HOLY DAYS OF NAVRATRI FROM 10TH OCTOBER ONWARD FOR NINE DAYS

GODDESS DURGA – THE MAHASHAKTI

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Durga means the One who is impenetrable

One who is invincible

Who is undefeatable

By any demonic force imaginable

In Vedic literature we find Her narrative

Even in epics such as Mahabharta and Ramayana

In both these epics, She was invoked for elimination of evil from the earth

In the form of Kaurva in Mahabharta and Ravana in Ramayana

Legend has it that Durg a ferocious Asura

Sequel to his severest meditation

God had granted him the boon of invincibility

But killed only a Devi Shakti – feminine nature of the God

Due to which he was filled with ego-centric tendencies

Started killing the hapless gentry

Even the Gods did not remain unaffected by his cruelty

A meeting by the Trinity – Lords Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva

Thus came into existence the Mahashati in the form of Durga

The warrior Goddess for fighting demonic forces for establishing Dharma

Mahashakti Durga appears in various manifestations

All put together, She helps the Gods and populace to attain liberation

From the demonic forces which prevailed then

And even now general masses pay their reverence

Such as remembering Her every time they face difficult moments

And pray for deliver them from their enemies within and without

Goddess talks to us in the language of silence

When mind is in peace

And is away from the desires numberless

Her music could be heard

Everything in the universe is created

Sustained and finally destroyed

To be again Created

That is everything that we make out

Has been created by the Mother Divine, so benevolent

With Her prowess so unlimited. 

NAVRATRI

Navratri is a festival with a difference

The Nine Days have got its own importance

Truly speaking in a Nine days’ wonder

Which helps us to look within

And introspect

About our own faults

And seek ways to rectify

The way we can to add to our growth spiritually

By observance of strict regime of fasts

Which helps purify our thoughts

And thereto our deeds

Thus purifying our body, mind and soul

And with it enhancing our Karmic credit

Navratri is the festival of repute

Wherein the devoted disciples

Of all shades celebrate this festival

Twice in a calendar year

First, it is in the March – April, as Chaitra Navratri

Thence October – November as the Shradha Navratri

This festival is related to  Durga Goddess

The ‘Shakti’  with her immense prowess

Who overpowered  and killed the ferocious 

Demons who killed the hapless Sadhus

Even while performing their sacred Yajunas and meditations

And also defiled the sacredness of Yajna fires.

Goddess Durga in her red attires

Mounted on the lion, so fierce

With all the weapons at her command

Which could inflict havoc on the adversary

Legends abound about the Navratri festival

Demon king Maheshasura worships Lord Shiva

The penance was so severest

That Lord Maheshwara had to grant him a boon of invincibility

That nobody, not even the Gods could kill him

Thereafter Maheshasura starts killing innocents with impunity

Then forcefully

Conquered the Seven Lokas

Including the throne of Indra.

