By | September 22, 2017

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Navratri is being celebrated all across the Indian subcontinent and in Hindu communities the world over with full fervor. This festival is 9 days long celebration which concludes on the 10th day, known as Dussehra. Navratri or Navadurga is dedicated to nine divine forms of Maa Durga. This Festival symbolizes the victory over evil. Everybody of us has positive and negative tendencies. The battle between two is an ongoing process which can only be won when we awaken Chetna inside us. The pure bliss generated when we invoke the latent energies, helps in overcome the vices we have inside. These dormant energies can be invoked by praying to Maa Durga. She is the supreme energy of this creation. The nine-day festival commemorates the nine forms of primordial energy which is believed to be the source of creation

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Prathamam shailputri cha dwitiam bhramhcharini|

tritiyam chandraghantetee  kushmandetee chathurtkam||

panchamam skandmatetee sashtham katyaynitee cha|

sapatmam kaalratritee mahagauritee chashtamam|

navam siddhidatri cha navadurgah prakrtitah||

Navadurga or Shakti can be pleased by specific mantra and offerings.Here are the Nine avatars of Shakti and the mantra for each day of Navratri for seeking blessings from them.

Navratri 1st day: Maa Shailputri

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Shailputri is the first form of Maa Durga.Shailputri is a daughter of mountain king Himalaya. She is also known as Parvati, Bhavani, and Hemavati the daughter of Hemavan. She is the consort of Lord Shiva. She rides Nandi bull. In Puranas, she is depicted with two hands holding Trishul in right hand and lotus in the left hand.

Shailaputri represents earth element, Therefore, Shailaputri is the mother nature who is the cause of all the earthly existence.

She resides in the Muladhara Chakra. Stabilising Muladhara Chakra is the first step in yogic practice to awaken Kundalini.This is one of the reasons why Shailputri worshipped on the first day of Navratri.

Offering pure desi ghee to Maa Shailputri eradicate the illness and disease from the life of devotees.

Mantra: Om Devi Shailaputryai Namah

Dhyan Mantra:

Vande Vanchhitalabhaya Chandrardhakritashekharam।
Vrisharudham Shuladharam Shailaputrim Yashasvinim॥
Punendu Nibham Gauri Muladhara Sthitam Prathama Durga Trinetram।
Patambara Paridhanam Ratnakirita Namalankara Bhushita॥
Praphulla Vandana Pallavadharam Kanta Kapolam Tugam Kucham।
Kamaniyam Lavanyam Snemukhi Kshinamadhyam Nitambanim॥

Navratri 2nd Day: Devi Brahmcharini

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Maa Brahmacharini worshipped on the 2nd day of Navratri. She is portrayed wearing the white sari and holding chanting beads in right hand and Kamandal in left hand.

Mata Brahmacharini did hard austerity to get Lord Shiva as her Husband therefore known as Brahmacharini. She is considered to be the feminine form of Brahma and seek to attain Vedic knowledge.

Mata Brahmacharini is presiding deity of Swadhisthan chakra in the body.

An offering of kheer,mishri or sugar is made to Maa Brahmacharini.She bestows devotees with knowledge wisdom and wealth.

Mantra : Om Devi Brahmacharinyai Namah॥

Dhyan mantra:

Vande Vanchhitalabhaya Chandrardhakritashekharam।
Japamala Kamandalu Dhara Brahmacharini Shubham॥
Gauravarna Swadhishthanasthita Dwitiya Durga Trinetram।
Dhawala Paridhana Brahmarupa Pushpalankara Bhushitam॥
Parama Vandana Pallavaradharam Kanta Kapola Pina।
Payodharam Kamaniya Lavanayam Smeramukhi Nimnanabhi Nitambanim॥

Navratri 3rd Day: Mata Chandrghanta

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Chandraghanta is a ferocious and married form of Parvati. She wears half moon on her forehead and has eight hands holding a Trident (Trishul), mace(Gada), bow-arrow, Sword(khadak), lotus flower, bell(Ghanta) and water pot (Kamandal), while one of her hands remains in Abhaya mudra(blessings posture).

She is graceful, brave and courageous and uses the lion as her vehicle.Maa Chandraghanta resides in Manipur Chakra

This charming and fierce form of Durga is pleased by offering milk, sweets or kheer. By her blessings, all the sins, troubles and physical sufferings of the devotees are eliminated.

