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“Dholitaro dhol bhaje, dhol bhaje, dham dham baje dhol” will now be heard from every alley to square as navratri comes with all its gusto and vibrant colors. Heavily jeweled women in their bespeckled dresses would be seen dancing with their male counterparts exuding energy, which would even make a non-dancer to pick up a pair of dandiyas and do some steps. That being said, we all love to watch or go for garbas, but so many of us are not even aware of the tradition behind Navratri. The nine-day festival which is held in the celebration of divine feminine Maa Durga and celebrating the triumph of good over evil.
Shailputri: The Daughter Of Mountains
The festival kick- starts with the pooja dedicated to incarnation of Devi Parvati, Shailaputri. The name is made up of two words-“Shail” means mountain and “putri” means daughter. She is the daughter of the king of mountains Himavan, also known as the direct incarnation of “Mahakali”. In this form, she is worshipped as the companion of Lord Shiva.
Brahmacharini" The Way To Moksha
On 2nd day, Maa Brahmacharini is worshipped, another form of Parvati. She is embodiment of love and peace. Holding rosary in one hand, she also symbolizes wisdom and knowledge.
Chandraghanta The Symbol Of Bravery
Another form of Goddess Parvati, Maa Chandraghanta is worshipped on the 3rd day of. After her marriage to Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati adorned her forehead with half-chandra or moon. She symbolizes beauty but also bravery and fearlessness. She is depicted as having 10 hands and 3 eyes, with the tiger as her mount.
Kushmanda: The Creator Of Universe
The goddess who sits upon a tiger and is possessed of eight arms, holding both weapons and rosary, is worshipped on the 4th day of this highly awaited festival. Maa Kushmanda is believed to be the creative power of universe and possesses “solar” like aura.
Skandamata: The Commander In Chief of War
On 5th day, the mother of kartikeya (Skand), Maa Skandmata is worshipped. She has a lion as her mount and is possessed of four arms. She personifies motherhood and depicts the ferocious nature of a mother when it comes to protecting her child.
Katyayani: The Manifestation Of Courage
Born to a sage, Katyayana, she is an incarnation of Durga and is shown to exhibit courage w. Known as the warrior goddess, she is considered one of the most violent forms of Goddess Parvati. In this avatar, Katyayani rides a lion and has four hands.
Kalratri: The Symbol Of Peace & Prayer
The seventh day is for the most vicious form of Durga, Maa Kalariti. She has dark skin, with bountiful hair. Her two hands hold a cleaver and a torch, while the other two is in the mudra of “giving” and “protecting”. It’s believed that Devi took this form to kill two demons- Sumbha and Nisumbha.
Maha Gauri: The embodiment Of Intelligence
The fairest of all Durgas, Maa Mahagauri is worshipped on the day of Durgaasthami. She symbolizes intelligence and peace. The color associated to this day is Pink which depicts optimism.
Siddhidhatri: One Who Showers Bliss
On the last day of this auspicious festival, Maa Siddhidhatri is revered on Navami. She is depicted as sitting upon a lotus, having four arms and with the power of granting 26 different wishes to her devotes. She is also known as goddess Saraswati.