Maa Durga and Festival of Navratri

Navratri is known as the festival of nights and it lasts for nine days. During this festival  many Goddess like Maa Durga, the Goddess of Valor, Maa Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Maa Sharaswati, the Goddess of Knowledge are worshipped and each Goddess is devoted three days.

During Navratari  feasting and fasting take precedence besides all normal daily activities.During these nine Navratri days every evening religious dance are performed at several places in order to worship Maa Durga.Festival of Navratri

First three days of Navratri(1st-3rd)

A small bed of mud is prepared in the puja room of the house on the first day of navaratras n barley seeds are sown on it. After the nine days of puja are over on the tenth day these shoots which r now 3 to 5 inches in length are pulled out and given to devotes as a blessing from god. These firsth three days of Navratri are dedicated to Maa Durga, the Goddess of power and energy. Various manifestations of Maa Durga, Kumari, Parvati and Kali are worshipped during these three days. These three  different manifestation represent the three different classes of womanhood which include the child, the young girl and the matured woman.

Next three days of Navratri(4th-6th)

The goddess of peace and prosperity ”Maa Lakshmi” is worshipped during these days. The fifth day of Navratri  is known as Lalita Panchami. As traditional all the literature available in the house are gathered n displayed and a lamp or ‘diya’ is light to invoke Saraswati Maa, the Goddess of Knowledge and art.

Last three days of Navratri(7th-9th)

Seventh and eighth day of Navratri belong to Saraswati Maa who is a symbol of knowledge and is worshipped to acquire spiritual knowledge which in turn helps mankind to get free from earthly bondage. On the eighth day of this festival yagna is performed where Ghee, kheer, and sesame seeds are offered to Maa Durga as holy offering.

The last day of Navratri i.e. the ninth day of navratri is well known as Mahanavami. Kanya Puja is performed on this holy day. On this very day nine young girls representing the nine forms Maa Durga are worshipped. These nine young girls are treated as nine Devi’s n there feet are washed as a mark of respect for the Goddess. At last they r all offered new clothes n gifts by the worshipper. This ritual is performed in almost every part of the country.