Saran Navarathri Celebrations – Meaning & Significance

Jor se bolo Jai Matadi! pyaar se bolo Jai Matadi!! phir se bolo Jai Matadi!!!

Durga Navarathri is one of the most powerful, auspicious, widely celebrated all across the globe and is one of the most popular one among all Hindu festivals of the entire Vydic Calendar Year. This period of nine auspicious nights and ten days is also known by many names like Shard Navarathri, Saran Navarathri, Devi Navarathri and so on. According to the world’s most ancient Language -Sanskrit, ‘Nava’ means nine and ‘Rathri’ means nights – Navaratri, or Navarathri literally means nine nights. The tenth day of this celebration is known as Vijaya Dasami or Dasara or Dusshera – meaning the 10th day of Victory of good over evil, light over darkness and right over wrong.

During these sacred nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Goddess Durga (Shakti Pooja) are worshipped. It is a very common knowledge and strong faith that any job that is started during this period and with good intention and for a good cause will definitely yield complete success or gain Victory for sure.

Significance of Durga Navarathri:

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Sri Maha Lakshmi – Sri Maha Durga – Sri Maha Saraswati

The Divine Mother who is also the Universal Mother is a very Powerful Protector of Her dear children from all evil. Mata Durga is a form of combination of indescribable, enormous, endless power also known as ‘Adisakti’ or ‘Shakti’ of the Supreme being Lord Shiva (Who is the Divine & Universal father – ‘Jagat Pitah’). She also represents all pious, all auspicious, all positive, all Bliss, all holy and all prosperity at all times, and is therefore known as ‘Sarva Mangala’ as is praised and described in Sri Lalitha Sahastranama Strotram.

Every aspect, every living and non-living thing in the world is Her kind manifestation. Therefore out of immense gratitude and deep respect to the Goddess, Sri Durga (the main form of Navrathri) is worshipped in different ways and forms during this sacred period of Devi Navarathri.

Divine Mother is primarily worshipped as Durga in her three aspects:  Maha-Kali, Maha-Lakshmi and Maha-Saraswati. Why these Specific forms and why in this order is simply explained below.

It is believed that a person or devotee in the beginning need to undergo self-transformation and overcome the negative feelings, thoughts fight overcome his/her inner hidden demonic and beastly propensities. Therefore by initially worshipping Goddess ‘Maha-Kali’ form, one will be blessed to easily fight all the negative tendencies. Goddess Mahakali also being Divine Mother, will accept our devotion and protect us from all the negative energies and evil forces. With Her Furious form and weapons, She will destroy all demonic propensities like – lust, anger, greed, hatred, pride, jealousy known as ‘Shadripu’ or man’s six inner enemies. With Her divine grace and blessings we will become fearless and progress on to the path of ‘Parmartha’ and will lay our first step towards success, prosperity and spiritual bliss.

The moment we progress on to the path of spiritualism and towards God, all weaknesses and distresses are destroyed and the seeds of our good actions start cropping up in to success and prosperity. That is when Divine Mother again assumes the form of the most Beautiful, Benevolent and Merciful form of Sri Maha-Lakshmi. After overcoming all negativity one is blessed by Goddess Sri Maha Lakshmi. Due to Her grace and blessings the devotee enjoys material bliss, prosperity and success in all walks of life and thus also enjoys peace, harmony and popularity too. After thus having all the material desires fulfilled one naturally tends towards God- realization that is Moksha – Final destination in the journey of life.

Then comes the last and most important phase of human life. After enjoying the blessed, blissful life and through continued prayers to the Divine mother. A devotees is blessed further by the Divine Mother in the form of Goddess Sri Maha Saraswati, who opens the inner eye (Spiritual eye) and introverts one’s vision towards inner nature and pens the inner-eye towards the ultimate truth thus is enlightened towards self-realization.

This is the wholesome form of the entire life cycle and is the result of worshipping the Divine Mother. In order to achieve this wholesomeness to life and make a successful complete life-cycle to run smoothly we pray to Goddess Durga. As we all need fearless strength to fight evil, enormous success and prosperity and knowledge and ultimate enlightenment, let us all offer Her our sincere gratitude through our prayers and get Her blessings.

Genera rules to be followed during this Sacred Navrathri period:

Durga Navarathri or Navarathri Pooja has some very important and basic rules to follow. Those who follow these rules during this auspicious time will be blessed with prosperity and happiness. Here is a list of very important rules which every Sadhaka or Devotee needs to adhere to during this auspicious time:

  1. Please clean your homes, office, or organization and maintain neatness all around and especially in the Worship or Pooja place. This brings sanctity and brings solace and calm to your minds and help you meditate better.
  2. Completely avoid eating non-vegetarian food during Navarathri. Sattvik, healthy, vegetarian diet is essential for a good, healthy body and healthy mind.
  3. Pray or Meditate on the Goddess as much as possible. This is an essential part to do during this Navrathri period as the intensity of one’s prayer is intensified in this time.
  4. If possible, please try and participate in Devi Poojas, Homas or Yagyas. Praying in masses or groups is more beneficial. Even helping in conducting of such spiritual activities is advisable.
  5. Completely avoid activities during Navrathri period.
  6. Completely avoid consuming alcohol, smoking and such related things.
  7. Giving charity and donation of food, clothing and other necessary kind things to poor and needy as much as you can. The benefits are also multiplied. This is also an essential thing to do during Navrathri Sacred period.
  8. Fasting is also prescribed if possible and only if health permits. This is optional only not mandatory.

The above stated general rules are only an advice to the general public to be followed during this sacred time and it is completely up to one’s free will as to what and how they choose. There is no compulsion of any kind.

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