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Sharada Navratri is a festive celebration dedicated to Goddesses Shakti and her different forms. As indicated by the term ‘Navratri’ and its meaning which refers for nine nights, celebrations and rituals associated with this period lasts for nine nights and ten days. Though, there are many Navratri celebrated during an year, this one is considered to be the most important and out of that significance, is very often referred as ‘Maha Navratri’. The tenth day which is following the nine-day period is celebrated as ‘Dussehra’ or ‘Vijaydashmi’.
Time of Celebration
About Goddess Shakti
According to another legend, Uma, wife of Lord Shiva and daughter of King Daksha of Himalayas, once visited her parents to be a part of Yagna. On that visit, her parents offended Lord Shiva. Mortified by that, she jumped into the fire of Yagna, from where she gained prominence as ‘Sati’. In her next birth, she again got herself married to Lord Shiva and concluded the conflict of her past life by making peace with her parents. It is believed that during the nine-day period of Navratri, she comes and lives with her parents.
Rituals and Celebrations
2. In the next three days of Navratri period, devotees are meant to worship Goddess Laxmi. In Hindu mythology, she has been described to be the supreme-most deity governing the aspect of wealth and prosperity in everyone’s life. Devoted and dedicated worship conveyed to her confers one with her blessings in the form of enormous wealth, prosperity, and materialistic comforts.
3. The last three days of Navratri celebrations are meant to be dedicated to Goddess Saraswati, who in Hindu mythology has been described to be the supreme deity governing the aspects of wisdom, art, and communication.
4. While worshipping each of these three forms of Goddess Shakti during this auspicious period, the primary aspect which one should ensure to abide by is utter devotion and faith. In the order of significance, it is followed with appropriate abidance of rituals of worship.
5. Many people follow a rigorous nine-day long fast during the Navratri period. Abiding by a fast and worshipping during this period derive immense virtue and enormous blessings of Goddess Shakti.
6. On the last day of Navratri, which is referred as Mahanavmi, Kanya Puja is performed. As a part of this worship, young girls are invited to home and are worshipped. Preferably, they should be nine in numbers, with each representing one form of Goddess Durga. The feet of the girls are washed with milk, they are provided new clothes, and they are served with special food of the day which includes halwa, puri, and chane.7. During this time of the year, farmers sow seeds into their fields and pray Goddess Shakti for better cultivation ahead.All the information given above are of general nature only, collected and reproduced for the general information only. However, if you want some specific, exclusive and deep information, you may avail our specially designed services, for satisfying your thirst of knowledge.
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