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Navratri 2020

Navratri 2020


What is Navratri? 
 ‘Navratri’ is a Sanskrit word which is constructed with two words ‘Nav’ means nine and ‘Ratri’ means night. These nine nights are celebrated throughout India. It's a nine day-long festival where people worship nine divine forms of the Mother Goddess or Adi Sakti. It is also celebrated as the victory of Good over Evil. it is believed that these days Goddess descends to Earth to end all evil. Sharad Navratri is celebrated in Ashwin Shukla paksha. 


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Navratri story :
There are two well-known stories behind Navratri 

In Ramayana, it is said that when Lord Rama was preparing to go in a battle against Ravana he worshiped Devi Adi Shakti or Ma Durga. As Ravana was a great warrior so Rama wanted to seek blessings of Mother Goddess before going to battle. But it wasn't the right time for Devi's worship. At that time Devi was been worshiped in time of Spring. Lord Rama invoke mother Goddess before time so its called ‘Akal Bodhan’ or invoking Devi in wrong time. But later it became famous as Sharad Navratri or Navratri celebrated at the time of Sharat. After getting the blessing of Mother Goddess he battled with Ravana and killed in a day of Dussehra. 

There is another story. It is said that once upon a time there was an A Asura king called Mahishasur threw Devta’s out of their residence ‘Swarga’ and also started tortured people of earth. The Asura had a boon from Lord Brahma that he can not be defeated by any male so all God and devotees went invoking Devi Adi Shakti to rescue them from this demon. She fought with Buffalo demon Mahishasur for nine long days and finally killed him at Navami night. This form of Devi is known as ‘Mahishasura Mardini’ means the annihilator of Mahishasur.

Why is Navratri celebrated?
Navratri is celebrated to worship female power or worshiping Adi Shakti who is believed to be the source of all powers and Prakriti. 
It is celebrated to seek blessing from Mother Goddess. 
It is also a celebration of the victory of Good over evil. 
During this period people invoke Goddess to come to earth and annihilate the evil from here. 
People celebrate this festival to offer their devotion to the supreme Goddess. 


Navratri importance:

In these nine days of Navratri people worship nine forms of Shakti known by nine different names. 


Durga
Bhadrakali
Amba/Jagdamba
Annapoorna Devi
Sarvamangala
Bhairavi
Chandika/Chandi
Lalita
Bhavani
Mookambika

In few places in these nine days, people worship Nav Durga or nine forms of Durga 


1st day - Devi Shailputri (she born as the daughter of Mountain Himalaya that's why she is been called as Shailputri means daughter of the mountain. She is the first form of Navdurga and also known by the names of  Bhavani, Parvati or Hemavati. She is depicted with two hands. In one hand she carries a trishul or trident and on another hand, she carries a lotus flower. Her mount is bull and she is Goddess of the Moon.)


2nd Day- Brahmacharini (She did severe penance to get Lord Shiva as her husband. This maiden form of Devi Parvati who did this penance is called as Brahmacharini. She is the epitome of simplicity. She is depicted with two hands. In one hand she carries a rosary or japamala and on another hand, she carries a kamandula. She walks in barefoot. Her other names are Tapascharini, Aparna and Uma. She is the goddess of Marse. )


3rd Day- Chandraghanta(This is a married form of Devi when she adorned her head with half-moon she started to know as Chandraghanta. Her other names are Chandrakhanda, Chandika, and Rannchandi. She is a Goddess with ten hands who mounts on tiger, carries a weapon and gives assurance of protection to her devotees with her Avaymudra. She is the goddess of Venus.)


4th Day- Kushmanda (To give energy to universe Goddess Parvati took a form who resides inside the sun. this form is known as Goddess Kushmanda. It is believed that she possesses healing powers. She rides a lioness and has eight hands. She has Kamandal, Dhanush, Bada and Kamal, AmritKalash, Jap Mala, Gada and Chakra in her hands. It is said that she created the Universe with a flash of her silent smile. She is Goddess of Sun.)


5th Day- Skandamata (When Goddess became the mother of Kartikeya or Skanda she was named as Skandamata or mother of Skanda. She mounts on a lion. She is depicted with four hands. She carries lotus flowers and baby Skanda. She governs the planet Mercury.)


6th Day- Katyayani (she is the warrior Goddess. When the demon king Mahishasur created havoc in ‘Swarg’ and earth all Gods and devotees went to Goddess Parvati to rescue them as Mahishasur has a boon that no male can defeat him. Then she took the form of a warrior Goddess in ashram of sage Katyan. All the Gods including Tridev gave a part of their energy and best of their weapons to her to prepare for the battle. As all this happened in Ashram of sage Katyan so this form is known as Katyani. Her other name is Mahishasur Mardini as she killed Mahishasur in this form. She rides in a lion and carries weapons. She governs the planet Jupiter.)


