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Navratri 2014 and its Significance
Navratri Festival
Navratri, the word is formed using two words 'Nava' and 'Ratri'. Nava means nine and Ratri means nights hence
Navratri literally means nine nights. During the festival of Navratri, Maa Durga is worshipped and revered in Her
various forms for ten days and nine nights. In 2014 the Navratri Festival will be celebrated from 25
to 3
October, 2014. Navratri is celebrated with much gusto in the Hindu calendar month of Ashwin which is
around September-October as per the Gregorian calendar. Although Navratri is celebrated multiple times during
the year but the Navratri celebrated on the onset of winter in the month of Ashwin is considered as most important
one and auspicious to perform Navratri Puja.
This Navratri is also known as Maha-Navratri or Sharad Navratri. The onset of winter and the nine nights of
Navratri are considered as most auspicious period to perform devotional sadhanas, worship Goddess Durga and
perform Navratri Puja. The nine manifestations of Goddess Durga are worshipped each day of Navratri these incarnations are Goddess Shailputri, Brahmcharni,
Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri. Worshipping the nine Goddess is the primary ritual of any Navratri Puja.
Rituals of Navratri Festival 2014
First 3 days (1
- 3
day of Navratri): The first three days of the nine days are dedicated to Goddess Durga, the Goddess of power, on the first day barley
seeds are sown in a mud pot and the pot is kept on the Puja Altar.
Second 3 days (4
day of Navratri): The second three days of the nine days are dedicated to Goddess Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity.
Third 3 days (7
day of Navratri): The next three days of the nine days are dedicated to Goddess Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge and learning.
Mahanavami : Navratri culminates with Mahanavami. Kanya Puja is performed on Mahanavami in which nine young girls (pre-puberty) representing the nine forms
of Goddess Durga are worshiped and fed.
Navratri Puja Vidhi and Puja Samagri
Puja Samagri(Items) which is used for Navratri Puja includes :
Photo or Idol of Goddess Durga of Navdurga A clay pot with soil Barley seeds Kalash Coconut
Red cloth Five Leaves from Mango tree Flower garland 10 Coins Chowki
Sacred Thread (Moli) Akshat (raw colored rice) Incense Chunri Oil Lamp
Naivedya Roli for Tilak Puja Plate Bell Flour
Durga Saptshati book Ganga Jal Supari (Areca nuts) Paan (Betel leaves) Cloves
Cardamom Kumkum (vermilion) Gulal
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During nine days of Navratri Festival Goddess Durga is worshipped for all nine days. Its best to conduct the Puja at a particular time each
day, sunrise is considered as the best time. On the first day Sthapana of idol of Goddess Durga and the Kalash with mango leaves and
coconut is done on the chowki. Also barley seeds are sown in the clay pot and watered. Offer the prayers to Maa Durga and conduct
Aarti. To worship Goddess Durga one may recite the Durga Saptshati each day of the Navratri. On the ninth day of Navratri, Kanya Puja
is done in which 9 girls (who havent attained puberty) symbolizing nine manifestations of Maa Durga are worshipped and fed.
Navrati 2014 and corresponding Colors of nine days
Pratipada Navratri Day 1 September 25, 2014 (Thursday) Yellow
Dwitiya Navratri Day 2 September 26, 2014 (Friday) Green
Tritiya Navratri Day 3 September 27, 2014 (Saturday) Grey
Chaturthi Navratri Day 4 September 28, 2014 (Sunday) Orange
Panchami Navratri Day 5 September 29, 2014 (Monday) White
Sashti Navratri Day 6 September 30, 2014 (Tuesday) Red
Saptami Navratri Day 7 October 1, 2014 (Wednesday) Blue
Ashtami Navratri Day 8 October 2, 2014 (Thursday) Pink
Navami / Vijayadasami Navratri Day 9 October 3, 2014 (Friday) Violet
Legends of Navratri Festival in India
There are different legends associated with Navratri in different parts of India :
North India: In North India it is believed that once there was a might demon Mahishasura who performed penance for Lord Shiva and gained unlimited power.
Drunk with power he started terrorizing heaven and earth, terrified Gods asked Lord Shiva for help. Lord Shiva asked all Gods to combine their powers and create a
divine female warrior Goddess Durga. Goddess Durga fought demon Mahishasura for nine days and nights and at the end of the ninth night She beheaded the
demon. Thus the tenth day of Navratri is also celebrated as Vijayadashami.
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Another legend is that Lord Ram worshipped Maa Durga in Her nine manifestations for nine nights before the war with demon king Ravana. On the tenth day
Lord Ram slayed the demon king Ravana. Thus the nine nights are celebrated as Navratri and the tenth day as Vijayadashami or Dusshera.
