Navaratri is a 9-night festival celebrating Goddess Durga’s victories over the demons that represent the negative qualities that keep us from realising our true, eternal self. The Divine Mother, in the form of Durga Maa, is the Remover of Miseries. She appears in 9 different forms, each an embodiment of the qualities that one needs to advance on the spiritual path.
The spring and fall are seasons of transition; they are ideal times to restore balance, both physically and spiritually. Ancient yogis chose this time to focus on their sadhana and to fast in order to cleanse the physical body in preparation for the food changes of the new season. Fasting and spiritual practices are recommended during Navaratri.
Each night we worship a different aspect of the Divine Mother with special prayers, pujas, and bhajans. After the yajna (holy fire ceremony) and abhishekam, Devi will be dressed and offered an abundance of prasad. The story of Her victories over numerous demons, the triumph of good over evil and the elevation of Divine Love over the ego will be read each evening from the Devi Mahatmyam.
Each celebration day has a corresponding color. The list below shows the Goddess and their corresponding colour so you can match your outfit to it:
15.10. Shailaputri Devi (red colour) – frees us from pride.
16.10. Brahmacharini Devi (white colour) – gives discipline, purity of mind, awareness of the higher purpose.
17.10. Chandraganta Devi (orange colour) – uplifts the mind, awakens us, elevates us to the highest reality.
18.10. Kushmanda Devi (blue colour) – gives true happiness and joy.
19.10. Skanda Mata (yellow colour) – gives love and care, helps you to become your true self.
20.10. Katyayani Devi (peacock green/blue colour) – reveals the unselfish desire of the heart, the desire of the atma.
21.10. Kalaratri Devi (dark colour) – liberates from ego and the fear of death.
22.10. Maha Gauri Devi (light colour) – gives purity of mind.
23.10. Siddidhatri Devi (red colour) – gives faith that God is very near and will take care of you.
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