8th Day Of Navratri: Dedicated To The White Goddess Mahagauri

Ashtami or the eighth day of Navratri is dedicated to the Goddess Mahagauri. The goddess is known for white appearance. Apart from worshipping Devi Maha Gauri on this day, Kanjak Puja, i.e. worshiping little girls, is also the main event of this day.

Goddess Mahagauri is worshiped on the eighth day of navratri.

Goddess Maha Gauri is the eighth manifestation of Goddess Durga and she is worshipped on 8th day of Navratri. Maha Gauri is an incarnation of Maa Parvati. Being a temple of kindness, peace and morality, the goddess always listens to the prayers and needs of her devotees. She rides on a bull and has a pure white appearance. Dressed in white clothes and white ornaments, the goddess looks as white as a pearl.

Rituals Of Ashtami



Ashtami is celebrated in almost every Hindu house. With complete faith and devotion, Goddess Mahagauri is welcomed and worshipped. Chunari of red color is offered to her and Puja is conducted by the family members. As per the Puja Vidhi, idol of Mahagauri is bathed with milk, curd and water. After that, the idol is adorned with new clothes. Fresh garland, fruits, sweets, and betel leaves are also offered to honor the Devi. Also, Lord Ganesha is worshiped on this day.

Significance Of Worshiping Maha Gauri



It is believed that worshiping Maha Gauri and observing fast for her, yields fruitful results for the married women. Women follow the rituals of the day with full devotion for the peaceful and prosperous married life.

Tradition Of Kanjak Pujan



Ashtami is the day to conduct Kanjak Puja. In this Puja, 9 young girls are worshiped. Their feet are washed and red tilak is applied in their forehead. After that, Puri, Halwa and Kale Chane are served to them. These food items are considered as Prasad.

Eighth day of Navratri has its own significance and it is a very popular day for the people of North India.
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Day 7 Of Navratri: Goddess Kalratri Arrives Today

Kalratri Devi is the goddess to be worshiped on the seventh day of Navratri. Kalratri Devi represents the goddess of the dark night. She arrived on earth as a demon slayer and freed all beings sorrows & troubles. Read below to know more about the seventh Navratri day.

Kalratri Devi is worshiped on the seventh day of Navratri.

Honor The Day With Kalratri Devi

Navratri has already commenced, and today is the seventh day. Goddess Kalratri will be worshiped today. Kalratri Devi is believed to be the most ferocious among all other Durga Avatars. Her appearance is dreadful, with four hands and three glowing eyes. Her long dishevelled hair and dark complexion add more to her valor appearance. Kalratri Devi symbolizes the death of ‘Kaal’. She arrives on earth on a ‘Gadarbha’ or donkey, as a slayer of the demons. She is also known as Kali Maa. She holds a curved sabre or Kripaan in her upper right hand and a thorn like weapon in her lower right hand. Her left arms signify peaceful gestures.

If you are bounded with evil powers all around, then, today is the day to liberate yourselves. Goddess Durga has manifested herself as Kalratri to save the earth from evil forces.

Rituals To Please Kalratri Devi

Today is considered to be the ideal day for Tantriks. Tantra Puja is performed to please Goddess Kalratri and the rituals of the puja begin after midnight. The devotees should worship Kalratri Devi with no measures turned out. Tonight will be regarded as the Night Of The Siddhis. Morning Puja should be carried out in a similar mannerism as in the previous six days. Devotees also offer Madeera or alcohol to the Devi.

Mantra Of Kalratri Devi

To invoke the blessings of Kalratri Devi, you should chant this Mantra:

Ekveni Japakarnapura Nagna Kharastitha |
Lamboshthi Karnikakarni Tailabhyakta Sharirani ||
Vaampadolla Salloh Lata Kanthak Bhushna |
Vardhan Murdha Dhvaja Krishna Kalratri Bhayankari ||

To know more about the mythological legend associated with Kalratri Devi, take a look at - Devi Kalratri

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5th day of Navratri: Honor The Goddess Of Fertility, Skanda Mata

Fifth day of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Skand Mata. Being the epitome of motherhood, she displays the beautiful bond between a mother and her child. Also known as Padamasani, Skand Mata is also the destroyer of evil and negativity.

Skanda Mata is the goddess of fifth day of Navratri.

