Navratri festival lasts for nine days. The word Navratri itself says Nine Nights (Nav means nine and Ratri means Night). During these nine days, each day has its own importance. Concisely, the nine days are divided among the Maa Druga, Maa Lakshmi and Maa Saraswati. The first three days are devoted to Maa Durga, next three days are reserved for Goddess Lakshmi, and last three days people worship Maa Saraswati.
On the first day, Shailputri is worshipped. The name Shailputri comprises of two words Shail means mountain and putri refers to daughter. Shailputri was the daughter of the King of the Mountains Himavan. She is also known by the name of Parvati. Her ride is a bull and she holds a lotus and a trident in her hands.
Brahamcharini is worshipped on the second day. Brahma is the one who observes tapa and have a good conduct. The goddess holds a water pot and a rosary in her hands. She reflects love and purity and is the symbol of wisdom and knowledge.
On the third day, Chandraghanta is worshipped. The goddess is bright and charming. She possesses ten hands and has three eyes. In her eight hands, she possesses weapons and the two hands are in the position of giving blessings and stopping harm. She rides on a Tiger and is mostly worshipped in Tamil Nadu.
Kushmanda is worshipped on the fourth day. She has eight hands and holds a rosary and weapons. She also rides on a Tiger and emits the solar aura.
Skandmata is the fifth incarnation of the Maa Durga. She rides a Lion and holds her son on her lap. She possesses three eyes and has four hands. In her two hands, she holds lotuses and the other two hands are granting blessings and stopping the evil forces to harm the worshippers.
The fierce incarnation of Maa Durga is Maa kali. Black or Blue skin with open hairs and 4 hands portrays the picture of Maa Kali. She rides on a donkey and is the enemy of darkness. She holds cleaver in 2 hands and other hands are in position of protection and blessings. She is the fiercest form of Goddess Durga and prevents the devotees from the evil forces.
The eighth form of Goddess Durga is Maha Gauri. She is white as Jasmine and gives peace, purity and prosperity to the devotees. She is often shown wearing white sari. She also has four arms and is the most pleasing form out of all the Nav Durgas.
The last form of Maa Druga is Siddhidatri. She is worshipped on the last day. It is believed that Lord Shiva got all the Siddhis by worshipping Maha Shakti. She is the holder of eight siddhis and blesses the devotees with 26 different wishes.
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