Navaratri: The Glory of Goddess
Navaratri: a word taken from the Sanskrit language actually mean nine nights. It is a duration in which people worship the glory of Goddess Durga for nine nights and ten days. Each day is dedicated to nine different forms of Goddess Durga and the tenth day is further celebrated as Vijayadashmi. The last day depicts the victory of Goddess over demon Mahishasur. Other than this, Vijayadashmi or Dussehra also represent the win of Lord Rama over Demon Ravana, win of Goddess Durga over demons like Shumbha-Nishumbha, Chanda-Munda, and Madhu-Kaitav.
Navratri has great significance in Indian culture, and people celebrate this festival with great joy and happiness. People also observe fast on these nine days. In general, Navratri is a moment to celebrate the victory of good over bad/evil. This festival has a divine history that is connected to the Gods and demons. It inspires human beings to focus on the real goals of their life and motivate them to stay away from evils.
As per the famous stories and holy books, Rambha was the king of demons or asuras. He once fell in love with a lady buffalo, and they got married to each other. After some time, the lady buffalo gave birth to a son, and his name was kept Mahishasur; where Mahisha means buffalo and asur depicts the demons. The child was born with some superhuman powers.
At that time, devas and asuras used to fight each other, and devas used to win more often. But when Mahishasur grew up, he was not happy with the loss against the devas. Hence, he decided to change the scenario, and for this, he wanted to gain lots of powers to beat devas. He decided to worship Lord Brahma, and after years of Tapasya, he finally got a boon. As per this boon, Mahishasur couldn’t be killed by any man or God but only by a woman. The demon was so satisfied that no woman can be strong enough to kill him, and with that ego in his mind, he started fighting with devas time and again. He started troubling people on the earth and created terror in all living beings. He was able to become invisible so that no one could identify or harm him. By using his superpowers, he started created havoc all around.
In order to save the world, Mother Durga decided to fight with the demon. She assumed a terrific form with numbers of weapons in her arms and challenged demon Mahishasur to fight with her. The fight continued for nine days, and the demon was finally killed on the tenth day. That is why this day is celebrated as a victory of good over evil.
This entire story is associated with the Navratri festival, and this occasion represents a battel between the great Goddess and egoistic demon. It has great significance in Hindu mythology, and people worship Goddess Durga for her power to take away all their sorrows. Nine different forms of Goddess Durga worshiped during Navratri include Maa Shailputri, Maa Brahmacharini, Maa Chandraghanta, Maa Kushmanda, Maa Skandamata, Maa Katyayani, Maa Kalaratri, Maa Mahagauri, and Maa Siddhidatri.
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