Skand Mata is the Goddess who is worshiped on the fifth day of Navratri. She is also known as the mother of Skanda Kumar (Lord Kartikeya). The term Skanda means ‘one who has six heads’. These six heads are associated with five senses and mind. The goddess holds her son in her lap and has three eyes and four arms. She carries lotus in two hands and uses third hand to support her son. She uses her fourth hand for giving boon to the devotees and followers. As, she resides on lotus flower; therefore, she is also known as Padmasani. She rides on a lion and whenever negativity and injustice increases, Skand Mata comes for the rescue.

Rituals Of The Day

Rituals of fifth day of Navratri are done according to Panchopchar Pujan. As per the Puja Vidhi, the goddess is worshipped along with Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma. The atmosphere gets charged with supernatural powers which fulfills the desires of the devotees. To show respect to the Devi, fast is also observed by some devotees. As per the beliefs, mind of devotees enter into Vishuddha Chakra on this day.

Mantra Of The Day

Sinhasan Gata Nitayam Padmashrit Kardvaya |
Shubhdastu Sada Devi Skanda Mata Yashashvini ||

 Lalita Panchami Is Celebrated On The Fifth Day

On the fifth day of Navratri, Lalita Panchami is also celebrated. Goddess Lalita appeared to kill the devil Bhanda, as he was torturing the common people. It is said that worshipping Goddess Lalita on the fifth day of Navratri helps in accomplishment of all tasks and gain of worldly pleasures.

This was all about the fifth day of Navratri and its significance. Worship Maa Skanda Mata with all you can and enjoy all the joys of the world.
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Second Day Of Navratri: Blessings From The Devi Of Penance, Goddess Brahmacharini

Maa Brahmacharini, the second Avatar of Maa Durga is worshiped on the second day of Navratri. She is the ocean of wisdom & knowledge and an epitome of spiritual enlightenment. Worship Brahmacharini with pure heart and attain peace of mind. 

Maa Brahmacharini is worshiped on the second day of Navratri.

Today is the second day of Navratri. This day is dedicate to Maa Brahmacharini the second form of Goddess Durga. Let’s discuss the goddess of the day along with the rituals. 

Maa Brahmacharini


Devi Brahmacharini is the goddess of knowledge & wisdom and the ruler of planet, Mars. Maa Brahmacharini is often symbolized as the Devi who performs penance (Tapasya). The appearance of the goddess is divine with solar radiations behind her head. She wears a white saree and adorns Rudraksha, as her ornament. Brahmacharini is worshiped by the Rishi-Munis, saints and sages. The goddess has four hands, out of which two hands carry weapons. In one hand, she holds Rudraksha Mala (rosary) and from one hand she blesses her devotees. Her Vahana (vehicle) is a sacred crow. 

Holy Rituals Of The Day


After taking bath and wearing clean clothes, perform the following steps to please the second form of Maa Durga, Brahmacharini:

  • On a neat and clean platform, place the idol of the goddess
  • To honor the deity, worship her with flowers of red color
  • Light a lamp (Diya) of pure Ghee (purified butter) 
  • To please Maa Brahmacharini, offer Bhog (sacred food) of sugar to her

Mantra Of The Day


Dadhana Karpadma abhyamaksh Mala kamandalu|
Devi Prasidatu Mayi Brahmacharinya Nuttama ||

To read all about Maa Brahmacharini and her mythological legend, follow the given link – Maa Brahmacharini

Follow these simple rituals to honor the second Avatar (manifestation) of Maa Durga and seek her blessings for yourself and for your family. We wish you a Happy Navratri!


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Day 1 Of Navratri: The Day To Honor Maa Shailputri

Chaitra Navratri has started today. Today, is the first day of Navratri, the day devoted to Goddess Shailputri. Offer prayers, observe fast and seek blessings from the Devi. But how to observe this day in the right way? Widen your knowledge about the first day of Navratri through this article.

Chaitra Navratri will begin by worshipping Devi Shailputri.

Devi Of Today, Maa Shailputri



Navratri commences with pleasing Goddess Shailputri. The first Avatar of Maa Durga, Shailputri is popularly known as the ‘Daughter of Himalayas’. As the Devi is companion of Lord Shiva; therefore, worshipping her with the Lord helps the devotees to enter Moolchakra. The goddess carries lotus in her left hand and Trishul (trident) in the right hand. Riding on a bull, she looks incredible. Shailputri is also known as Hemavati and Parvati.


