About Navratra

The word NAVRATRA is made by two words, NAV and RATRA. Nav means Nine and Ratra means Gyan (Knowledge). In our "Puranas" (Religious books) this Ratra is described as of five types. They are "Vaishik", "Yaugic", " Bhaktiprad", "Muktiprad" and "Tatwatmak". Whatever riligious rituals are observed during Navratra, these five "Gyans" are obtained by the devotee depending upon his/her feelings. Nav i.e. Nine denotes the nine "roop" (kinds) of Godess Durga. These nine roop are:

SHAILPUTRI

Shailutri

Maa is known as SHAILPUTRI in her first roop. Devi is posed to be as sitting on an oxen, and is holding a Shool ( a javelin) in her right hand and a lotus in the left hand.

BRAHMACHARINI

Shailutri

Maa is known as BRAHMACHARINI in her second roop. On the second her pooja is of much importance. Here BHRAMA is refrred to as TAPASYA ( Penance). Those who worship her, attain, Tup ( Religious Austerity), Tyag (Sacrifice), and Vairagya (Asceticism). Devi is holding a garland of victory in her right hand and a KAMANDAL ( a kind of pot) in her left hand.

CHANDRAGHANTA

Shailutri

Maa is known as CHANDRAGHANTA in her third roop. She is worshipped on the third day of Navratra. Those who worship Devi Chandraghanta get eternal strength and is blessed by Devi to be happy through out his life. A bell shaped mark of moon is present on the fore head of Devi, that is why she is known as Chandraghanta The colour of her body is golden, and she is posed as to be ready for war. By her blessings all the hinderences coming in way of a person are removed.

KOOSHMANDA

Shailutri

Maa is known as KOOSHMANDA in her fourth roop.

SKANDMATA

Shailutri

Maa is known as SKANDMATA in her fifth roop. According to Puranas, Sanat kumar (Son) who emerged from the Shakti of Maa was named as SKAND. And being the mother of SKAND, Maa is known as SKANDMATA. By the worship of SKANDMATA all the physical and material problems are removed.

KATYAYINI

KATYAYINI

Maa is known as KATYAYINI in her sixth roop. To help the deities, Maa appeared in the Ashram of Mahrishi Katyayan, that is why she was known as KATYAYINI. Maa protects her devotees from all the possible ways. She is worshiped on the sixth day of Navarata.

KALRATRI

KATYAYINI

Maa is known as KALRATRI in her seventh roop. In this roop of Maa, there is the shakti (power) of destruction. Due to the presense of power to destroy death i.e. KAL, Maa she is known as KALRATRI. By her worship people get rid of all kinds of dangers and risk.

MAHAGAURI

KATYAYINI

Maa is known as MAHAGAURI in her eight roop. She is known as the Devi of prosperity and is the presiding deity. She is posed to be as sitting on an oxen and has got four hands. Mahagarui is known by several names. Maa gives wealth to her devotees and is protector of the husbands of her female devotees.

SIDHIDATRI

SIDHIDATRI

Maa is known as SIDHIDATRI in her ninth roop. She blesses her devotees with all kinds of SIDHIS (perfection) and gives her devotees MOKSHA (Salvation). Those who want to attain SIDHIS, pay homage to SIDHIDATRI, and they always remain rrounded by other.

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