Navaratri is the worship of the three divine goddesses, Saraswati
(Goddess of learning and speech), Lakshmi
(Goddess of wealth and prosperity), and Durga
(Goddess of strength and courage). It is also said to be the battle that occurred between Goddess Chaamundeshwari and the asura (demon), Mahishaasura. The battle lasted 9 days and 9 nights. Finally, on the tenth day, Goddess Chaamundeshwari killed Mahishaasura. This day is known as Vijayadasami
. Vijayadasami means the 10th day of victory.
During the Navaratri or the Nine Nights, the whole of India adores the Mother and worships Her with great devotion. On the first three nights, Durga or the Destructive Aspect of the Mother is worshipped. On the succeeding three nights, it is the Creative Aspect or Lakshmi that is adored. And, on the last three nights, the knowledge aspect, or Sarasvati is invoked. The tenth is the Vijaya Dasami Day or the Day of Victory. There is a special significance in this arrangement. When the Devi is worshipped by a devotee, She first destroys the evil propensities that lurk in his mind; then She implants therein, the Daivi Sampat or the divine qualities conducive to spiritual enfoldment; then She bestows true knowledge on him; lastly the aspirant attains liberation or victory over Samsara.
Navaratri is the most suitable occasion in the year to perform intense Sadhana. These nine days are most sacred. Just imagine the tremendous wave of spiritual vibration, which should sweep the land when millions of people, all over the world repeat the names of the Mother and sing Her glories! All the Devas are ever present in their subtle forms, where the names of Mother are uttered. They would bless you and help you on. You will receive valuable assistance from unknown sources, from the Rishis and Siddhas, if you do intense Sadhana during these nine days.
Following are 9 forms of Mother Durga well known as Navadurga which are to be worshiped each day with their divine mantra on the occasion of Navaratri.
Shri Shaila Putri Devi
Mantra:- OM HREEM SHRI SHAILAPUTRI DURGAAYE NAMAHA
Shri Brahamacharini Devi
Mantra:- OM HREEM SHRI BRAHAMACHARINI DURGAAYE NAMAHA
Shri Chandra Ghanta Devi
Mantra:- OM HREEM SHRI CHANDRA GHANTA DURGAAYE NAMAHA
Shri Kushmanda Devi
Mantra:- OM HREEM SHRI KUSHMANDA DURGAAYE NAMAHA
Shri Skanda Mata Devi (Mother of Skanda/Kumara/Shanmukh/Karthik)
Mantra:- OM HREEM SHRI SKANDA MATA DURGAAYE NAMAHA
Shri Katyayani Devi
Mantra:- OM HREEM SHRI KATYAYANI DURGAAYE NAMAHA
Shri KAALA RATRI DEVI (Shubhamkari)
Mantra:- OM HREEM SHRI KAALA RATRI DURGAAYE NAMAHA
Shri Maha Gauri Devi
Mantra:- OM HREEM SHRI MAHA GAURI DURGAAYE NAMAHA
SARAVA MANGALA MANGALYE SHIVE SARVARTHA SADHIKE
SHARANYEI TRYMBAKE GAURI NARAYANI NAMOSTHUTE
Shri Siddhidatri Devi
Mantra:- OM HREEM SHRI SIDDHIDATRI DURGAAYE NAMAHA
Chant daily 108 times above mantra for each form of Mother Durga Devi ,in addition chant her ,most divine beeja mantra
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OM HREEM DUM DURGAAYEI NAMAHA
These 9 divine nights carry powerful vibrations. Devotees who are interested to do sadhana to get siddhi powers and wealth, meditate and chant mantras at this time for the grace of the Supreme Mother of all worlds.
Worship Divine Mother in all her 9 forms and gets the boons. As everybody knows that Mother has no limit for boons and when her child asks, she will shower Her grace:
Ya Devi Sarvabhooteshyu Matru Roopena Samsthtitha Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai
O Divine Devi who dwells in the hearts of all beings as Mother I salute Thee.
A child is more familiar with the mother than the father, because she is very kind, loving, tender and affectionate and looks after the wants of the child. In the spiritual field also the aspirant or the devotee - the spiritual child - has intimate relationship with Mother Durga than with Father Siva. Thus the aspirant should approach the Mother first and that She will introduce Her spiritual child to the Father for his illumination or Self-realization.
Mother's grace is boundless. Her mercy is illimitable. Her knowledge is infinite. Her power is immeasurable. Her glory is ineffable. Her splendor is indescribable. She gives you Bhukti or material prosperity and Mukti also (liberation).
Article Written by Neeta Singhal
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