How To Perform The Rituals Of The Day


As today is the first day of Navratri; therefore, the main event of this day is ‘Ghatsthapana’. To conduct this ritual, prepare a small bed of mud and grow barley seeds over it. Now, place a Kalash (pitcher) on it. The Kalash is filled with water and a red sacred thread is to be tied around it. Take a bowl filled with rice and keep it on top of the Kalash. Finally, place a coconut (wrapped with mango leaves) over the Kalash. Make sure not to disturb the Kalash for the following nine days. After setting up Ghatsthapana, offer a garland made of fresh flowers to the goddess. Read the holy book ‘Durga Saptshati’.


Mantra Of The Day


Vande Vanchhitalabhay chandrardhakritshekharam |
Vrisharudham Shooldharam Shailputreem Yashasvineem ||


Please The Devi With Observing Fast


To please Maa Shailputri, you can observe Navratri fast. The fast starts early morning with offering prayers and performing Aarti. During Navratri fast, you can eat nuts, curd, fruits, Sabudana (Sago). While keeping the fast, you should strictly avoid intake of onion, garlic, and alcohol.

To know all about Maa Shailputri and the legend behind her incarnation, please visit the given link - Devi Shailputri: The First Manifestation Of Durga


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Chaitra Navratri: Special Days Of Mother Goddess

Stay blessed by worshiping Mother Goddess during the time of Chaitra Navratri. Devotional songs, prayers to Devi Maiya, and fasting, defines Chaitra Navratri. Read on to know more about the significance of Chaitra Navratri.

Chaitra Navratri or Vasanta Navratri also marks the beginning of new year.

Navratri is celebrated in honor of Goddess Durga. People worship nine different forms of Goddess mother or Devi Maa during these nine days. Chaitra Navratri or Vasanta Navratri is one of the most important Navaratri among the five Navratris falling every year. Navratri is a sacred time to worship Goddess Durga and take her blessings for a healthier and happier life.

Chaitra Navratri starts on the first day of the Chaitra month. This month is also considered as the beginning of new year. Chaitra Navratri ends on the festival of Ram Navmi, that is on the ninth day of the month.

To know the meaning, significance and all about Navratri, please click here - Navratri- The 9 Divine Nights
 

Significance Of Chaitra Navratri

The nine nights of Navratri are divided into three sets of three days. Each of these three sets are dedicated to Goddess Durga, Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati. First three days are dedicated to the Goddess of power, Maa Durga; next three days are dedicated to the Goddess of wealth, Maa Laxmi and the last three days are dedicated to the Goddess of knowledge, Maa Saraswati.

First day: Devi Shailputri is worshiped on the first day of Vasanta Navaratri. She is the daughter of Himalayas and companion of Lord Shiva.

Second day: Devi Brahmacharini is worshiped on the second day of Navratri. She symbolizes Tapa and power.

Third day: Devi Chandraghanta is worshiped on the third day of Navratri. She symbolizes beauty and bravery.

Fourth day: Devi Kushmanda is the Goddess of the fourth day. She is believed to be the creator of the universe.

Fifth day: Devi Skanda Mata is the Goddess of the fifth day. She is the mother of Kartikeya or Skand.

Sixth day: Devi Katyayani is worshiped on the sixth day of Chaitra Navratri.

Seventh day: Devi Kalratri is the goddess of the seventh day. She removes all the tensions of her devotees and make them fearless.

Eighth day: Devi Maha Gauri is worshiped on the eighth day of Navratri. She symbolizes calmness and wisdom.

Ninth day: Ninth day is dedicated to Devi Siddhidatri. She is worshiped for gaining power and wisdom.

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Celebrations of Chaitra Navratri

People observe fast in the honor of Mother Goddess. Some people observe fast for first two days, some for last two days, some for the first and last day of Navratri and some people for the whole nine days.

The eighth and ninth days of the Navratri are called Ashtami and Navami. People worship small girls or Kanya as the aspect of Mother Goddess on these days, to get her blessing. They wash their feet and serve them Puri, Halwa as the Prasad or blessed food.

Worship Mother Goddess during Chaitra Navratri or Vasanta Navaratri with full devotion to get her blessings. Happy Chaitra Navratri to all.

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Worship The Goddess As White As Pearl: Goddess Mahagauri

Eighth day of Navratri also called Ashtami, is dedicated to the Goddess who is known for her white appearance, white clothes and white ornaments, Goddess Mahagauri. Apart from worshipping Devi Mahagauri on this day, many other festivals are also celebrated all across the country.

