Updated: Nov 10, 2019
Time for rejuvenation, time to take the mind back to the source.
Though Navratri is celebrated as the victory of good over evil. It is an inward journey of transformation to shed away the negativity through meditation, fasting and prayer. Navaratri which is a Hindu festival that spans nine nights and is celebrated every year in the autumn. Navratri is considered as one of the most significant festivals of the Hindus that being the most ancient festivals. The word Navratri is derived from two Sanskrit words—'Nava' meaning nine and 'Ratri' meaning night.
Navratri is derived from two Sanskrit words—'Nava' meaning nine and 'Ratri' meaning night.
Significance of Navratri
The nine days of Navratri are spent in devotion to the nine goddesses -
1. Maa Shailaputri - One of the avatars of Maa Parvati, she is believed to be the reincarnation of Sati, the wife of God Shiva. Worshipped as Shailputri, since she was born in the family of the King of Mountains known as Himavan or Himalaya.
2. Maa Brahmacharini - In this form the Goddess Parvati was a great Sati and her unmarried form is worshipped as Goddess Brahmacharini. She is the unmarried form of Mata Parvati. She signifies love, loyalty, knowledge and wisdom.
3. Maa Chandraghanta - She is the married form of Mata Parvati. She carries weapons, lotus, Japa Mala etc. in her hands. During the marriage of Mata Parvati and God Shiva, God Shiva had all kinds of living beings as his barati; Shiva himself was looking terrifying. After looking at Shiva, Parvati's mother fainted. Hence, Parvati had to take the form of Chandraghanta in order to persuade Shiva to dress like a beautiful groom.
4. Maa Kushmanda - In order to liberate energy to the universe, Mata Parvati took the form of Kushmanda and started living inside the Sun. She is also known as Ashtabhuja Devi or the one with eight arms.
5. Maa Skandamata - She is the mother form of Mata Parvati, mother of God Kartikeya. Kartikeya had the boon that only the God Shiva and Goddess Parvati's son would have the power to kill Tarkasur. So before Kartikeya went to battle with Tarkasur, Maa Parvati took the form of Maa Durga and blessed him.
6. Maa Katyayani - Born to a rishi named 'Katyayan' and created out of the spontaneous anger of the gods. Mata Katyayani rode the lion and killed the demon Mahishasur.
7. Maa Kaalratri - In order to kill demons Shumbh and Nishumbh, Mata Parvati took of her golden skin and became ferocious and beautiful Kaalratri. She took the form of Chamunda and slained Chanda and Munda, that is why she is also known as Chamunda. She drank the blood spilled out of Rakhtbija's body and killed him.
8. Maa Mahagauri - In order to come back to her previous complexion, Maa Kalratri prayed to God Brahma. Brahma asked her to bath in the river Mansarovar, upon which she regained her fair complexion and also known as, Shwetambardhara.
9. Maa Siddhidhatri - The supreme Goddess of Power, Adi-Parashakti, appeared in the form of Siddhidatri from the left half of Lord Shiva. She is worshipped by Asuras, Devas and the eight Dandharvas alike. God Shiva attained the eight Siddhis only due to the boon of Mata Siddhidhatri. And because of Mata Siddhidhatri God Shiva and Goddess Shakti came together as Ardhanareshwar.
As said by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder of The Art of Living :
There are 64 impulses which govern the subtle creation. These are responsible for restoring all earthly and spiritual benefits. They are simply part of one's awakened consciousness. These nine nights are celebrated to rekindle those divine impulses and celebrate the innermost depth of our lives.
I was born and brought up in Assam and for the larger part of my life my childhood and teenage was spent celebrating Durga Puja. It is believed that Lord Rama invoked the goddess before going to war with Ravana. Durga Puja is the ceremonial worship of the ten armed riding the lion. The rituals especially in Bengal are traditional and still uphold the cultural values associated with the festival and rituals entail ten days of fast, feast and worship besides the last four days—Saptami, Ashtami, Navami, and Dashami—are celebrated with much grandeur in India, especially in Bengal. Read more about the history and origin of Durga Puja
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