Goddess Worshipped on the seventh day of Navratri: Maa Kalaratri

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Also known as Shubhamkari, Kalratri maa is the one signifying the black light. She is the one who is responsible for destroying ignorance and removing darkness from the face of the earth. This is the most violent form of Durga and it is believed that, in this form, she licked the blood of demon Rakta Beeja who had the capacity to bring out thousand demons from a drop of blood spilt from his body. This form primarily depicts that life also has dark side – the violent Mother Nature and creates havoc and removes all dirt. In Skand Purana, Maa Parvati liberates Devi’s golden outer sheath and becomes dark complexioned then Goddess becomes Goddess Kaalratri.

 

Maa Kalratri Mantra, Om Aim Hrim Klim Shrim Kalaratri sarvam vashyam kuru  kuru  viryam Devi Ganeshvaryai Namah 

 

Which means, May she Bhayankari Maa Durga who is with long lips, riding an ass, shining in various hues looks formidable because of the halo of Devi’s lustre and is adorned with multi coloured ornaments remove my darkness of ignorance.

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Goddess Worshipped on the sixth day of Navratri: Maa Katyayani

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Born as the daughter of Sage Katya of Katya clan, she derives her name from her very origin and birth. Maa parvati’s partial expansion grew in Sage Kartya’s home and gets energy from trinity and demi Gods. In this daughter form of durga, she loves, is caring and docile and yet despite being the epitome of love, is not afraid to show anger to defend righteousness and Dharma.

In this particular form Durga is worshipped by girls to find a suitable husband and have a prosperous married life.

Maa Katyayani Mantra: Chandrahaasojhwala karaa Shardhula varavaahana, Katyayani shubham dadyath devi danava ghathinee.

Which means, May the ever watchful Durga Devi Kartyayani, who holds shining Chandrahasa (Sword) in Devi’s hand and rides a magnificent lion and destroys the demons, bestow welfare on me.

 

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Goddess Worshipped on the fifth day of Navratri: Skanda Mata

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Skanda maata is basically the mother of Kartikey. Skanda is one of the names of Subrahmanya or Lord Muruga or Kartik – the General of the Army of the Devas and the most handsome God. Durga is in her most benevolent and motherly form in this form. She is also known as Padmasana. She is worshipped in this particular form for her power of reproduction, child-bearing and nourishment and vegetation.

Worshipping her brings sukh shaanti smaridhi and nourishment. She shows the directions toward Nirvana or Moksha. In fact, her blessings are boundless that bestows real peace in life.

The mantra jaap for Skanda maata, Na Mantram Na Yantram Tadapi Cha Na Jane Stutimaho Na Chavhanam Dhyanam Tadapi Cha Na Jane Stutikathah, Na Jane Mudraste Tadapi Cha Na Jane Vilapanam Param Jane Matastvadanusaranam Kleshaharanam.

 

This means, May the renowned Durga Devi Skandamata who is eternally seated on a throne and whose hands are adorned with lotuses, be ever propitious to me.

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Goddess Worshipped on the fourth day of Navratri: Maa Kushmanda

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Also known as Ashtabhuja for she has eight hands, maa Kushmanda gets her name from three words, ‘Ku’ means ‘a little’, ‘Usma’ means ‘energy’ and ‘Anda’ means ‘the cosmic egg or universe.’ Her smile is believed to have ended the eternal darkness of the era and led a new beginning to the creation. Goddess Shakti is at her happiest best in this reincarnation.  In this form Durga creates solar system by liberating her power to Lord Sun.

After you worship all the Gods, Goddesses and Planets in the Kalash and offer prayer to Lord Ganesha and Kartikeya and Goddess Saraswati, Lakshmi, Vijaya, Jaya – the family members of Goddess Durga. The pooja should be concluded by worshipping Goddess Chandraghanta followed by a heartfelt prayer to Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma.

Dhyan Mantra for Maa Khushmanda- Suraa sampoorna kalasham rudhirapalu thwamevacha, Dadhanaa hasthapadmabhyam Kushmanda shubhadhaastu may.