The eighth avatar of Goddess Durga is worshipped on the 8th day of Navratri in the form of “ Maha Gauri”. She is a manifestation of Maa Parvati and below is the Mantra for her:

या देवी सर्वभू‍तेषु माँ गौरी रूपेण संस्थिता।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।

Goddess Mahagauri

To learn more about the Goddess, click here - Devi Mahagauri

Story Behind The Name “Mahagauri”


It is said that once Maa Parvati observed a very hard penance to attain Lord Shiva as her husband. As a result of meditating in the open for a long time, Maa Parvati developed a dark complexion. Lord Shiva was pleased by her and accepted her devotion for him. He washed her body with Gangajal after which her body got back its original beauty and complexion. Thus, she got the name “Mahagauri” and became prominent as Mahadev’s wife. Mahagauri means extremely fair or white. She glows as white as a pearl.

Goddess Mahagauri


Maa Mahagauri sits on a bull and has four hands. In the right lower hand she holds a trident and her right hand is in the pose to ease fear. A damaru is held in her right hand and the lower one grants blessings and boons to her devotes. Her clothes and ornaments are of white color. She is the symbol of morality and kindness.

Rituals performed


Devotees who perform Ashtami, worship Goddess Mahagauri with full devotion and faith. Women offer red colored stole to the Goddess and perform the Puja. Garlands, fruits, cloves, sweets, cardamom and betel leaves are also offered to the Goddess. Her idol is bathed with milk, water, curd and is adorned with new clothes. Vermillion, sandalwood, kohl and henna are applied to the Goddess and she is covered in red clothes and placed on a neat and clean platform. The Puja begins with worshipping of Lord Ganesha with ganga jal, sandalwood, rice, roli, moli, belpatra, flowers, sweets, cloves and dakshina. Later, the Kalash is worshipped.

Benefits Of Worshipping Goddess Mahagauri


Married women worship Mahagauri and observe fast on eighth day of Navratri to get a peaceful and prosperous married life. Unmarried girls do so to get blessed with the man of their dreams. Worshipping Goddess Mahagauri frees the devotees from all sins and sorrows. The Goddess has the power to make impossible things possible and grants her devotees health, wealth and prosperity.

Region Wise Celebration


On the eighth day of Navratri, Durga Ashtami Puja is celebrated in Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa and other eastern areas of the country. Narayani and Bagala form of Goddess Durga is worshipped in Maharashtra and Gujarat. In Karnataka, Kerala and other Southern regions, Bhadrakali form of the Goddess is worshipped. Batukamma festival is celebrated in Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh.

Kanjak celebration


Kanjak Bhog

On Ashtami (eighth day of Navratri), many Hindu families perform “Kanjak” which means performing Puja and inviting 9 girls to their homes. These little girls are considered as Goddess. Their feet are washed and red tikka is applied on their forehead. They are served with puri, halwa and kale chane along with money.

Eighth day of Navratri has its own significance and it is a very popular day for the people of North India.

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6th Day Of Navratri: Goddess of Planet Brihaspati (Jupiter) - Maa Katyayani

Sixth day of Navratri is devoted to the 6th form of Maa Durga “Goddess Katyayani”, the ruler of the planet Brihaspati (Jupiter), the Devi who killed the demon Mahishasura and the Goddess who is also known as “Queen of Vraj”. 

या देवी सर्वभू‍तेषु माँ कात्यायनी रूपेण संस्थिता।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।

Chant this Mantra to welcome the Goddess of sixth day “Maa Katyayani”. 

Maa Katyayani

To know more about Devi Katyayani, click here - Devi Katyayani 

What Legends Say


According to the legends there was a sage “Katyayana” who observed very hard penance to seek the grace of Goddess Durga. She was pleased with his hard penance and therefore, took birth in the form of his daughter on Dakshin devils corresponding to his wish on Krishna Chaturdashi to protect the Gods from the devils and demons. Sage Katyayana got the first privilege to worship her and for this reason she was named Katyayani. He worshiped her for three days (Shukla Saptami, Ashtami and Navami). On Vijadashami (tenth day) she killed the demon Mahishasura and freed the gods from his atrocities.

Maa Katyayani


She has three eyes and four arms. In one hand she holds weapons and in the other holds a lotus. Remaining two hands are in Abhay Mudra and Varamudra respectively. The appearance of Maa Katyayani is as radiant as gold and she rides on a lion. 

