Durga Puja Samagri List


1. Deity (statue/photo), Chunari, Shringaar items 

2. Two big lamps (with wicks, oil/ghee), 

3. Matchbox, Agarbatti 

4. Karpoor, Gandha Powder, Kumkum, gopichandan, haldi 

5. Sri Mudra (for Sandhyaavandan), Vessel for Tirtha, Yajnopavita , Roli, Moli(Kaleva)

6. Puja Conchshell, Bell, One aarati (for Karpoor), Two Aaratis with wicks

7. Flowers, Akshata (in a container), tulsi leaves

8. Decorated Copper or Silver or other Kalasha, Two pieces of red cloth (new),

9. Coconut, 1/2 kg. Rice, Bananas 6, gold coin, gold chain

10. Extra Kalasha, 3 trays, 3 vessels for Abhisheka 

11. Beetlenuts 6, Beetlenut Leaves 12, Banana Leaves 2, Mango Leaves 5-25

12. Dry Fruits, 5 bananas, 1 coconut - all for naivedya

13. Panchaamrita - Milk, Curd, Honey, Ghee, Sugar, Ganga Jal 

14. Puja Book,containing Aarti, Stotra, Chalisa, Stuti etc. 

15. Red flowers and red flower malas.

16. Also fruits and prasad as far as possible 21 varieties.

For more details consult your priest/purohit.

Ghatsthapana : Sharadiya Navratra
Ghatsthapana Day - Saturday, 1 October 2016
द्वि-स्वभाव कन्या लग्न मुहूर्त : 06:17  to  07:28 

अभिजीत मुहूर्त और शुभ चौघड़िया में भी आप बिना किसी विचार के घटस्थापन कर सकते हैं । 


OTHER AUSPICIOUS TIME

1. Chaughadia Muhurat
    - Shubh Chaughadia: 7:45 to 9:13
 
2. Abhjit Muhurtha :-  11:46 AM to 12:33 PM

   (अभिजीत मुहूर्त सभी कुयोगों का नाश कर कार्य को सफल बनाता है।) 
* Delhi, India Local Time (IST)



The first day of Navratra is called Ghatasthapana, which literally means pot establishing. On this day the kalash, (holy water vessel) symbolising Goddess Durga often with her image embossed on the side is placed in the prayer room. The kalash is filled with holy water and covered with cowdung on to which seeds are sown. A small rectangular sand block is made and the kalash is put in the centre. The surrounding bed of sand is also seeded with grains.

The Ghatasthapana ritual is performed at a certain auspicious moment determined by the pundits. At that particular moment the priest intones a welcome, requesting goddess Durga to bless the vessel with Her presence. At several places there is a tradition of sowing barley seeds during the Durga Puja - Navratri period. In this a small bed of mud is prepared in a little container and barley seeds are sown in it. This is placed in the Puja room and cared for during the Navratri period. At the end of Navratri the shoots reach a height of 3-5 inches. These are pulled out and given to devotees as form of blessings.

Goddess Durga


दुर्गा बत्तीसनामावली

32 Names of Ma Durga

१) दुर्गा २) दुर्गार्तिशमनी ३) दुर्गापद्विनिवारिणी ४) दुर्गमच्छेदिनी ५) दुर्गसाधिनि ६) दुर्गनाशिनी

७) दुर्गतोद्धारिणी ८) दुर्गनिहन्त्रि ९) दुर्गमापहा १०) दुर्गमज्ञानदा ११) दुर्गदैत्यलोकदवानला १२) दुर्गमा

१३) दुर्गमालोका १४) दुर्गमात्मस्वरुपिणी १५) दुर्गमार्गप्रदा १६) दुर्गमविद्या १७) दुर्गमाश्रिता

१८) दुर्गमज्ञानसंस्थाना १९) दुर्गमध्यानभासिना २०) दुर्गमोहा २१) दुर्गमगा २२) दुर्गमार्थस्वरुपिणी

२३) दुर्गमासुरसंहन्त्री २४) दुर्गमायुधधारिणी २५) दुर्गमाड्गी २७) दुर्गमता २७) दुर्गम्या २८) दुर्गमेश्‍वरी

२९) दुर्गभीमा ३०) दुर्गभामी ३१) दुर्गभा ३२) दुर्गदारिणी


JAI MATA DI


devi

Durgaji Ki Aarti - Jai Ambe Gauri

Jai ambe gauri maiya jai shyama gauri
Tumako nishadin dhyawat hari bramha shivaji || Maiya Jai..||

Mang sindur virajat tiko mrigamad ko
Ujjwal se dou naina chandrawadan niko || Maiya..

