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Worshiping Goddess Mahagauri – Eighth Day of Navratri   

The eighth day of Navratri festival is known as “Ashtami”. On this day, Maa Mahagauri is worshipped, who is the eighth manifestation of the Goddess Durga. Maha Gauri is a manifestation is of Goddess Parvati.  The meaning of Maha Gauri is Maha (great or extreme) and Gauri (white complexion). The Goddess Maha Gauri rides in a white Vrishabha (Bull) and wears pure white cloths adorned with white ornaments.

Worshiping Goddess Mahagauri – Eighth Day of Navratri   

Goddess Mahagauri

She is represented with four arms seated on a Vrishabha (bull). Her upper left hand holds Trishul (trident), lower right hand carries Damru (hand drum) and other two hands are in different Mudras (positions).

According to Hindu Mythology it is believed that when Maa Paravati observed a hard sacrament to obtain Lord Shiva in the forest of Himalayas, she had lost her beauty and developed a dark complexion. But when Lord Shiva accepted her great devotion, Shiva washed the body of Paravti with pure water of “Ganga”. After getting washed with the water of “Ganaga” Maa Paravti regained her original beauty. Due to this she came to be recognized as “Maha Gauri”, meaning “extremely white” and became prominent as the consort of Mahadev (Lord Shiva).

Worshiping Goddess Mahagauri – Eighth Day of Navratri   

Goddess Mahagauri

Chant this mantra to worship Maa Mahagaur
श्वेते वृषे समारूढा श्वेताम्बरधरा शुचिः |
महागौरी शुभं दद्यान्त्र महादेव प्रमोददा ||
Śvētē vr̥ṣē samārūḍhā śvētāmbaradharā śuciḥ |
mahāgaurī śubhaṁ dadyāntra mahādēva pramōdadā ||

Worshiping Goddess Mahagauri – Eighth Day of Navratri   

Goddess Mahagauri

If her devotees pray for their hearts then Goddess, Maha Gauri fulfills the desires of her devotees. Maa Mahagauri’s glory is some much powerful. Goddess is the symbol of purity, serenity, peace and calmness.  Her devotees observe fast on ashtami to seek divine blessings of the powerful Maa Mahagauri

Worshiping Goddess Kaalratri – Seventh Day of Navratri  

Today is the saptami tithi of Ashwin Mass of Shukla Paksha and the Moon is in Mool Nakshatra. So the day is referred for Maa Kalratri. Maa Kalaratri is the seventh Shakti of Maa Durga. The seventh day of Navratri pooja is dedicated to Durga Kalratri. This is the most violent form of Godess Durga. Kalaratri means the One who is “the Death of Kaal”. Here Kaal is dedicated as time & death. Kalaratri is the one who destroys ignorance and removes darkness.

Goddess Kaalratri

Goddess Kaalratri

She has four hands. The left two hands hold a torch and a cleaver while the right two hands are in the form of giving blessings. She is seated on a donkey.

Goddess Kaalratri

Goddess Kaalratri

According to Hindu Mythology Named Raktabeej obtained a boon from Brahma. She got a boon from Brahma that as soon as his blood would touch the ground, he would multiply. After getting this boon Raktabeej started creating destruction on the earth. It became impossible to kill him since he would multiply by hundreds and thousands as the drops of his blood fell on the ground. She like the blood of Raktabeej before they fell on ground in this way she killed the Raktabeej.

Goddess Kaalratri

Goddess Kaalratri

Chant this mantra to worship Maa Kaalratri…
वाम पादोल्ल सल्लोहलता कण्टक भूषणा |
वर्धन मूर्ध ध्वजा कृष्णा कालरात्रि भर्यङ्करी || 

Vāma pādōlla sallōhalatā kaṇṭaka bhūṣaṇā | vardhana mūrdha dhvajā kr̥ṣṇā kālarātri bharyaṅkarī ||

Appearance of Maa Kalratri is very dangerous. But she always gives good fruits. So devotees should not get afraid of her.

Worshipping Goddess Katyayani  –Sixth Day of Navratri 

Nava-ratri’ is one of the most important Hindu festivals in the country. It is celebrated with immense zeal and enthusiasm all over the country. On the sixth day, the goddess is worshipped as Katyayani. Maa Katyayani has 3 eyes and 4 hands. She holds a sword in Her one left-hand and a lotus in another. The other 2 hands respectively show protecting and allowing actions.

Goddess Katyayani

Goddess Katyayani

The sixth manifestation of Goddess Durga worshipped on Navratri Shasti is ‘Katyayani’. The goddess is known as Katyayani because she was born to Sage Katyayan.

According to Hindu Mythology, it is believed that long time ago there was a renowned sage called ‘Maharashi Kat’. His son Rishi Katyayan was a great devotee of Devi Bhagwati (Durga) and performed eras of hard penance to delight her. The Goddess pleased with the hard penance of Katyayan then Rishi Katyayana prayed Goddess to take birth as his daughter. Maa Bhagwati accomplished his wish and took birth on the earth in the form of the daughter of Sage Katyayana.

Goddess Katyayani

Goddess Katyayani

After some time when cruelty of demon Mahisasur crossed the limitations, all devtas including Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh  requested to Devi Durga to end the torment of Mahishashur. On Vijadashami she killed Mahishasura and freed all the gods from his atrocities.

Goddess Katyayani

Goddess Katyayani

Goddess Katyayani is worshipped with the chant of following Mantra

या देवी सर्वभू‍तेषु माँ कात्यायनी रूपेण संस्थिता।

नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:1।।

Goddess Katyayani eliminates all the troubles and sufferings from the life of her devotees. The devotee feels a strong sense of enlightenment by worshipping her.

Worshipping Goddess SkandaMata– Fifth Day of Navratri 

The fifth manifestation of Devi Durga is known as Maa Skandamata. Maa Skandamata is Worshipped on the Fifth day of Navratri. Goddess is the mother of Kumar Skanda or shiva’s Son Kumar Kartikeya. Thus being the mother of Skanda she is Skandamata.

Worshipping Goddess SkandaMata– Fifth Day of Navratri 

Goddess SkandaMata

In her image she holds him(Her son Kumar Skand) in her lap. The image of Devi Skandamata portrays her having four arms, three eyes and a bright complexion, depicted seated on a lotus flower in her idol and therefore is called as Padamasani.

Worshipping Goddess SkandaMata– Fifth Day of Navratri 

Goddess SkandaMata

According to a tradition story a great demon named as Tarakasur asked Lord Brahma to shower his blessing to make him immortal. At this Brahma saying none can escape death. But Taraksur asked for the death by the son of lord Shiva because he thought Lord Shiva would never get married.

Worshipping Goddess SkandaMata– Fifth Day of Navratri 

Goddess SkandaMata

But when he got all blessing and power from Brahma he started to cause destruction on the earth. Then all Devatas requested Lord Shiva to get married. Lord Shiva agreed and married Goddess Parvati. In this way their child name Kartikeya or Skand Kumar, demolished Tarkasur. Devi Skandmata is a symbol of the mother-son relationship.

Chant this mantra to worship Goddess Skandamata…

सिंघासनगता नित्यम पद्माश्रितकरद्वया |
शुभदास्तु सदा देवी स्कन्द माता यशश्विनी ||

Siṅghāsanagatā nityama padmāśritakaradvayā |
śubhadāstu sadā dēvī skanda mātā yaśaśvinī ||

Skandmata laid the foundation of mother son relationship. The devotees get immense love and affection from the goddess who devotes her in this manifestation.

Worshipping Goddess Kushmanda – Fourth Day of Navratri

Fourth day of Navratri begins with the blessings of Goddess Laxmi. The fourth day is dedicated to fourth form of Goddess Durga Goddess Kushmanda. Maa Kushmanda is the fourth manifestation of Goddess Durga. She is considered to be the creator of universe. She is the creator of this universe with her divine smile. She created the whole universe when there was no existence of any creation and there was eternal darkness in every direction.

Worshipping Goddess Kushmanda - Fourth Day of Navratri

Goddess Kushmanda

Maa Kushmanda has eight hands therefore she is known as Ahstabhuja. The one who has eight arms. She has the power to reside inside the deep sun. Her body shines like glowing sun. In the appearance of Maa Kushmanda holds Kamandal (A water vessel), Lotus, Rosary and Weapons like Bow, Arrow, Discus, Mace.

Worshipping Goddess Kushmanda - Fourth Day of Navratri

Goddess Kushmanda

On the auspicious fourth day of Navratri pooja, this personification of Goddess Durga is religiously Worshiped with full of veneration. Devotees chant Mantra, Stotra, Durga Stuti and admire Goddess Kushmanda to delight her.

Worshipping Goddess Kushmanda - Fourth Day of Navratri

Goddess Kushmanda

The Goddess Kushmanda should be worshipped by Chanting the followed Mantra:

या देवी सर्वभू‍तेषु माँ कुष्मांडा रूपेण संस्थिता।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।

Ya devi Sarvabhuteshu Ma Kushmanda Rupen Sansthita

Namastaseya Namastaseya Namastaseya Namoh Namah ||

In Hindu mythology, it is believed Devi Kushmanda provides the energy to improve intellect to her devotees. She shows right path to their devotees.

Goddess Brahmacharini is Worshiped on Second Day of Navratri

The second form of Maa durga is Goddess Brahmacharini. Her name denotes ‘Brahmacharini’ which mean ‘Brahma’ (penance) or strong influencing tapasya. The Goddess performs Tapa or hard penance. She is depicted as pious women or Sannyasin, who mediates and likes simplicity. The unmarried meditating form of Goddess Parvati is worshiped as Goddess Brahmacharini.

The form of Goddess Brahmacharini is extremely radiant and majestic. Maa (Goddess) signifies love and loyalty, wisdom and knowledge.  It is believed that Brahmacharini is the true example of a goddess who performed extreme hard penance to obtain Lord Shiva.

