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Navratri – Festival Of Nine Nights & Its Significance

Every festival in India is celebrated with full enthusiasm which brings joy and happiness into ones life. India is known for its unity in diversity, festivals are the reasons for the same: Land of Festivals truly incredible India. Navratri is one of the longest festivals celebrated throughout the country. It is celebrated every year from all over India in two times Shardiya Navratri (September – October) or Basanti Navratri (March – April). Most of the people don’t know that there are four Navratri in a year but only two will be celebrated.

Every festival has its own story and Navratri has its own story too. As the name describes Navratri which means nine nights. The first three days are dedicated to Maa Durga, the other three days are dedicated to Lakshmi Mata and the last three days devoted to Saraswati Maa. The tenth day which we called as Vijayadashami, signifies the victory over all these three perspective of life. Navratri is one of the longest festivals of India and can celebrate in many different ways like Garbha, Dandiya, Ramlila, Golu etc. People wear beautiful and colorful clothes and can do Dandiya, Garba, and Folk Dance.

Navratri Celebrations

Festival Of Positivity Over Negativity

During the Navratri days, the three forms of the Divine Mother are invoked Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. Maa Durga is worshipped in her nine forms and the names of all Devi is Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalaratri, Mahagauri and Durga. Nav Durga is worshipped in her nine forms to put an end to all the evils. People wake up all night and burn a Akhand Jyoti for 9 days. On this auspicious days people fast whole day and can only break next day in the morning. Some people fast 9 days and can only break when the kajak pooja is complete. On these special days people sing Maa Durga songs and Mata ke bhajan.

Nine Forms Of Nav Durga & Its Significance

Shailaputri

The first among the Navdurga is Shailaputri. The word derived in two parts Shaila+putri. Shaila symbolize stone and Putri symbolize daughter (Beti). When the mind changes, chanting the name of Shailaputri inspired the brain to be stir or committed. The Devi gives us power, courage and patience.

Brahmacharini

The second Devi is Brahmacharini which means purity and purity gives us a lot of strength. Brahma symbolise infinity or  Charya means changeability. So Brahmacharini means moving beyond the infinity. It means knowing your immense nature. You are not simply the body; you resemble a sparkle of light.

Chandraghanta

On the third day of Navratri festival, the Devi devoted as Chandraghanta. Chandra refer as moon and Ghanta means Bell. The moon is directly connected to the mind and the Ghanta symbolise alertness. Chanting the name of the Mata Chandraghanta. It brings mind in our control with increased alertness.

Kushmanda

The Fourth Devi is Kushmanda which means Pumpkin. A Pumpkin has number of seeds, and each and every seed of pumpkin contains the potential for some more pumpkins. It describes the creative power and eternal nature. Kushmanda Devi has the power can contains the entire creation inside her.  Devi  Kushmanda has the power who can give you the most creative energy.

Skandamata

Skandamata signifies the mother of Skanda (Lord Karthikeya). A Skanda word symbolises the skillful or capability. The Devi riding a lion with the child Skanda on her lap. This means fearlessness and empathy. Here the lion signifies the courage while skandamata signifies compassion. When we pray Mata Rani gives us skills, innocence, courage and compassion.

Katyayani

Katyayani represents the finer qualities of being in a relationship. Unmarried Girls pray for a good husband. Katyayani brings you the blessing of healthy marriage. It provides the surety of marriage with a sense of security, commitment, togetherness etc.

Kaalaratri

Kaala means time and Ratri means deep rest. Devi Kaalaratri signifies the deepest rest and it is the way you can achieve energy. Kaalaratri also called as Kaali.

Mahagauri

Maha signifies extremely and Gauri refers as white, which means purity. Maha Gauri creates lifelong bonds and loyalty in relationships. Another meaning of Gau is knowledge. When we pray to Gauri she gives you the wisdom.

Siddhidatri

The last and the one of the most powerful form of Goddess Durga is Siddhidatri. She fulfills your all desires. She protects us from all our troubles and sufferings. One will be honoured with a glad life and positivity in life.

Top Most Powerful Mantras To Chant During Navratri

Here is a list of Mantras that people mentioned in these nine days of Navratri. So Chant these powerful Mantras on Navratri and make your life more peaceful and joyful.

