Nine Days-9 Forms Of Goddess Durga During Dussehra-Dasara-Navaratri Days
Navadurga: The Nine Forms of Goddess Durga
Nava – that also means ‘new’ – denotes ‘nine’ the number to which sages attach special significance. Hence, we have Nava-ratri (9 nights), Nava-patrika (9 leaves / herbs / plants), Nava-graha (9 planets), and Nava-Durga (9 appellations).
Here are the details of the 9 manifestations of Goddess Durga. Each goddess has a different form and a special significance. Nava Durga, if worshipped with religious fervor during Navaratri, it is believed, lift the divine spirit in us and fill us with renewed happiness.
All the nine names of goddess and avatar are narrated below.
Day 1 Of Dussehra – Goddess Durga Will Be Visible In Shailaputri Avatar:
Shailaputri literally means the daughter (putri) of the mountains (shaila). Variously known as Sati Bhavani, Parvati or Hemavati, the daughter of Hemavana – the king of the Himalayas, she is the first among Navadurgas.
Her worship takes place on the first day of Navaratri – the nine divine nights. The embodiment of the power of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, she rides a bull and carries a trident and a lotus in her two hands.
Puja done on day one of dasara-
Bala Tripura Sundari Devi Puja
This avatar is worshiped as the first goddesses during the occasion of navarathri and she is the goddesses who were placed on a chair and she is the abode of the three mothers of this world namely the Saraswathi, Lakshmi and the Parvathi.
So worshipping the Bala tripura sundari is the same worshiping to those three goddesses and in this avatar the lord Durga blesses her devotees by giving them the Shakthi, Siri and the Gyanam.
Navratri First Day Colour : YELLOW
Day 2 Of Dussehra – Goddess Durga Will Be Visible In Bharmacharini Avatar:
She is worshipped on the second day of Navaratri and is the second form of Mother Goddess. Bharmacharini means one who practices devout austerity. She enlightens us in the magnificent embodiment of Durga with great powers and divine grace.
She holds a rosary in her right hand and a water utensil in her left hand. She is blissful and endows happiness, peace, prosperity and grace upon all devotees who worship her. Filled with bliss and happiness, she is the way to emancipation – Moksha.
Puja done on second day of dasara-
Annapoorna Devi Puja
In this avatar shakthi is worshipped as Anapoorna devi, the only avatar of lord durga where she doesn’t carries any weapons in her hands expect a dish containing rice, this has an internal meaning that the mother who takes care of us and feed us, in the same way to this world
She is the only mother who feeds her children with all the requirements which we wanted. In this avatar you can find lord Shiva comes as a beggar to Annapoorna devi for rice, this means that no matters whether he is a god or human anything is equal to her and in her view she treats everyone equally.
Navratri Second Day Colour : GREEN
Day 3 Of Dussehra – Goddess Durga Will Be Visible In Chandra Ghanta Avatar:
The third facet of Goddess Durga is ‘Chandraghanta’, who is worshiped on the third day of Navaratri, for peace, tranquility and prosperity in life. She has a ‘chandra’ or half moon in her forehead in the shape of a ‘ghanta’ or bell. That is why she is called ‘Chandraghanta’.
She is charming, has a golden bright complexion and rides a lion. She has ten hands, three eyes and holds weapons in her hands. She is the apostle of bravery and possesses great strength to fight in the battle against demons.
Puja done on third day of dasara-
Gayatri Devi Puja
This avatar is worshiped as the third avatar during navarathri and the Lord Durga is placed on a lotus with five faces with different colors, the five faces indicate the panchabuthas which means air, water, sky, land and fire.
So this avatar says that all the essential requirements of the man are provided by her and she is the one who was called as “VEDA MATHA” and all the mantras are evolved from her and the only unique mantra for all the gods is the gayatri mantram which can be read as below mentioned.
“ om bur buvasuvaha tatsa vidhurvadenyam bargo devasyadhi mahi thiyo yona prachodayatuu.”
Navratri Third Day Colour : GREY
Day 4 Of Dussehra – Goddess Durga Will Be Visible In Kushmanda Avatar:
Kushmanda is the fourth form of the mother goddess and is worshipped on the fourth day of Navaratri. The meaning of the name ‘Ku-shm-anda’ is as follows: ‘Ku’ = a little; ‘ushma’ = ‘warmth’; ‘anda’ = ‘the cosmic egg’.
So she is considered the creator of the universe. The universe was no more than a void full of darkness, until her light spreads in all directions like rays from the sun. Often she is depicted as having eight or ten hands. She holds weapons, glitter, rosary, etc., in her hands, and she rides a lion.
Puja done on fourth day of dasara-
Lalitha Devi Puja
On this day the goddesses is worshiped as Lalitha devi, she was mainly worshiped by the Bhramins since she is also called Shanti swaroopini and one important thing she is the queen of the “Sri Chakram” who sits in the centre of the yantram and to serve her Lord Shiva will be as her sitting chair and the dwarapalakas are like the four corners of the chair and the lakshmi and saraswathi are seated beside her to serve, she was also called as “Sri Lalitha Tripura Sundari devi”
Navratri Fourth Day Colour : ORANGE
Day 5 Of Dussehra – Goddess Durga Will Be Visible In Skanda Mata Avatar:
The fifth aspect of the Mother Durga is known as ‘Skanda Mata’ – the mother of Skanda or Lord Kartikeya, who was chosen by gods as their commander in chief in the war against the demons.
She is worshipped on the fifth day of Navaratri. She is accompanied by the Lord Skanda in his infant form.
Skanda Mata has four arms and three eyes, holds the infant Skanda in her right upper arm and a lotus in her right hand which is slightly raised upwards. The left arm is in pose to grant boons with grace and in left lower hand which is raised also holds a lotus. She has a bright complexion and often depicted as seated on a lotus.
Puja done on fifth day of dasara-
Lakshmi Devi Puja
Lakshmi means in Sanskrit “to perceive or observe.” This is synonymous with Lakshya, meaning “aim” or “objective.” She is the one who has the object and aim of uplifting mankind. Lakshmi is the Goddess of light, beauty, good fortune, power, luxury, fertility, auspiciousness, and wealth.
She holds the promise of material fulfillment and contentment. Being the consort of Vishnu, Lakshmi also signifies love and grace. While Lakshmi is generally worshipped to achieve success, she does not reside long with anyone who is lazy or desires her only for wealth.
Mahalakshmi is seen in two forms: Bhudevi and Sreedevi. Bhudevi is the representation of the material world, and Sreedevi the representation of the spiritual world. Lakshmi in eight forms is called Ashtalakshmi. These are the eight forms commonly worshipped by devotees:
1) Bhagya Lakshmi – Goddess of luck
2) Dhanya Lakshmi – Goddess of food
3) Dhairya Lakshmi – Goddess of strength
4) Gaja Lakshmi – Goddess of power
5) Santana Lakshmi – Goddess of children
6) Vijaya Lakshmi – Goddess of success
7) Vidya Lakshmi – Goddess of wisdom and education
8) Dhana Lakshmi – Goddess of wealth
Maha Lakshmi Havan can be performed for desires, goals, issues, or problems. It can be requested for any purpose or motivation as long as it is for the highest good.
By performing the Maha Lakshmi Havan, one attains progress, evolution, growth, co-creation of good present karma and co–creation of good future karma. So, this havan is for more happiness, a better life, more peace of mind, and more support of nature.
With the help of this havan, one can attain spiritual, emotional, mental, physical, and material fulfillment. Also, love, marriage, relationship, children, health, wealth, and prosperity.
Navratri Fifth Day Colour : WHITE