Advertisement

Photo

Updated on: Thursday, October 14, 2021, 08:14 PM IST

In Photos: Here's how India celebrated the ninth day of Navratri

Women perform Garba, a traditional folk dance, during the Navratri festival celebrations at Juhu beach, in Mumbai, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021.  | PTI

Women perform Garba, a traditional folk dance, during the Navratri festival celebrations at Juhu beach, in Mumbai, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. | PTI

Advertisement

After worshipping and celebrating the different forms of Shakti for eight days, it’s time for devotees to bid adieu to their beloved Maa Durga. Navami is the ninth and final day of Shardiya Navratri; hence devotees will worship the ninth form of Navdurga, Goddess Siddhidatri. Also known as Maha Navami, the ninth day of Navratri marks the day when Maa Durga annihilated the buffalo demon, Mahishasura.

After worshipping and celebrating the different forms of Shakti for eight days, it’s time for devotees to bid adieu to their beloved Maa Durga. Navami is the ninth and final day of Shardiya Navratri; hence devotees will worship the ninth form of Navdurga, Goddess Siddhidatri. Also known as Maha Navami, the ninth day of Navratri marks the day when Maa Durga annihilated the buffalo demon, Mahishasura.

The Navami Tithi of Shardiya Navratri will be observed on October 14, which is today. The devotees will worship and celebrate Maa Durga, also called ‘Mahishasura Mardini’, with all zest and fervour. The story of Maa Durga slaying the treacherous demon, considered one of the major events in Hindu mythology, signifies the victory of good (Maa Durga) over evil (Mahishasura). Hence the significance of Maha Navami is greater than other days of Navratri. Maha Navami, the last day, is also celebrated as the third day of Durga Pujo.

The auspicious day of Navami is dedicated to the Goddess, who is the ‘moola roopa’ of Maa Parvati, meaning the one who originated from Parvati, Maa Siddhidatri. ‘Siddhi’ means supernatural power or meditative ability, and ‘Dhatri’ means giver or awarder. It is believed that by worshipping Maa Siddhidatri, it is possible to achieve the eight siddhis, which are as follows: Anima, Mahima, Garima, Laghima, Prapti, Prakyamya, Inshitva and Vashitva.

On Maha Navami, devotees can perform a havan in honour of Maa Siddhidatri and the other eight forms of Navdurga. Pan-supari, flowers (specifically pink), fruits, dry fruits and some sweets should be offered to the Goddess. One should light a diya (lamp) of ghee in front of her idol or image. Reciting or listening to Durga Sapta Shati is an important ritual of Maha Navami. After Durga Sapta Shati, devotees can offer satvik bhog to the Goddess and perform aarti. Mantras of Maa Siddhidatri should be chanted with devotion, especially by those who are fasting.

Goddess Siddhidatri is the one who can fulfil every desire. She is capable of giving all kinds of occult powers. The possessor of divine siddhis, the Goddess removes ignorance and provides divine knowledge and wisdom to her devotees.

Here's how India celebrated Maha Navami 2021:

People perform Garba dance at Juhu Beach on the occasion of the Navami of Navratri festival, in Mumbai on Thursday. | ANI

Women perform Garba at Juhu beach on Navmi of Navratri festival, in Mumbai on Thursday. | ANI

Advertisement

Devotees perform Hawan on the occasion of Ram Navami festival (Last day of Navratri), at Vindhyachal Dham, in Mirzapur on Thursday | ANI

Varanasi: Girls during the last day of the Navratri festival celebration at Kinram Ashram in Varanasi, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 | ANI

Reasi: Devotees raise religious slogans outside Darshani Deodi Mata Vaishno Devi shrine on the occasion of Ram Navami on the last Navratri festival in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 | PTI

Advertisement

Patna: People wait in queues at a temple to offer prayers on the occasion of Maha Navami during the Navratri festival, in Patna, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. | PTI

Devotees stand in queues to offer prayers outside the temple on the occasion of the Navami of Navratri festival at Agam Kuan, in Patna on Thursday. | ANI

Devotees stand in queues to offer prayers outside the temple on the occasion of Navami of Navratri festival at Agam Kuan, in Patna on Thursday. | ANI

Advertisement

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath performs Kanya Pujan ritual on Navmi of Navratri festival, in Gorakhpur on Thursday. | ANI

(To receive our E-paper on whatsapp daily, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

Published on: Thursday, October 14, 2021, 06:23 PM IST
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement