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Navdurga: Nine Forms of Durga

Navdurga: Nine Forms of Durga

Navaratri day 1:-Tithi Pratipada, Maa Shailputri
Maa Shailputri is the first one and the prominent swaroop among the nine swaroopas of Goddess Durga.”Shail” means Mountain and “Putri” means daughter in Sanskrit.So Shailputri means daughter of Mountain.first wife of Shiv, Mata Sati incarnated as Parvati,the daughter of Himalaya and among Nav Durgas she has been referred as Shailputri. Devotees of Maa Durga wear yellow Color for the day.

Navaratri day 2 :- Tithi Dwitya, Maa Brahmcharini
The second swaroop Brahmacharini originated from the word ‘Brahma’.It is said that Ved, Tattv and Tap are integral part for Brahma.This swaroop is very calm, stable holding a Kamandal(water pot) in a hand and the other holds a rosary. She personifies love, loyalty with knowledge and wisdom.Her favorite ornaments are made of Rudraksha beads. Preferred color for the day is Green.

Navaratri day 3:-Tithi Tritya Maa Chandraghanta
Third Shakti swaroop is Maa Chandraghanta. Chandraghanta originated from the word Chandra (Moon) and Ghanta (Bell). Maa Chandraghanta rides a tiger, having crescent moon on her forehead and her roaring voice is like a sound of a grand bell that troubles demons and evils. This Goddess gives extreme peace and provides ultimate good.The third day is of great importance for deities.colour for the day is Gray.

Navaratri day -4 Tithi :- Chaturthi Maa Kooshmanda
The fourth swaroop among Shakti Roopas is goddess Kushmanda.It is believed that she created the universe, She is a symbol of birth and life . As a result of her worship, the devotees get rid of sorrows and blessed with a new span of happiness and success.Orange is her favorite colour.

Navaratri day-5 Tithi : Panchmi Maa Skandmata
The fifth among the Shakti Roopas is Goddess Skandmata, Being the mother of Skanda known as Skandamata. Riding a lion, she holds her son in her lap. It is said that by pleasing Skandmata, one has become master of knowledge as she takes care as a ‘Son’.As she is the provider of wisdom and peace,her preferred colour is White.

Navaratri day-6 Tithi: Shasthi Maa Katyayani
The devine sixth swaroop of Durga ji is Maa Katyayani. Sage Katyayana practiced penance for several years to propitiate Maa Durga and requested her to take birth as his daughter.The goddess was pleased and fullfilled his request.

Over the period of time when danav Mahishasur conquered all over the universe, she accepted the worship of Katyayana for three days and then killed the demon Mahisasur.Sadhaka who worships mother Katyayani with devotion and faith are blessed with alll the four objects; Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksa.Color for the Pooja for this day is Red.

Navaratri Day-7 Tithi : Saptami Maa Kaalratri
The seventh among the Shakti Roopas is Goddess Kaalratri. The destroyer of darkness, ignorance and evil practices.She is the enemy of darkness. Goddess Kaalratri is extremely frightening to look but auspicious in effect.Thus she is also known as Subhankari (doing well of her devotees ).Maa Kalaratri destroys all the sins and obstacles in the way of worshipers.Color for the day is Royal Blue.

Navaratri Day-8 Tithi: Ashtami Mahagauri
Maa Mahagauri, having complexion like moon or Jasmine. She always remains eight years old, dressed in a white or green sari, she holds a drum, damru and a trident with granting boon posture.Those who worship her fade away all their sins and get purified in all aspects.As her swaroop is soothing so color for the day is Pink.

Navaratri day -9 Tithi : Navami Maa Siddhidatri
‘Siddhi’ stands for the ‘ultimate boon’ and Datri means ‘the Giver’. According to Markandaya Puran, there are eight Siddhis – Anima, Mahima, Garima, Laghima, Prapti, Prakamya, Iishitva and Vashitva.When a seeker worships the goddess with complete faith, he acquires all the Siddhis and the devotees spiritually moves in the divine abode of the Maa attaining all the peace, prosperity and happiness.

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