Defeat the evil in your life with Maa Durga this Navratri!
Navratri is a Hindu festival that is widely celebrated during the beginning of the Spring and Autumn season which serves as being the important junctions of solar and climate influences. This festival is widely celebrated for nine nights and ten days with full spring and enthusiasm.
As its name sounds, Navratri- Nav which means Nine and Ratri, meaning Nights, for these nine days, Goddess- Durga is worshipped with full devotion. The tenth day of this celebration is commonly celebrated as Dussehra or Vijayadashmi.
The festival of Navrātra starts on the first day (pratipadā) of the bright fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Āshwin. During this vowed religious day, a clay pot is kept (Ghatasthapana) in a sanctified section of one’s house. A lamp (diya) is placed in the pot and it is kept continuously lit for nine days.
It is said that the pot symbolizes the universe. The uninterrupted and continuously lit lamp is the medium through which we worship the brilliant primordial energy, Ādi-shakti, i.e. Shrī Durgā Dēvī.
During this holy nine-day festival, women wear nine different colors for each day. These nine colors have their own significance. People also enjoy this festival by performing Dandiya/Garba for nine nights. Many people also go for Fasting for nine days and eat only fruits.
Importance and Significance of Navratri
When we talk about the importance of Navratri, just like every other festival in India, the core message is the same – the victory of good over bad. But there are multiple stories being narrated for Navratri. Even across the geography of India, while the eastern and north-eastern states refer to the celebrations as Durga Puja, for the northern and western side of India, it is a nine-night festival that is observed to celebrate the victory of Rama over Ravana.
It is believed, that Goddess Durga battled with demon Mahishasura and defeated him. To celebrate the victory of Goddess and Mahishasura’s defeat, the day is marked to worship and honour the Goddess.
Nine colors of Navratri and their significance
The Nine different colors of navratri are symbols for nine devis as a part of Navdurga.
Day 1-Yellow color
This day is also known as Pratipata and on this day, Devi Shailapurtimata is worshipped. The color of the day is yellow.
Day 2- Green color
This day is known as Dwitiya and Devi Bramhacharini is worshipped. Green is the color assigned for this day.
Day 3- Grey color
Devi Chandraghanta is a symbol of peace and serenity who is worshiped on this day. Color drey is considered auspicious.
Day 4- Orange color
Chaturthi, the fourth day of Navratri is the day of Goddess Kushmunda. This is the day for orange color.
Day 5- White color
This day is for Devi Skandamata and people wear white color to please her.
Day 6- Red color
On day sixth, all mothers pray for their children and wear red color in honor of Devi Katiyayani.
Day 7- Blue color
This day is for Mata Kalraatri, who protects us from bad evils. Blue color is assigned for this day.
Day 8- Pink color
Durga Ashtami is for Gauri Puja. Devi Saraswati is worshiped on this day and people wear pink colors to impress her.
Day 9- Purple color
This day of the Navratri, Diddhidatri Mata is commemorated. People wear purple to attain ‘siddhi’ on this holy day.
In the festival of Navratri, the first three days are dedicated to Durga, who protects all from the bad and pure us. The second three days are for lakshi, who gives us spiritual wealth. Last three days, we worship Devi of Wisdom- Devi Saraswati.
According to Hinduism, performing ‘Garba’ means singing devotional hymns praising the Goddess with rhythmic clapping. Singing devotional hymns means of awakening Shri Durga Devi from Her meditation through the medium of the manifest spiritual practice of rhythmic clapping, and appealing to her to assume the destructive form for her activity in the Universe.
Reason for performing Garba with three claps:
The destroyer form of the Goddess is awakened by the musical rhythm of three claps through the frequencies of desire (ichhā), action (kriyā) and knowledge (dnyān), representing the Deity Bramhā, Shrivishnu and Deity Mahēsh principles.
During Navratri the destroyer principle of Goddess Durga gets awakened slowly and gradually. The destroyer form of the Goddess is channeled through these three energies. By clapping three times, the energy of Her resolve (sankalpa) gets activated.
- The first clap is related to the Deity Brahma principle which is symbolized by the energy of desire. As a result, the energy of the desire of Deity Brahma gets awakened in the universe.
- Through the medium of the second clap, the action related waves of the Shrivishnu principle give energy to the embodied soul for performing actions.
- Through the medium of the third clap, the knowledge waves of the Deity Shiva principle bring about the actual act and from its result give the desired fruits to the embodied soul.
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