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Navratris are here and today is the beginning of the first day of Navratri. It’s that time of the year, when the whole atmosphere around us, suddenly turns spiritual and pious. The onset of festivity in India begins from the beginning of Navratris.

Navratri is a Hindu festival devoted to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga. The word “Navaratri” exactly means nine nights, “nava” meaning nine and “ratri” meaning nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Shakti/Devi are worshiped. The tenth day is generally referred as “Vijayadashami or “Dussehra.”

Nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped during the Navratris. The first three days, the Goddess is invoked as powerful force called Durga in order to obliterate all our impurities and imperfections.

On the first day of Navratri, “Shailputri” form of durga is worshipped. “Parviti”, the daughter of the king of mountains “Himavan” is called Shailputri. “Shail” means Mountain, and “putri” means daughter. The first among the nine durgas and 1st night of Navratris is devoted to the worship of “Shailputri”. One of her two hands displays a trident and the other displays a lotus and her mount is a bull.

Let’s devote ourselves in worshipping “Ma Durga” during the Navaratris. She will bestow on us fortune, wealth, prosperity, wisdom, and other vigorous powers to cross every obstacle of life.

—-The End—

© [Shilpi Mayank Awasthi] [2013] [All Rights Reserved]

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