Goddess Brahmacharini is Worshiped on Second Day of Navratri

Goddess Brahmacharini

She spent hundreds of year eating very little or nothing at little. She practiced tough penances as she was determined to obtain Lord Shiva as her divine consort. After long and tough penance her desire to obtain Lord Shiva as her divine consort was eventually fulfilled. Her penance is so pure and had so much strength.

Goddess Brahmacharini is Worshiped on Second Day of Navratri

Goddess Brahmacharini

Maa Brahmacharini is in a form of Sanyasini so she holds a rosary (Jap mala) in her right hand and a Kamandal in her left hand. She wears Rudraksha. The meaning of the ‘Brahmacharini’ is who performs ‘Tapa’ (Penances).

Navratri Puja Mantra
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ ब्रह्मचारिणी रूपेण संस्थिता।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।
दधाना कर पद्माभ्याम अक्षमाला कमण्डलू।
देवी प्रसीदतु मई ब्रह्मचारिण्यनुत्तमा।।

Yā dēvī sarvabhūtēṣu mām̐ brahmacāriṇī rūpēṇa sansthitā |
Namastasyai namastasyai namastasyai namō nama: ||
Dadhānā kara padmābhyāma akṣamālā kamaṇḍalū |
Dēvī prasīdatu ma’ī brahmacāriṇyanuttamā ||

Goddess Brahmacharini is Worshiped on Second Day of Navratri

Goddess Brahmacharini

Goddess Brahmcharini blesses you with great emotional strength and you may be able to keep your mental balance and confidence even in the darkest hour. She inspires you to hold on to your ethics and march on the path of duty.

First day of Navratri: MAA SHAILPUTRI 

Durga puja or Navratri festival is one of the most celebrated festivals in India. The festival is celebrated by worshipping Goddess Durga and her nine different incarnations. On this auspicious festival devotees worship nine Devi’s and also fast for all the nine days.

वंदे वाद्द्रिछतलाभाय चंद्रार्धकृतशेखराम |
वृषारूढां शूलधरां शैलपुत्री यशस्विनीम् ||

Vandē vāddrichatalābhāya candrārdhakr̥taśēkharāma |
vr̥ṣārūḍhāṁ śūladharāṁ śailaputrī yaśasvinīm‌ ||

One of all nine forms of Devi Durga is worshipped every day in Navaratri. The first form of Maa Durga is Shailputri, who was born to the King of Mountains. “Shail” means mountain and “putri” means daughter. Goddess Shailputri is worshipped on the first day of Navratri.

First day of Navratri: MAA SHAILPUTRI 

First day of Navratri: MAA SHAILPUTRI 

Navratri is celebrated in most Indian states. However Navratri is very popular festival in the western states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and the southern state of Karnataka. On the very first day of Navratri,

She is also known as Goddess Parvati the consort of Lord Shiva & mother of Ganesha and Kartikeya. In the Navratra festival the worshiping Mother Goddess has a half moon in her forehead & she is holding a trident in her right hand & lotus flower in her left hand. she rides on mount Nandi a bull.

First day of Navratri: MAA SHAILPUTRI 

First day of Navratri: MAA SHAILPUTRI 

In Shivpurana and Devi Bhagvatam the story of mother goddess is written as: In her earlier birth maa was born as a daughter of Dakhsh Prajapati named Sati. She was married to lord shiva. But she got burnt in the yogic Fire in a sacrificial ceremony organized by her father Prajapati Daksh. Because because she could not bear the insult of her husband Lord Shiva by her father Prajapati Daksha..

Navratri Festival Celebrations 2015

Navratri literally means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit; Nav – Nine and Ratri – nights, Symbolizing victory of positivity over negativity, During these nine nights and ten days, the three forms of the goddess -Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi – are invoked. “Nava-ratri” literally means “nine nights.” This festival is observed twice a year, once in the beginning of summer and again at the onset of winter.

Navratri 2015 starts on the 13th of October. Navratri is a Hindu festival celebrated by Hindus with all nine days with great joy. It represents the nine manifestations of the powerful and benevolent Goddess Durga.

Navratri Festival Celebrations 2015

Navratri Festival Celebrations 2015

In this Hindu festival Maa Durga is worshipped in her different incarnation for ten days and nine nights. Main ritual during the Navratri Puja is to worshipping the nine forms of Durga. It is the most auspicious period to perform devotional sadhanas, pray to Goddess Durga and perform the Navratri puja. On the tenth day of this festival, known as Vijayadashami or Dussehra (Dasara) the idols of Goddess Durga is immersed in a water body.

Navratri Festival Celebrations 2015

Navratri Festival Celebrations 2015

Though these festive nine days are dedicated to Shakti or the nine forms of Goddess Durga, people across the country have their unique way of celebrating the festival.

Navratri Festival Celebrations 2015

Navratri Festival Celebrations 2015

People stay awake the whole night during the nine days of Navratri and play Dandiya and Garba. This festival is celebrated by all Hindus and has special significance in Gujarati community.