The word Navratri is composed of two words “Nav” means nine and “Ratri” means night. Hence, the word Navratri refers to Nine Nights. It is one of the auspicious festivals of Hindus. It is observed twice a year. The first one Chaitra navratri are marked in the beginning of summer and Sharadh Navratri falls during the onset of winters.
Significance of Navratri Festival
During this divine festival, the devotees invoke the energy from the divine Goddess Durga. She is the mother of universe and is commonly referred to as remover of sorrows from life. It is this divine power, which helps the almighty to create, preserve, and destroy anything in the world. The almighty Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh invoked goddess Durga or Maa Durga. She is the source of divine power and her worship confirms the scientific theory that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. Worshipping Adishakti Maa Durga removes the sorrow and miseries from the life of the worshipper.
Importance of Worshipping Goddess Durga
The power of God, the energy, and greatness are best reflected in the motherhood side of the almighty. Just as a child finds all these qualities in his mother, all the devotees worship Ma Durga considering her as their mother. This is because in Hinduism, Mother is the creator of life and showers her blessings on her children.
There are two major seasons every year, which are summers and winters. These depict the climatic change and solar influence in our universe. The Navratri is celebrated twice a year as these two junctures are considered scared to worship divine powers as it is the divine power, which provides the energy to earth to rotate around the Sun. This causes changes in the nature and henceforth, divine powers must be thanked for their efforts to maintain balance of the universe.
Another reason for celebrating the festival twice a year is since the changes occur in nature, the mind, and bodies of people also undergo some changes and this is why, all the people worship Maa Druga to get the power and energy to maintain the physical and mental balance.
The festival of Navratri is of nine days. The reason behind it is the first three days are devoted to supreme goddess maa Durga. She is invoked in the starting days to destroy all impurities, sins, and miseries of life. The mid three days, are devoted to Ma Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. She is adored to get the spiritual wealth and prosperity. The last three days, are marked by the worship of Ma Saraswati, the goddess of Knowledge. The devotees in order to have all round success worship the various forms of Goddess all nine days long.
Category: Event Festival
Created: Sunday, September 29 2013
Author: Lokesh Jagirdar