Navratri is beginning today. This festival is a nine-day holiday dedicated to Adi Shakti, Maa Bhavani, Mother Jagat Janani, and Maa Durga. Beginning today, the Shardiya Navratri will last until Vijayadashami on October 5. The Kalash will initially be meticulously established today. The establishment, invocation, as well as life of Maa Durga, shall then be dedicated.
The chanting of Matarani is audible in Mata temples throughout the nation as Navratri gets underway. There has been a throng of worshippers in the Mata temples ever since morning. Flower arrangements and vibrant lighting are used to decorate the temples.
There are 4 Navratris celebrated, including two Gupt Navratris. Maa Durga followers actively observe the other 2, Chaitra Navratri as well as Shardiya Navratri, praying to her nine incarnations every day of the festival. The 9 forms of Maa Durga are Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Mahagauri, and Siddhidatri.
Maa Durga as Shailputri
“Shailputri” is Maa Durga’s initial form, who is adored for nine days. Mother Parvati also goes by the name Shailputri because she is the daughter of the Himalayan Mountain lord. In addition, the mother is also referred to as Hamvati. The benefits of worshipping Maa Shailputri are endless. To her followers, Mother bestows fame, wisdom, salvation, happiness, riches, etc. The seeker must maintain mental alignment with the “Mooladhara” chakra on the initial day of Navratri because this is where his yoga practice will start.
Start and end date
Maa Durga as well as her 9 forms will be honoured at the nine-day Shardiya Navratri festival, which is set to begin on September 26, 2022, with the Ghadasthapana ceremony and end on October 5, 2022, with Dussehra/Vijayadashami celebration or the Durga Visarjan.
Shardiya Navratri is celebrated in the month of Ashwin, which falls between September and October on average. Each day of the 9-day festival, which honours different Durga avatars, is dedicated to a different goddess. To obtain Maa Durga’s blessings, devotees observe fasts on all 9 days, or only the first two or last two.
Timing for Shardiya Navaratri in 2022
The muhurat for ghadasthapana on September 26, the first day of Navratri, is the one from 6:05 am to 7:40 am.
Worship the Mata Shaitraputri mantra
Vande Vanchitlabhai Chandradhakritshekharam॥
Vrisharudhan Shooldharan Shailputrin Yashaswinim.
Shivroopa Taurus Vahini Himkanya Shubhangini.
Padma Trishul Hasta Dharini Ratnayuk Kalyankarini.
Mata Shailputri Worship method
- Do Ghatasthapana as well as worship first thing in the morning after waking up early and having a bath, etc.
- Then, worship Maa Shailputri and present the mother with Akshat, white flowers, incense, vermilion, a lamp, fruits, sweets, perfume, etc.
- Give Maa Shailputri milk-based treats or cow ghee as an offering.
- Say the above mantra to worship during this.
- Read Maa Shaitraputri’s tale from the heart.
- After that, perform the mother’s aarti using a ghee lamp before concluding your worship with an apology.
- Be sure to thank the mother for her blessings and offer an apology for any errors you may have made throughout the worship.
- Ghatasthapana, Maa Shailputri puja- September 26
- Sindoor Tritiya, Goddess Chandraghanta puja- September 28
- Maa Kushmanda puja- September 29
- Maa Skandmata puja: September 30
- Maa Katyayani puja-October 1
- Maa Kalratri puja- October 2
- Durga Ashtami, Maa Mahagauri puja- October 3
- Mahanavami, Maa Siddhidhatri puja- October 4
- Durga Visarjan, Dussehra or Vijayadashmi- October 5
The story behind Shardiya Navratri
When Ravana was killed during the Lankan War, Brahmaji commanded Shri Ram to worship Chandi Devi to appease the Goddess. Additionally, the law made 108 rare beans available for Chandi Poojan and Havan. Ravan, in contrast, began Chandi training to become immortal. Indra Dev informed Shri Ram of this through Pawan Dev and then conferred with Chandi to ensure that the instruction was as thorough as possible.
Through Pawan Dev, Indra Dev informed Shri Ram of this and advised him to give the Chandi Lesson as completely as possible. The worship of Shri Ram was about to be interrupted when a Nilkamal from the place of worship disappeared from the incense burner due to Ravan’s elusive power. The vow made by Shri Ram was broken. The goddess-mother might not have lost her cool, which was a worry.
When it became impossible to arrange for the rare Nilkamal, Shri Ram suddenly realised that he also went by the name Kamal-Nayan Nawkavang Lochan. Why not give one eye over to the veneration of the mother? Goddess then came, holding her hand, and said, “I am delighted as well as blessed by Vijayashree,” as Lord Rama prepared to remove an eye after extracting an arrow from her.
On the opposite side, Hanuman Ji assumed the guise of a Brahmin child but also joined Hanumanji while worshipping Ravana. Additionally, a Brahmin performing puja recited the poem Bharati Harinani, Jaya Devi, where Harini denotes the sorrow of the devotee and Karani denotes anguish and anguish. As a result, Durga cursed Ravana in her rage. Ravana was also defeated.
Another story behind Navratri
Another tale surrounding this celebration claims that Mahishasur, a Buffalo Devil, was killed by Goddess Durga. The deities had given Mahishasur the bridesmaid to be invincible because they were pleased with his service. Mahishasur began abusing him after obtaining that blessing as well as extending hell to heaven’s door. To claim ownership of the sky, Mahishasur extinguished the rights of the sun, Indra, moon, fire, yam, air, and Varun, as well as other gods. The goddesses had to traverse the land while avoiding Mahishasura.
The gods then produced the Durga memorial out of their wrath over Mahishasur’s suffering. The gods reinforced them by dedicating all of their weapons and weaponry to Durga to kill Mahishasura. He battled Mahishasur for 9 days, and in the end, Mahishasura was slain and given the name Mata Durga Mahishasurmardini.
WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY NAVARATRI 2022