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Some Stills from Katra Navratra Festival

Dashrath hit Shravan accidentally

Katra Navratra Festival

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Seventh Day of Navratra Dedicated to Maa Kalratri

एकवेणी जपाकर्णपूरा नग्ना खरास्थिता । लम्बोष्टी कर्णिकाकर्णी तैलाभ्यक्तशरीरिणी ॥ वामपादोल्लसल्लोहलताकण्टकभूषणा । वर्धनमूर्धध्वजा कृष्णा कालरात्रिर्भयङ्करी ॥ Maa Kalratri is the seventh avatar of goddess Durga. She is worshipped on the seventh day of Navratri. This is the most fiercest form of goddess Durga. The complexion of Maa Kalaratri is like a dark night, she has a bountiful hair and her necklace is shining like thunder. She has three eyes which emanate rays like lightning. Flames appear through her nostrils when she inhales or exhales air. This form of Goddess is believed to be the destroyer of all demonic entities.   She is also known as Shubhankari as she always give auspicious results to her devotees. Yogis & sadhaks enters into the …

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Sixth Day of Navratra Dedicated to Maa Katyayani

Maa Katyayani

चन्द्रहासोज्वलकरा शार्दूलवरवाहना । कात्यायनी शुभं दघाद्देवी दानवघातिनी ॥ Maa Katyayani is the sixth form of Maa Durga. So the sixth day of Navratri is dedicated to Durga Katyayani. She is called Katyayani because she was born as the daughter of Sage Katya of Katya clan. Sage Katyayan performed very hard penance of Maa Bhagvati. It was his wish that Maa Durga born as his daughter. The Goddess acceded to his request. Meanwhile, army of the powerful demon Mahishasura, who could only be killed by a warrior Goddess, had reached heaven to overthrow the Gods from their abode. The trinity of Gods – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, got infuriated and they created the Goddess Durga, who was a culmination of the …

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Fifth Day of Navratra Dedicated to Skanda Mata

Skanda Mata

सिंहासनगता नित्यं पद्याञ्चितकरद्वया। शुभदास्तु सदा देवी स्कन्दमाता यशस्विनी॥ Skanda Mata is the fifth manifestation of the goddess Durga, the mother of Skanda Kumar or Lord Kartikeya Lord Kartikeya was chosen by devtas as their commander in chief in the war against the demons. She is worshipped on the fifth day of Navaratri. She usually holds Lord Skanda in his infant form and a lotus in her right hand which is slightly raised upwards. She has four arms, three eyes and a bright complexion, depicted seated on a lotus flower in her idol and therefore is called as Padamasani. The left arm of the goddess is in a pose to grant boons with grace to her devotees. Skandmata is the daughter …

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Maa Brahmacharini: The Second Manifestation of Maa Durga

maa brahmacharini

दधाना करपद्माभ्यामक्षमाला कमण्डलु ! देवी प्रसीदतु मयि ब्रह्म्चारिन्यनुतमा !! Maa Brahmacharini is the second manifestation of Maa Durga who is worshippied on the second day of Navratri. Here word “Brahm” refers to “Tapa”. So Brahmcharini means Tapa Charini – The one who perform Tapa or penance. It is Said that the “Vedas”, “Tatva” & “Tapa” are synonyms of word “Brahm”. The form of Brahmacharini is tremendously effulgent and extremely majestic. मां के मंदिरों में नवरात्र के दूसरे दिन माता के ब्रह्मचारिणी रूप की आराधना होती है। मां अपने भक्तों को जीवन की कठिन परिस्थतियों में भी आशा व विश्वास के साथ कर्तव्यपथ पर चलने की दिशा प्रदान करती है। आज के दिन माता का ध्यान ब्रह्मा के उस दिव्य चेतना …

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Mata Shailputri: First Avatar of Durga

Shailputri

वंदे वाद्द्रिछतलाभाय चंद्रार्धकृतशेखराम | वृषारूढां शूलधरां शैलपुत्री यशस्विनीम्‌ || Mata Shailputri is a daughter of ‘Parvata raju’ (mountain king) – Himalaya / Himvanth. She is the first among nine avatars of Durga and worshiped on the First day of Navaratri. In her previous birth, she was ‘Sati Bhavani Mata’, the daughter of King Daksha. Mata Shailputri, also known as Parvati got married with Lord Shiva. On the first day of Durga Navratri,  Paravathi Devi she is worshipped. Mata Shailputri holds a ‘Trishul’, a weapon, in her right hand and a lotus in her left hand. She rides on bull. She has pleasant smile and blissful looks. मां दुर्गा की पहली स्वरूपा और शैलराज हिमालय की पुत्री शैलपुत्री के पूजा के साथ …

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Navratra: 9 forms of Maa Durga

Navratri

During the festival of Navratra/Navratri, Goddess Durga Devi is worshiped in nine avatars/forms. During these nine holy days, each day Durga Mata is worshiped in different avatars/forms. First day of Navratri – Kalasha Sthapana (Kalasha Pooja) or Ghata Sthapana – Shailaputri Puja Second day of Navratri – Preeti Dwitiya – Brahmacharini Puja Third day of Navaratri – Chandrakanta pooja or Chandraghanta puja Fourth day of Navaratri – Kushmanda pooja Fifth day of Navratri – Skandamata Puja – Lalitha Panchami Sixth day of Navratri – Katyayani Puja – Maha Shashti or Durga Shashti Seventh day of Navratri – Kaalratri Pooja – Durga Saptami or Maha Sapthami Eighth day of Navaratri – Maha Gauri Pooja – (Durgashtami Puja/Maha Ashtami/Veerashtami) Ninth day of …

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