Navratri Pooja

What is Navratri?

Navratri is a 9-day Hindu festival celebrating Goddess Shakti, the divine feminine energy preserving the Universe. “Navratri” in Sanskrit means nine nights and is celebrated throughout the country during the month of Ashwin (Aippasi in Tamil) that corresponds to September – October.

Goddess Shakti is the embodiment of the feminine energy, who can provide the blessings of knowledge, wealth, robust health, creativity, fertility and vitality. The Goddess, who is a generous and caring mother, also has a fierce and merciless form that can be seen while she destroys evil forces.

Navratri is celebrated to cherish the divinity of the universal mother and celebrate her to receive her eternal love and blessings. The festival also implies the victory of positivity over malicious forces. The three dominant forms of Goddess Shakti are revered during this period. Goddesses Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati are worshipped chronologically, with three days of celebration for each Goddess.

Durga is the warrior Goddess who combats the evil, and demonic forces present inside us. Goddess Lakshmi blesses us with a bounty of wealth and prosperity, and Goddess Saraswati endows us with knowledge, wisdom and artistic abilities. The 9-day festival has different forms of celebration in various states of India.

FIRST 3 NIGHTS – GODDESS DURGA

“Durga” in Sanskrit means “the invincible” or “the inaccessible.” She is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti, who guards us against all the evil entities and destroys the negative thoughts within us.

During Navratri worship, the Goddess abolishes all our impurities and destructive thoughts such as fear and weakness and endows us with strength and valor. According to Vedic Astrology, Mother Durga is the ruler of Planet Rahu. She counteracts the malefic effects of Rahu in the birth chart.

NEXT 3 NIGHTS – GODDESS LAKSHMI

Goddess Lakshmi is the embodiment of wealth and prosperity and is the consort of Lord Vishnu. The Goddess destroys the demon of scarcity and poverty.

The influence of Venus and Jupiter over Moon makes Ganesha Chaturthi an optimal day to seek for wealth and knowledge.

During Navratri, Goddess Lakshmi blesses us with abundance and inexhaustible wealth. According to Vedic Astrology, Lakshmi is the ruler of Venus. She endows us with material comforts, worldly pleasures, and luxuries.

FINAL 3 NIGHTS – GODDESS SARASWATI

In Sanskrit, “Sara” means essence and “Va” means the self which derives the meaning of Saraswati to “knowledge of the true self.” Goddess Saraswati is widely related to knowledge and wisdom and is the inspiration of creativity to her devotees.

During Navatri worship, Goddess Saraswati:

  • Blesses us with intelligence, acumen, skills, creativity and artistic ability.
  • Destroys demons that cause hindrance to you from seeking wisdom and grants knowledge and divine wisdom.
  • Bestows students with academic excellence and alleviates the fear of examination.

Vijaya Dasami – The Victory Day Of Navratri

Navratri is a 9-day Hindu festival celebrating Goddess Shakti, the divine feminine energy preserving the Universe. “Navratri” in Sanskrit means nine nights and is celebrated throughout the country during the month of Ashwin (Aippasi in Tamil) that corresponds to September – October.

The nine days of fervent worship of the three powerful Goddesses generates and accumulates the divine energy of the Goddesses to rise victorious against the demons within us and the outside world, which may confront us in the accomplishment of our goals. The ninth night is the culmination of the powers of Shakti and the destruction of evil forces.

On the 10th day, the victory of the Goddesses is consolidated and celebrated as Vijaya Dasami.