I’m back with the second part of all about Navratri. Read the first part of Navratri Special article by clicking here. Here in this article of SAIKISITE, I’m going to share all the significances Navratri carries along.
Nine days of Navratri
Navratri, as stated earlier, signifies the triumph of good over the evil. The nine days of Navratri are broken into three parts with every three days carrying a different significance.
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First three days
The first three days of Navratri are dedicated to Goddess Durga, who is worshiped for her strength. The strength here not only means the physical but the mental too which cuts one out from the negativities rooted deep inside the heart. The killing of Mahishasura can be related to the killing of evil thoughts which act as a barrier between the soul and eternity.It’ss the Durga in every mind which kills the demonic thoughts be them of greed, hatred, jealousy or anything else. Its need immense power and strength to overcome these and live a life beyond the virtualities.
Next three days
The next three days are devoted to Goddess Lakshmi who represents wealth, not only materialistic but the spiritual wealth, the wealth of discipline, kindness, sincerity and peace of mind. It needs immense practice for the gaining of this spiritual wealth and devotion to Goddess Lakshmi brings home this real wealth.
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Last three days
The last three days are devoted to Goddess Saraswati who imbibes in us the aspect of life, knowledge without which the life is worthless. Here the knowledge is the gaining of spiritual thoughts, the realities of life and most importantly, the meaning, the goals of life.
The ninth day is celebrated as Ayudha Puja which is believed to be related to Pandavas, who retrieved their weapons in the last year of exile. It is since then on this day articles bringing prosperity are worshiped.
Significance of Fasting in Navratri
It is during Navratri that no grain fast is observed for nine consecutive days. There are philosophical as well as scientific beliefs that make people into fasting. It is believed that fasting takes one nearer to almighty and strengthens the will power. It generates in one, feelings of generosity and kindness as when people stay without food, the importance of it is realized and sympathy for those to whom it is not available. Also, science supports fasting as, during the season change (during the time of Navratri), our body gets susceptible to falling sick as the immunity level gets down. It is said that the foods which take long to be digested should be avoided. Also, those performing fast, wake up early, take a bath and perform worship which brings in positive energies. The metabolic rate is controlled as the toxins are flushed out and an immune system is restored. Thus, a healthier body and mind is left behind.
Significance of Colors
As it is believed, the most of the Indian mythology have a special significance. Each day of Navratri has colours related to it. Also, these colours signify deep thoughts.
Different Days in Navratri
Now let us look at the meaning and significance of nine days of Navratri and what is the meaning of each and every day in Navratri?
Goddess is worshiped as Shailputri, meaning daughter of mountains. She signifies vigour and energy and hence Red is the colour for the first day. It is believed to bring in us the same vigor. Also since red is a warm colour, it marks the beginning of the festival with vigor and warmth.
On the second day of Navratri, Goddess is worshiped as Brahmacharini, who is supposed to invoke prosperity. Peacock blue is the colour and signifies peace and calm vigilance.
The third day of Navratri is marked with the colour yellow as it is a colour for cheerfulness . It can merry the hearts. It is devoted to the Goddess with half moon, Chandraghanta, who represents beauty as well as bravery.
It is believed that Goddess Kushmanda, who created the universe with a laughter and provided the earth with vegetation . It is due to this that the day four is symbolised by the colour green.
On day five of Navratri, Goddess Durga takes up the form of Skanda Mata, holding Lord Kartika as an infant. The colour for the day is Gray which depicts the mother nature which can be calm as well as aggressive as and what the situations be.
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The sixth day of Navratri is marked with colour orange which symbolises extreme energy and courage, It was that a sage Kata in want of a daughter performed worship, impressed by which Goddess blessed him with a daughter who was known to be Katyani and was dressed in orange.
The seventh day of Navratri is dedicated to the most fierce form of Goddess Durga, Kalrati who has anger in her eyes. Dressed in white she symbolises that she will not let devotees be harmed in any way. So white is the colour for the day.
Goddess on this day destroys all sins and is dressed in pink, signifying beauty and grace. Hence, pink is the colour for the day.
The last day of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess as Siddidatri (prosperity provider). She is supposed to be having supernatural healing powers as wide as the sky; calm and peaceful as well.
All the nine days of Navratri are related to the beauty and power of a woman as Shakti, the strengths, and immense courage!
With this, I wind up part two. The next part would be all about celebrations in different parts of the country. Till then, keep reading SAIKISITE and keep commenting.