Kanak saman kalevar raktambar raje
Rakt pushp gal mala kanthan par saje || Maiya..

Kehari wahan rajat khadag khappar dhari
Sur-nar-munijan sewat tinake dukhahari || Maiya..

Kaanan kundal shobhit nasagre moti
Kotik chandr diwakar rajat sam jyoti || Maiya..

Shumbh-nishumbh bidare mahishasur ghati
Dhumr vilochan naina nishadin madamati || Maiya..

Chand-mund sanhare shonit bij hare
Madhu-kaitabh dou mare sur bhayahin kare || Maiya..

Bramhani rudranitum kamala rani
Agam nigam bakhanitum shiv patarani || Maiya..

Chausath yogini mangal gawatnritya karat bhairu
Bajat tal mridangaaru baajat damaru || Maiya..

Tum hi jag ki mata tum hi ho bharata
Bhaktan ki dukh harta sukh sampati karta || Maiya..

Bhuja char ati shobhivaramudra dhari
Manwanchhit fal pawat sewat nar nari || Maiya..

Kanchan thal virajat agar kapur bati
Shrimalaketu mein rajat koti ratan jyoti || Maiya..

Shri ambeji ki arati jo koi nar gave
Kahat shivanand swami sukh-sampatti pave || Maiya..


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JAI MATA DI


Chant following mantras to invoke the Blessings of Devi Durga

“SARVA MANGALA MAANGALYE SHIVEYSARVAARTH SAADHIKEY,
SHARNAYE TRAYAMBAKEY GAURI NAARAAYANI NAMOSTUTEY.”
(Oh Narayaani, Oh Shivi, Oh Gauri you filful the desires of all. I pray to you)
“SHARNAAGAT DEENAART PARITRAAN PARAAYANEY, 
SERVASYARTI HAREY DEVI NAARAAYANI NAMOSTUTEY.”
(You who are perpetually endeavouring to protect the weak and the poor and remove their misery. Oh Narayani, I pray to you)
“SARVASVAROOPEY SARVESHEY SARVSHAKTI SAMANVIETEY, 
BHAYEBHYAH TRAAHI NO DEVI DURGE DEVI NAMOSTUTEY.”
(Oh Goddess Durga, please protect us from all kinds of fear. Oh omnipotent Durga I pray to you)
“ROGAAN SHOSHAAN PAHANSITUSHTARUSHTATU KAAMAAN SAKLAAN BHISHTAAN, TVAAM AASHRITAANAAM NA VIPANNARAANAM. TVAAMAASHRITAAHYA SHRAYTAAM PRAYAANTI.”
(Oh Goddess, when you are pleased you remove all ailments and when you are angry you destory everything that a person desires for. However, Those, who come to you for sanctuary never have to confront any casastrophy. Instead, such people secure enough merit to provide shelter to others)
“SARVA BADHA PRASHMANAN TRAILOKYA SYAKHILESHWARI, 
EVAMEVMEV TVAYAA KAARYAM SMA DVERI VINAASHNAM.
SARVAA BAADHA VINIRUMK TO DHAN DHAANYA SUTAAN VITAH. 
MANUSHYO MAT PRASAADEN BHAVISHYATI NA SANSHA YAH.”
(Whoever listens to the story of the Goddess during the great Puja that is organised in the winters succeeds in overcoming all obstacles and is blessed wealth and progeny)
“JYANTI MANGALAA KAALI BHADRA KAALI KAPAALINEE
DURGAA KSHAMAA SHIVAA DHAATREE SWAAHAA SVADHAA NAMO STUTEY.”
(Oh Goddess, you who are known by the names of Mangala, kali, Bhdra kali, Kapalinee, durge, Kshama, Shivaa, Dhatri, Swahaa, Swadha, I pray to you)


