9 Days, 9 Goddess, 9 Supreme Power on Earth: Know More About Navratri
The 9 most auspicious nights of the year are just right here. The 9 days and nights of Navratri are just not the 9 fun Dandiya and Ras Garba nights but a lot more. The Navratri or the 9 nights are the nights dedicated to 9 forms of Maa Durga, one of the most powerful Hindu deities. These special 9 nights are started after the new moon day or Amavasya. These 9 days are considered extremely powerful and divine that is filled with feminine energy.
This year Navratri is starting from 15th October and goes on to 23rd October. The first three days of Navratri are dedicated to Goddess Durga, the next 3 days are dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and the last three days of Navratri are dedicated to Goddess Saraswati. It is one of the most awaited festivals for Hindus and in this blog, we shall discuss more about the Goddesses that are worshipped during this period.
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THE FIRST THREE DAYS OF NAVRATRI
So, the first three days of Navratri are dedicated to Goddess Durga and are called Tamas. Tamas is the nature of the Earth and birth. The Goddess is classified to be fierce. Hence, Goddess Durga and Goddess Kali are worshipped during these three days.
THE SECOND THREE DAYS OF NAVRATRI
The next three days of Navratri are dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and are called Rajas. It is believed that once the Rajas period comes, you want to do something. A rajasic person has a tremendous amount of energy that needs to be channelled properly.
THE LAST THREE DAYS OF NAVRATRI
The last three days of Navratri are dedicated to Goddess Saraswati and are called Sattva. To move towards the Sattva nature means that one is refining the physical, mental, emotional, and energy bodies.
Let us know more about Navratri and Goddess associated with each night. Well, basically the 9 forms of Maa Durga are worshipped during these 9 nights. Let us know more about them.
First Day – The first day of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Shailputri or Maa Shailputri. She is known as the daughter of the Himalayas. In fact, her name means the daughter of the mountain because Shail in Sanskrit means mountains and Putri is the daughter. She is also the goddess Sati’s reincarnation in the avatar of Parvati. She is the goddess of the Muladhara Chakra which is also called the root chakra.
Her colour is red and devotees wear red on this day to offer prayers to her. She is the Goddess of strength and power and hence red resonates with her in this sense.
Second Day – The second day of Navratri is dedicated to Maa Brahmacharini. She has been known as Aparna since she stopped eating leaves. She was an Arden female student who lived in an ashram with her guru and some other fellow learners. Maa Parvati is believed to have carried out severe penance over the years and this Goddess is symbolic of that.
Her colour is green and she is the Goddess of wisdom, intelligence, enlightenment, faith, honesty, and purity. Green is all about purity.
Third-Day – The third day of Navratri is dedicated to Maa Chandraghanta. She has some other names as well which are Rannchandi, Chandrakhandi, and Chandika. She is one of the most fierce forms of Goddess Durga and she wears a half crescent moon on her head and she is known to destroy evil. She has ten arms and holds an assortment of weapons in her hands. She has a third eye which is always open.
Her colour is grey and she is associated with fearlessness, courage, bravery, resolution, and righteousness.
Fourth Day – Maa Kushmanda is prayed on the fourth day of Navratri. It’s her day. She is also known as Ashtbhuja Devi. She is also called as the smiling goddess because her idol has a smiling face. She is believed to be the creator of the entire universe through her smile itself. Offering prayers to her ensures abundant money, excellent strength, health, ablaze, and fortune to the devotees. She has 8 hands in which she holds kamandalu, bow, arrow, lotus, trident, a jar of nectar, a discus. She rides a lion. Her name means Ku – little, Ushma – energy or light and Anda – egg
Her colour is yellow which signifies brightness and glory. She offers brightness and serenity in the lives of the devotees.
Fifth Day – The fifth day of Navratri is dedicated to Maa Skandamata. She is believed to be the manifestation of goddess Parvati, who gave birth to Lord Skanda who is Lord Kartikeya. This deity is worshipped as a mother who protects her child against all kinds of evils and demons. It is because of this deity’s love that Lord Kartikeya was able to vanquish the demon Tarkasura.
Her colour is orange which resonates with a bright future and life. She offers wisdom, brightness, and harmony.
Sixth Day – The 6th day of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Katyayani. She is the Goddess of great might and rage as well. She is believed to stand up against every kind of evil or negative thing that comes her way. Because of this nature of hers, she was able to kill Mahishasur. As per Hindu Scriptures, Lord Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva combined their energies to create Maa Katyayani.
Offering prayers to her and having her attention can lead to a devotee getting obstacles removed from their lives. Her colour is also red and it signifies standing up against anything wrong.
Seventh Day – This day is dedicated to Maa Kaalratri. This goddess was created from the Chandi’s forehead and hence she is also called as Chamunda Devi. She is the Goddess who has killed the demons Chandha and Mundha. She is the Crown Chakra goddess. She is also referred to as Mahatmya, the destroyer of ghosts, spirits, and demons. She rides a donkey and has a dark complexion and long untied hair. She is the one who killed Shumbha and Nishumbha, the two demons. It is believed that Goddess Parvati removed her outer golden skin to kill them.
Her colour is also green because of her tremendous power and ability to transform.
Eighth Day – On the 8th day of Navratri, Maa Gauri is worshipped. She is also called as Shwetambardhara. She is the manifestation of Mahadeva in the puja. The devotees who worship her are being granted sustenance, vitality, strength, harmony, and motherhood. She is extremely bright and shines like a moon.
Her colour is dark blue and it signifies great power and strength.
Ninth Day – The final day of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Siddhidatri. She is also another form of Goddess Saraswati. She is known to have spiritual and meditation abilities. She can provide mental stability and peace in life to her devotees. Siddhi means supernatural power or meditative ability, and Datri means who is the giver of all siddhis.
Her colour is pink which signifies compassion and purity.
So, this was all about the 9 days of Navratri and the 9 goddesses that are worshipped on these 9 days. Devotees often wear the dedicated colour on each of the 9 nights to offer special prayers to the Goddesses. Many devotees also offer fasting for 9 days, or for 2 days (starting day and the Ashtami day), or just on the naval day, as per their beliefs and traditions.
It is a very auspicious month when every Hindu is seen offering prayers to Mata Rani in their own ways. We wish you a very Happy Navratri and Vishyadashmi/Dussehra. May all of our lives be filled with grace, peace, love, wealth, and health.
The 9 most auspicious nights of the year are just right here. The 9 days and nights of Navratri are just not the 9 fun Dandiya and Ras Garba nights but a lot more. The Navratri or the 9 nights are the nights dedicated to 9 forms of Maa Durga, one of the most powerful…