Rituals


To seek the blessings of Maa Katyayani the devotees sit in meditation and enter into Agya Chakra which is the most important Chakra. She is worshipped with utmost faith and devotion and leads to attainment of Dharma, Karma, Moksha and Artha. They wear red and white color on this day. She is worshipped with flowers and mantras. 

Why Worship Maa Katyayani


Worshipping Goddess Katyayani eliminates sufferings and troubles from one’s life. The devotees feel highly enlightened and get immense power to stand and fight against the evil. They attain physical and mental strength to face any situation and challenge of life.

Bhog For Maa Katyayani


Honey is the Bhog offered to please Maa Katyayani.

Queen Of Vraj


Gopis worship Maa Katyayani in Vraj to get Lord Krishna as their husband and therefore, she is also known as the “Queen of Vraj”.

A very famous temple of the Goddess is in Chhattarpur region of Delhi. In this temple darshan of Maa Katyayani can be availed on “Ashtami” of every month. The golden and huge image of Maa attracts the attention of numerous devotes.

Worship Maa Katyayani and seek her blessings to confront all problems of life with zeal and confidence.

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Durga Puja Begins Today

Navratri, the festival of nine days reaches its peak on the last five days called Durgotsava or Durga Puja. This is one of the biggest festivals of Bengalis and one of the most widely celebrated festival in India. Read on to know more about Durga puja...

Durga Mata

The last six days mark the beginning of Durga Puja and the celebrations soar high with the approach of Vijayadashami or Dussehra, which marks the Victory of good over evil. Goddess Durga, the most powerful creation by the Trinity, Brahma-Vishnu-Mahesh, was sent to earth to put an end to the evil buffalo King, Mahishasura.

Click here to know which Durga to worship according to your Zodiac signs - Durga Puja

History & Origin Of Durga Puja 


First Celebrations of Durga Puja can be dated back to the 16th century. Although its popularity started to rise in the late 17th century. In the beginning, the British were active participants in Durga Puja, done as a means to please influential Hindu officials. This was continued until the British Government issued a ban on such participations. This festival was mostly a high level. Elite family affair who could afford to organise the festive celebrations, but only until the early 17th century. After which, the “Baro-Yari” Puja came into existence.

Baro-Yari Puja & Sarbajanin Puja


 Baro-Yari Puja or community worship was started by 12 young men of Guptipara in Hooghly, West Bengal. This was started as a result of the festival being a costly affair and only the ones who had the riches could afford it. As such the 12 friends decided to collect funds and contributions from local residents; and organised a community worship event for everyone to attend Baro-Yari Puja. This Baro-Yari Puja gave way to the origin of Sarbajanin Puja. The first Sarbajanin Puja was organised by the Sanatan Dharmotsahini Sabha in Kolkata in 1910. This is the first Durga Puja celebration which had the complete public contribution and participation.

 

Giving Life To The Idols



There is so much details and customs attached in the making of idols of Goddess Durga for the Navratri festival. Along with Goddess Durga’s, idols of Goddess Laxmi & Saraswati and Ganesha & Kartikeya (known to be her children) are done for this occasion. This type of idol, which has all the 5 Gods is called “Ek-Chala” meaning ‘one cover’. The making of the idol involves; firstly, gathering of the clay and secondly, Chakshu Daan meaning offering of eyes. The Pratima or clay idol of Durga is then adorned with Sholar Saaj that are white in color and are usually found in marshlands. Finally, when the idols are done and full of life, they are placed inside beautiful Pandals, where mass Pujas take place.

Worshipping Maa Durga brings strength, wisdom and the devotees are blessed with a fruitful and prosperous life.

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5th day of Navratri: Worship the Goddess of Motherhood: Skanda Mata

Fifth day of Navratri holds very high importance and is dedicated to “Skanda Mata” who is the symbol of fertility, motherhood and mother child relationship. Observe fast on this day to seek the blessings of the Goddess who is the ocean of Knowledge.

या देवी सर्वभू‍तेषु माँ स्कंदमाता रूपेण संस्थिता।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।

Chant the following Mantra and begin your fifth day of Navratri by worshipping Skanda Mata:

Skanda Mata

The fifth Goddess worshipped in Navratri is ‘Skanda Mata’, the mother of Lord Katikeya or “Skanda Kumar”. She loves her son very much and is named after her son’s name. The foundation of mother son relationship has been laid by Skanda Mata. Skanda means, the one who possess six heads which corresponds to the mind and the five senses. It also means one who controls the six devilish vices: krodha (anger), mada (ego), kaama (sex), matsarya (jealousy), lobha (greed) and moha(passion). 