“DEHI SAUBHAAGYAM AAROGYAM DEHI DEVI PARAM SUKHAM.
RUPAM DEHI JAYAM DEHI YASHO DEHI DVISHO JAHI.”
(Oh Goddess, bless me with good fortune, good health, good looks, success and fame. Oh Vaishnavi, you are the very basis for the world. You have mesmerised the World. When you are pleased with some one you ensure his salvation from the cycle of life and death)
Na Kavacham Na Argala Stotram Kilkam Na Rahasyaam,
Na Suktam Naapi Va Dhyanam Na Nyaaso Na Vaarchanam.
Kunjika Paath Matrren Durga Paatham Phalam Labheta.
-Lord Shiva

Who do not want to undergo the long Durga SaptaShati/Chandi Path. The Siddha Kunjika Stotraitself says at the begining that no argala or kilak stotra and other related matters is needed if one recites Siddha Kunjika Stotra. Kunjika, there is Devi in the form of Chamunda . Not only it works for Navaratri , it is to be chanted at the junction when Ashtami leaves and enters Navami . 24 mins before Ashtami ends to 24 mins after navami starts, is the time when Devi takes the form of Chamunda and had got to be chanted no matter the count to exhaust 48 mins .

How to Count 48 minutes

Each Tithi lasts for 24 hours . If for example the Navami starts at 21.30 pm in the night then you should start at 21.06 (which is Ashtami ) and continue untill 21.54 pm, that 48 mins is called Sandhi kshan or period of transit, when Devi in the form of Chamunda is killing Chanda and Munda (the demons). That is regarded as the most auspiscious time of Navaratri as Devi is ready to give boon after Sandhi kshan is over .

कुन्जिका स्तोत्रं
शिव उवाच
शृणु देवि प्रवक्ष्यामि कुंजिकास्तोत्रमुत्तमम्‌।
येन मन्त्रप्रभावेण चण्डीजापः शुभो भवेत्‌॥1
न कवचं नार्गलास्तोत्रं कीलकं न रहस्यकम्‌।
न सूक्तं नापि ध्यानं च न न्यासो न च वार्चनम्‌॥2
 कुंजिकापाठमात्रेण दुर्गापाठफलं लभेत्‌।
अति गुह्यतरं देवि देवानामपि दुर्लभम्‌॥ 3
 गोपनीयं प्रयत्नेन स्वयोनिरिव पार्वति।
मारणं मोहनं वश्यं स्तम्भनोच्चाटनादिकम्‌।
पाठमात्रेण संसिद्ध्‌येत्‌ कुंजिकास्तोत्रमुत्तमम्‌॥ 4
अथ मंत्र
ॐ ऐं ह्रीं क्लीं चामुण्डायै विच्चे। ॐ ग्लौं हुं क्लीं जूं सः
ज्वालय ज्वालय ज्वल ज्वल प्रज्वल प्रज्वल
ऐं ह्रीं क्लीं चामुण्डायै विच्चे ज्वल हं सं लं क्षं फट् स्वाहा
॥ इति मंत्रः॥

नमस्ते रुद्ररूपिण्यै नमस्ते मधुमर्दिनि।
नमः कैटभहारिण्यै नमस्ते महिषार्दिनि॥ 1
नमस्ते शुम्भहन्त्र्यै च निशुम्भासुरघातिनि॥ 2
जाग्रतं हि महादेवि जपं सिद्धं कुरुष्व मे।
ऐंकारी सृष्टिरूपायै ह्रींकारी प्रतिपालिका॥3
क्लींकारी कामरूपिण्यै बीजरूपे नमोऽस्तु ते।
चामुण्डा चण्डघाती च यैकारी वरदायिनी॥ 4
विच्चे चाभयदा नित्यं नमस्ते मंत्ररूपिणि॥ 5
धां धीं धूं धूर्जटेः पत्नी वां वीं वूं वागधीश्वरी।
क्रां क्रीं क्रूं कालिका देवि शां शीं शूं मे शुभं कुरु॥6
हुं हुं हुंकाररूपिण्यै जं जं जं जम्भनादिनी।
भ्रां भ्रीं भ्रूं भैरवी भद्रे भवान्यै ते नमो नमः॥7
अं कं चं टं तं पं यं शं वीं दुं ऐं वीं हं क्षं
धिजाग्रं धिजाग्रं त्रोटय त्रोटय दीप्तं कुरु कुरु स्वाहा॥
पां पीं पूं पार्वती पूर्णा खां खीं खूं खेचरी तथा॥8
सां सीं सूं सप्तशती देव्या मंत्रसिद्धिं कुरुष्व मे॥
इदं तु कुंजिकास्तोत्रं मंत्रजागर्तिहेतवे।
अभक्ते नैव दातव्यं गोपितं रक्ष पार्वति॥
यस्तु कुंजिकया देवि हीनां सप्तशतीं पठेत्‌।
न तस्य जायते सिद्धिररण्ये रोदनं यथा॥
। इति श्रीरुद्रयामले गौरीतंत्रे शिवपार्वतीसंवादे कुंजिकास्तोत्रं संपूर्णम्‌ ।
Durga Sapta Shati : 700 Slokas in Praise of Ma Durga from Markandeya Purana

