If there is one goddess in Hindu mythology who is feared and revered at the same time, it is Kaali. She is the ultimate destroyer. She destroys limitations so that we can create. She destroys the negative, so the positive can lead to a new beginning. But her personal life will also be a part of this story. Her transformation from a mortal to the most feared of them all, Mahakaali, the Goddess Parvati, Mahadev’s wife.
Nava Durga symbolizes nine forms of adi-shakti – Goddess Durga. Specifically, Navratri signifies the removal of life’s sorrows by reawakening the energy part of the Godhead in the embodiment of the universal mother Goddess Durga. She is worshipped by the names “Shakti,” “Devi,” or “NavaDurga” (energy or power). The nine nights of Navratri are therefore extremely favorable for worshipping the nine planets and nine divinities. The nine forms of Maa Durga are Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Mahagauri, and Siddhidhatri.
What is Navratri?
Navratri festival is dedicated to worshipping the nine forms of Goddess Durga. The word Navratri is a Sanskrit word which means nine nights also symbolising the victor of positivity over negativity. On the first day of this nine-day long festival, Goddess Shailputri is worshipped. Maa Shailputri is the absolute form of Mother nature.
On the second day, Goddess Brahmacharini is worshipped. She is the symbol of the goddess who performs Tapa or penance. On the third day of Navratri, Goddess Chandraghanta is worshipped. She represents supreme bliss and knowledge.
Goddess Kushmanda is worshipped on the fourth day of the festival. She is considered the creator of the universe. The fifth day is dedicated to worshipping Goddess Skandmata. She is the deity of the solar system and the mother of Lord Kartikeya.
The sixth day marks the worshipping of Goddess Katyayani. The goddess was created out of the spontaneous anger of gods, which eventually led to the slaying of Mahishasura. On the seventh day of Navratri Goddess Kalratri is worshipped. Kalratri is the most ferocious form of Goddess Durga. She symbolises the violent aspects of nature creating havoc, but she also purges the world out of impurities.
Mahagauri is worshipped on the eighth day of Navratri. She symbolises purity and tranquillity. The goddess also puts an end to all the sufferings of her devotees. On the last day of Navratri, which is the ninth day, Goddess Siddhidatri is worshipped. Hence, Navratri festival is dedicated to worshipping the nine forms of Goddess Durga.
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