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Skanda Mata

Skanda Mata holds her son Lord Skanda as an infant on her lap. The Goddess has four arms and three eyes. In the two hands she holds lotus, from one supports her son and with her left hand grants blessings and boons to her devotees. She has a bright complexion and sits on a lotus flower which is why she is also known as Padamasani and Vidyavahini. The Goddess is the deity of the solar system. It is said that when the injustice of the demons increases then Skanda Mata rides on a lion to kill them.

Rituals performed


Rituals on this day are done according to the Panchopkar ritual. Skanda Mata is worshipped along with Lord Shiva and Brahmaji. A supernatural ambience is discharged in the atmosphere which purifies the souls of the devotees and all their desires are fulfilled. Skanda Mata blesses her devotees with affection, supreme joy and love and takes away their diseases, troubles and sorrows.

Lalita Panchami


Lalita Panchami

Lalita Panchami is a very auspicious day during the nine days of Navratri and is celebrated on the fifth day of Navratri. This day is devoted to Lalita Devi who is associated with Pancha Mahabhutas- air, earth, space, water and fire. Goddess Lalita is a form of Shakti who appeared to crush demon Bhanda who after getting blessings from Lord Shiva was threatening the world with his demon characteristics. 

Upang Lalita Fast


Upang Lalita Fast is observed on the fifth day of Navratri. This fast is believed to be very fruitful. Alsi (Linseeds) is offered to the Goddess while worshipping her and is taken by as Prasada after Puja. The Goddess is the daughter of Himalaya and therefore, is also worshipped in the form of Parvati, Mata Gauri or Maheshwari. On this day the mind of the strivers reaches Visuddha Chakra and all their actions stop and mind becomes calm. They get submerged in the meditation of Skanda Mata. During this time they should be more careful.

Worship Skanda Mata with utmost faith and devotion to attain wisdom and immense joy of the world. 


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Navratri Celebrations In Modern World

Navratri celebrations kick started on the 5th of October, 2013; and will continue to occupy everyones calendar till 13th October. Celebrating Navratri in India is as varied as the different forms of Maa Durga and this is exactly the topic we will tell you in this article. Celebrating Navratri, region-wise. Read on... 

The most popular Navratri Celebrations that come to our mind would be these:
  • Navratri dance of Gujarat - Dandia & Garba
  • Durga Puja of West Bengal
  • Navratri Golu in South, and 
  • The famous Mysore Dussehra Celebrations 
Now, let’s look at each of these in more detail.

Dandia & Garba


Garba DanceGarba is a traditional dance of the state of Gujarat. It is an extravagant event, which is organised for the nine days of Navratri. People from all over the state take part in this festival. This is a major attraction for foreign crowd as well. The Government of Gujarat itself organise “Navratri festival celebrations” and the state declares four days holidays to give this festival a whole new level of excitement. Another highlight of this dance is the grand and beautiful costumes. These are traditional Gujarati costumes which have exquisite designs and are of vibrant colors. The dancing folk use beautifully designed sticks and dance to the beats of the songs with one another forming big circles. This is one starry night which no one would want to miss.

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Durga Puja 


Durga PujaDurga puja is one of the biggest festivals of West bengal. The entire state will be immersed in the celebrations, everywhere there will be nothing else to see other than Pandals, food stalls, Durga statues and people gathered in large numbers. Sharad Navratri known as Durga puja is a festival one does not miss in West Bengal. Large size Durga idols depicting her in the Durga form killing the Demon king Mahishasura is placed in big Pandals where people in huge numbers gather to pray and wish one another. Women apply vermillion which is red in color (Durga Maa’s color) and exchange sweets and wish one another. Temples perform special Pujas and rituals, the grandeur at these places is beyond explanation. One has to be there to witness this splendor with their own eyes. Durga Maa, Laxmi, Saraswati, Ganesh and Karthikeya are the prime Gods worshipped during this festival.

 Navratri Golu


Navratri GoluGolu also known as Kolu in Tamil is a custom where miniature dolls of deities depicting ancient legends and stories are placed on decorated steps with colorful lights, flowers and rangolis. This is a most looked forward to festival, which is celebrated in the month of Purattasi in the Tamil Hindu calendar. This is a very popular custom in the four southern states of India, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, Tamil nadu and Kerala. On this occasion, nine young girls dressed as the nine different form of Goddess Durga are invited home and given sweets and new dresses. Married women visit each other’s home and exchange Thambulam (Haldi Kumkum). People gather for a social get together and sing devotional songs, as well as perform skits from Hindu mythology.