It is a long tradition that one reads the Devi-Bhagavatam or the Devi Mahatmyam (Durga saptashati, 700 verses on Durga) during Navaratra to invoke the blessings of Mother Durga. Devi Bhagavatam notes that Lord Rama meditated and fasted for nine days after Devi Sita was kidnapped by Ravana.
The reading of Durga Saptashati (Devi Mahatmyam) during Navaratri is to be done follows:


Chapter 1 (Madhu kaitabha samhaara) is to be read for 1st day,
Chapter 2, 3 and 4 (Mahishhasura samhaara) to be read on 2nd day,
Chapter 5 and 6 (Dhuumralochana vadha) on the 3rd day,
Chapter 7 (Chanda Munda vadha) on 4th day,
Chapter 8 (Rakta biija samhaara) on 5th day,
Chapter 9 and 10 (Shumbha Nishumbha vadha) on 6th day,
Chapter 11 (Praise of Narayani) on 7th day,
Chapter 12 (Phalastuti) on 8th day,
Chapter 13 (Blessings to Suratha and the Merchant) on 9th day
Chapter 14 (Aparadha Kshamaprarthana) on 10th day


Download Durga SaptaShati Paath (Hindi – pdf file)

Alternate Download - Small Size 

जय माता दी |


Mahashtmi - Navami (Chandi) Hawan essentials & procedure

नवरात्रों में पूजा के साथ साथ देवी के निमित्त हवन करने का विशिष्ट महत्व है और सर्वकामना पूरक माना जाता है इस हवन को | यद्धपि अधिकांश परिवारों में जलते हुए कंडे पर लौंग के जोड़े, गुग्गल, घी और हवन सामग्री डालकर ही देवी की ज्योति जलाई जाती है |

जहाँ तक शास्त्रीय विधान का प्रश्न है बालू की वेदी बनाकर और उसे आटे से सजाकर ढाक की लकड़ियाँ रख दीजिये | धूप की कटोरी बनाकर उसमें कपूर रखकर प्रज्वलित करने के बाद एक सौ आठ आहुतियाँ दी जाती हैं और अंत में सूखे गोले में हवन सामग्री भरकर पूर्णाहुति दी जाती है |

हवन सामग्री तैयार करने हेतु काले बिना धुले तिल, तिलों के आधे चावल, चौथाई जौ और आठवां भाग बुरा अथवा चीनी मिलाएं | इस मिश्रण में इच्छानुसार अगर, तगर, चन्दन का बुरादा, जटामांसी, इंद्रजौ तथा अन्य जड़ी बूटियाँ आदि मिला लीजिये | थोडा सा देसी घी भी इस सामग्री में मिलाया जाएगा और प्रत्येक आहुति के साथ चम्मच से थोडा -थोडा घी हवन में डाला जाएगा |

Durga Devi Mantra Stuti - a must on navratra

पूर्णाहुति के लिए साबूत गिरी के गोले की टोपी उतारकर उसमे पान का पत्ता, सुपारी और उपरोक्त मिश्रण तथा घी भरकर टोपी लगा दें और इसे सीधा ही अग्नि के मध्य में रख दें |

सभी आहुतियाँ दुर्गा नवार्ण मंत्र एवं दुर्गा सप्तशती के श्लोको के द्वारा दी जाती हैं | पहली बार किसी कुशल ब्राहमण के सहयोग एवं मार्गदर्शन यह पवित्र यज्ञ संपन्न करें |

Note: If Chandi Homam or Yagna is not performed the way it should be, the results would be unproductive.

Every year Hindus enthusiastically observe a nine day Navratra (Nine Holy Nights). This nine day period is dedicated to Goddess Durga, whose nine dimensions are celebrated one each day. It is a nine day stretch when a devotee sticks religiously to vegetarian diet. During this period drinks are avoided. Some people voluntarily forego sex also as it is considered a violent act.


