The word Navaratri is made up of two words- Nav athat means nine and Ratri means night so all together “nine nights”. This festival gets started from the first day of fortnight of the month of lunar of Ashwin. This celebration continues for nine days.
Every year the Navratri festival is celebrated during the days of the month of September and October to honour the success of good over evil. The three Goddesses, namely Goddess Durga, Goddess, Saraswati and Goddess Lakshmi are worshipped on these days.
In the nine night, the moon of the goddess is the most important time period in which the Supreme Goddess, Maa Durga, Goddess of Wealth, Maa Lakhshmi and Goddess of Wisdom Maa Saraswati, kill the evil together.
Navaratri Dedicated to 3 Main Forms of the Goddess
All the nine nights of the Navaratri festival are dedicated to the Devi Durga. All the nine night the goddess Durga fight the battle for the perfection and the battle ends with victory as the devils are killed on the last day of Navaratri.
First 3 Nights – Goddess Durga
Maa Durga, in the form of Devi Parwati is depicted as riding on a tiger, using weapons to kill the daemons. These daemons are the invisible evil energies. This is a story of the ancient times. It is believed that on the NAvaratri Day, Devi Durga:
Middle 3 Nights – Goddess Lakshmi
Mahalakshmi is the Goddeess of wealth. She represents the wealth and is worshipped by the Hindus. She grants the riches that never end and destroy the evil of scarcity. On Navaratri, Goddess Lakshmi:
Final 3 Nights – Ma Saraswati
The Goddess Saraswati is also known as the Goddess of Education. She is also considered as the Goddess of creativity, skills, intelligence, learning and wisdom. She inspires to rouse the creativity in the world.
On Navaratri, Goddess Saraswati:
Vijaya Dasami – The Victory Day of Navaratri
All the nine nights of the Navaratri festival creates and collects the power that is needed to wipe out the evils. On the ninth day this energy reaches the top and destroys the daemons. On the moon day that is tenth day the victory is celebrated as Vijaya Dasami.
Significance of Navaratri
This festival makes us pious and clear all our evils like violence, greed, ignorance etc. It is believed that all the bad qualities of the humans exist in the unseen sphere externally.
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Created: Wednesday, October 02 2013
Author: Lokesh Jagirdar