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Let's know about Goddess Durga's most popular festival 'Navratri'















"Yaa Devi Sarvabhootesu,
Shaantiroopen Sansthita.
Namastasye Namastasye,
Namastasye Namo Namah."

Navratri is a very important festival celebrated in India, which is devoted to Goddess Durga. The festival is celebrated with great reverence and faith across the country. It stretches over a period of nine days, with each of the nine days being dedicated to one of the nine forms of the Goddess. Talking about the history of Navratri festival, it can be explained through the stories mentioned in the Hindu scriptures. In case you want to know more about them, then lets discuss about that...

History and Origin of Navratri...

In diffrent parts of India, diffrent legends describe the history of Navratri!

North Indians Argue...

The legend in North India goes that Mahishasura, the mighty demon, worshipped Lord Shiva and obtained the power of eternity. Soon, he started killing and harassing innocent people and set out to win all the three lokes. The Gods in swargloka appealed to Lord Shiva to find a way to get rid of the demon. To protect the world from the atrocities of Mahishasura, the Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva united their powers and created a divine female warrior known as Goddess Durga.
Mahishasura, when he saw the divine beauty of Goddess Durga, got mermerized. So fascinated was Mahishasura by Goddess Durga's beauty that he approached her with the intention of marriage. The Goddess agreed to marry him but put forth a condition- Mahishasura would have to win over her in a battle. Mahishasura, proud as he was, agreed immediately!
The battle continued for nine nights and at the end of the ninth night, Goddess Durga beheaded Mahishasura. The nine nights came to be known as Navratri, while the tenth day was called Vijayadashami, the tenth day that brought the triumph of good over evil.

Eastern Belief...

As per the legend prevalent in East India, Daksha, the king of Himalayas had a beautiful and virious daughter called Uma. She wished to marry Lord Shiva, since her childhood. In order to win over the Lord, she worshipped him and managed to please him as well. When Shiva finally came to marry her, the tiger-skin clad groom displeased Daksha and he broke off all the relationships with his daughter and son-in-law.
One fine day, Daksha organized a yagna, but didn't invite Lord Shiva for the same. Uma get so angry at her father's rude behaviour towards her husband, then she decided to end her life by jumped into the agnikund of the yagna, where she was united with eternity (since then, she came to be known as Sati). However, she took re-birth again won Shiva as her groom and peace was restored.
It is believed that since then, Uma comes every year with Ganesh, Kartikeya, Saraswati, Laxmi and two of her best friends or 'sakhis', called Jaya and Bijaya, to visit her parent's home during Navratri.

Another Legend-Ram and Raavan...

Yet another legend of Navratri relates to the Hindu epic 'Ramayana'. It goes that Lord Ram worshipped Goddess Durga in nine aspects, for nine days, in order to gather strength and power to kill Raavan.
Lord Ram wanted to release Sita from the clutches of powerful demon king Raavan who had aducted her. These nine nights became to be known as Navratri and the tenth day, on which Lord Ram killed Raavan, came to be called Vijayadashami or Dushehra, signifying Ram's (good) triumph over Raavan (evil).

So, Dear Friends, Brothers and Sisters, This is the history of Goddess Durga's most popular festival 'Navratri'. Let's wish Very Very Happy Navratri to all of our frieds.


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