Mantra: Om Devi Chandraghantayai Namah॥

Dhyan Mantra

Vande Vanchhitalabhaya Chandrardhakritashekharam।
Simharudha Chandraghanta Yashasvinim॥
Manipura Sthitam Tritiya Durga Trinetram।
Khanga, Gada, Trishula, Chapashara, Padma Kamandalu Mala Varabhitakaram॥
Patambara Paridhanam Mriduhasya Nanalankara Bhushitam।
Manjira, Hara, Keyura, Kinkini, Ratnakundala Manditam॥
Praphulla Vandana Bibadhara Kanta Kapolam Tugam Kucham।
Kamaniyam Lavanyam Kshinakati Nitambanim॥

Navratri 4th  Day: Mata Kushmanda

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Maa Kushmanda is the Fourth form of Maa Durga. Kushmanda is shown with ten hands holding a trident, discus, sword, hook, mace, bow, arrow and pot of nectar. Her one hand depicted in abhayamudra from which she blesses all her devotees. She rides on a tiger.

Maa Kushmanda produced the cosmic egg(anda) by her divine smile. She is the ultimate energy inside the sun and brings light to illuminate the world.

Her abode is Anahata chakra.

Observing fast and offering the bhog of malpua to maa Kushmanda fulfill all desires of Devotees and increases the intellectual power for right decision-making.

Mantra: Om Devi Kushmandayai Namah॥

Dhyan Mantra:

Vande Vanchhita Kamarthe Chandrardhakritashekharam।
Simharudha Ashtabhuja Kushmanda Yashasvinim॥
Bhaswara Bhanu Nibham Anahata Sthitam Chaturtha Durga Trinetram।
Kamandalu, Chapa, Bana, Padma, Sudhakalasha, Chakra, Gada, Japawatidharam॥
Patambara Paridhanam Kamaniyam Mriduhasya Nanalankara Bhushitam।
Manjira, Hara, Keyura, Kinkini, Ratnakundala, Manditam॥
Praphulla Vadanamcharu Chibukam Kanta Kapolam Tugam Kucham।
Komalangi Smeramukhi Shrikanti Nimnabhi Nitambanim॥

Navratri 5th  Day: Devi Skanda Mata

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Maa Skanda Mata is the Fifth avatar of Maa Durga, When Parvati became the mother of Skanda or Kartikeya she came to known as Skandmata.She is portrayed with four hands holding lotus and Kartikay in her lap.another hand bless his devotees.She rides the lion.

She is a goddess of love and affection. Those who worship her get grace from Mata and her son Kartikeya.

Her abode is in Vishuddhi chakra.

A Bhog of banana is offered to the goddess. She is believed to improve health and bestow wealth and strength and devoted sadhak of her gets salvation.

Mantra: Om Devi Skandamatayai Namah॥

Dhyan Mantra

Vande Vanchhita Kamarthe Chandrardhakritashekharam।
Simharudha Chaturbhuja Skandamata Yashasvinim॥
Dhawalavarna Vishuddha Chakrasthitom Panchama Durga Trinetram।
Abhaya Padma Yugma Karam Dakshina Uru Putradharam Bhajem॥
Patambara Paridhanam Mriduhasya Nanalankara Bhushitam।
Manjira, Hara, Keyura, Kinkini, Ratnakundala Dharinim॥
Praphulla Vandana Pallavadharam Kanta Kapolam Pina Payodharam।
Kamaniyam Lavanyam Charu Triwali Nitambanim॥

Navratri 6th Day: Maa Katyayani

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Maa Katyayani is the Sixth form of Maa Durga, She is a daughter of Rishi Katyayan, hence known as Katyayani.she is a warrior form of Durga who slew demon king Mahisasur.She is depicted with four hands holding lotus and Khadak in rights hands, and other two left hands shows Varada (boon giving) and Abhay mudra(protection)

She is associated with Ajna chakra which is also known as third eye chakra.Concentrating between eyes can invoke her blessings.

Offering honey to the fierce goddess is very auspicious. She is a giver of knowledge, courage, and peace of mind.

Mantra: Om Devi Katyayanyai Namah॥

Dhyan Mantra

Vande Vanchhita Manorathartha Chandrardhakritashekharam।
Simharudha Chaturbhuja Katyayani Yashasvinim॥
Swarnavarna Ajnachakra Sthitam Shashthama Durga Trinetram।
Varabhita Karam Shagapadadharam Katyayanasutam Bhajami॥
Patambara Paridhanam Smeramukhi Nanalankara Bhushitam।
Manjira, Hara, Keyura, Kinkini, Ratnakundala Manditam॥
Prasannavadana Pallavadharam Kanta Kapolam Tugam Kucham।
Kamaniyam Lavanyam Trivalivibhushita Nimna Nabhim॥

Navratri 7th Day: Mata Kalratri

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Maa Kalratri worshipped on the Seventh day of Navratri. Kalratri is a most ferocious form of Maa Durga, she is also known as the slayer of the most dangerous demon Chand and Mund, thus came to known as Chamunda.Subhankari is her other name which means she provides auspicious results to her devotees.

