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Nine Days of Navratri | Nine Days of Navratri Goddess

Nine Days of Navratri

Navratri is a festival dedicated to Goddess Durga. There are 4 Navratri that comes in a year. 2 of Navratri are said as Gupt Navratri and celebrated by religious devotees while the other 2 are widely celebrated.

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Nine Days of Navratri


Navratri is one of the Most Important Hindu Festivals celebrated with much excitement, joy, and devotion. Since the festival continues for 9 days, each day has its own importance and meaning. 

Here, we are going to talk about 9 different forms of Navdurga worshipped during the Navratri festival. We will also talk about the significance of Each day of Navratri.


 According to a Hindu tradition, it is believed that there are three major forms in which Goddess Durga manifested her as-

  1. MahaSaraswati- who is the active energies (Shakti) of Brahma
  2. Mahalakshmi- who is the active energies of Vishnu
  3. Mahakali- who is the active energies of Rudra


It is believed that without these goddesses the gods will lose all their powers.

These three forms of Durga further manifested in three more forms each, and thus emerged the nine forms of Durga, which are collectively called Navadurga or Nine Durgas:


Shailputri - First Day of Navratri


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Navratri Goddess-Shailputri

The first day of Navratri is devoted to Goddess Shaiputri. "Shail" means mountains; "Putri", the daughter of the king of Mountains Himavan, is known as "Shailputri". Her 2 hands display a trident and a lotus. Maa Shailputri is mounted on a bull.

Significance:

On the first day of Navratri, people propitiate her to attain the highest state of consciousness. Know More about Devi Shailaputri. Visit here:- First Day of Navratri


Brahmacharini – Second Day of Navratri

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Navratri Goddess- Brahmacharini

The second day of Navratri is devoted to Goddess Brahmacharini. Brahmacharini is the holy form of Goddess Parvati in which she undertook penance to have Lord Shiva as her consort. One hand of Maa Brahmacharini holds a "Kumbha" or water port and the other hand holds a rosary. She personifies love and loyalty. Maa Brahmacharini is a storehouse of knowledge and wisdom. Rudraksha is her most adorned ornament.


Significance:

This day is especially sacred to meditate and explore people's inner divinity. Know more about Devi Brahmacharini. Visit here:- Second Day of Navratri


Chandraghanta – Third Day of Navratri

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Navratri Goddess- Chandraghanta

The third day o Navratri is devoted to Goddess Chandraghanta. Maa Durga "Shakti" is astride a tiger, displays a golden hue to her skin, and possesses 10 hands and 3 eyes. Eight of Her hands display weapons while the remaining two are respectively in the mudras of gestures of boon giving and stopping harm. Chandra + Ghanta, meaning supreme bliss and knowledge, showering peace and serenity, like a cool breeze on a moonlit night.

Significance:

The day is all about withdrawing from all vagaries of the minds with a significant focus on the mother divine. Know more about Devi Chandraghanta. Visit here:- Third Day of Navratri


Kushmanda – Fourth Day of Navratri

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Navratri Goddess- Kushmanda

The fourth day of Navratri is devoted to Goddess Kushmanda. She possesses eight arms, holding weapons, and a mala or rosary. Her mount is a tiger and she emanates a solar-like aura. "Kush+ Manda" means to see cosmic vivacity in Pindi shape or knowledge of cosmic intricacies in the human race. The abode of Maa "Kushmanda" is in Bhima Parvat.


Significance:

Devi Kushmanda blesses everyone with her divine energy.


Skandamata – Fifth Day of Navratri

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Navratri Goddess- Skandmata

The fifth day of Navratri is devoted to Goddess Skandamata. On the fifth day,, people worship Devi Parvati's motherly aspect. She uses a lion as a vehicle and holds her son, "Skand" in her lap while displaying 3 eyes and 4 hands. Two hands hold lotuses while the other 2 hands respectively display defending and granting gestures. It’s said that by the mercy of Maa "Skandmata", even the idiot becomes an ocean of knowledge such as "Kalidas".


Significance:

She brings an abundance of wealth, power, prosperity, and wisdom.


Katyayani – Sixth Day of Navratri

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Navratri Goddess- Katyayani

The sixth day of Navratri is devoted to Goddess Katyayani. As Maa "Katyayani" stayed in the Ashram of sage Katyayan for penance, hence she was named "Katyayani". Maa Katyayani is also astride a lion with 3 eyes and 4 arms. One left-hand holds a weapon and the other a lotus. The other 2 hands respectively display defending and granting gestures. Her complexion is golden-colored.


Significance:

People worship Devi Katyayani on the sixth day to put to rest all their inner foes that are obstacles on the journey of spiritual evolution.


Kalaratri – Seventh Day of Navratri

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Navratri Goddess- Kalratri

The seventh day of Navratri is devoted to Goddess Kalaratri

Black skin with bountiful hair, She has 4 hands, 2 clutching a cleaver and a torch, while the remaining 2 are in the mudras of "giving" and "protecting". Maa Kalaratri is mounted upon a Donkey. The destroyer of darkness and ignorance, "Kalaratri" is the seventh form of Nav-Durga meaning scourer of darkness or enemy of darkness. Maa Kalratri's famous shrine is in Kolkata.


Significance:

Devi Kalratri is one infinite dark energy that lights and houses many universes. Thu she represents the dark night.


Mahagauri – Eighth Day of Navratri

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Navratri Goddess- Mahagauri

The eighth day of Navratri is devoted to Goddess Mahagauri

She has 4 arms with the fairest complexion of all the Durga Shaktis. The peace and compassion radiate from her blessings and she is often dressed in a white or green sari. Mahagauri holds a drum and a trident are often depicted riding a bull. Mahagauri can be seen in a temple at Kankhal near pilgrim Centre Haridwar.


Significance:

Devi Mahagauri symbolizes a serene and beautiful aspect of Nature. She is the energy that spreads into lives and liberates people. Know more about Devi Mahagauri. Visit here:- Eighth Day of Navratri


Siddhidatri – Ninth Day of Navratri

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Navratri Goddess- Siddhidatri

The ninth day of Navratri is devoted to Goddess Siddhidatri.

Ensconced upon a lotus with 4 arms, and is the possessor of 26 different wishes to grant her devotees. Maa Siddhidatri's famous pilgrim Centre is located in Nanda Parvat in the Himalayas.


Significance:

Devi Siddhidatri makes the impossible possible. She takes people beyond the logical mind to explore the realm beyond space and time. Know more about Devi Siddhidatri. Visit here:- Ninth Day of Navratri


The nine manifestations of Maa Durga that are worshiped with fervor during Navratri, are believed to lift the divine spirit in us and help us to overcome obstacles and get liberated from unnecessary qualities and filled with new freedom and purity.


All these nine names of Goddesses are described in "Devi Kavacha" of the Chandipatha scripture. Also called the Devi Mahatmyam or Devi Mahatmya ("Glory of the Goddess"). It is a Hindu religious text describing the victory of the goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura.


As part of the Markandeya Purana, it is one of the Puranas or secondary Hindu scriptures and was composed in Sanskrit around 400-500 CE, with authorship attributed to the sage (Rishi) Markandeya. Devi Mahatmyam is also known as the Durga Saptashati or Chandi Path.


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