Shailputri

ॐ ह्रीम श्री शैलपुत्री दुर्गायै नमः |
ॐ देवी शैलपुत्र्यै स्वः |
वन्दे वंचित लाभाय, चंद्रार्धकृतशेखराम |
वर्षारूधाम शूलधरां शैलपुत्रीम यशस्विनीम ||

Brahmacharini

ॐ ह्रीम श्री ब्रह्मचारिणी दुर्गायै नमः |
ॐ देवी ब्रह्मचारिण्यै नमः |
दधाना कर पद्माभ्यामक्षमाला कमंडलू |
देवी प्रसीदतु मई ब्रह्मचारिण्यनुत्तमा ||

Chandraghanta

ॐ ह्रीम श्री चंद्र घंटे दुर्गायै नमः |
ॐ देवी चंद्रघंटयई नमः |
पिंडज प्रव्रुद्ध चण्डकोपास्त्रकैर्युता |
प्रसादं तनुते माध्यम चन्द्रघण्टेति विश्रुता ||

Kushmanda

ॐ ह्रीम श्री कुष्मांडा दुर्गायै नमः |
ॐ देवी कुष्मांडायई नमः |
सुरासंपूर्ण कलशं रुधिराप्लुतमेव च |
दधाना हस्तपद्माभ्यां कुष्मांडा शुभदास्तु में ||

Skandmata

ॐ ह्रीम श्री स्कन्द माता दुर्गायै नमः|
ॐ देवी स्कन्दमातायई नमः |
सिंहासङ्गताम नित्यं पद्मांचित करद्वया |
शुभदास्तु सदा देवी स्कन्दमाता यशस्विनी ||

 Katyayani

ॐ ह्रीम श्री कात्यायनी दुर्गायै नमः |
ॐ देवी कात्यायन्यायि नमः |
चंद्रहासोज्ज्वल करा शार्दूलवरवाहना |
कात्यायनी शुभम दद्याद देवी दानवघातिनी ||

 Kaalratri

ॐ ह्रीम श्री काल रात्रि दुर्गायै नमः |
ॐ देवी कालरात्र्यायी नमः|
एकवेणी जपाकर्णपूरा नग्न खरास्थिता |
लम्बोष्ठी कार्णिक करनी तैलाभ्यक्तशरीरिणी ||
वाम पादोल्लसल्लोहलता कान्ताक्भुषणा |
बर्धन मूर्धामे ध्वजा कृश्णा कालरात्रिर्भयंकरी ||

Mahagauri

ॐ ह्रीम श्री महा गौरी दुर्गायै नमः |
ॐ देवी महागौरयाई नमः |
श्वेते वृषेसमारूढा श्वेताम्बरधरा शुचिह |
महागौरी शुभम दद्यान्महादेव प्रमोददा ||
स्राव मंगल मांगल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थ साधिके शरण्ये त्र्यम्बके गौरी नारायणी नमोस्थुते ||

Siddhidatri

ॐ ह्रीम श्री राम नवमी दुर्गायै नमः |
ॐ देवी सिद्धिदातरयायी नमः |
सिद्ध गन्धर्व यक्षदयिरसुरैरमरैरपि |
सेव्यमाना सदाभूयात सिद्धिदा सिद्धिदायिनी ||

Mouth Watering Food That You Can Eat During Navratri Fast

If you are fasting in Navratri for all 8 or 9 days you must maintain a good diet. A good diet is very important for your body because your body wants nutrients. If your body is healthy you are healthy. There are so many foods that you can eat during the fasting. These are just few foods which you can eat during in your Fast. You can also mix and match according to your choice and taste. So i am sharing some healthy or delicious foods which you can eat in your fast.

Morning: You can drink Lemon Water without salt and sugar, Fruit chat + curd, Milk + Banana shake, Aloo Tikki with Dahi or Tea and Boiled aloo chat with curd.

Lunch: You can make Kuttu Roti with Pumpkin or Aloo ki Sabji. You can also eat salad.

Evening: A cup of Tea or coffee + Vrat Namkeen, Special Potato Chips for Fast, Roasted Makhane + Peanuts.

Dinner: Roasted or Grilled Paneer, Sama Rice + Curd, Ghiya or Cucumber Raita, Salad

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Article written by Preeti Gautam

Necessity is Mother of Invention. For me, Never thought I would be writing articles, it just evolved in me. Intention behind this blog is to share some things I observed, learnt or experienced. Knowledge Shared is Knowledge Gained. Preeti Gautam: 25| Female| Mass Media| Enthusiast