During the Navratra especially on the eighth day and ninth day, worship of कुमारी कन्या small girl-child is customary. The girl child is worshipped with complete devotion, after purifying them by the chanting of mantras and she is made to seat on a special pedestal. She is worshipped by offering 'akshat' (rice grains) and by burning incense sticks. She is worshipped because, according to the philosophy of 'Striyah Samastastava Devi Bhedah', women symbolize 'Mahamaya' (The goddess Durga). Even among these a girl child is considered to be the purest, because of her innocence.


Hinduism believes in the universal creative forces to be feminine gender. The very original force is Mahamaya whose inspiration created the gods and the rest of the cosmos. The inspiration is the life force of the entire creation. All the major and minor energies and forces are represented by various goddesses. Navratra deity Durga and all her dimensions are believed to be the manifestations of the same basic inspiration Mahamaya.


Thus, a virgin girl is the symbol of the pure basic creative force according to this philosophy.

If the worshipper is desirous of acquiring knowledge then he should worship a Brahmin girl child. If he is desirous of acquiring power, then he should worship a Kshatriya-girl child. Similarly if he is desirous of acquiring wealth and prosperity, then a girl child belonging to a Vaishya family should be worshipped by him. If a person is desirous of attaining Tantrik-power, Sammohan (hypnotizing), Uchchatan (causing hurdle in the path of other success), then he should worship a shudra-girl-child.

कन्या पूजन कैसे करें ? How to do Kanya Pujan on Durga Mahashtmi & Navami?




मन्त्र पुष्पांजलि


Mantras for offering flowers to Mother Durga


ॐ यज्ञेन यज्ञमयजंत देवास्तानि धर्माणि प्रथमान्यासन् ।


ते ह नाकं महिमानः सचंत यत्र पूर्वे साध्याः संति देवाः ॥

"OM YAGYEN YAGYA MAYA JANT DEVAASTAANI DHARMAANI PRATHMAA NYAASAN.

THE NAAKAM MAHIMAANAH SACHANT YATRA POORVEY SAADHYAH SANTI DEVAAH."


ॐ कात्यायन्यै च विद्महे, कन्यकुमार्यै धीमहि ।


तन्नो दुर्गा प्रचोदयत् ॥


OM KATYAYANYAI CH VIDMAHE KANYAKUMARYAI DHEEMAHI,


TANNO DURGA PRACHODAYAT.





ॐ वक्रतुण्डाय विद्महे एक दन्ताय धीमहि ।


तन्नो दन्ति प्रचोदयात्‌ ॥


OM VAKRA TUNDAAYE VIDMAEHEY EK DANTAAYE DHEEMAHI,


TANNO DANTI PRACHODAYAAT.


ॐ ना ना सुगन्धि पुष्पाणि रितु कालो भवानी च, पुष्पान्जलि मर्यादत्त ग्रिहाण परमेश्वरि ।


"OM NAA NAA SUGANDHI PUSHPAANI RITU KAALO BHAWAANEE CHA,


PUSHPAANJALI MARYAADATTA GRIHAAN PARMESHWARI."

Meaning:

I have heard of the Goddess from the teachers and the scriptures and have tried to mediate upon her. I now beseech the same Goddess Durga to motivate me to mediate upon her.

I have heard of Lord Ganesh from the teachers and scriptures and have mediated upon him. I pray to Lord Ganesh to motivate me to mediate upon him.

I have prepared this collection of flowers by procuring flowers which grow in this season from different places. Oh, great Goddess, kindly accept my offering of flowers.

Durga Navratri Mantra & Stuti

ॐ सर्व मंगल मांगल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थ साधिके ।

शरण्ये त्र्यंबके गौरी नारायणी नमोस्तुते ॥

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नमो देव्यै महादेव्यै शिवायै सततं नमः ।

नमः प्रकृत्यै भद्रायै नियताः प्रणताः स्म ताम् ॥

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शरणागतदीनार्तपरित्राणपरायणे ।

सर्वस्यार्तिहरे देवि नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते ॥

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अन्नपूर्णे सदापूर्णे शंकरः प्राणवल्लभे ।

