What are the four types of Navratri?
In an year, Navratri is observed four times during different seasons. Maa Durga is worshipped on Navratris. The four Navratris are named after the Hindu seasons and months they fall in —
- Magha - Celebrated in Winter
- Chaitra - Celebrated in Spring
- Ashadha - Celebrated in Monsoon
- Sharad - Celebrated in Autumn
What are the significance of each days of navratri?
- Day 1: Shailaputri- Shailaputri or Pratipada is associated to Daughter of Mountain - Shailaputri, an incarnation of Maa Parvati. Shailaputri is considered to be the direct incarnation of Mahakali. She depicts physical and mental good health.
- Day 2: Brahmacharini- Goddess Brahmacharini, another incarnation of Maa Parvati, is worshiped. In this form, Parvati became Sati, her unmarried self. Brahmacharini is worshiped for moksha peace and prosperity.
- Day 3: Chandraghanta– Chandraghanta - the name derived from the fact that after marrying Shiva, Parvati adorned her forehead with half-chandra (half-moon). She is a symbol of beauty and bravery.
- Day 4: Kushmanda- Goddess Kushmanda is worshiped on this day. This day is known as Chouthari as well. She is believed to be the creative power of the universe.
- Day 5: Skandmata– The goddess Skandamata is worshiped on this day. This day is also called as Panchami. She is the mother of Skanda or Kartikeya.
- Day 6: Katyayani– On this day devi Katyayana is worshipped. she is an incarnation of Durga. She is also known to be the warrior goddess, she is considered one of the most violent forms of Goddess Parvati and is depicted with a lion and four arms.
- Day 7: Kalaratri– She is considered to be the most ferocious form of Goddess Durga, Kalaratri is worshipped on the seventh day also known as Saptami. It is a saying that Parvati removed her fair skin to kill the demons Sumbha and Nisumbha. The colour to wear on this day is white which signifies prayer, peace and ensures the devotees will be protected from any kind of harm.
- Day 8: Mahagauri- Mahagauri is worshipped on the eighth day and she symbolizes intelligence and peace. The colour on this day is Pink which depicts optimism.
- Day 9: Sidhidatri- On the last day which is also known as Navami, people worship goddess Sidhidhatri. She is popularly known as Saraswati Devi and is portrayed with four hands and sitting on a lotus.She is believed to possess all type of Siddhis. The colour for the day is a light blue colour which portrays an admiration for nature's beauty.
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