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Navratri 2020: The festival’s history, significance and importance

Navratri Special 2021: Festivals and their devotion towards them for Indian is beloved

Every festival in India has some cultural, Vedic and scientific significance. Navratri is of them which has both Devotional as well as scientific aspect.

The word NAVRATRI A result of the formation of 2 words ” NAVA (in Sanskrit – nine )” and ” RATRI ( Nights )” 9 days represents The 9 forms of energy of MAA DURGA.

Every day is devoted to one of the forms or a specific dimension of life.

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WHEN IT IS CELEBRATED?


There are 2-4 seasonal Navratri (as per SHAKTA AND VAISHNAVA PURAN ), but this one (POST MONSOON AUTUMN – NEAR EQUINOX)~ASHWIN MONTH ( AS PER HINDU CALENDAR) has some special Devotional significance.
GREGORIANALLY it falls in sept-October.

It is 10 days( 9 night ) devotion towards 9 ” ROOPAS ” of MAA DURGA and is celebrated annually in India.
There are 4 NAVRATRI
SHARADA NAVRATRI
CHAITRA NAVRATRI ( Lunar month of March- April )
MAGHA NAVRATRI ( Lunar month of Jan-Feb )
ASHIDA NAVRATRI ( Lunar month of June-July )

SHARADA NAVRATRI is the heart of all these- worship and celebration. The decoration is at its peak this time.
Maa Saraswati -The Hindu goddess of knowledge
Maa Durga – Power
Maa Lakshmi – Wealth

People express their offerings by playing music, learning music, worship they are instruments, weapons, Warrior tanks and their currency too.

North Indians during the Navratri is marked by numerous RAAMLEELA EVENTS on the local as well as on the national basis, which also leads to the development of a feeling of unity and brotherhood among the people.

These events also sustain our cultural values of thousands of year old Hindu civilization.

Religious Affiliation


It is said that When the battle between SHRI RAM and RAVANA was going on the RAVAN almost defeated 97% of his army with his magical power provided by 9 Devies him,
raghupati SHRI RAAM felt bad seeing this so he started praying every evening after the battle for next 9 days by meditating and offering one Lotus at the end of the process. This offering of 1 Lotus is the symbol of the completion of praying to his 1 Devi and the same process was done for the next 8 days.
On the 9th day after the process, he starts moving his hand with his eyes closed towards the Lotus to Offer in front of Devi.
Devi here tricked him and hide the 9th Lotus from him and wanted to see what will he do next, Rama in this situation then remembered that his mother used to say his eyes were like Lotus ( LOTUS EYED ) so he then decided to cut one of his eyes and offer that eye instead of Lotus in front of Devi, the moment he was going to cut his eye, DEVI ARRIVED and gave her divine blessing to SHRI RAM.
On the 10th day,
he went to the battleground and defeated the Ravana.
Tg day is now known as VIJAY DASHMI~ the day when Ravana was killed~( सत्यम परम धीमहि )

SCIENTIFIC REASON TO CELEBRATE NAVRATRI


During navarratari Indian people do 9 days fasting or eating very light or just one meal a day.
The reason behind this is that; Post-monsoon our Digest system use to work a little slower than average days, so our ancestors made a rule to have light food or not to eat food these days.

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