ज्ञान वैराग्य सिद्ध्यर्थं भिक्षां देहि च पार्वती ॥

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Durga Gayatri Mantra

ॐ कात्यायन्यै च विद्महे, कन्यकुमार्यै धीमहि ।

तन्नो दुर्गा प्रचोदयत् ॥

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Durgashtakshar Mantra

ॐ ह्रीं दुं दुर्गायै नमः ॥

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Navarn Mantra नवार्ण मन्त्र

ॐ ऐं ह्रीं क्लीं चामुण्डायै विच्चे ।

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Ma Saraswati Stuti

जय जय देवि चराचरसारे कुचयुगशोभित मुक्ताहारे ।

वीणापुस्तकरंजितहस्ते भगवति भारति देवि नमस्ते ॥

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MahaLaxmi Stuti

नमस्तेस्तु महामाये श्रीपीठे सुरपूजिते ।

शङ्खचक्रगदाहस्ते महालक्ष्मि नमोऽस्तुते ॥

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सर्वज्ञे सर्ववरदे सर्वदुष्ट भयंकरि ।

सर्वदुःख हरे देवि महालक्ष्मि नमोऽस्तुते ॥

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सिद्धिबुद्धिप्रदे देवि भुक्तिमुक्ति प्रदायिनि ।

मन्त्रमूर्ते सदा देवि महालक्ष्मि नमोऽस्तुते ॥

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ॐ महालक्ष्मी च विद्महे, विष्णुपत्नी च धीमहि ।

तन्नो लक्ष्ह्मीः प्रचोदयात् ॥

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Devi Stuti

या देवी सर्वभूतेषु मातृरुपेण संस्थितः ।

या देवी सर्वभूतेषु शक्तिरुपेण संस्थितः ।

या देवी सर्वभूतेषु शान्तिरुपेण संस्थितः ।

नमस्तस्यैः नमस्तस्यैः नमस्तस्यैः नमो नमः ।

ॐ अम्बायै नमः ॥

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सर्वे भवंतु सुखिनः सर्वे संतु निरामयाः ।

सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यंतु मा कश्चिद् दुःखभाग्भवेत् ॥



|| Jai Mata Di ||
Nav Durga

Being the deity of the cosmic fort (Durg) she called goddess Durga. Mother Durga is the embodiment of the divine energy and the creative power. According to the ancient scriptures Mother Durga has nine forms or dimensions as under;


SHAILPUTRI (The Daughter of Stone)

The first day of Navratra (The nine holy nights) is dedicated to the worship of Shailputri. Goddess Durga’s first form in the Nava-Durga series of divine forms, amongst the nine, is Shailaputri. She was nomenclatured as Shailaputri after being born in the house of the king of the mountains, Himalaya. In this mold the mother is seen holding a trident in her right hand and a lotus in her left and she is mounted on an ox. In the past life she was the daughter of Daksha, the son of Lord Brahma. She was known as Sati then. As the daughter of Daksha she was married to the God of Gods, Mahadeva. amongst all the nine forms of Devi Durga, Shailaputri is the most powerful and glorified of all. According to the Upanishads this form of Durga broke the pride of the Gods by assuming the mold of Haimabati.

BRAHMACHARINI (Penance Doer)

This form of Durga is worshiped in the second day of the Durga puja. Durga’s second appearance is in the form of Brahmacharini. Here "Brahma" means meditation. That is, the Goddess is the meditator or a practitioner of penance. She is seen here holding a string of rosary beads in her right hand and a Kamandalu (an urn containing holy water) in her left hand. In her previous life, when she was reborn as the daughter of Himalaya, she performed severe penance to have Mahadeva as her husband. The sage God Narada advised her to take up meditation to win Shiva. For undergoing strict meditation she was known as Brahmacharini or Tapasyacharini. This form of Durga gives the devotees everlasting success. Worship of this appearance enriches the faculties of sacrifice, honesty and self-discipline. In times of utter distress the worship of this form gives success and the willpower to come out victorious.

CHANDRAGHANTA (Lunargong)

Mother Durga’s third form is known as Chandraghanta. This name finds its justification in the half moon seen on the temple of the Goddess that resembles a bell. The deity has ten arms. The ten hands of the Goddess brandish ten different weapons. Mounted on a lion this form of the mother is worshiped on the third day of the Navratri celebration. It is believed that a devotee who manages to earn the devi’s blessings can set himself free from his sins and hazards that he has committed or may face in his life. The devotee gains the power to sense the supernatural, to see it and even smell the eternal fragrance. He is also able to distinguish the otherwise inaudible celestial sounds.