Mysore Dussehra


Mysore dussehra The Mysore Dussehra festivals, date back to the 15th century. In 2010, Mysore Dussehra celebrated its 400th anniversary. This festival is celebrated to commemorate the victory of good over evil, Goddess Chamundeshwari, a form of Goddess Durga is worshipped. This festival is considered as the state festival of Karnataka. The entire city is illuminated for the ten days Dussehra Jamboree. The magnificent Mysore palace is lit for ten continuous days, which is a breathtaking sight in itself. The main attraction of Mysore Dussehra is the Dussehra parade or popularly known as Jumboo Savari, which is a major booster for Mysore tourism. Beautifully decorated vehicle carrying artist and statues are paraded on the streets of Mysore. Folk dancers, cultural art performers adorn the streets of Mysore. One more main event of this festival is the Royal Durbar (royal meeting), where the Royal family along with important guests, leaders, officials and public participate in the Puja and ritual. Every year, the main elephant of the event brought in and trained specially for the reason that he carries the golden statue of Chamundi Goddess and the royal sword and parades it through the city.

This is a brief article about the celebrations carried out in different parts of India. Make this Navratri a special one. May Goddess Durga shower her blessings on everyone.

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3rd Day of Navratri: Worship Goddess of Bravery, Maa Chandraghanta

Third day of Navratri Puja is dedicated to Maa Chandraghanta. Maa Chandraghanta is the symbol of justice, strength and bravery. The third day of Navratri is very important as on this day the mind of the devotees enters into Manipura Chakra and they become capable of witnessing unearthly and divine things. 


Maa Chandraghanta


A crescent Moon is present on her head and because of its bell shape the goddess is known as Maa Chandraghanta. She rides on a lion and has ten hands and three eyes. Out of the ten hands, eight hands display weapons and the remaining two are for giving boon and stopping harm. The colour of Maa’s body is golden and she has a pleasant look and a roaring voice.

On this day devotees can feel the divine fragrance and can hear many divine sounds. The devotees will require to be most careful on this day.

Rituals performed


The rituals performed on third day are the same as the other Navratri days. All the gods, goddesses, lord of the villages in the Kailash and planets are worshipped. Further worshipping of family members of the goddess: Ganesha, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Vijaya, Jaya, Kartikey takes place. At last Maa Chandraghanta is worshipped. In the end Lord Shiva and Brahma Ji are also worshipped.

Mantra


या देवी सर्वभू‍ते षुमाँ चंद्रघंटारूपेण संस्थिता।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।। 

भावार्थ: हे माँ! सर्वत्र विराजमान और चंद्रघंटा के रूप में प्रसिद्ध अम्बे, आपको मेरा बार-बार प्रणाम है| हे माँ, मुझे सब पापों से मुक्ति प्रदान करें।

Ya Devi Sarvbhoote Shumaa Chandra-Ghanta-Rupen Sansthita|
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah||

Meaning: I have joined hands in front of the supreme Goddess and I adore the goddess of a bell shaped moon on her forehead. Grant me forgiveness for all the bad deeds done by my in my life.

Or,

Another Mantra for Goddess Chandraghanta is given below. You may chant either of them. This one is less known as compared to the above one.

Pindah Pravarudha Chandkopastrakayurta|
Prasand Tnute Mahayam Chandraghanteti Vishruta||

Chandraghanta Beej Mantra


Om Aim Hreem Chandraghantya Namah||

Worshipping Maa Chandraghanta helps in burning all the sins and removes all the obstacles. Worshipping her is very fruitful and the worshipper becomes brave and fearless. He achieves fame, respect and glory.

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Navratri - The festival of Goddesses begins

Shubh Navratri!


Navratri is the only thing that is ruling everyone’s mind this week. India comes alive during these 9 days of celebrations. This is a grand event in states like West Bengal, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karnataka. Grand Pujas and rituals in temples, Garba - Dandiya; and who can miss talking about the world famous Dussehra festival celebrations in Mysore. There is just so much life in this festival, its a spiritual and cultural enlightenment for everyone.

Navratri Puja celebrations in 2013 begin on the 5th of October and end on the 13th of October. Dussehra or Vijayadashami concludes the celebration of Sharad Navratri and is celebrated with much devotion by all. The nine days of Navratri is dedicated to the Mother Goddess Durga.

