Monday, January 9, 2017

Why We Celebrate Navratri?




Navratri is a festival of Durga Pooja. Goddess Durga is worshipped in each of her nine forms. The story associated with Navratri can be found in various Hindu religious texts like Markandeya Purana, Vamana Purana, Varaha Purana, Shiva Purana, Skanda Purana, Devi Bhagavatam and Kalika Purana. The story of Navratra is the symbolic message of the fact that however glorious and powerful the evil become, at the end it is the goodness that wins over all of the evil. The story is associated with Maa Durga and Mahisasura, the buffalo headed demon.

The story begins from the life of two sons of Danu called Rambha and Karambha who performed austerities by to gain extreme power and authority. When their prayers became deeper and austerities became exceptional, the King of the heaven God Indra got perturbed. Out of fear, he killed Karambha. Rambha, who came to know about his brother’s death, became more stubborn to win over the Gods. He increased the intensity of his austerities and finally got several boons from gods like great brilliance, beauty, invincibility in war. He also asked a special wish of not being killed by either humans or Gods or Asuras.

He then considered himself immortal and started freely roaming in the garden of Yaksha where he saw a female-buffalo and fell in love with her. To express his love, Rambha disguised in the form of a male-buffalo and copulated with the female buffalo. However, soon after that a real male buffalo discovered Rambha mating with the she-buffalo and killed him. It was due to Rambha’s inflated ego that killed him, out of which he has not asked his death to be spared from the wrath of animals. As the pyre of Rambha was organized, the female-buffalo, who was copulated with him jumped into the funeral pyre of Rambha to prove her love. She was pregnant at that time. Thus, demon came out of the with the head of a buffalo and human body and he was named Mahisasura (the buffalo headed demon).

Mahishasura was extremely powerful. He defeated the gods and the demons and acruierd power over the entire world. He even won over the heaven and threw devtas outside it. He captured the throne of Indra and declared himself to be the the lord of the gods. The gods led by Brahma approached Vishnu and Shiva and evaluated them of the situation. In order to save the Gods, the three supreme deities emerged a light of anger, which combined to the take the shape of a terrible form and this was Durga. All the gods then granted this Goddess of power with all the supreme weapons they had. This is why; Durga is called the brilliance of all the Gods.

When the goddess was seen by Mahishasura, he was mesmerized by her beauty. Her then fell in love with her and proposed to marry her. The goddess said she will marry him, if he defeated her in the battle. Then began a scary and terrible battle between both of then which continued for nine days. Finally, on the last day, Durga took the form of Chandika and stood over the chest of Mahishasura and smashed him down with her foot. She then pierced his neck with her spear and cut off his head off with her sword. It is the day when Vijayadashmi is celebrated.

2017 Navratri Colours

Navratri Day 1 - Yellow - Yellow Represents Chandraghanta
Yellow symbolizes courage and tranquility of the Goddess.

Navratri Day 2 - Green - Green represents Goddess Jagadamba
Green symbolizes nature and life.

Navratri Day 3 - Grey - Grey represents Maha Kali or Bhairavi
Grey is a stable colour and is symbol for calmness.

Navratri Day 4 - Orange - Orange represents Goddess Tara or Chamunda
Orange indicates emotional strength, warmth and happiness.

Navratri Day 5 - White - White represents Kalratri
White represents purity, perfection and completeness.

Navratri Day 6 - Red - Red represents Goddess Durga

red, depicting action, vigour and warmth.
Navratri Day 7 - Royal Blue - Royal Blue represents Goddess Renuka Devi also known as Matungi Navratri Day 8 - Pink - Pink represents Goddess Chinnamasta Pink is the colour of the day which signifies compassion, tenderness and beauty.

Navratri Day 9 - Sky Blue - Siddidatri form of the Goddess
The blue synmbolises a crisp, clear sky that has healing powers. It also stands for the wonder of nature, which all of must endeavour to incorporate in life.

Maa Durga Siddha Mantras For Navratri I Hope you like these post. If you have nay new idea about Navratri Celeration or How you celebrate don't forget to share with us. Your Comments are valuable for us.

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