To eliminate demon Maheshasura

Then there was confabulation between the Trinity

Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma

Along with Demi-Gods too in the company

To defeat and kill this demon turned killer and usurper 

Maa Shakti was thus created

The Mother with a boundless prowess

Or The Durga, the Warrior Goddess

The war between Maheshasur and Mother Divine

Which lasted for Nine Days

On day 9th  she killed this evil demon

Navratri symbolizes the victory of good over wickedness

On day ninth which is termed as Mahanavami

Nine young girls are worshipped

Personifying Nine Forms of Durga Goddesses

                                   These venerated young girls’ feet are washed

With fresh water and given clothes and food

Navratri too is linked with fertility of land
Folks observe the fitness of earth
By testing seeds germination in earthen pots.
Another legend tell us
King Daksha the King of Himalayan Kingdom
Was blessed with a daughter named Uma
A most beautiful one
She worshipped Lord Shiva immeasurably
So that He may accept her in marriage easily
Having pleased Lord Shiva
Thus she marries Uma
Against the wishes of his father King Dhaksha
One day King Dhaksha held a grand Yagna
All Gods except Shiva were invited
Uma wanted to attend Yagna
With Lord Shiva’s reservation 
And against His wishes even
King Daksha reprimanded her for coming uninvited
In rage, she jumps into Agni Kund (Fire-grate) and perished
And was termed as Sati
Madev as Virbadhara took King Daksha to task for this
On rebirth (as Parvati) she marries Lord Shiva again
She comes to Her parents to stay for Nine Days
And thus we celebrate these Nine Days as Navratri.
Legend also has it that Lord Rama
Worshipped Goddess Durga’s
Nine Forms for nine days
On day tenth He was able to kill powerful demon king Ravana
Thus day tenth is celebrated as Vijayadashami or Dussehra
First three days are dedicated to Goddess Durga
In the form of child; young girl and mature woman
The three varied stages of womanhood
Symbolizing victory of evil over falsehood
Next three days are dedicated to Goddess of Wealth & Prosperity
Her name is Goddess Lakshmi
She symbolizes wealth; peace and prosperity
Last three days are commemorated in the name of Goddess Saraswati
The Goddess of knowledge
In snowy white dress
Mounted on a white swan
Thus Navratri is termed as the sign
Of purity and well-being

Let this Nine Days wonder 

Be the game-changer 

And engenders peace and prosperity

And enough Wellness for all and sundry 

This is my the most sincere prayer to thee, my Mother Divine

 

NAVRATRI – THE FESTIVAL FOR USHERING PURITY OF BODY, MIND AND SOUL

MEANING OF NAVRATRI

The word NAVRATRI is composed of two syllabuses; NAVwhich means NINE and RATRI mean NIGHTS. Meditation/prayers and fasting are observed by devout during these nine days.

PURPOSE IS TO PURIFY BODY, MIND AND SOUL

A lighter refreshment of milk made products besides fruits, if taken at all, to keep light and pure in body and mind thus helping an individual to keep the body and mind pure. This also provides the devotees’ freedom from adulteration and contamination both in body. mind and soul pure.

A lighter refreshment consisting of milk made product, fruits, and nuts, keeps the body light and the digestive system gets improved thus there is a spread of fragrance of Satoguna and alleviation of Tamoguna and Rajoguna traits. Freedom from contaminated thoughts purifies our mind. Thus observance of fast or vrat (also means resolve) continuously for nine days brings about the stability of our mind and helps in enhancement of our concentration. Besides these, we exercise maximum restraints in our thoughts and deeds and behave in a dignified manner by remaining within confines of decency. All these facilitate generation of the feeling of love and affection for others, enhances peace and tranquility, a feeling of compassion for others and above all a Godly feeling. 

INTENTION IS TO LIVE A SPIRITUAL ORIENTED LIFE

Navratri is one of the most sacred festivals that the devout celebrate. It is not merely celebrated by observing some particular rituals but the devotees live a spiritually oriented life in all manifestations. The purpose is to follow the way of life which puts more stress on the subjective experience of sacred dimension. We undertake those karmic deeds during Navratri which transform some of the debit-karmic-deeds to credit-karmic-deeds which makes our personal growth and development individually and also collectively who celebrate this festival with religious fervor and enthusiasm. Moral and ethical values when followed sincerely could be imbibed as permanent habits to be followed in future too thus Navratri could prove to be a life-evolving.

All these traits enhance the credibility of an individual devotee who observes the fasts and also offers sincere prayers during these nine days with utmost devotion. The fasts help us to purify our mind, provides lightness to our body provides us an opportunity to devotees for prayers to Goddess Durga Maa – an embodiment of SHAKTI or reservoir of energy.

GODDESS DURGA WHO KILLED THE FEROCIOUS DEMON KING DURG

Mention of Goddess Durga has been found in Vedas and Puranas. Durg was a ferocious demon and Durga, the invincible warrior who killed Durg with her immense prowess. She is the warrior Goddess since she fought evil and forces which spread death and destruction. She works for demolishing demonic forces who want to establish their writ and establish the reign of terror and mayhem amongst the society besides spreading prosperity and goodwill in general masses. She defeats mythical buffalo demon – Meheshasura who had obtained a boon of invincibility from Lord Maheshwara. She is Goddess Parvati, also termed as Durga Saptashati – the consort of Lord Shiva. With her prowess, she proved herself to be unbeatable with limitless mystical powers.