The complexion of Goddess is extremely dark like night and her hair is long and open therefore known as Kaalratri. She has four hands – the left two hands hold a khadak and a Vjra(thunderbolt) and the right two are in the Varada (blessing) and Abhaya (protecting) mudras. Kaalratri has three eyes.Her vehicle is a donkey.

She resides at Shashrar chakra also known as crown chakra.Sadhaks and tantric gives utmost importance to the seventh day of Navratri since she bestows her devotees with Siddhi and Nidhi(Knowledge, wealth, and might)

Sweets made from jaggery is her favorite offering.She provides protection from ghostly hurdles, evil spirits, and negative energies.

Mantra: Om Devi Kalaratryai Namah॥

Dhyan Mantra

Karalavandana Ghoram Muktakeshi Chaturbhujam।
Kalaratrim Karalimka Divyam Vidyutamala Vibhushitam॥
Divyam Lauhavajra Khadga Vamoghordhva Karambujam।
Abhayam Varadam Chaiva Dakshinodhvaghah Parnikam Mam॥
Mahamegha Prabham Shyamam Taksha Chaiva Gardabharudha।
Ghoradamsha Karalasyam Pinonnata Payodharam॥
Sukha Prasanna Vadana Smeranna Saroruham।
Evam Sachiyantayet Kalaratrim Sarvakam Samriddhidam॥

Navratri 8th Day: Maha Gauri Mantra 

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Mata Maha Gauri worshipped on the eighth day of Navratri. She has an extremely fair complexion, due to this reason she gets name Maha Gauri. She is beautiful and charming.She has four hands and three eyes. Two of her hand holds trident and tambura while other two are in Varada and Abhaya mudra.Her mount is bull.

Offering coconuts to Mahagauri fulfill all desires of devotees.The childless couple if donating coconut to brahmins especially on this day get blessed with a child by the grace of Goddess.

Mantra: Om Devi Mahagauryai Namah॥

Dhyan Mantra

Vande Vanchhita Kamarthe Chandrardhakritashekharam।
Simharudha Chaturbhuja Mahagauri Yashasvinim॥
Purnandu Nibham Gauri Somachakrasthitam Ashtamam Mahagauri Trinetram।
Varabhitikaram Trishula Damarudharam Mahagauri Bhajem॥
Patambara Paridhanam Mriduhasya Nanalankara Bhushitam।
Manjira, Hara, Keyura, Kinkini, Ratnakundala Manditam॥
Praphulla Vandana Pallavadharam Kanta Kapolam Trailokya Mohanam।
Kamaniyam Lavanyam Mrinalam Chandana Gandhaliptam॥

Navratri 9th  Day: Siddhidatri

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Maa Siddhi Datri is the 9th manifestation of Maa Durga, She is Para Shakti worshipped by Lord Shiva. As a result, she gave siddhi to Lord Shiva, therefore, gets her name as Siddhidatri.She along with Shiva runs the entire universe in the form of Ardhnarishwara

She is seated on the lotus and has four hands occupying mace, lotus, Sudarshan chakra and Sankha.

An offering of till is very auspicious as she removes all hurdles from the life of devotees and grants siddhi. Sadhak who seek divine knowledge and salvation worships her.

Mantra:  Om Devi Siddhidatryai Namah॥

Dhyan Mantra

Vande Vanchhita Manorathartha Chandrardhakritashekharam।
Kamalasthitam Chaturbhuja Siddhidatri Yashasvinim॥
Swarnavarnna Nirvanachakra Sthitam Navam Durga Trinetram।
Shankha, Chakra, Gada, Padmadharam Siddhidatri Bhajem॥
Patambara Paridhanam Mriduhasya Nanalankara Bhushitam।
Manjira, Hara, Keyura, Kinkini, Ratnakundala Manditam॥
Praphulla Vandana Pallavadharam Kanta Kapolam Pin Payodharam।
Kamaniyam Lavanyam Shrinakati Nimnanabhi Nitambanim॥

 

6 Replies to “Navadurga The Nine Avatars of Goddess Durga”

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      It is kind of motivation behind writing these posts.Thanks for the appreciation

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