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Matsyendranatha Yogi

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Sharad Navaratri
« on: September 29, 2011, 10:03:40 PM »

Adesh! Jaya Ma!

My congratulations to all with the fall Navaratri!
Usually in different Saiva-Shakta traditions different aspects of the Mother Goddess are honored. In the Natha Tradition revered Yogamaya Balasundari, Djvala, Hingalaja and others. Goddess Bala in Natha tradition is similar to Balasundari in Shrividya, but there is difference, in Shrividya  more tantric karma-kanda. In some traditions, instead of Durga worshiped 8 Matrikas, for example, in Newar tradition.

Generally, for all students and friends I recommend to read most famous mantra at this time: ॐ ऐं ह्रीं क्लीं चामुण्डायै विच्चे॥


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Re: Sharad Navaratri
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2011, 09:06:42 AM »

Good Question. i will try my level best to answer this question. i will be happy if it gives you satisfaction. Now we will go to the answer.

my answer: we will go step by step. 1. what is called Navaratri? 2. How this Navaratri celebrated in south india.? 3. How this Navaratri celebrated in North india?

1. what is called Navaratri?

Navaratri means nine Divine Nights. Divine signifies devotion. Devotion towards Divine Natures. While Shivratri signifies God Shiva, this Navratri festival of nine nights is dedicated to Goddess Durga and her nine forms. Navaratri is divided into sets of three days to adore different aspects of the supreme goddess. Navaratri signifies the progress of the spiritual aspirant. During this spiritual journey, the aspirant has to pass three stages personified by instinctive Durga, motherly Lakshmi and finally wise Sarasvati. Then, he or she enters into the realm of the infinite, wherein one realizes one's Self."

Navaratri, which literally means 'nine nights,' dedicates three days each to worshipping the Divine in the forms of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. The tenth day, though, is the most important; it is known as Vijayadashami, the 'tenth day of victory.'

On the first three days, the Mother is invoked as powerful force called Durga in order to destroy all our impurities, vices and defects. The next three days, the Mother is adored as a giver of spiritual wealth, Lakshmi, who is considered to have the power of bestowing on her devotees the inexhaustible wealth. The final set of three days is spent in worshipping the mother as the goddess of wisdom, Saraswati. In order have all-round success in life, we need the blessings of all three aspects of the divine mother; hence, the worship for nine nights.

2. How this Navratri festival celebrated in south india?

Here the Goddess is worshipped in three forms. During the first three nights, Durga is revered, then Lakshmi on the fourth, fifth and sixth nights, and finally Sarasvati until the ninth night.

“Golu” in Tamil, also known as Kolu, is a unique display of various dolls and figurines in odd numbered steps (“padis”). These steps are covered with a white cloth and the dolls are arranged on it. The dolls are mostly of the gods and goddesses from Hindu mythology.On the full-moon night following Navaratri, it is believed Lakshmi Herself visits each home and replenishes family wealth.

Arranging Navrathri Golu is an event in itself, for it means an occasion for neighbours, friends and other relatives to visit each others homes to view and admire the Navarathri Golu .It is a custom that women exchange coconuts, cloths and sweets. Sumangali (married) women also exchange bags containing a small mirror, turmeric, comb, beetle leaves with supari (beetle nuts).This is also the time when women who sing well, sing songs in praise of the Goddesses Durga, Sarawati and Lakshmi.

The 9th day of Navratri is the day of Saraswati where special pujas are offered to Goddess- representing wisdom and enlightenment. All things of art and learning, books, instruments and creativity are placed in the puja and worshipped. Work tools and instruments are also worshipped and this is known as Ayudha puja. All types of ‘vahanas’ –vehicles–also have a special puja.

3. How the Navratri festival celebrated in North india?

Navaratri is celebrated in different ways throughout India. In North India, all three Navratris are celebrated with much fervor by fasting on all nine days and worshipping the Mother Goddess in her different forms. The Chaitra Navratri culminates in Ram Navami and the Sharad Navratri culminates in Durga Puja and Dussehra. The Dussehra of Kulu in Himachal Pradesh is particularly famous in the North. Navratri festival in Gujarat is one of the main festivals. Garba is dance which people use to dance after the Durga Pooja with the groups and live orchestra or devotional songs.

The last four days of Sharad Navratri, the biggest festival of the year take on a particularly dramatic form in the state of West Bengal where they are celebrated as Durga Puja.Exquisitely crafted and decorated life-size clay idols of the Goddess Durga depicting her slaying the demon Mahishasura are set up in temples and other places. These idols are then worshipped for five days and immersed in the river on the fifth day.In Goa, zatra begins during Navratri, entire Antruz (Ponda) is highly ornated. The Saraswat Brahmin temples are beautifully decorated and the idols are taken out for worship. The idols are dressed and adorned with flowers, sandalwood paste, turmeric and kumkum.

I actually interested to write more but shrinked due to space. Thanks for the opportunity!!!

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Re: Sharad Navaratri
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2017, 04:10:57 PM »

During the festival of navarathri people will be on fasting for Goddess Durga and offer prayers by chantng durga mantra. Goddess Durga will always bless her devotees in need. It is belived that in these nine days Goddess Durga will be pleased to shower her blessings to her devotees.