajata taala mridanga, Aura baajata damaruu,
Bholo Jai Ambe Gowri., 9

Sixty four Yoginis are singing,
Lord Bhairava is dancing,
The mrudanga is playing,
And also the big drum is playing,
Say victory to mother Gowri.

Tuma ho jaga kii maataa, Tuma hii ho bhartaa,
Bhaktan ki dukha hartaa, Sukha sampati kartaa,
Bholo Jai Ambe Gowri., 10

You are the mother of universe,
And you are the one takes care of it,
You put an end to the sorrow of devotees,
And you are the one who gives pleasure and wealth,
Say victory to mother Gowri.

Bhujaa chaara ati shobhita, Vara mudraa dhaarii
Mana vaanchita phala paavat, Sevata nara naarii
Bholo Jai Ambe Gowri., 11

You have four glowing hands,
With one hand raised in blessing,
You fulfill all the desires of the mind,
Of those men and woman who do your service,
Say victory to mother Gowri.

Kanchana thaala viraajata, Agaru kapuura baatii 
Mala ketu mein raajat, Kotiratana jyotii
Bholo Jai Ambe Gowri., 12

In the decorated plate which shines,
Are kept incenses like Camphor and agarbathis,
When they are lit and placed before you,
They shine like billions of gems,
Say victory to mother Gowri.

Maa ambe ki Aarthi jo koi nar Gave,
Kahath Shivananda swami, sukha sampathi pave.
Bholo Jai Ambe Gowri., 13

Shivananda Swami tells you,
That the man who sings this offering to mother,
Would get all pleasures and wealth.
Say victory to mother Gowri.

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