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HAPPY NAVRATRI!



Navratri/Navaratri  is a Hindu festival of worship of Shakti and dance & festivities. The word Navaratri literally means nine nights in Sanskrit, nava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Shakti/Devi are worshiped. It is commonly referred to as Dussehra.

The beginning of spring and the beginning of autumn are two very important junctions of climatic and solar influence. These two periods are taken as sacred opportunities for the worship of the Divine Mother. The dates of the festival are determined according to the lunar calendar.

Navaratri represents the celebration of Goddess Durga, the manifestation of Deity in form of Shakti [Energy or Power]. Dasahara, meaning 'ten days', becomes dussehra in popular parlance. The Navaratri festival or 'Nine Nights festival' becomes 'ten days festival'
with the addition of the last day, Vijayadashami which is its culmination. On all these ten days, the various forms of Mother Mahisasura-mardini (Durga) are worshiped with fervor and devotion.

Navaratri is celebrated four times a year. They are Vasanta Navaratri, Ashadha Navaratri, the Sharada Navaratri, and the Poushya/Magha Navaratri. Of these, the Sharada Navaratri  (beginning of winter, September/October) and the Vasanta Navaratri or Chaitra Navratri (the spring season, March/April) are very important.

The Story Behind the Origin of Vasanta Navaratri

In days long gone by, King Dhruvasindhu was killed by a lion when he went out hunting. Preparations were made to crown the prince Sudarsana. But, King Yudhajit of Ujjain, the father of Queen Lilavati, and King Virasena of Kalinga, the father of Queen Manorama, were each desirous of securing the Kosala throne for their respective grandsons. They fought with each other. King Virasena was killed in the battle. Manorama fled to the forest with Prince Sudarsana and a eunuch. They took refuge in the hermitage of Rishi Bharadwaja.

The victor, King Yudhajit, thereupon crowned his grandson, Satrujit, at Ayodhya, the capital of Kosala. He then went out in search of Manorama and her son. The Rishi said that he would not give up those who had soughts protection under him. Yudhajit became furious. He wanted to attack the Rishi. But, his minister told him about the truth of the Rishi's statement. Yudhajit returned to his capital.

Fortune smiled on Prince Sudarsana. A hermit's son came one day and called the eunuch by his Sanskrit name Kleeba. The prince caught the first syllable Kli and began to pronounce it as Kleem. This syllable happened to be a powerful, sacred Mantra. It is the Bija Akshara (root syllable) of the Divine Mother. The Prince obtained peace of mind and the Grace of the Divine Mother by the repeated utterance of this syllable. Devi appeared to him, blessed him and granted him divine weapons and an inexhaustible quiver.

The emissaries of the king of Benares passed through the Ashram of the Rishi and, when they saw the noble prince Sudarsana, they recommended him to Princess Sashikala, the daughter of the king of Benares.

The ceremony at which the princess was to choose her spouse was arranged. Sashikala at once chose Sudarsana. They were duly wedded. King Yudhajit, who had been present at the function, began to fight with the king of Benares. Devi helped Sudarsana and his father-in-law. Yudhajit mocked Her, upon which Devi promptly reduced Yudhajit and his army to ashes.

Thus Sudarsana, with his wife and his father-in-law, praised Devi. She was highly pleased and ordered them to perform Her worship with havan and other means during the Vasanta Navaratri. Then She disappeared.

Prince Sudarsana and Sashikala returned to the Ashram of Rishi Bharadwaja. The great Rishi blessed them and crowned Sudarsana as the king of Kosala. Sudarsana and Sashikala and the king of Benares implicitly carried out the commands of the Divine Mother and performed worship in a splendid manner during the Vasanta Navaratri.

Sudarsana's descendants, namely, Sri Rama and Lakshmana, also performed worship of Devi during the Sharada Navaratri and were blessed with Her assistance in the recovery of Sita Maa.

Source: Wikipedia

Nav Durga and the Nine days of Navratri:



1. The first day is dedicated to the Goddess Durga is called Shailputri, the daughter of the Himalayas. She is a form of Shakti, the companion of Lord Shiva.