SINGING OF DEVOTIONAL SONGS IN PRAISE OF THE GODDESS

Besides observing fasts, devotees organize congregations in the form of fairs and also enact programs and cultural functions in the form of group dances and devotional songs in praise of Goddess Durga and beseech her blessings  and She being such a benevolent Mother comes to their succor.

FESTIVAL IN ALL THE STATES OF INDIA CELEBRATED DIFFERENTLY

Different states in India celebrate Navratri differently but the spirit of all the celebrations is similar in nature. For example, famous ‘garva dance’ is organized in the state of Gujarat and devotional songs and dance competitions are organized in West Bengal besides prayers in the specially erected and decorated pandals is a usual phone. People visit the famous temples of Vaishno Devi in Katra (in Jammu province) besides all the temples of Goddess Durga in its different forms/manifestations attract devotees in these nine days.

The main driving force of the Navratri is to purify our thoughts and deeds thereof. During these nine days, the devout observe strict fasts; remain chaste and desist from telling lies or do anything which may tarnish their Karmic deeds. My fond wish is that  people should always behave like these NINE DAYS WONDER.

NAVRATRIS ARE THE FORERUNNERS DUSSEHRA FESTIVAL WHICH TELLS US ABOUT THE WIN OF TRUTH OVER EVIL

The Navratri festival is the forerunner for Dushera festival wherein the effigies of demon king Ravana, his brother Kumbhkaran and Meghnath (Ravana’s son) are consigned to flames to showcase to the general public as a lesson that evil, in all its dimension comes to an end and truth wins ultimately.

The first three days are celebrated on the name of Goddess Durga Mata – Goddess with immense power. For next three days she is worshipped as possessing spiritual wealth – Mata Lakshmi.

Subsequently, for next three days, she is Goddess of wisdom – the Goddess Saraswati. It bestows spiritual enlightenment besides showering an individual with success in life.

It is useful for our benefit to know the importance of each day.

  1. First Day. On the first day, Mata Durga is termed as Shailputri – the daughter of Himalaya and the consort of Lord Shiva.
  2. Second Day. Mata Durga on the second day is called as Brahmacharini which represents worship. She is the embodiment of huge reserve of power – Shakti.
  3. Third Day. On the third day, the Goddess is venerated as Chandraghanta. She is the embodiment of power and beauty.
  4. Fourth Day. On the fourth day, Maan Durga is worshipped in the form of Kushmanda – the creator of the whole universe by the power of her laughter.
  5. Fifth Day. Here on this day, Skandha – the main warrior of Gods’ army.
  6. Sixth Day. On the sixth day, Mataji takes the form of Katyayani with three eyes and four hands – all powerful and with immense grace.
  7. Seventh Day. On this day, Maan Durga takes the form of Kalratri – she is shown as black as dark night with four hands and makes the evil doers fearless.
  8. Eighth Day. On the eighth day, the Mata Durga takes the form of Maha Gauri – with beauty besides having calmness and exhibits immense wisdom.
  9. Ninth Day. On a ninth day, Maan Durga is worshiped as Siddidatri – with all the eight siddhis. In this form, she is worshiped by all.

Benefits of observing Navratri with devotion:-

  • Strict observance of fasts keep our digestive system in order and helps maintain our body healthy.
  • Fasts help in purifying our mind because we pray Goddess continuously for nine days/nights. It also enhances our focus on the subject we contemplate for completion.
  • Purification of body and mind means spiritually directed conscious mind thus a shift from negativity to positive thinking. 
  • Congregations in melas and group processions help the people to people contacts thus animosity, if any, gets obliterated and a feeling of fellow feeling and cooperation sprouts. Contact with each other enhances our outreach in the society.
  • Group dances and spiritual song competitions enhance competitive spirits in the youth and also help them direct their latent energies to productive use.
  • Devotees, in their zeal to show earnest desire to have total connectivity with Goddess Durgaji, offer singular devotion to Her during these auspicious days, reap the harvest of getting their problems solved and get ETERNAL PEACE  in their lives as a reward of this worshiping. 