KUSHMANDA (Cosmic Egg Layer)

The fourth appearance of the devi is in the form of Kushmanda. The mother gets the name as she created the universe with a smile. When there was darkness everywhere and there was no existence of the universe she created the universe with a smile. She is believed to be the source of eternal power. The Goddess has eight arms and that is why she is also known as "Ashtabhuja". She is worshiped on the fourth day of the Navratri celebration abiding by the rituals that are described in the Shastra and the Purans. Worship of this form of the Devi exterminates sorrow and diseases and augments life, fame and strength. Mother Goddess is appeased with the slightest of devotion and if any one whole-heartedly worships the deity he will certainly gain her favour.

SKANDAMATA (The Mother of Skanda)

The fifth dimension of Mother Durga is known as Skandmata because of her being the mother of Skanda alias Kartikeya, the son of Lord Shiva. This form of the deity has four arms. The mother is seen holding her son Skanda with the top right hand and she is holding a lotus in her lower hand. The top left hand is positioned in a blessing gesture and the other hand holds a lotus. The goddess is fair and sits on a lotus. That is why the devi is also known as "Padmasana". Here she is seen mounted on a lion. If anyone worships her whole-heartedly, she fulfills the wish of the devotee.

KATYAYANI DEVI (The Daughter of Katyayana)

Katyaayani is the sixth dimension form of Mother Durga. Sage Katyayana was the son of the great sage Kat. Sage Kattayan was born in the "Katya" clan. He was engaged in rigorous penance and worship of "Bhagavati Paramba". His prayer was all about requesting the mother to appear in his house-hold as his daughter. Mother Bhagavati obliged him. After some time, when, the world was terrorized of Mahishasura, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva with their divine powers gave form to a Goddess to combat asura and destroy him. Katyayana was the first to worship her and that is why she is known as "Devi Katyayani". It is mentioned in the Shastra that Katyaayani was born as the daughter of the sage Katyayana. Taking birth on the fourteenth day of the new moon in "Aashwin" (September-October), she accepted the worship of the sage Kattayan on Saptami, Astami and Navami and ultimately slew Mahishasura on Dashami. The Goddess is mounted on a lion and she is worshiped on the sixth day of the Durga puja. If one worships the deity with a pure soul he attains success in religion, wealth, passion and salvation. Disease, sorrow and fear are eliminated. Worship of this deity helps one to emancipate himself from the sin he may have committed over the cycle of his births and rebirths.

KALRATRI (Deadly Night)

Mother Durga's seventh dimension is known as "Kalratri". Mother Kalratri is terror striking in appearance. But she is very benevolent. Hence, she is also called Subhankari (Benefector). She always delivers favorable results and her devotees need not fear her manifestations. She is worshiped on the seventh day of the Durga puja. Devi Kalratri destroys the evil. If anyone whole-heartedly pleads of saving him from any impending danger, she protects him.

MAHAGAURI (The White Force)

The eight dimension of Mother Durga is known as MahaGauri. Her complexion is totally white. Her garments are also white. To have Shiva as her husband she went through a rigorous penance in the form of "Parvati". As a result of this arduous meditation her complexion turned dark. Lord Shiva, pleased with the devotion of Parvati, bathed her in the holy water of the Ganges. As she bathed in the holy water she turned fair. From then onwards she became known as "Mahagouri". She is worshiped on the eighth day of the Durga puja. The devotee is benefited on all fronts as he worships the deity. Due to the Goddess's grace the devotee attains supernatural salvation, he is relieved from all his pains and fatigue and can set himself free from his previous sins. The power of her blessing is sure shot and instant.

SIDDHIDATRI (Boon Giver)

The ninth dimension of Mother Durga is Siddhidatri, the boon giver.She can bless one with para-powers. According to Devi Purana Lord Shiva prayed to her and was blessed with his eight para-powers. And because of her Lord Shiva in the form of Ardh Narishwara (Half man-half woman) was glorified. According to "Markendey Puran" there are eight types of success, such as "Anima", "Laghima", "Prapti", "Prakashya", "Mahima", "Ishhattya", "Bashittya", "Sarvakaam bashayita" and "Sarvagyata". Mother Siddhidatri is capable of rendering all these forms of successes to her devotees. She is worshipped on the ninth day of the Durga puja. She is the ultimate form of the Goddess among the Navadurga. After having performed the worship of the other forms of the Goddess according to the rituals mentioned in the Sashtra, the devotee can then start the worship of this deity. Those who worship the Goddess with full devotion are bestowed with all the success

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Dussehra (Vijay Dashami) : Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Dussehra - Dashera - Vijaya Dashmi - is the most popular festival in India. It is a Hindu festival, which is celebrated all over India to mark the defeat of Ravana by Lord Rama. Dussehra also symbolises the triumph of warrior Goddess Durga over the buffalo demon, Mahishasura.

