Oxford university Hindoo society ‘HumSoc’ celebrates on the occasion of Chaitra navaratri and performs Maha Ashtami Homa in the Lady Margaret hall of oxford campus on Durga Ashtami.
A group of few students few students performing a homa is seen, and also the photographs of bhagawan Shri Ramachandra along with seetha and lakshmana, kalimata, and also photos of Swami Vivekananda,Shri Ramakrishna paramahamsa,Shri Sharada devi.
The student community in its facebook wall writes an invite to all the students describing what Navaratri stands for.
Stating that “Navratri is an occasion to worship the divinity in the form of Universal-mother. Chaitra Navratri also marks the beginning of Hindu New Year.”
And also the venue selected for performing was suitable that is Lady Maragaret Hall, which is the First college to offer academic spaces to women. Humsoc asks “Would there be a better college than Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, to celebrate this Hindu festival of Womanhood and Divinity?” In the invite post.
On Ashtami the students performed Ashtami homa and also offered puja at venue.
Student community shared the photos on its Facebook page narrating the importance of the Pooja .
“According to a Hindu belief, the Universal Consciousness sacrificed itself to bring forward the creation. The energy aspect of this Universal Consciousness is shakti–a feminine aspect. Navratri is an occasion to worship this feminity in the form of Divine Mother. The Hindu Society of Oxford University (‘HumSoc’) had the good fortune of celebrating the auspicious eighth day (Maha Ashtami) of Chaitra Navratri and performing a Homa. The occasion became more special for the venue was Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford –the first college of the University of Oxford to offer academic spaces to women.”