2. The second day is dedicated to the Goddess Durga is known as Brahmacharini. The name is derivative of the word 'Brahma', which means 'Tapa' or penace. She is also a form of Mata Shakti.

3. The third day is dedicated to the goddess Chandraghanta, the symbolic representation of beauty and bravery.

4. The fourth day is dedicated to the goddess Kushmanda, the creator of the entire Universe.

5. The fifth day is dedicated to the Goddess Skand Mata, the mother of the chief warrior of the Gods army the Skanda.

6. the sixth day is dedicated to the goddess Katyayani with three eyes and four hands.

7. The seventh day is dedicated to the Goddess Kaalratri, meant to make the devotees fearless.

8. The eight day is dedicated to the Mata Rani or Maha Gauri. She represents calmness and exhibits wisdom.

9. The ninth day is dedicated to Durga also referred as Siddhidatri. It is believed that she has all the eight siddhis and is worshipped by all the Rishis and Yogis.






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Posted: 06 April 2011 at 12:49pm | IP Logged

Sharing with you some Mata Bhajans and Mytho show songs...

Jai Durga Maa:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6G1li_hoAY


Om Namah Shivay:









Gauri Pooja by Sita Maiya (RS, AS and BR Chopra Ramayan):







Parvati/Gauri Pooja by Shrimati Radharani and Gopis (RS Shri Krishna)





Durga Maa aarti with clips from "Vaishno Devi Aur Bhairav"



A VM made by me long time ago!




 

Enjoy! Big smile


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Hey, just stopped by to wish you all a Happy Navratri! May the Universal Mother fulfill all your desires and shower her blessings upon you and your family! Hug  Hug Hug  


Do share your Navratri wishes/greetings, creations, and fav. songs here! Big smile


P.S. Yes, this is why I'm so scarce around here these days...busy celebrating this festival to the fullest!  Big smile


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Happy Navratri! 



Here is wishing everyone a Subh Navratri..
May Mata Rani bring happiness, prosperity and joy into your lives.


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Durga devincha! Vijay aso! Vijay aso! Adi Mayecha! Vijay aso! Vijay aso!!

Well thanks a lot Vedo for creating this wonderful and divine thread! I truly truly just love it!

The story you gave us about Vasanta Navratri is so beautiful and helps us not only understand this festival but also gives us some information about the ancestry of Shri Raam. I loved reading that at the end. And reading about Sudarshana and his great deeds was very enlightening! Thank you! Thank you!

And the bhajans are so beautiful yaar! I love how they shot it! Where is it from? Is it a TV show?

I loved how in the first one, they showed Durga in her nine forms. She looked so beautiful and enchanting in the different avtars! Loved it! Will add more stuff later. Thanks again for making this thread!

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Thanks a lot Vedo for creating this blissful thread! Hug
& here is a beautiful song (Argala Stotra) in the divine voice of Pankaj Kumar Mallik. Smile The pictures of this video are from the famous Durga Puja festival of Bengal Embarrassed hope you will don't mind & enjoy the image of Maa Durga in Bengal!


http://youtu.be/175pHMS8rUU

Happy Nabaratri to all! May mother bless you!



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gr8 post VEDO...
HAPPY NAVRATRI to all...

Different Names of Durga

Goddess Durga is the embodiment of the divine force of the Almighty. The word Durga, in Sanskrit means "the invincible". Durga Devi represents power, strength, morality and protection. Maa Durga is the destroyer of sin and protector of morality. Goddess Durga is also known as Shakti (Power). Durga came into being, when Maha lakshmi, Maha Saraswati and Maha Kali assimilated their powers. So, Durga is the ultimate power. Durga is the mother, as well as the slayer of evils at the same time. Goddess Durga is known by 108 different names. It is believed that Maa Durga gets happy if, these names are spoken with a dedicated heart. So, recite these names of Durga and make her happy.

