Navaratri and Worship of Shakti
Navaratri (also spelled as Navratri) starts on September 25th, 2014 IST. In Hinduism, Shakti is personification of feminine creative energy. Goddesses are regarded as Shakti, the Divine mothers who bless everyone with creative abilities, knowledge, fertility and dynamism. Shakti, sometimes is represented as the Goddess who is generous, caring and full of compassion; and on the other hand it represents the merciless, and destructive feminine force.
Navaratri festival is the nine-night grand celebration of Shakti with Goddesses who are all forgiving, grants prosperity, creative energy, intellect, and the strength to overpower the demons of negative forces in Nature. The 3 dominant Goddesses worshipped during Navaratri pooja: Goddess Durga, Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati, who share 3 nights each respectively out of the nine nights.
Goddess Durga is worshipped as the warrior who vanquishes the demons in us. Her energy is so dominant that Navaratri is also celebrated as Durga Puja in many parts of India. But generally during Navaratri pooja, Goddess Lakshmi is also worshipped for prosperity of health and wealth and Goddess Saraswati is worshipped for learning, intelligence and wisdom.
Navaratri in 2014
Navaratri begins on 25th September and ends on 2nd October. During this Navaratri, Rahu (ruled by Goddess Durga) will be in the sign Virgo. Rahu’s presence in Virgo during this Navaratri will create dominance of Goddess Durga energy.
There is also a ritual of worshiping Navadurga (nine incarnations of Goddess Durga) during this time. The other two Navaratri Goddesses namely Saraswati and Lakshmi are also worshipped in the form of Durga.
The Moon will be connecting with four powerful planets during the Navaratri: Rahu, exalted Saturn, exalted Jupiter and Mars.
- On the first day of Navaratri, the Moon will be with Rahu.
- On the second and third days, the Moon will be with exalted Saturn.
- On the fourth and fifth days, the Moon will be with Mars and receive the powerful aspect of exalted Saturn.
Astrologically, this Navaratri is powerful because the Moon will be receiving energies of powerful planets and the rituals done on this Navaratri will be fortified by planets to create stronger and good energy. So you can rejoice the opportunity of getting maximum blessings of the Goddess and give a better direction to your life.
First 3 Nights – Goddess Durga
Goddess Durga is a form of Parvati and She is depicted riding on a tiger, wielding weapons and killing demons. She vanquishes the demons of our fears and weaknesses and also the evil forces and energies in the world outside that impedes our development.
On Navaratri, Goddess Durga:
- Destroys all of our impurities, and vices, to help us emerge pure and honest.
- Being ruler of planet Rahu, according to Vedic astrology, She counteracts the negative influences of Rahu.
Middle 3 Nights – Goddess Lakshmi
Goddess Lakshmi represents wealth and she destroys the demon of scarcity and poverty. She brings prosperity and well-being.
On Navaratri, Goddess Lakshmi:
- Destroys the demon of poverty and grants inexhaustible wealth and abundance.
- Being ruler of the planet Venus, according to Vedic Astrology, She brings pleasures, comforts and fun into your life.
Final 3 Nights – Goddess Saraswati
In Sanskrit ‘Sara’ means essence and ‘Va’ means the self, therefore meaning knowledge of the true self. Goddess Saraswati is most widely known as the Goddess of Education as she represents wisdom, learning, intelligence, skills, and creative arts. She is the guide and inspiration to her devotees to excel and stimulate creativity in the world.
On Navaratri, Goddess Saraswati:
- Destroys the demon of ignorance and grants knowledge and divine wisdom.
- According to Vedic Astrology, Saraswati stands for academics and performing arts.
Vijaya Dasami – The Victory Day of Navaratri
The nine nights of devotion to the Goddesses generates and accumulates the strength of energy required to rise victorious over the demons within and outside that creates hurdles in the path of achieving goals. The ninth night is the culmination of the powers of Shakti and the demons are destroyed. On the tenth Moon, this victory is consolidated and celebrated as Vijaya Dasami.