Navratri 2020 | Significance of nine days & why it is celebrated?
Navratri, which is also known as “Navratan” is the festival of 9 nights and 10 days which is celebrated every year in the month of autumn. Well basically there are four seasonal Navratri that is celebrated in India but the most observed festival is Sharada Navrathri or Chaitra Navrathri in honour of Goddess Durga, wherein Goddess Durga got the victory by defeating buffalo demon “Mahishasur” to restore dharma.
In different states, this festival is celebrated in a different way such as in northeastern states Navrathri is celebrated as Durga Puja, in western states - it’s celebrated as “Rama Lila” or Dussehra, here people celebrate the battle where Lord Rama defeated “Ravana” and in southern states, the victory of different Goddesses are celebrated.
This year Navratri 2020 is celebrated from 16th of October 2020 and the last day which is Dussehra (10th day) is 25th of October 2020.
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Significance of nine days of Navratri -
In this nine-day of celebration, people use to decorate their houses by lighting up a lamp while some people sow the first crop on the spring season. Foods are also prepared as a Bhog to offered to nine forms of Shakti in these nine days Navaratri.
Day 1. Sailaputri -
The first day was worshipped with the form of Sailaputri means the daughter of the mountain. Devi Sailaputri has depicted with the two hands and has a crescent moon on her forehead. Which also believe that she governs Moon.
Day 2. Brahmacharini -
The second form of Goddess Durga was Devi Brahmacharini, which signifies knowledge, love and wisdom. She carries Japa mala in her right hand and a Kamandalu in her left hand.
Day 3. Chandraghanta -
Devi Chandraghanta is worshipped on third day of Navratri. This form of Goddess signifies the courage in a person and who is always ready for war against devils. Devi Chandraghanta is depicted with ten hands and wear half circle Chandra (moon) looks like bell on her forehead that drives all type of negative power away from her devotees.
Day 4. Kushmanda -
Devi Kushmanda is worshipped on the fourth day of Navratri. As per her name ‘Ku’ means ‘little’, ‘Ushma’ means ‘energy’ and ‘Anda’ is the sanskrit word of ‘Bhramand’ (universe)’ signifies warmth and energy.
Day 5. Skandamata -
Devi Skandamata is the fifth form of Goddess Durga which means mother of the war God Skanda. She is also known as “The Goddess of Fire” and people worship Devi Skandamata to achieve power and prosperity.
Day 6. Katyayani -
Devi Katyayani is worshipped on the sixth day of Navratri. She is known for her anger and an ultimate victory over the demons. It’s believed that if a person is worshipping and revere her with a pure heart then she will improves the martial life and keep away from the trouble.
Day 7. Kaalratri -
Devi Kaalratri is the 7th form of Goddess Durga and people worship Devi Kaalratri to protect them from all evil spirit and negative energy. Kaalratri means the night of death and she carries a sword and a deadly iron hook to protect us from the evil.
Day 8. Mahagauri -
Mahagauri is the 8th form of Goddess Durga and she is known for forgiveness, cleanliness and purity. Due to her extremely fair complexion she is called “Mahagauri”. It’s believe that Devi Mahagauri will fulfill the desire and wants, if any devotee worship with the pure heart and devotion.
Day 9. Siddhidhatri -
Devi Siddhidhatri is worshiped on the 9th day, as she is the 9th form of Goddess Durga. Devi Siddhidhatri represents the supernatural powers.