1st - 3rd day: Goddess Durga, who represents supreme power and strength, is worshipped.
4th - 6th day: Goddess Lakshmi, who represents wealth and prosperity, is worshipped.
7th - 9th day: Goddess Saraswati, who represents wisdom and spirituality, is worshipped.

On the last ninth day, Kanya Puja is performed. Nine young girls who are dressed as the nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped.

Click here to know the significance and the Goddesses worshipped on the nine days of Navratri - Nine Days Of Celebration

Spread The Joy !


If there is anything that will increase your happiness then it is by spreading the joy to others. Start our festivities by doing the same. Wishes your friends and family a happy Navratri.

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Dance Your Worries Away !


For all the dance and music crazy people, we have just what you want. Merge with the divine spirits with our collection Navratri songs and music.

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Maa Durga To Guide You !


Never will Maa Durga make you feel all alone. She is always there to guide her children to the path of enlightenment. All you need to do is seek her for her blessings before you start anything.

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AstroSage will be doing a special coverage on all the nine days of Navratri. An article a day on each day of the Navratri, so keep AstroSage active.

Well.. as everybody is celebrating Navratri, AstroSage has brought in some treat of its own. We give you the dates of Navratri celebrations and the informations about the Goddesses associated with each day.
That’s the enough information about Navratri celebrations. Now, let’s move onto other important things for the week. Like always, we have the horoscope predictions ready for you. Just click here to reach them.



Other Important Events Of The Week

  • 8 October - Vainayaki Ganesh Chaturthi
  • 12 October -Mahashtami
  • 13 October -Mahanavami; Dussehra* (in some parts of India)
*As per Panchang, Dussehra is beginning on October 13 and ending in the morning of October 14. Hence, in some parts of India, it will be celebrated either on 13th or on 14th. However, it is recommended to celebrate Dussehra on October 13. Vijay Muhurat is from 1:49 PM to 2:36 PM (IST) on October 13; and Aparahana Puja time is from 1:03 PM to 3:23 PM (IST) on October 13 only.

Shubh Muhurat


We are also bringing in another important thing which will come as a very useful service during these nine days of Festivity. Muhurat, its is the auspicious time in which any important or auspicious work can be done. Also you can use this service to find out the right time to perform puja to the Goddess.

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Now, as a gift for Navratri, you can enjoy our free services.

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Hearty wishes from AstroSage. May the Goddess shower her blessings on all of you!

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First day of Navratri: The day of Mata Shailputri

Navratri, also known as the Festival of Nine Nights, is celebrated twice in a year with great zeal and enthusiasm in honor of goddesses Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. Navratri celebrated in the month of October-November is called “Ashwin Navratri”. During the nine days of Navratri one must work upon their aahar (food), vyavhaar (behaviour) and acharan (character).


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Mata Shailputri


Mata Shailputri is worshipped on the first day of Navratri because she is the first form or avatars of Durga. She is the daughter of “Parvata Raju” or the mountain king. In her previous birth she was the daughter of King Daksha and was known as “Sati Bhavani Mata”. Mata Shailputri rides on a bull and holds a Trishul in her right hand and a lotus in the left hand. Her face is blissful with a pleasant smile.

Ritual performed on First Day


On the first day “ghatsthapana” is done in which a small bed of mud is prepared and barley seeds are sown over it. A vessel of water (kalash tied with a red sacred thread) is placed on this bed. Above this Kalash is placed a bowl filled with rice. A coconut wrapped with mango leaves is then placed over it (Kalash). This Kalash is not touched during the nine days. An oil lamp or diya (Akhand Jyoti) is lit near the Kalash which burns endlessly for the nine days. Garland made of fresh flowers is placed on the image of the goddess and Mantras are recited. Holy book “Durga Saptshati” is read. In the night, “Aarti” is performed with devotion and dedication.

Mantra to Chant


To seek the blessings of Mata Shail Putri one must chant the Mantra “Om aim hring kleem chamundayi vichche”. 

Fasting During Navratri 


Many devotees observe fast during these auspicious nine days. They get up early in the morning, take bath and offer prayer to the goddess. They depend on “Satvik” (vegetarian) food which includes fruits, nuts, potatoes, sabudana and curd. Singhare ka atta (kuttu ka atta) is also used to prepare puris or rotis for the fast. 

During Navratri one should avoid eating non-vegetarian food and should also avoid alcohol. In some families onion and garlic are also not used during Navratri. 

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