 

 

 

 

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49 thoughts on “HOLY DAYS OF NAVRATRI FROM 10TH OCTOBER ONWARD FOR NINE DAYS

  1. May this NAVRATRI FESTIVAL brings about Peace & Prosperity in all the households.

    Kindly appraise the blog and comment. I love your comments.

    WITH WARM REGARDS

    HARBANS

  2. This is a memorable post, the details of which I will never remember. It had me wondering about different cultures’ myths, legends, and history; and how we all grow up with certain of these instilled into us. ‘Nine days wonder’, first cited in English in the 14th century, signifies something that carries great attention for that period and is then forgotten. You provide an excellent service for the memory of Durga, and all the other festivals you feature.

    1. Derrick Sir, my gratitude for appraising the blog in its entirety and offering your invaluable commentary.

      Derrick sir, all the cultures and traditions have something in common and this commonness makes realize the common-ground we as humans have with a common GOD. NAVRATRI (NINE DAYS CELEBRATIONS) and NINE DAYS WONDER have similarities therefore I conclude that words and its usage may be slightly different but the meaning and the source is the ONE.

      I have gone through some of the scriptures
      and find everything common. Words and phrases may differ but the ultimate meaning is the same. That is why we say; TRUTH is same anywhere and everywhere.

      WITH WARM REGARDS
      HARBANS

  3. Good morning, my dear friend across the oceans. So this is the lady that has so many arms? I will save this article to read it calmly over the week-end. A big hug. Arrivederci.

    1. GOOD MORNING DR. SAHIB.

      She is the Mother Divine who exterminated the Evil forces (Demons). These demons used to perform severest penance of TRINITY and used to get boons for invincibility and then used to create mayhem and disturbance. The DURGA helped the GODS in killing the demons thus ridding the world off the evils. s

      Kindly appraise the blog and offer your comments.

      WITH WARM REGARDS

      HARBANS

  4. Dear friend Harbans,

    Thanks for sharing these interesting information about Navaratri and Durga (the goodess) – It is a holy feast that is celebrated all-over India by Hindus. I am not so much familar with it and these celebrating traditions and its origin history – the feast reminds me, however, on Diwali – in which there was a a fight between a damon and a liberator (got his wife back from the claws of the demon) who defeated that demon and which then was celebrated all over India as light feast – this was also a fight between good and evil.

    So thanks for sharing, my dear friend 🙂
    Have a great day
    With warm greetings
    Didi

    1. Thank you Didi sir for appraising the blog in its proper perspective.

      Durga Maa – the Mother Divine is very benevolent. When the Demons exhibited their evil design towards the Sadhus and the general populace – these demons did not even care for the TRINITY. Fed up of the their cruelty, the GODS thus created MAA MAHASHAKTI DURGA who annihilated the cruel forces and rid the general masses from the evil; Maheshasura and other demons.

      We fast during these nine days simply to have purity of our body, mind and soul. We take only fruits and milk products during these NAVRATRI.

      May our MOTHER DIVINE bestow us her bounties for all of us.

      WITH WARM REGARDS

      HARBANS

      1. As I respect all world religions – I also have made Ramadan together with my Turkish friend – in Christianity and other major religions there are aslo those cleaning days in which one fastens to clean oneself inside.
        So thanks again for all your information given.
        From heart to heart
        Didi

      2. DIDI SIR, i understand that all the religions that we have are the pathways to a SINGLE SOURCE of ours. I write on EII, Christmas, Sikhism and in fact learn from each and every wisdom contained in the HOLY SCRIPTURES. All contain enlightening indeed. Sentences construction and phrases may be different but main purpose and meaning of all is the same.

        WITH WARM REGARDS
        HARBANS

      3. Yes, and love combines them all – my Master said: stay in your own religion where you born, surrounded, no need to change or to dig new wells, but important to become a good Hindu, a good Christian, a good Muslim and so on. – in this way we rise above the dogmatism with which relions confront themselves (… only my religion is right…) – in this way we adopt the religion of the heart, the religion of love but nevertheless have respect to all religions – so we have to develop us into love for everyone as in everyone God resides.

        Thank you dear Harbans – yes many ways lead to Rome…
        All the best my dear friend
        Didi

      4. Didi sir, the sagacious assertion of a true GURU inspire confidence in us. It fact all the religions convey the same meaning, there is no difference in the ultimate meaning. Only words and phrases may differ.

