The festival of Navratri (nav = nine and ratri = nights) lasts for 9 days with three days each devoted to worship of Maa Durga, the Goddess of Valor, Ma Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Maa Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge. During the nine days of Navratri, feasting and fasting take precedence over all normal daily activities amongst the Hindus. Evenings give rise to the religious dances in order to worhip Goddess Durga Maa.
The beginning of spring and the beginning of autumn are two very important junctions of climatic and solar influence. These two periods are taken as sacred opportunities for the worship of the Divine Mother. The dates of the festival are determined according to the lunar calendar. Being the oldest religion in the world, Hinduism has numerous belief systems.
In Hinduism the adherents believe in one omnipresent Deity but may worship Her/Him in any of the numerous manifestations that are prevalent all over India. Navaratri represents celebration of Goddess Durga, the manifestation of Deity in form of Shakti [Energy or Power]. Dasahara, meaning ‘ten days’, becomes dussehra in popular parlance. The Navaratri festival or ‘nine day festival’ becomes ‘ten day festival’ with the addition of the last day, Vijayadashami which is its culmination. On all these ten days, the various forms of Mother Mahisasura-mardini (Durga) are worshipped with fervour and devotion. The 9 nights festival of Navratri begins on the first day of Ashwina of the bright fortnight. Seeds are sown, sprouting is watched, the planets are consecrated, and on the 8th and 9th days, Goddess Durga, Vijayashtami and Mahanavami are worshipped. The Devi Mahatmya and other texts invoking the Goddess who vanquished demons are cited.
1st - 3rd day of Navratri
On the first day of the Navaratras, a small bed of mud is prepared in the puja room and barley seeds are sown on it. These initial days are dedicated to Durga Maa, the Goddess of power and energy.
4th - 6th day of Navratri
During these days, Lakshmi Maa, the Goddess of peace and prosperity is worshipped. 7th - 8th day of Navratri
These final days belong to Saraswati Maa who is worshipped to acquire the spiritual knowledge. This in turn will free us from all earthly bondage. But on the 8th day of this colourful festival, yagna (holy fire) is performed.
The festival of Navratri culminates in Mahanavami. On this day Kanya Puja is performed. Nine young girls representing the nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshiped.
Navaratri is celebrated five times a year. They are Vasanta Navaratri, Ashadha Navaratri, the Sharada Navaratri, and the Poushya/Magha Navaratri. Of these, the Sharada Navaratri of the month of Puratashi and the Vasanta Navaratri of the Vasanta kala are very important.
1. Vasanta Navaratri: Basanta Navrathri, also known as Vasant Navratras, is the festival of nine days dedicated to the nine forms of Shakti (Mother Goddess) in the spring season (March–April). It is also known as Chaitra Navratra. The nine days of festival is also known as Raama Navratri.
2. Gupta Navaratri: Gupta Navratri, also referred as Ashadha or Gayatri or Shakambhari Navratri, is nine days dedicated to the nine forms of Shakti (Mother Goddess) in the month of Ashadha (June–July). Gupta Navaratri is observed during the Ashadha Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon).
3. Sharana Navaratri: This is the most important of the Navratris. It is simply called Maha Navratri (the Great Navratri) and is celebrated in the month of Ashvina. Also known as Sharad Navaratri, as it is celebrated during Sharad (beginning of winter, September–October).
4. Poushya Navaratri: Poushya Navratri is nine days dedicated to the nine forms of Shakti (Mother Goddess) in the month of Pousha (December–January). Poushya Navaratri is observed during the Pousha Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon).
5. Magha Navaratri: Magha Navratri, also referred as Gupta Navratri, is nine days dedicated to the nine forms of Shakti (Mother Goddess) in the month of Magha (January–February). Magha Navaratri is observed during the Magha Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon).
Meaning: O Mother ! You are the personification of all that is auspicious, You are the benevolent form of Lord Shiva, You bestow Divine energy and help people achieve Righteousness, wealth, fulfill desires and Liberation, You are worthy of being surrendered to. Three eyes adorn You. O Narayani Devi, I pay obeisance to You !
Navratri/Navratra Festival Photos
With Full Creativity and Imagination ,firm believer in God, Piyush Goel,born on 10th Feb,1967 in a middle class family,Father Dr.Devender Kumar Goel and Mother Ravi Kanta Goel,elder among four children,is a Diploma Mech Engg,Diploma in Material Management,Diploma in Vasthu Shastra.
Piyush Goel has a hobby of collection he has Stamps Collection, Autographs Collection,Pen Collection ,First Day Cover Collection.
Piyush Goel also completed World First Five Mirror Imaged Books in Five Ways,Shreemadbhagvadgita with Pen, Madhushala with Needle, Gitanjali with Mehndi Cone, Piyush Vani with Iron Nail and Panchtantra with Carbon Paper.
Recently Piyush Goel made an Amazing Things to the World " Caricatures on 36 by 23 inches White Paper,personalties are Narender Modi,Amit Shah,Atal ji ,Chand Shekar ji V.P.Singh,Mulayam Singh ,Mayawati ,Soniya Gnadhi,Rahul Gandhi,Raj Nath Singh etc. and More You GUESS.
Amazing way of cotton candy making at Ciqikou, Chongqing, China.
Piyush Goel has a unique art, he can write words in mirror image. .Piyush Goel can write words in mirror image in Two Languages Hindi and English. Piyush Kumar Goel completed World First Needle Book MadhuShala of Late Harvans Rai Bachchan, father ofLagend Amitabh Bachchan , for this he got his name in Limca Book of Records 2012 .
1.Mirror Imaged Shree Mad BhagvadGita (Pen)
He has completed "World First Mirror Image Book Shreemad BhagvadGita", all 18 chapters, 700 verses in two languages Hindi and English.Besides all of these he has completed "ShreeDurga Saptsatti" in Sanskrit Languages,ShreeSai Satcharitra in two languages Hindi and English,Sundar Kand (two times).
2.Needle Write Book "Madhushala"(Needle)
To read a book in front of a mirror ,reading then mirror very hard.People asked Piyush to read your mirror imaged books,mirror is necessary,he replied "Yes". After a lot of thinking an idea stuck into his mind "Why should i not write a book with Needle.Then he started writing "Madhushala",a book of Harbans Rai Bachchan,father of Amitabh Bachchan,Legend of Indian Cinema,now no need of Mirror.(Mirror image but no need of mirror).
3.Book "Gitanjali"written with Mehndi Cone(Mehdi Cone)
Piyush always think "DO SOMETHING NEW",because of this thinking, he make a project and work on it.Whenever he has spare time and bring out the work at the end and this is the result of "Gitanjali"a book of Noble Literate Rabindra Nath Tagore,completed with the help of Mehndi (Henna) Cone.
4.Book "PiyushVani" with the help of Iron Nail (Iron Nail)
Imagination and Creativity brings new things to this world, Piyush started writing "PiyushVani" one of his own published book, written on A-4 size Aluminium Sheet with the help of "Iron Nail".(Mirror image but no need of mirror).
5.Book 'Panchtantra"with the help of Carbon Paper (Carbon Paper)
Recently Piyush Goel completed "Vishnu Sharma",s "Panchtantra" 5 tantras ,41 stories with the help of Carbon Paper,on one page both the words(mirror/non mirror) appeared in front and in the reverse.(Mirror image but no need of mirror).
Amazing Hidden Talent Of India with his Unbelievable Passion for Musical Instrument.