The Maha Navratri is one of the most powerful and auspicious festivals in the Hindu tradition and is celebrated with great fanfare. There are a lot of legends and stories associated with this festival, which is dedicated to the immensely powerful Goddess Durga, but there are still some aspects which are lesser known. In this article, we present to you, the 9 lesser known aspects of Maha Navratri.
1) The Navratri that comes in the month of October is most popular, but you may not be aware that there are in total 4 Navratris celebrated in the year, out of which 2 are the main ones, while the other two are known as the Gupt Navratris.
Here is the list of the Navratris:
1) Chaitra Navratri – March/April
2) Ashad Navratri – June/July (Gupt Navratri)
3) Ashwin/Sharad Navratri – The Maha or Main Navratri – September/October
4) Pausha Navratri – December/January (Gupt Navratri)
2) The nine forms of Mother Shakti – who is the ultimate female form of power, are worshiped across various regions in India. The names of the nine forms are: Durga, Bhadrakali, Jagadamba, Annapurna, Sarvamangala, Bhairavi, Chandika, Lalita, Bhavani, and Mookambika.
3) This nine-day period has three significant purposes, and for this, three different powerful Goddesses are worshipped. Goddess Durga is worshipped for destroying the negativity and evil, Goddess Lakshmi for wealth and prosperity, and finally, Goddess Saraswati for knowledge and wisdom.
4) Hindu legend claims that the Navratri is celebrated especially to mark the famous nine-day long fight between Lord Rama and Ravana.
5) According to a Legend, Goddess Durga had agreed upon marrying Mahishasura had he won over her in the battle. The battle continued for nine days and eventually on the tenth night the Goddess beheaded the devil. This night is popular as Dusshera or Vijaya Dashami.
6) The famous Garba dance of Gujarat is performed with a clay lantern in the centre representing the Goddess Shakti or power. Dancing around the lantern symbolizes how each human creates energy within him or her. The more you dance, more you create energy.
7) Many Hindus fast during the nine days. All Hindus except Bengalis (in most cases) remain strictly vegetarian throughout the festival.
8) 'Durga Saptashati' is one of the most powerful works describing the incredible greatness and extraordinary powers of Goddess Durga. Many followers of the all-knowing Mother recite this, especially during Navratri, to seek her blessings.
9) The concept of the regional dance form of Gujarat – Garba is famous all over the world, and people in various parts of the world, like the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand also organise the Garba events.
With Ganesha's Grace,