Navratri: The Triumph of Goddess Durga and the Celebration of Feminine Power​

Devi Durga, the goddess of force and strength, is honored during the Indian holiday of Navratri. Nine days are dedicated to the event, representing the goddess Navdurga’s nine manifestations.

The Sanskrit words “Nava” for nine and  “Ratri” for night are amalgamated to form the festival’s name.

The celebration of Navratri is devoted to the adoration of the goddess Durga in all of her forms. The divine feminine spirit that surrounds the universe is celebrated throughout this period of vivid colours, energising dances, magnificent feasts.

Shardiya Navaratri festival lasts nine nights and is believed to be very auspicious. Navratri 2023 date is 15th October and will end on 24th October. After nine days of Navratri 2023, the tenth day is called Vijaydashmi or Dussehra 2023. Shardiya

Navratri 2023
Ghatasthapana/Kalashsthapana muhurat is from 11:44 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. on 15th October 2023.

The meaning of Navratri is rather straightforward: Nav stands for nine and Ratri for night.

According to the scriptures, a demon by  the name of Mahishasura is said to have various powers and the blessing that no man can fight him. He became egotistical and overcame all the gods to create a passage from hell to heaven. Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva combined their energies to create the Goddess Durga in order to defeat him. After the battle of 9 days,Goddess Durga defeated Mahishasura.

Another myth holds that in order to vanquish Lankapati Ravana in war, Lord Shri Ram also engaged in Shakti Puja for nine days during Shardiya Navratri. Then on Vijayadashami day, they slewRavana.

Hindus adore Maa Durga in nine avatars during Navratri. In Navratri, every day has a unique meaning. There is a description of the compatibility of planets from Navratri worship in works relating to astrology.

Goddess Durga is worshipped in nine different incarnations throughout this time:

1.Shailaputri: Shailaputri, the mountain’s daughter, is honoured on the first day of Navratri.

2. Brahmacharini: The second day is dedicated to Brahmacharini, who stands for the quest of learning and knowledge.

3. Chandraghanta: On the third day, Chandraghanta, who stands for courage and peace, is worshipped.

4. Kushmanda: The universe’s creator Kushmanda is honored on the fourth day.

5. The fifth day is dedicated to  Skandamata, the mother of Lord Kartikeya.

6. Katyayani: The sixth day is  dedicated to the worship of Katyayani, the goddess of war.

7. Kalaratri: On the seventh day, followers  seek Kalaratri’s blessings, Durga’s fierce avatar.

8.Mahagauri: On the eighth day, people  worship this purity and tranquillity emblem.

9. Siddhidatri: Siddhidatri, who bestows gifts and possesses supernatural abilities, is honored on the ninth and  last day of Navratri.

In order to obtain the goddess’ blessings, Navratri followers practise fasting and participate in a number of rituals. Typical activities include: Fasting: During Navratri, many devotees maintain fasts by avoiding certain foods or eating only one meal per day. Some choose to follow a strict fruit or water diet. People gather to dance the traditional Garba and Dandiya Raas dances in Gujarat and other regions of India. People create Kolu or Kolu Bommai, colourful displays of dolls and figurines in their houses, in South India. This  The festival of Navratri honours the divine feminine spirit that permeates all facets of our existence and is not merely a religious celebration. It is an occasion for reflection, devotion, and communal harmony. India’s cultural variety and spirituality are effectively captured by the event. Navratri presents a unique chance to connect with the goddess and the essence of femininity inside and around us, whether you decide to participate in the exhilarating Garba dances or simply light an oil lamp and say a prayer.

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