Which means, May Kushmanda Ma Durga who holds two pitchers full of blood in her lotus hands and the universe is created, sustained and drawn within Devi’s own-self in a wink be propitious for me.

 

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Goddess Worshipped on the third day of Navratri: Maa Chandraghanta

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With an imagery of Goddess Shakti roaring in anger this form of Shakti is the more furious one. She is completely different from those earlier forms and shows when provoked she can be the terrible or malevolent. The name Chandraghanta comes from the crescent moon worn by her on the head. She rides a tiger, is endowed with profound anger and violence and is also known as Chandra-Khanda devi.

She helps the worshipper with any sort of Benefit is bhoot-pret badha. According to the legend in this form, Durga uses her divine sound of the temple bells to get rid of all the evil and negative energies.

Chandraghanta Devi Mantra: Prindajapra vararoodha chandakopstha kairyutha, prasadam thanuthe mahyum Chandraghantethi vishrutha

Which means- May that Durga Devi, who rides on Tiger, who is endowed with intense anger and violence and is renowned by the name of Maa Chandraghanta, bestow her grace on me.

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Goddess Worshiped on the second day of Navratri: Maa Brahmacharini

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Highly pious and peaceful form or the one who is in meditation, Brahmacharini, literally means, ‘one who constantly meditates on the Supreme Being’. The sufferings Sati and Parvati had to undergo in their respective births to attain Lord Shiva as husband are also related to this form of Durga.She is also known as Tapashcharini, Aparna and Uma. She holds a rosary and Kamandal in her hand is the phase of devi before her marriage. Even today some of the most important Vratas observed in different parts of India by women is based on the strict austerities followed by Brahmacharini.

The puja is performed with flowers & especially red flowers is then she is adorned with Panchanmrita, sindur, chawal & kumkum. Her favorite is a garland of Lotus. Attainment of Calm & Peace is guaranteed by her puja & bachelors are guaranteed their suitable partners.

Mantra: Brahmacharini Dhyana mantra is recited on the second day of Durga Navratri.

Dadhanakara Padmabhyam akshamala kamandalam |
Devi prasidathu mayi brahmacharinya nuththama ||

 

Which means-  May the supreme Brahmachari Durga, who holds rosary and kamandalu in her lotus hands and whose nature is to attain Sachchidanandamaya Brahmaswarupa the Existence-Knowledge-Bliss absolute, be propitious on me. Devi is Devi’s that phase when Maa Parvati before marriage was Devi Yogni and Devi Tapsvini.

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Goddess Worshipped on the first day of Navratri: Maa Shailaputri

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Believed to be a rebirth of Sati, daughter of Daksha and wife of Lord Shiva, maa Shailputri is also known as Parvati or Hemavati. In her name- ‘Shail’ means mountains and ‘Putri’ means daughter. She incarnates as the daughter of Himalaya in this particular birth of hers and later becomes a consort of Lord Shiva. She also signifies Shakti in its most raw form and is closely related to Shiva.

She is regarded as the first phase of Durga and is thus worshipped on the first day of the Navratris. Her head is beautifully adorned by a halfmoon, she rides a nandi and carries a sphere.

On the first day of Navratri, devotees place enters in Moolchakra and worship Goddess Shailputri to establish dedication keeping Mooladhar in mind, and commence Durga pooja auspiciously.With Shubhpuja.com, you have experts to rely on and trust them to help you do away with all your problems as well even on a general spiritual level, we connect you to Maa Shailputri in the most profound ways. Be in the context of getting Maata’s blessings and guidance or just her energies and aura.

Shailputri Mantra: Vande vaanchhit laabhaaya chandrardha krita sekharaam, vrishaarudhaam shuladharaam shaila-putrim yashasvinim

Which means: May the illustrious Shailputri Durga whom I salute and whose head is adorned by a halfmoon, who rides nandi, a bull and carries a spear fulfill the desires of my heart. She is known as 1st phase of Durga when she took birth as the daughter of Great Himalayas.

 

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