7th day- Kalratri (She is the most ferocious form of NavaDurga and is known for destroying evil and removing darkness from the universe.to kill Asura Shumbha and Nishumbha Goddess Parvati took the avatar of Kalaratri. It is said that these two Asura kings won a battle with Devtas and captured Devlok that is the abode of Devtas. After getting kicked away Gods prayed to Goddess Parvati to help them to defeat the asuras. It is then when Devi took Kalaratri avatar.

This avatar is the destructive form of the Goddess. She rides a dark black donkey. Her is dark black in complexion and she has four hands. She carries a weapon to fight with evils and also gives assurance of protection with her Avayamudra. she licked the blood of demon Rakta Beeja, who had the boon that when his blood will fall on earth then more demon-like him will be created. Because of this, she is also known as Goddess Shubhankari. She is Goddess of Saturn.) 

8th Day- Mahagauri(She is the most beautiful and pure form of NavDurga. Due to her extremely fair skin she is known as Mahagouri. She rides in a bull, carries a trident and Damaru in her hands. She is Goddess of Rahu. )

9th Day- Siddhidhatri (this is the first form of Devi Adi Shakti when she first took a shape. She is worshiped to achieve siddhis. She sits on a lotus or lion, carries Gada, Chakra, Shankha, and Padma in her four hands. She is Goddess of Ketu.) 

In some places in these nine days of Navratri people worship Goddess Durga for the first 3 days, Goddess Lakshmi for the next 3 days and Goddess Saraswati for the last 3 days.  

Navratri celebration: 
Throughout India, people celebrate Navratri in many ways. Actually different states of India celebrate this festival in different ways. 

In West Bengal, Orisha, Assam, and Bihar

During Navratri West, Bengal celebrates Durga Puja which is the biggest festival of Bengal. They celebrate the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasur. Here Goddess is considered as a daughter who comes to her maternal home once a year with her children from her adobe Kailash. Last few days are actually celebrated here either from Shasti or Saptami till Dashami. In the day of Shasti Puja starts with the Bodhan and ends in Dashami with Baran, Sindurkhela, and Visharjan. There is a mood of festivals everywhere people do pandal hopping as there were many clubs and associations arrange Barowari or common Puja where they worship the large idol of Goddess Durga. Beats of Dhol and Dhak creates magic in puja. People do Dhunuchi nuch which is specially performed during Durga Puja only. Many families also arrange puja in their home also. Orisha, Assam, and Bihar also celebrate Durga Puja. 

Gujrat

In Gujrat people celebrates a  very colorful and vibrant Navratri. They celebrate these nine days with folk songs, their famous dance form Dandiya raas and Garba. They worship Goddess Shakti by keeping fast and does evening aarti of devi with an earthen pot with diyas which is called as garbi. Many associations organize Dandiya night to celebrate this festival with a bang where both men and women take part in Dandia Dance. 

Tamilnadu

Tamilnadu celebrates Navratri with its unique way called Bomai Kalu. here they make a temporary staircase and decorates it with Kolu dolls. Kolu Dolls are passed on from generation to generation. 

Karnataka

In Karnataka previously known as Mysore Navratri is popularly known as ‘Naada Habba’. They celebrate it by processions of elephants, fairs and other handicrafts. 

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

People of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana celebrate Bathukamma Panduga during Navratri. They dedicated these Nine days to Goddess  Maha Gauri. Here it is a celebration of womanhood.  Here women make the flower in a traditional way with local flowers and perform a ceremonial dance. At the end of Navratri, these flowers then set afloat on any water body.

Kerala

Kerala being the education-oriented state they worship Goddess Saraswati the goddess of education and culture in the last 3 days of Navratri. People of Kerala believes the day of Dussehra is auspicious for starting to learn music, songs, and dance so on this day they introduce children to the world of knowledge and culture. 

Maharashtra

For people of Maharashtra, Navratri is the new beginning of things, so they consider this occasion as the best time for buying the property or making business deals. Married women apply haldi and kumkum on each other's forehead. They also enjoy Dandiya raas in every nine nights of Navratri. 

Punjab

In Punjab, people do Puja in their house and fast for the first 7 or 8 days. They break their fast in either Astami or Nabami by worshiping nine little girls assuming them as representatives of nine forms of Shakti. Punjabis arrange Jagratas where whole night they sang religious songs dedicated to Mata Rani or Ma Shakti. These days they eat Navratri special veg dishes without onion and garlic.  

Delhi and Northern India

In Delhi and other parts of Northern India also people keep fast for nine days. Their people arrange Ramleela or act of Ramayana is been performed by actors. They arrange for other cultural function also and finishes the celebration with Dussehra. 

Navratri Date:
Navratri 2019 starts on 17th October with Pratipada and ends on 26th October.

It is a festival people are excited about. People wait a whole year to celebrate this festival.  

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