Here comes the auspicious 9th day of the Navratris. With full vigor and enthusiasm, the entire country is celebrating this day which marks the Maha Navami. The term Maha means great and powerful, Navami means the 9th one. This auspicious day is celebrated because Goddess Durga or Maha Sakthi took the form of Mahishasura Mardhini and destroyed the evil force of Mahishasura to restore peace in the three lokas.
On the day of Mahanavmi, Shodasopachar puja (puja with sixteen offerings) and Mahasnan is done for Ma Durga. It is with this belief that she is given a holy bath and honoured with sixteen types of offerings to her. On this day Navami Havan, which is also called Chandi Homam, is conducted. Pandals are seen bustling with the huge crowd, people offering their prayers or roaming around in festive mood, having delicious snacks and participating in cultural events.
Let us all pray Maa Mahasakthi to bless all of us with peace and prosperity.
Jai Maa Bhavani 🙏
–Shades Of Life
A caring mother and a fierce warrior. There is indeed no absolver of sins like Maa Durga.
Durga Ashtami is the eighth day of Navratri celebrations and the second day of Durga Puja. It is characterized by several rituals performed by enthusiastic devotees. It is also known as ‘Astra Puja‘ which means weapon worship. Goddess Durga’s weapons are worshiped on the day of Durga Ashtami.
Ashtami begins with Mahasnan and Shodashopachar Puja which is very similar to Saptami Puja.
Another popular ritual is one in which young, unmarried girls are treated as Goddess Durga and worshipped in a ritual called Kumari Puja.
Slayer of all evils representing feminine power and empowering women. Maa Durga is the epitome of grace and strength. This Puja enjoy the festivities in full swing and embrace the Goddess in you.
–Shades Of Life
It′s time again to get completely colored and lost in the devotional zeal of the Durga Puja celebrations that marks one of the most awaited and biggest festival of the Bengalis and holds immense importance for rest of the country as well.
The festival represents the great victory of goddess Durga over the demon named Mahishasura. The Maha Puja (Great Ceremony) starts from Maha Saptami.
Maha Saptami is also considered as the day when Lord Ram started preparing for his legendary battle with Ravan– the ten-headed, demon king of Lanka. History says that he prayed to Goddess Durga to make him successful in this ordeal and the powerful Goddess answered his call, as he defeated the mighty army of Ravan. It is a day of prayers, music, rituals and devotion.
The morning starts with worship of Maa Durga. Devotees offer flowers and prayers on an empty stomach, this ceremony is called Pushpanjali. After the completion of which Prasad is served among the devotees.
Durga Pujo is known for its cacophony and chaos. It is like an entire world in itself. The artistic views of pandals, colorful fireworks, and mouthwatering food delights further catalyze the Pujo celebration.
Closing on the note of the most promising Pujo sentiment: “Bolo Durga Mai Ki Joi.”
-Shades Of Life