The Story of Navratri festival –
Navratri puja date – from 5th October to 14th October
Navratri is a festival which is celebrated for 9 days. These 9 days are totally devoted to 3 Goddess namely Maa Lakshmi – the Goddess of capital, Maa Durga – the Goddess of courage, Maa Saraswati – the Goddess of knowledge. During Navratri, Hindus keeps fast in order to worship Goddess Maa Saraswati, Maa Durga and Maa Lakshmi and get blessings from them.
The festival of Navratri starts on the day of Ashwina Shukla when the night is totally clear and has enormous light. It is believed that Maa Durga beats devils on ninth day of Navratri according to the Hindu calendar that’s why Hindus celebrated ninth day as Mahanavmi.
The schedule of Navratri followed by Hindus to worship 3 Goddess is:
Ancient story of Navratri
Every different part of India has separate views for the festival of Navratri. They are as follows:
In north India, it is believed that Mahishasur, the powerful devil had worshipped Lord Shiva to acquire the power of time without end. The evil soon started killing innocent people and want to win all the 3 lokas. In heaven, all the gods had a meet and decided to visit Kailash where Lord Shiva stays to find a way in order to kill Mahishasur. After discussion with all the gods, Lord Shiva calls Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma and asks them to unite their powers. They all made a conclusion to protect the world from evil. So they created a female soldier i.e. Maa Durga.
When Goddess Durga crossed the way of evil, he fascinated and made a proposal of marriage to her. Maa Durga agreed to his proposal but with a situation – the evil have to win a conflict against her. The evil agreed and the fight continued for 9 days and nights. On the 9th day, Maa Durga finally got the success to kill the deadly evil. Vijayadashmi is celebrated on the tenth day which signifies the victory of good over sin.
In east India, it is believed that the king of Himalaya (Daksh) had a beautiful daughter who wants to marry Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva finally came to marry her wearing tiger skin which disappointed king Daksha and he broke all the relationships with his son in law. Uma did not like his father’s behavior of not inviting Lord Shiva to the Yagya. She requests her father to accept Lord Shiva as a son in law but king Daksha argued with her. King Daksha said many bad words to refer Lord Shiva through which Uma feels insulted and decides to jump in that organized Yagya. Lord Shiva got so angry and killed king Daksha. In order to bring peace to the world, Uma took birth and married to Shiva. From that time, it is said that, Uma comes to their parent’s home every year with Saraswati, Lakshmi, Kartik, Ganesh, Jaya and Bijiya during Navratri.
Well as described in Ramayana, Lord Rama took 9 days to kill Ravana. It is said that Ravana wants to marry Sita so he kidnapped her in absence of Lord Rama and Lord Laxman in forest. Lord Rama fights for 9 days to defeat Ravana and got success on the tenth day. The tenth day is called Vijayadashmi while 9 days of fighting came to be known as Navratri.
All the nine days of Navratri is dedicated to 9 Goddess which are as follows:
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Created: Wednesday, October 02 2013
Author: Lokesh Jagirdar