Satyavati lives a poor lifestyle along with her widower dad in Sonarpur, and is a devotee of Devi Maa Santoshi, (the daughter of Bhagwan Shri Ganesh, who had created her so that his two ...
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Satyavati lives a poor lifestyle along with her widower dad in Sonarpur, and is a devotee of Devi Maa Santoshi, (the daughter of Bhagwan Shri Ganesh, who had created her so that his two sons could have a sister to tie a Raakhee on their wrists on Raksabandhan). While returning home one day, Satyavati is molested by Banke, and she is rescued by Birajram, who lives in Mirpur, along with his widowed mom, six elder brothers, and their respective wives and children. Both Satyavati and Birajram fall in love, and with the approval of their respective families, get married. After moving in with Birajram, Satyavati finds out that her husband is referred to as the slacker, is fed leftovers, and is abused and ill-treated by everyone save for his mother and eldest brother, Dayaram. When Birajram finds out that he is being fed leftovers, he leaves, boards a boat, which capsizes and he allegedly drowns, leaving Satyavati at the mercy of her uncaring mother-in-law, two cruel sister-in-laws, while ... Written by
I am not that big on religious films, but this is one of two Hindi films dealing with Hindu deities that are well-done, tasteful, and inspirational in the way devotional films should be (the other film being Gopal Krishna.) Hinduism recognizes three separate "paths" or "connections" between the mortal world and the immortal. The most modern of these (a youthful 2,500 years old) is called 'bhakti' or devotion, where devotees maintain a personal and spiritual connection to a god/goddess, or several.
Jai Santoshi Maa demonstrates this 'bhakti' element in modern Hindu life quite well. Essentially, it is the story of a young woman, Satyavati ("she who possesses the truth" in Sanskrit) who meets the obstacles of life through her devotion and faith in the goddess Santoshi (the goddess of domestic contentment.) The songs are beautifully done, and at the end of the movie, I think everyone will feel warm-at-heart, whether Hindu or not.
As a note, though, Santoshi as a goddess is a rather late-comer. Her existence in the textual record dates to the Hindu medieval period (between 100 CE and 1500 CE), but it was this film, in fact, that gave her a definitive place in the Hindu pantheon on a global level.
If you do not know Hindi, watching may be difficult as much of the content is language- and culture-specific, and translation, unfortunately, cannot overcome those gaps.
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