Names Meanings
Sati One who got burned alive
Saadhvi The Sanguine
Bhavaprita One who is loved by the universe
Bhavaani The abode of the universe
Bhavamochani The absolver of the universe
Aarya Goddess
Durga The Invincible
Jaya The Victorious
Aadya The Initial reality
Trinetra One who has three-eyes
Shooldharini One who holds a monodent
Pinaakadharini One who holds the trident of Shiva
Chitra The Picturesque
Chandaghanta One who has mighty bells
Mahatapa With severe penance
Manah Mind
Buddhi Intelligence
Ahankaara One with Pride
Chittarupa One who is in thought-state
Chita Death-bed
Chiti The thinking mind
Sarvamantramayi One who possess all the instruments of thought
Satta One who is above all
Satyanandasvarupini Form of Eternal bliss
Ananta One who is Infinite or beyond measure
Bhaavini The Beautiful Woman
Bhaavya Represents Future
Bhavya With Magnificence
Abhavya Improper or fear-causing
Sadagati Always in motion, bestowing Moksha (salvation)
Shaambhavi Consort of Shambhu
Devamata Mother Goddess
Chinta Tension
Ratnapriya Adorned or loved by jewels
Sarvavidya Knowledgeable
Dakshakanya Daughter of Daksha
Dakshayajavinaashini Interrupter of the sacrifice of Daksha
Aparna One who doesnt eat even leaves while fasting
Anekavarna One who has many complexions
Paatala Red in color
Paatalavati Wearing red-color attire
Pattaambaraparidhaana Wearing a dress made of leather
Kalamanjiiraranjini Wearing a musical anklet
Ameyaa One who is beyond measure
Vikrama Violent
Krrooraa Brutal (on demons)
Sundari The Gorgeous
Sursundari Extremely Beautiful
Vandurga Goddess of forests
Maatangi Goddess of Matanga
Matangamunipujita Worshipped by Sage Matanga
Braahmi Power of God Brahma
Maaheshvari Power of Lord Mahesha (Shiva)
Aeindri Power of God Indra
Kaumaari The adolescent
Vaishnavi The invincible
Chaamunda Slayer of Chanda and Munda(demons)
Vaarahi One who rides on Varaah
Lakshmi Goddess of Wealth
Purushaakriti One who takes the form of a man
Vimalauttkarshini One who provides joy
Gyaana Full of Knowledge
Kriya One who is in action
Nitya The eternal one
Buddhida The bestower of wisdom
Bahula One who is in various forms
Bahulaprema One who is loved by all
Sarvavahanavahana One who rides all vehicles
NishumbhaShumbhaHanani Slayer of the demon-brothers Shumbha Nishumbha
MahishasuraMardini Slayer of the bull-demon Mahishaasura
MadhuKaitabhaHantri Slayer of the demon-duo Madhu and Kaitabha
ChandaMundaVinashini Destroyer of the ferocious asuras Chanda and Munda
Sarvasuravinasha Destroyer of all demons
Sarvadaanavaghaatini Possessing the power to kill all the demons
Sarvashaastramayi One who is deft in all theories
Satya The truth
Sarvaastradhaarini Possessor of all the missile weapons
Anekashastrahasta Possessor of many hand weapons
AnekastraDhaarini Possessor of many missile weapons
Komaari The beautiful adolescent
Ekakanya The girl child
Kaishori The adolescent
Yuvati The Woman
Yati Ascetic, one who renounces the world
Apraudha One who never gets old
Praudha One who is old
Vriddhamaata The old mother (loosely)
Balaprada The bestower of strength
Mahodari One who has huge belly which stores the universe
Muktakesha One who has open tresses
Ghorarupa Having a fierce outlook
Mahaabala Having immense strength
Agnijwaala One who is poignant like fire
Raudramukhi One who has a fierce face like destroyer Rudra
Kaalaratri Goddess who is black like night
Tapasvini one who is engaged in penance
Narayani The destructive aspect of Lord Narayana (Brahma)
Bhadrakaali Fierce form of Kali
Vishnumaya Spell of Lord Vishnu
Jalodari Abode of the ethereal universe
Shivadooti Ambassador of Lord Shiva
Karaali The Violent
Ananta The Infinite
Parameshvari The Ultimate Goddess
Katyayani One who is worshipped by sage Katyanan
Savitri Daughter of the Sun God Savitr
Pratyaksha One who is real
Brahmavaadini One who is present everywhere

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Thanks for the thread vedo..

A very Happy Navratri too alll
Happy Fasting ....

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