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Mahanavami

Mahanavami

Mahanavami is the last day of the nine-day period of Sharada Navratri. It is observed in commemoration of the legend according to which Goddess Durga took the form of Mahishasura Mardhini to behead and kill Mahishasura on this day. The term ‘Maha’ defines for ‘great’, and ‘Navami’ defines for ‘ninth’, thus defining this day as the great ninth day of Navratri.

 

Time of Celebration
As already stated, it is celebrated on the last and ninth day of the Sharada Navratri period. According to Hindu calendar, it falls on Ashwin Shukla Paksha Navami, i.e. ninth day of the waxing moon of the month of Ashwin. According to Georgian calendar, it usually falls either in the month of September or October.

 

Rituals and Celebrations
1. Rituals and celebrations for this day vary from one part of the country to another. In North India, Goddess Renuka Devi or Goddess Matungi form of Shakti is worshipped, and in South India, Goddess Mahishasura Mardhini form of Shakti is worshipped.

2. As a part of rituals followed on this day, devotees offer prayers to Goddess Durga in her form of Aparajita, which means invincible. As a part of offering worships, sugarcanes are harvested and some of the sugarcane stalks are offered to deity.

3. Mahanavami day is also celebrated by worshipping Goddess Saraswati, the Hindu deity of wisdom, art, and communication. People perform Saraswati Udyapan or Saraswati Visarjan on this day. Everyone in the family including children and students, gather along to be a part of this worship.

4. The day is also observed as Mahishasura Mardhini Puja. People decorate idols of Goddess Durga and then worship her in the form of Mahishasuramardhini Alankaram. This day also marks the conclusion of the three-day and there-night period of fast of Devi Triratra Vrata.

5. In the states of Kashmir, Haryana, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Punjab and in some other western Indian states, the ritual of ‘Kanya Puja’ is organized. People invite nine small little girls in their homes and perform Shodasopachara Puja. The nine girls are believed to be the representation of the nine forms of Goddess Shakti. As a part of the worship ritual, the feet of girls are washed with milk, kumkum is applied on their foreheads, they are provided new clothes, and they are feed with special food prepared for the day. In South India, instead nine virgins, one married woman is offered Shodasopachara Puja.

6. The day is also observed as Ayudha Day, i.e. the day of worshipping arms. As a part of its observance, people offer worship to instruments, tools, books, and any sort of instrument with which one perform his work or art is worshipped.

7. In some parts of the country, especially the rural ones, animal sacrifice ceremonies are organized as under the ritual of Janthu Bali. However, this is something which is discouraged and is looked upon as irreligious by its mere nature. Government has also put a band on it.All the information given above are of general nature only, collected and reproduced for the general information only. However, if you want some specific, exclusive and deep information, you may avail our specially designed services, for satisfying your thirst of knowledge.

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