One among the famous Hindu festival is Navratri which comprises nine beautiful days-night celebrations in honor of Maa Durga for her act of killing the demon, Mahishasura.
This nine-day festival is beautifully enjoyed all across the country by Hindu trustees. All days are dedicated to nine different avatars of Maa Durga, thus named Navdurga.In Sanskrit, its meaning is nine nights.
There are four Navratri throughout the year, which are enjoyed very excitingly by the Hindus. Among the four, two large celebrated Navratri-Chaitra Navratri come during the spring season.
Next is Shardiya Navratri, which falls during the autumn season. Shardiya Navratri mainly lies between the period of Pratipada to the Navami of Ashwin Shukla Paksha.
This year, the nine-days festival of Navratri will start on September 26 and will get end on October 5, 2022.
The nine-day festival of Navratri is celebrated for the victory of good over evil. Maa Durga has killed the demon Mahishasura and devasted bad things. The whole story began when the Lord Brahma blessed the Mahishasura with the gift of immortality when he showed a deep dedication to him.
But the boon was with one condition; if it is a woman, nobody can save him. But the demon hasn’t taken care of this talk; he thought no woman had the power to defeat him and thus started to terrorize people living on the earth.
Nobody, even God, failed to stop him from devasting things. Thus, after all this, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Shiva all combinedly collected their energies to make the Goddess Maa Durga which can destroy the Mahishasura.
Maa Durga was equipped with lots of weapons by these three combined powers. It was around for ten days till which the battle lasted. At last, when Maa Durga turned her into the buffalo, Maa Durga finally defeated the demon Mahishasura.
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During the nine days of Navratri, devotees worship the nine avatars of Maa Durga, getting blessings for whole days. Every day of Navratri is linked with the incarnation of the Goddess. All the devotees prayed to the Goddess and wanted God to make life prosperous, happy, and fulfilling.
In North India, especially in regions of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarkhand, Gujrat, and Madhya Pradesh, the event of Ramlila is organized on a large scale during the nine days of Navratri.
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DAY 1:On this first day of Navratri, the Goddess Shailputri, one of the manifestations of goddess Durga is worshiped on this glamorous day. On this day, the Goddess "Shailputri" is admired as a little girl and kid of the mountain. Yellow is accepted as the first day of Navratri.
DAY 2:The second day of Navratri is devoted to Goddess "Brahmacharini". The color of this day is green, and all devotees put sugar bhog (pasad) in front of Goddess Brahmacharini to get blessings.
DAY 3: The next day belongs to Goddess "Chandraghanta", also known as the Goddess of peace and tranquility. All devotees give lots of honor to the Goddess Chandraghanta on this beautiful third day of Navratri. The day's color is grey, and Maa Durga is wholly dressed in grey. Along with this, devotees donate milk to make the Durga Maa happy on her day.
DAY 4:On the fourth day of Navratri, which belongs to Goddess "Kushmanda".It is believed that if you keep fast on this day, Goddess Kushmanda will heal all your aches and illnesses. The color of this day is orange.
DAY 5:Fifth day is also important among all the other days of Navratri. White color is treated as a color of the day. In Hindi, it is known as Panchami. On this day, the Goddess "Skandamata" is worshiped with lots of devotion. All devotees are encouraged to dress up with the new garments, and in fruits, the banana is addressed as a popular bhog on this day.
DAY 6: On the sixth day of Navratri, a lot of adoration is offered to the Goddess "Katyayani". For addressing the prayer in front of God, devotees dress up in crimson color dresses along with bhog of honey.
DAY 7:On the seventh day of Navratri, their devotees honor the Goddess "Kaalratri". All devotees dressed up with royal blue clothes on this day and offered jaggery bhog to Goddess.
DAY 8: On this second last day of Navratri, the Goddess "Mahagauri" is offered a lot of adoration. It is believed that one can atone for all his sin if he worships Goddess Mahagauri on the eighth day of Navratri. The color of the day is pink. Every devotee tries to offer bhog of coconut to the Goddess Mahagauri on this day.
DAY 9: It is Navratri's final and ninth day, also commonly known as Navmi. The day is dedicated to the Goddess "Siddhidatri".On this day, all devotees break their nine days fast after doing the final pooja with Maa Durga with Havan. Goddess Durga is admired and worshiped in all forms to this day.
Even though the days overlap, both these are different things. On the days of Navratri, Goddess Durga is worshipped for nine days for the victory of Rama over Ravana. On the other side, Durga Puja is celebrated as the victory of Durga over the Mahishasur.
Along with praying to the Goddess and invoking her blessings, fasting act as a spiritual cleaning mechanism for your body which, as a result, would give your soul a feeling of inner peace.
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