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07 October,2021 | By Brainwonders
Navaratri is a nine-night celebration that is celebrated by Hindus that takes place every year in the fall. It is observed and celebrated differently in different regions of the Indian cultural realm for various reasons.
Navratri 2021 is a festival that lasts for nine nights, starting on October 7th and ending on October 15th. This event, also known as Sharda Navratri, takes place in the Hindu lunar month of Ashwin. This is also one of the oldest celebrations, stretching back to unimaginable ages.
Navratri is celebrated in all parts of India in different forms. Many states in India celebrate the 9 days festival by worshipping the goddess Durga by devoting the Garba to the Goddess. Some other states follow other ways to celebrate the festival like Pujo in West Bengal and Raam Leela in northern parts of the country.
The Navratri mythology tells of an epic fight between the mighty demon Mahishasura and Goddess Durga. Lord Brahma granted Mahishasura immortality on the condition that the mighty Mahishasura could only be destroyed by a woman. Mahishasura battled the Trilok—earth, heaven, and hell—with the benefit of immortality and confidence. Because he could have been only defeated by a woman, the Gods appealed to Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Shiva for assistance in defeating their greatest foe. Afterwards, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva created the Goddess Durga to defeat the demon mahishasura.
She fought Mahishasura for 15 days and nights. Throughout the battle, Mahishasura changed his appearance to mislead Goddess Durga. When the demon assumed the appearance of a buffalo, the Goddess Durga used her 'Trishul (a forked sword) to puncture his chest, instantly killing him. Hence on each day of Navratri, Goddess Durga is worshipped to celebrate the victory of truth and good over evil.
On this Navratri 2021, let us look at the importance of Navratri. On the Nine days of Navratri, 9 forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped.
Day 1: Shailaputri
On this Day, Devi Shailaputri is worshipped who is the avatar of Mountain's daughter Maa Parvati.
Day 2: Brahmacharini
On the second day, Devi Parvati's unmarried incarnation, Brahmcharini, is worshipped with fervour.
Day 3: Chandraghanta
After marrying Lord Shiva, Parvati decorated her forehead with Ardha Chandra. As a result, on the third day, she is revered.
Day 4: Kushmanda
Maa Kushmanda is worshipped on the fourth day and is considered to be the universe's creative power.
Day 5: Skandamata
Skandamata, the mother of Skanda (Kartikeya), is honoured on the fifth day.
Day 6: Katyayani
Katyayani is a warrior goddess and on Panchami, the sixth day of the Hindu calendar, Hindus pay their respects to her.
Day 7: Kaalratri
On the seventh day, we worship Maa Kaalratri, one of Maa Durga's most fierce forms.
Day 8: Mahagauri
Ashtami is one of Navratri's most fortunate days. On the eighth day, Devi Mahagauri is worshipped, and she represents serenity and intellect.
Day 9: Siddhidatri
On the ninth day, Goddess Siddhidatri form of Goddess Durga is worshipped.
...and many more Modern Day forms of Goddess Durga continue to inspire us every day!
This Navratri 2021, we continue to salute the power of women and celebrate their inspiration to the world.
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