Navratri, the most auspicious festival of Hindus, marks the beginning of festival season. According to the Hindu Mythology, Sharad Navratri is the most suitable time to worship Goddess Durga. It is believed that during the nine days the power of Goddess Durga are in full swing and her worship can help the devotees fight all kind of evil.
Navratri 2013 will start from 5 October 2013. Devi Durga reflects the three characteristics, which are passion, inertia, and purity. All the respective nine days have their importance and significance. Goddess Durga is also referred as Adi Shakti or Maha Shakti. Devi Sapatshati and many other spiritual texts are used to invoke the power of Maa Durga.
Importance of First Three Days
The first three days are the most important days. On these days the power of the divine Goddess are invoked. Each day a different incarnation of Maa Durga is worshipped. Day one is dedicated to Ghatstapana and Shailputri is worshipped this day. Day one symbolizes the girl child. Day two symbolizes the young women, hence second day is dedicated to Maa Parvati. The incarnation worshipped on this day is Brahamcharini. The third day reflects the destructive aspect of Goddess http://kazinomons.com/ Durga and hence Maa Kali is worshipped on this day. Third Day is Sindoor Tritiya and Devi Chandraghanta pujan is performed.
Importance of 4th to 6th Days
When a person acquires the victory over the evil tendencies, he or she looks for spiritual wealth. For the above reason the Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped on the respective days. Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth as well as prosperity and peace.
The respective days are also dedicated to various incarnations of Goddess Durga. On the 4th day, Kushmanda Pujan is performed. On the remaining two days, people worship Skandmata and Katyani puja respectively. On the Katyani Pujan day, the Goddess Saraswati is evoked to gain knowledge. The very next day, Saraswati pujan is performed.
Importance of 7th & 8th Days
No matter how far you leave your evil tendencies behind you still need true knowledge to seek the spiritual wealth. For the same, Goddess Saraswati the goddess of knowledge is evoked on the 6th day and is worshipped on the 7th day. Prayers are offered to goddess to seek spiritual peace. Kalratri is worshipped on the 7th day.
On the 8th day, popularly known as Durga Ashtmi the yagna is performed to appease the goddess. Devi Maha Gauri is worshipped on this day.
Importance of 9th Day
The final day of Navratri or Maha Navmi is celebrated by worshipping nine young girls below age of 10 years. Kanya Pujan is observed on this day. Dusshera also marks the last day and Durga Visarjan is also done on the same day.
In the Kanya Pujan, nine girls who represent the nine forms of Maa Druga are worshipped. They are offered food and in the end, gifts are provided to them.
Maa Durga is the Adi Shakti. She has the power and energy to eliminate all the evil from the life of an individual.
Category: Festival Event
Created: Sunday, September 22 2013
Author: Lokesh Jagirdar