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Navratri festival



The festival of Dussehra will be celebrated on Vijayadashami on 15 October.

Bhagwati will come on horse and go on elephant

In the Navratri Festival, the arrival and departure of Bhagwati takes place on four riders. It includes elephant, horse, palanquin and boat rides. According to the pundits, considering the importance of Udaya Tithi, the rituals of Navratri will start on Tuesday. But the arrival of Bhagwati is happening from Monday evening itself. While the movement is in the day on Tuesday on Mahanavami. Mother's ride on Monday is horse. Whereas on Tuesday Bhagwati's ride is an elephant.


Worship Method and Ghat Establishment

On the first day of Navratri festival, after bathing etc., after paying obeisance to Mother Earth, Gurudev and Ishta Dev in the house, Ganesh ji should be invoked. After this the Kalash should be established. After this, put mango leaves and water in the vase. Keep the coconut containing water on the Kalash in a red cloth or red Molly. Put one almond, two betel nut and a coin in it. After this, invoke Maa Saraswati, Maa Lakshmi and Maa Durga. Worship all the forms of Mother Goddess by lighting Jots and incense sticks. At the end of Navratri, sprinkle the water of the Kalash in the house and distribute the prasad after worshiping the girl.


Nine Goddesses of Navratri

During the Navratri festival, nine forms of Mother Goddess are worshipped. Let's learn about each day in order:


Day 1: Shailputri

Goddess Shailputri is worshiped on the first day of Navratri festival. This story is famous in the Puranas that after being pleased with the tenacity of the Himalayas, Aadya Shakti descended in the form of her daughter and Navratri begins with her worship.



Day 2: Brahmacharini

In order to get Lord Shankar as her husband, due to the hard penance of Parvati, the three worlds bowed before her. This form of Goddess is illuminated by the intensity of penance. He has a garland for chanting mantras in his right hand and a kamandal in his left.


Day 3: Chandraghanta

This is the fierce form of the goddess. Hearing the sound of their bell, the destructive forces immediately flee. Sitting on a tiger and equipped with many weapons, Mother Chandraghanta is always ready to protect the devotee.


Day 4: Kushmanda

This very special form of Bhagwati is worshiped on the fourth day of Navratri festival. It is believed that the universe was born out of their laughter. In the hands of Ashtabhuji Mata Kushmanda holds kamandal, bow-arrow, lotus, nectar-urn, chakra and mace. In her eighth hand she holds a rosary giving desired results.


Day 5: Skandmata

Skandmata, the fifth form of Bhagwati, is worshiped on the fifth day of Navratri festival. The goddess has a son, Kumara Kartikeya (Skanda), who was made the general of the gods in the Devasura-sangram. In this form, the goddess is sitting with her son Skanda in her lap. Skandmata bestows bravery on her devotees.


Day 6: Katyayani

Pleased with the severe penance of Katyayan Rishi, Bhagwati appeared to him in the form of a daughter and was called Katyayani. Katyayani was incarnated to kill Mahishasura. This goddess is unfailingly fruitful. The gopis of Braj worshiped Goddess Katyayani to get Lord Krishna as their husband. Girls who are not getting married or are facing obstacles, they should worship Katyayani Mata.


Seventh day: Kalratri

On the seventh day of Navratri festival, there is a law to worship Kalratri on Saptami. This is the formidable form of Bhagwati. Mounted on Gardbha (donkey), this goddess is also holding an iron thorn and a khadga (dagger) in her hands. Seeing their terrible nature, the destructive forces flee.


Eighth day: Mahagauri

There is a law to worship Mahagauri on the Ashtami of Navratri festival. This is the gentle form of Bhagwati. This quadrilateral is seated on Mother Taurus. He has a trident and a damru in his two hands. Vara and Abhay are donating with the other two hands. Bhavani did very severe penance to get Lord Shankar as her husband, then his complexion had turned black. Then when Shiva anointed them with Gangajal, then it became glorified. That is why she is called Gauri.


Ninth day: Siddhidatri

The Siddhidatri form of Bhagwati is worshiped on Navami, the last day of the Navratri festival. All accomplishments are attained only by their compassion. Other gods and goddesses also worship him with the desire to achieve the desired accomplishments. Mother Siddhidatri is Chaturbhuji. In his four arms, he is holding a conch shell, a chakra, a mace and a padma (lotus). In some scriptures, her vehicle has been described as a lion, but the mother is seen sitting on a lotus (Padmasana) in her popular form. With the worship of Siddhidatri, the rituals of Navdurga Puja in Navratri are completed.

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