Happy Navratri to all of you!!!
So today is the first day of the nine days of Navratri when our days and nights are spent celebrating dancing and worshipping deity Durga.
Navaratri Maha Navaratri Sharad Navratri Durga puja Dussehra various names but one message remains same that is the victory of good over bad.
Across India, this 9-day long festival is celebrated to honor the Goddess Durga in all her Avatars ( forms).
Different states celebrate Navratri in their own way and that’s what makes it more special.
So in this post, I am not going to tell you about the ways in which Navratri is celebrated in India but about the reasons for its celebration.
There are various Stories related to Durga Puja each has its own significance in different parts of India but as I said the message is one victory of good over evil.
There was a demon called Mahishasur one of the fiercest Demons. Manisha meaning buffalo, asur meaning demon, therefore, he was the buffalo demon.
he obtained a boon with his several penances that he cannot be killed by a male. He started creating destruction everywhere. And was in a continuous war against the Devas.
in one such war Lord Indra was defeated by him and then all the day was assembled and combined their divine energy into Goddess Durga.
Goddess Durga challenged Mahishasur that if he would defeat her she would marry him. It is believed that the battle last date for 9 long days and on the 10th day Durga killed Mahishasura (day of victory).
Also, she is called Mahishasura Mardini for this reason only.
You all must have seen the idols depicting this scene where Goddess Durga slew Mahishasura.
Another story says that Lord Rama worshipped goddess Durga for 9 days to seek her blessings to kill Ravana and bring Sita back. It is believed that he killed Ravana on the 10th day and that is why this day is called Dusshera when 10 headed Ravana was killed.
Now let’s talk about all the nine forms of Durga(Nav Durga) that we worship during these nine days of Navratri.
1. Shailputri – daughter of mountains ( Himalaya)
2. Brahmacharini – unmarried form of Durga.
3. Chandraghanta – the married form of Durga
4. Kushmanda – signifies power and capability
5. Skanda Mata – mother of God of War
6. Karthiyayini – to destroy the demon Mahishasura
7. Kaalratri – fiercest and ferocious form of Durga. Manifests to destroy the Demons.
8. Mahagauri – Forgiving goddess, forgives and purify sinners. Goddess at the age of 16.
9. Siddhidatri – Half Shiva and half Shakti form. She bestows all types of siddhis that is supernatural powers.
So this was all about the 9 days long Navratri celebration and the story behind Navratri and also about all the nine forms of Goddess Durga. Once again I wish you a very happy Navratri. Feel the festivity in the air spray and eat lots of lots of lots of sweets!!!