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Devi is best known as the incarnations of her various attributes: Lakshmi, the goddess of good fortune; Durga, the invincible one; Parvati, consort of Shiva and mother of elephant-headed Ganesha; and Kali, the one you wouldn’t want to encounter in a dark alley. Worship them all today in the opening celebration for the Sackler’s major new exhibition of images of India’s mother goddess. Classical Indian dancer Mallika Sarabhai (pictured) will perform in costume (and accompanied by traditional Indian musicians) in the Freer’s Meyer Auditorium at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The Vedic chant ensemble of the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple (from the exotic Eastern realm of Lanham, Md.) will sing at the Sackler at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. And the eight-woman devotional song ensemble of the Durga Temple (from subtropical Springfield, Va.) will perform at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m., also at the Sackler. Throughout the day, the ImaginAsia program will take children ages 6 to 12 on tours of the exhibit and then help them create rice-flour diagrams of the goddess. Opening day is just the beginning of events linked to the show, including an ongoing film series, Indian dance and music programs, and three presentations of Gustav Holst’s opera Savitri, based on an episode from the classical Indian epic the Mahabharata. Sunday, March 28, at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW and the Freer Gallery, 12th & Jefferson Drive SW. Free. (202) 357-3200. (Mark Jenkins)