Navratri Festival- Spiritual Significance in our Life!!

Navratri in Sanskrit literally means 'nine nights';  Nav - Nine &Ratri - nights. During these days, the forms of goddess: Laxmi, Durga and Saraswati- are prayed. The former three days are tamasic, the succeeding three rajasic, and the last three are sattvic.

Navratri- A Universal Festival

All Hindus rejoice this festival at the same time in dissimilar ways in different parts of India. It is usually observed as a time for fast, followed by celebrations on the 10th day. In the case of Chaitra Navaratri, Ninth day is marked by birthday of Lord Rama called Ram Navami; and in the case of Ashwin Navaratri, the following 10th day is called Vijaya Dashami. Vijaya means victory, victory of Rama over Ravana, victory of Good over evil.

What is the Significance of Navratri Festival?

During Navratri Festival, we invoke the energy aspect of Goddess in the form of universal mother, commonly called as “Durga” which literally means the remover of sorrows and miseries of life. She is referred as Goddess (Devi) or Shakti (power or energy).

Why Nine Nights and Days?
Navaratri is divided into sets of 3 days to worship diverse aspects of the supreme goddess. On the first 3 days, the Mother is appealed as influential force called Durga to destroy all our defects, impurities and vices. The next 3 days, the Goddess Mother is adored as a giver of divine wealth, Lakshmi, who is considered to have the supremacy of conferring on her devotees the infinite wealth. The last set of 3 days is spent in adoring the mother as the deity of wisdom, Saraswati. In order to have all-round success in life, we need the blessings of all 3 aspects of the divine mother; hence, the devotion for 9 nights.

Navratri Puja Vidhi and Puja Samagri


Puja Samagri for Navratri Puja includes:

 Idol or Photo of Goddess Durga

 A clay pot with soil

 10 Coins

 Flower garland

 Chowki

 Sacred Thread (Moli)

 Akshat (raw colored rice)

 Barley seeds

 Kalash

 Coconut

 Red cloth

 Five Leaves from Mango tree

 Puja Plate 

 Chunri

 Oil Lamp

 Naivedya

 Roli for Tilak

 Incense

 Paan (Betel leaves)

 Flour

 Cardamom

 Kumkum (vermilion)

 Supari (Areca nuts)

 Cloves

  Bell

 DurgaSaptshati book

 Ganga Jal

 Gulal

 

 

The NavratriPooja is to be conducted at a specific time every day. Sunrise is considered to be the perfect time for performing the puja ceremony. Sthapana of the Goddess idol and the Kalash with coconut and mango leaves are done on the chowki on the first day.

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It is also ceremonial to sow barley seeds in a clay pot & water it. Prayers are offered to Goddess Durga and an Aarti is conducted. During day of Navratri the devotees must perform the recitation of  DurgaSaptshati. Kanya puja is executed on the ninth day of Navratri, the tradition where nine girls represented as the nine appearances of MaaDurga are revered and fed.

Important Dates for Navratri 2017:


This year due to some astronomical phenomenon, Navaratri is occurring only for eight days, second and third days are falling on April 09 only: 
  • 1st Day of Navratri : 28th March, 2017

Goddess Worshipped - Shailaputri (Daughter of Mountain)
Tithi–Pratipada
Mantra:- OM HREEM SHRI SHAILAPUTRI DURGAAYE NAMAHA

  • 2nd Day of Navratri : 29th March, 2017

Goddess Worshipped –Brahmacharini
Tithi - Dwitiya 
Mantra:- OM HREEM  SHRI BRAHAMACHARINI DURGAAYE NAMAHA

  • 3rd Day of Navratri : 30th March, 2017

Worshipped –Chandraghanta
Tithi–Tritiya
Mantra:- OM HREEM SHRI CHANDRA GHANTA DURGAAYE NAMAHA

  • 4th Day of Navratri : 31th March, 2017

Goddess Worshipped –Kushmanda
Tithi–Chaturthi
Mantra:- OM HREEM SHRI KUSHMANDA DURGAAYE NAMAHA

  • 5th Day of Navratri : 01th April, 2017

Goddess Worshipped – Skandamata
Tithi–Panchami
Mantra:- OM HREEM SHRI SKANDA MATA DURGAAYE NAMAHA

  • 6th Day of Navratri : 02th April, 2017
Goddess Worshipped –Katyayani
Tithi–Shashthi
Mantra:- OM HREEM SHRI KATYAYANI DURGAAYE NAMAHA
  • 7th Day of Navratri : 03th April, 2017

Goddess Worshipped – Kaalratri
Tithi–Saptami
Mantra:- OM HREEM SHRI KAALA RATRI  DURGAAYE NAMAHA

  • 8th Day of Navratri : 04th April, 2017

Goddess Worshipped – Mahagauri
Tithi–Ashtami
Mantra:- OM HREEM SHRI MAHA GAURI DURGAAYE NAMAHA
SARAVA MANGALA MANGALYE SHIVE SARVARTHA SADHIKE
SHARANYEI TRYMBAKE GAURI NARAYANI NAMOSTHUTE

  • 9th Day of Navratri : 05th April, 2017

Goddess Worshipped –Siddhidaatri
Tithi - Navami
Mantra:- OM HREEM SHRI SIDDHIDATRI DURGAAYE NAMAHA

As you can see above, 9 forms of Mother Durga, also known as Navadurga are to be worshiped every day with their divine mantras .Chant these mantras 108 times every day for each form of Goddess Mother Durga, in addition to the above mentioned mantra , one of the most divine beeja mantras:

OM HREEM DUM DURGAAYEI NAMAH”
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  • Ratna srivastava
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    Nice and informative article

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