India, which is a land of festivals and celebrations, is known for its rich historical and cultural heritage. Numerous Indian festivals with proper meaning, reason and significance are celebrated across the nation at different times of the year. Navratri, one of the most important Hindu festivals as the name suggests, means nine nights that is devoted to the worship of Goddess Durga, the deity of Power.
During this festival nine forms of “Devi Shakti” are worshipped. The nine female forms worshipped during Navaratri are: Durga, Bhadrakali, Amba or Jagadamba, Annapurna, Sarvamangala, Bhairavi, Chandi, Lalita, Bhavani, Mookambika.
The nine day festival of Navaratri is divided into three sets of three days each to worship and admire different aspects of mother goddess. On the first three days, the energy and power is invoked and worshiped in order to destroy all our impurities, vices and imperfections.
The next three days are dedicated to the worship of Goddess Lakshmi who fills the void that is created when a person conquers ego, anger, lust and other evil tendencies with spiritual wealth. Besides spiritual wealth, a person achieves materialistic wealth as well.
When an individual acquires victory over evil tendencies and prosperity, it is true knowledge and wisdom he/ she is deprived of. Therefore, Goddess Saraswati” the deity of art and knowledge” is invoked and worshiped on the fifth day of Navratri to seek the blessings of the Goddess.
The ninth day and the final day of Navratri celebrations mark the end of nine day long festival. Also known as ‘Mahanavami’, Kanya puja is performed to worship nine young girls symbolizing nine forms of Goddess Durga. The festival of Navaratri represents the triumph of good over evil. So, this Navratra let us all worship the Supreme Goddess to enjoy health, wealth and wisdom and make this occasion a memorable affair to remember.
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