इस दिन ब्राह्मण सरस्वती पूजन, क्षत्रिय शस्त्र-पूजन तथा वैश्य बही पूजन करते हैं।

Dusshera FestivalDussehra can also be interpreted as "Dasa-Hara", which means the cutting of the ten heads of Ravana. On the day of Dussehra, Ram, killed the great demon Ravan, who had abducted Ram's wife Sita to his kingdom of Lanka. Ram, along with his brother Lakshman and devoted follower Hanuman, and an army of monkeys fought a great battle to rescue his lovely wife Sita. The war against Ravan lasted for ten days. Sita had been returned to her husband Ram and they now make their way to Ayodhya in triumph and glory. Dussera is the tenth day after Navratri. It marks the end of the nine days of Navratri.

The festival of Dussehra is the principle celebration in many parts of the country. It is celebrated with great fanfare in Kullu and Mysore.

धर्म की जय हो, अधर्म का नाश हो
दशहरे पर्व  की हार्दिक शुभ कामनाएं

Legends

Dussehra is the day, when Rama killed Ravana and won back his wife (Hence also called Vijayadashmi) who had managed to save her honor from the dirty hands of Ravana and was waiting anxiously to meet her husband.
Dussehra is also reminiscent of the end of the exile and banishment of the Pandava princes in the epic Mahabharata and their return with their weapons to reclaim their kingdom.

Vijayadashami is also celebrated as the day of victory to rejoice about Durga's triumph over the demons led by Mahishasura. It is essentially a festival in honor of Durga.

Vijayadashami is also the day of the Saraswati or the deity of knowledge and learning.

Prime Celebrations
In Himachal Pradesh, a week -long fair in the hill town of Kullu, is a part of the Dussehra celebrations. From the little temples in the hills, deities are brought in procession to the 'maidan' in Kullu, to pay homage to the reigning deity, Raghunathji. The celebration actually begins nearly 10 days in advance as per tradition.

In Mysore, Karnataka the Mysore palace is illuminated for a whole month during Dusshera and caparisoned elephants lead a colourful procession through the gaily-decorated streets of the city. It is the most colourful celebration of Dusshera in world. The spectacular procession taken out on this day is really enjoyable.

संधि पूजा  The most auspicious time of Navratri
22:06 to 22:54  (Sun, 9 October 2016)

Ashwin (Sharadiya) Navratra 2016

Ashtami Tithi last until 22:30 Hrs of 9 October. Thereafter Navami tithi starts and will continue till 22:53 Hrs of 10 October.

संधि काल 
Sandhi Kal of Ashtami and Navami (48 minutes)

24 minutes before Ashtami ends to 24 minutes after Navami starts, is the time when Devi takes the form of Chamunda Mata. Time need not be Sunrise or Sunset of Ashtami or Navami.

According to the Panchang (Hindu Calendar) each Tithi lasts for about 24 hours . If for example the Navami starts at 21.30 pm in the night then auspicious time will start at 21.06 (which is Astami ) and continue untill 21.54 (of Navami). This 48 minutes is called Sandhi kshan (संद्धि क्षण)or period of transit, when Devi in the form of Chamunda (चामुण्डा) is killing Chanda and Munda (the demons). That is regarded as the most auspicious time of Navratri as Devi is ready to give boon after Sandhi kshan is over .

During this most auspicious time of Navratra, a few moment of pray, chants, recites or path may results blessings of Mother Goddess Durga.

We recommend Kunjika Stotram and/or Narvaan Mantra (Aum Aim Rim Klim Chamundaaye Vichhe)


Ashtami - Navami Sandhi Kal of Ashwin Navaratra 2016

Starting Time : 10:06 PM    Sun, 9 October 

Ending at:         10:54 PM    Sun, 9 October

* Local Time - Delhi (India)


Note : Every moments of Navaratra is very auspicious.