East India: In East India it is believed that Maa Uma, the daughter of king Daksha, the king of the Himalayas was a devotee of Lord Shiva and wanted to marry
Him. To win over Lord Shiva Maa Uma performed severe penance and managed to please Lord Shiva. But king Daksha wasn't pleased with his daughter choice
and once when he organized a Yajna he didn't invite Lord Shiva. Angered with Her husband's insult Maa Uma ended Her life by jumping into the agnikund of the
Yagna. Thus Maa Uma came to be known as Goddess Sati, Maa Uma took re-birth and again won Lord Shiva as her groom. It is believed that during Navratri, Maa
Uma comes down to earth every year with Ganesh, Kartik, Saraswati and Laxmi and two of her best friends Jaya and Bijaya.
Navdurga Navratri Puja- The nine forms of Goddess Durga worshiped during Navratri
1st Day of Navratri : 25
September, 2014 (Thursday) 2nd Day of Navratri : 26
September, 2014 (Friday)
Shailputri (Daughter of Mountain)
Goddess Shailputri is the first among the nine forms of
Durga. Goddess Shailputri is worshipped on the first day of
Navratri. The word 'Shail' means mountains and 'Putri' means
daughter, thus the name as Goddess Shailputri is the
daughter of the King of the Mountains Himalaya.
Shailaputri Maha Puja
Goddess Brahamcharini is the second among the nine forms
of Durga. Goddess Brahamcharini is worshipped on the
second day of Navratri. The word Brahamcharini means the
one who observes penance (tapa). Goddess Brahamcharini
personifies love, loyalty, wisdom and knowledge. Rudraksha
beads are Goddess Brahamcharini most adored ornaments.
Brahamcharini Maha Puja
3rd Day of Navratri : 27
September, 2014 (Saturday) 4th Day of Navratri : 28
September, 2014 (Sunday)
Goddess Chandraghanta is the third among the nine forms of
Durga. Goddess Chandraghanta is worshipped on the third
day of Navratri. The word Chandraghanta means knowledge,
bliss, peace and serenity. Goddess Chandraghanta is
depicted with a half-circular moon on her forehead.
Chandraghanta Maha Puja
Goddess Kushmanda is the fourth among the nine forms of
Durga. Goddess Kushmanda is worshipped on the fourth day
of Navratri. The abode of Goddess Kushmanda is the
Bhimaparvat. Goddess Kushmanda is depicted with eight
arms holding weapons and a mala (rosary).
Kushmanda Maha Puja
5th Day of Navratri : 29
September, 2014 (Monday) 6th Day of Navratri : 30
September, 2014 (Tuesday)
Skanda Mata
Goddess Skanda Mata is the fifth among the nine forms of
Durga. Goddess Skanda is worshipped on the fifth day of
Navratri. Goddess Skanda Mata gets Her name as She is
depicted holding Her son Skanda on her lap. It is believed
that with blessings of Goddess Skanda Mata any individual
can become an ocean of wisdom and knowledge.
Skanda Mata Maha Puja
Goddess Katyayani is the sixth among the nine forms of
Durga. Goddess Katyayani is worshipped on the sixth day of
Navratri. Legends go that once there was a sage named
Kata; Sage Kata underwent hard penance and pleased
Mother Goddess Durga. Goddess Durga granted the wish of
Sage Kata and was born as Goddess Katyayani a daughter
to Sage Kata.
Katyayani Maha Puja
7th Day of Navratri : 1
October, 2014 (Wednesday) 8th Day of Navratri : 2
October, 2014 (Thursday)
Goddess Kaalratri
Goddess Kaalratri is the seventh among the nine forms of
Durga. Goddess Kaalratri is worshipped on the seventh day
of Navratri. Goddess Kaalratri is the destroyer of darkness,
enemies and ignorance. Goddess Kaalratri is depicted with
black (or blue) skin with bountiful hair and 4 hands, Her
vehicle is a faithful donkey.
Kaalratri Maha Puja
Goddess Maha Gauri:
Goddess Maha Gauri is the eighth among the nine forms of
Durga. Goddess Maha Gauri is worshipped on the eighth day
of Navratri. Goddess Maha Gauri has the fairest complexion
among all forms of Durga. Goddess Maha Gauri radiates
peace and compassion and is often depicted riding a bull.
Maha Gauri Maha Puja
9th Day of Navratri : 3
October, 2014 (Friday)
Goddess Siddhidatri
Goddess Siddhidatri is the ninth among the nine forms of Durga. Goddess Siddhidatri is worshipped on the ninth day of Navratri. Goddess
Siddhidatri is the grantor of 26 different wishes and eight Siddhis to Her devotees. Goddess Siddhidatri is depicted with four arms, ensconced in a
Siddhidatri Maha Puja
What's in store this Navratri
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Puja Thali - silver Nav Durga Silver Coins
Dandiya Sticks - Design III Dandiya Sticks - Design IV Dandiya Sticks - Design I Dandiya Sticks - Design II
Nav Durga Maha Pujan and
Puja at Durga Temple (Monkey
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Set of 15 Rudrakshas Beads
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Durga on Lion - I
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