Siddhidatri

This is how we worship Goddess Siddhidatri on the 9th day of Navratri

The nine days of the Navratri festival end with the holy worship of Goddess Siddhidatri. Her name is derived from the word ‘Siddhi’ which means mystical prowess of meditation and ‘Dhatri’ wich means provider. This form of Durga is an amalgamation of all her manifestations and the destroyer of all demonic presences from day 1 to day 9 of Navaratri. Taking the appearance of Goddess Siddhidatri, she decends from her heavenly abode and comes to earth to eliminate all that [...]

Mahagauri

This is how we worship Goddess Mahagauri on the eighth day of Navratri

The eight day of the Navaratri festival is marked by the sacred worship of Goddess Mahagauri – the eighth representation of Goddess Durga. Mahagauri stands for extremely fair – someone who is pure and sparkling. Appropriately named, the skin of Goddess Mahagauri is white in color. This holy night is also celebrated as ‘Ashtami’.   The strength and prowess of this Goddess extends to all those who humbly look for her blessings; they are filled with the grace that helps them [...]

Kaalratri

This is how we worship Goddess Kaalratri on the 7th day of Navaratri

The Goddess to be worshipped on the seventh day of Navaratri is Goddess Kaalratri. There is a great significance of Goddess Kaalratri on this day. ‘Shubhankari’ is another name for her.   Goddess Kaalratri was born to eradicate evil in all its forms. Demons, ghosts and evil spirits tremble in fear just by hearing her name. She is known to drive away all household problems. Through her devoted worship one can overcome fears of fire, water, evil beings and the darkness [...]

Katyayani

On the 6th day of Navratri, We worship Goddess Katyayani

On the sixth day of Navaratri, Goddess Katyayani is to be glorified. She is the sixth image of Maa Durga. Goddess Durga took the appearance of Katyayani in order to destroy a cruel demonic presence called Mahishasura. Katyayani is referred to as the Warrior Goddess and is supposed to be the most ferocious image of the Goddess. She fought against the malevolence courageously and plucked it from its root. She is praised as Durga, Chandrika and Bhadrakali, which are [...]

Skandmata

On the 5th Day of Navratri, We Worship Goddess Skandmata

Goddess Skandmata is the fifth image of Goddess Durga and is worshipped on the fifth day of Navratri. She is the mother of Skanda Kumar or Lord Karthikeya. Hence, she is appropriately named as Skandmata where ‘Skanda’ – stands for Lord Kartikeya and ‘Mata’ – means mother. She is also called Goddess Padmasana.   The Legend: As the story goes, there once lived a great demon called Tarkasur. For years, he made extreme sacrifices and underwent great penance to please Lord Brahma. [...]

Navaratri

The 4th day of Navaratri celebrates the worship of Goddess Kushmanda

Another manifestation of Maa Durga, namely Goddess Kushmanda is the centre of prayers on this day of Navratri festival. Her name is very interestingly divided into three meaningful components.  ‘Ku’ stands for ‘a little’, ‘Ushma means ‘warmth/energy’ and ‘Anda’ refers to ‘cosmic egg’. Thus, it is a sign of her being a soft source of warmth and energy to the universe. She is also described as the smiling Goddess and is believed to have created the entire universe with [...]

Chandraghanta

On the 3rd day of Navratri, this is how we worship Goddess Chandraghanta

The 3rd Day of the Navratri festival is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Chandraghanta, the third image of Goddess Durga. The number 3 has a great significance in the worship of this deity, as she has 3 sets of eyes – and so apparently deemed to be all-seeing and all-knowing. Goddess Chandraghanta is also known as Chandrakhanda, Chandika or Rannchandi. All of these have relevance to the moon. Her name itself means ‘one who has a half-moon shaped [...]

Brahmacharini

On the 2nd day of Navratri, this is how we worship Goddess Brahmacharini

The 2nd Day of the Navratri festival is marked by a holy worship and adoration of the second manifestation of Goddess Durga – known to be Goddess Brahmacharini. This day celebrates and pays reverance to Goddess Brahmacharini, as a pure unmarried notion of the Goddess Durga. She is an epitome of peace and tranquility. She is also regarded as a source of knowledge and wisdom. The worship of Goddess Brahmacharini is believed to bring immense peace and sovereignty to her [...]

Shailaputri

Navratri Special- How to perform Maata Shailaputri puja?

Navratri is a very important festival observed in India. The goddess Durga who symbolizes good fortune is worshipped during the 9 days of the festival. In the first day of the festival however, Maata Shailaputri or the otherwise called Maata Parvati is offered prayers. Judging by the Indian mythology, Maata Shailaputri was born toPartvatraj Himalaya after losing to the blazes of ‘fire sacrifice’ as Sati arranged by king Daksha. In Hindu mythology,Himalaya stands for power, prowess and poise. She [...]