        Those who differentiate on the basis of caste, creed, colour or any other narrow considerations are steeped in darkness or ignorance and require the light for their enlightenment. If they come to know that all are His creations, then there will not be any violence on the basis of narrow considerations.

        WITH WARM REGARDS
        HARBANS

      5. Yes, dear Harbans, the essence of our souls is just the same as that of God – Love, Light, Consciousness are the attributes of this essence which unites us all – this is the religion of the heart (spiritual heart) on the level of the soul (not of the mind) – and when we step into the footsteps of the competent Masters we will have the same experience as they report about in their holy scriptures (to rise above the body-consciousness, beyond the worlds of matter) and then it does not matter what outer relgion, what nationality we belong to. This is the inner relgion which is innate in each human heart.

        Thank you very much, my dear friend Harbans 🙂
        May God bless you
        Didi

      6. Didi sir, fact remains proper know-how about the connection of our soul with God is lacking and this is the reason we are always in confusion. In this confusion we commit such mistakes which bring us still more miseries in our lives. This is partly due to lack of guidance from ‘competent Masters’; to whom to believe and whom not to is also a moot point.

        Your commentaries on different spiritual topics are really enlightening.

        WITH WARM REGARDS
        HARBANS

      7. Thank you very much, dear Harbans – in the end we may summerize it in a few words: due to the Law of Karma, due to ignorance, due to our mind and ego (lack of right understanding), due to the Law of Grace by God (who connects us with the competent Master) , due to misunderstandings and due to lack of real longing for God, surrender to God, lack of receptivity, lack of the true impact of spirituality, lack of true love…

        Thank you so much, my dear friend. Your comments are always contributing to the subject 🙂
        Be warmly embraced from heart to heart
        Didi

      8. Didi sir; I am obviously thankful to you for the enlightening commentaries on the spiritual journey from our birth onward.

        WITH WARM REGARDS

        HARBANS

      9. Let us give this credit to the all the competent Masters who have given us some understanding and taught us the right way to live.

        I am also thankful to you, dear Harbans 🙂
        From heart to heart
        Didi

      10. Affirmative Didi sir; when we want to learn something enlightening we’ve to become a student and the other one a teacher of a Guru. The lives of competent Masters will have a lasting impression on our lives. Their hard earned greatness transmits love and light to us and we’re get what is our spiritual and other needs. Only thing which we should keep in mind that we should always keep ourselves open for the light to enter our being. The one who says that he/she has learnt everything is a close mentality and remains where he/she is.

        Your kind writing is always an inspiration for me.

        WITH WARM REGARDS
        HARBANS

      11. Thank you very much, my dear friend Harbans 🙂
        I appreciate all your writing 🙂
        In one point we need to be careful: It is right to be open-minded, but nevertheless we have to be very much attentive that we do not fall victim to so-called masters or false prophets. This may happen when we are open and let enter everything in us. So we have to be careful what enters our mind and what not. Unfortunately there are many good people who fell victim to those self-made masters, because they were open-minded but did not differentiate enough. With the power of discrimination we may avoid that tricky things may enter our open mind which otherwise would have fatal consequences.

        I think you know all this too, but it is necessary to mention it as well so that other readers may benefit from it too and remain careful what they allow to enter their mind and what not.

        Thank you very much, my friend. I am happy for your presence 🙂
        Warm greetings from my heart
        Didi

      12. My gratitude to you Didi sir for your advice on our so-called Masters who have opened their shops just to hoodwink the gullible. I shall always take what is good from them but not to be wholly influences by their externally seemingly good speeches but are not touching our hearts.

        I am obviously thankful to you for your advice.

        Today, I am going to HADWAR TODAY.

        WISHING YOU HAPPY DUSSEHRA (I HAVE PENNED A WRITE-UP. KINDLY APPRAISE AND OFFER YOUR KIND COMMENTS.

        WITH REGARDS
        HARBANS

        THANKS AND REGARDS
        HARBANS

      13. Thank you dear friend 🙂

        By the way in Hardwar, a holy place, also part of Sant Kirpal Singhs Ash was put into the water, and also part of the ash of Dr. Harbhajan Singh and his wife Biji Surinder Kaur. Good journey my friend.

        In Novevember I go to India, Kirpal Sagar, it would be great to meet you there some day, of course if you are interested in it.

        For responding to your writing “Happy Dussehra” I will need a few day’s time.

        The subject about so-called masters is really huge which I cannot put in a few words, they work for the Negative Power “Kal”, and most of them do not even know it – I love all people, every creation in the garden of God – but I handle it like this as the great Masters used to say: “God loves the sinners, but not their sins…”

        All the best my friend
        From heart to heart
        Didi

      14. Didi sir, thanks a lot for your commentary on Haridwar – a holy place where we immerse the ashes or last remains in the sacred river Ganga. Thanks also for the information on immersion of ashes of Sant Kirpal Singh’s Ash and others revered personages.

        The sacred river Ganga serves us from our birth to death. Besides being the source of water for millions, its water is used for irrigating the fields and even after ashes are immersed in the river after the final journey of life.

        It would be my privilege and honour to meet you while you are in India. Kindly let me the date and time of your arrival.

        Your writing has been a source of inspiration and enlightenment for me.

        WARM REGARDS
        HARBANS

      15. Dear Harbans,

        I am happy that you like to meet me. Is it possible for you to come to Kirpal Sagar? It is about 360 km nortwards from Dehli, destrict Nawanshar, near Rahon. Here ist the full address: Kirpal Sagar (Near Rahon), Distt. Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahar) PUNJAB-144517, INDIA – because when my friend and I arrive on 10th November about 15 minutes past 00:00 – then it takes about another 1-2 hours before we come out of the airport (delhi airport) – right after that we go by bus to Phillour (which takes about 7-8 hours) from there we are fetched by a car sent by Kirpal Sagar, which is then about 1 hour more to drive. Son in this case, only if you can manage, it would be great to see you in Kirpal Sagar, there is a Guesthouse too, free of charge. So you can also stay there some time, if you like and I could show all places and tell something about it in Kirpal Sagar. We are going to stay there for 2 weeks.

        So have a great time, my friend and all good wishes
        Didi

      16. DIDI Sir, thanks a lot for giving your itinerary to KIRPAL SAGAR. We have planned our visit to my hoe town JAMMU AFTER DIWALI. We shall be leaving Dehli on 8th Nov 2018 and coming back from there on 13th Nov 2018.

        I have noted down the address of KIRPAL SAGAR, I shall see if I could visit the place and meet you there but I shall not be able to stay there since I have office commitments too here at Delhi. But I shall try visiting the Holy Place – if God destined.

        WITH REGARDS
        HARBANS

      17. Dear Harbans,

        That would be really great if we can meet personally 🙂 The trip to Kirpal Sagar can be made in about 5 to 6 hours with a normal car, best is of course a night time drive. We also celebrate Diwali in Kirpal Sagar 🙂 – Yes, lets see what God will arrange 🙂

        From heart to heart
        Didi

      18. Didi sir I would be going to Jammu – my home town on 8th Oct and would be back by 15th Oct.

        I shall apprise you when I shall visit Kirpal Sagar in order to meet you in person. I have the address with me. God willing, I shall visit the place and see for myself the place where COMPETENT MASTERS enlightened multitudes.

        WITH REGARDS
        HARBANS

      19. Thank you dear Harbans: if it is possible for you, you can come on 16th November as it is a special celebrating day (Bhandara: Kirpal Sagar was founded on this day and in 2007 the Symbols of Truth (Gurdwara, Mosque, Temple and Church) were inaugurated at the 16th of November. Kirpal Sagar is shining then with lots of decorations and the students of the Kirpal Sagar Academy perform nice plays. – This would be an unforgettable day for you and would introduce you to my friends coming from many countries as well.
        All is in His hands and lets see what is His plan.

        Have a great time my friend
        All good wishes
        Didi

      20. Didi sir: lets see what is store for me – whatever would be destined. If I would be able to come I will consider myself fortunate to see in person the sacred place where there is no difference between any religions. All are paid due respect .

        WITH WARM REGARDS
        HARBANS

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