Satya Kalra, October 1, 2010.
“Navratri is not just a time to celebrate and joy but is to attain Everlasting happiness, Peace and Anandam.”
Navratri (Nav Durga) is a nine day festival to honor the Mother Goddess, twice a year. One is in spring, during March/April and the other is in fall, during September/October.
Different types of pujas and ceremonies are performed by different communities on each of the nine days. Many people fast, do specific sadhana and visit temples on the eighth day. in some parts of India, the idol of Goddess Durga is immersed in the holy rivers on the 10th day (Dashehra),
Mother Goddess is also called Shakti, the energy of God. She is the energy of the Trinity, as the creative aspect of Lord Brahma, sustaining aspect of Lord Vishnu and destructive aspect of Lord Shiva are all encompassed within Her.
The Divine Trinity of Goddesses Kali/Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati together represent feminine energy that provides protection, love, prosperity and knowledge to all their devotees. Goddess Durga is known to remove evil, misery and pain from our lives.. Goddess Lakshmi is the Goddess of Wealth and Goddess Saraswati is also known as the Goddess of Knowledge. Nav Durga is therefore a special time to worship and sing the glories of the Goddesses, and pray for good health, prosperity, purity of mind, love, peace and Anandam/bliss. As large numbers of people pray during this time, the collective energy becomes very powerful and it is said that the prayers offered are often heard.
Self-Purification, Self-Transformation and Self-Realization.
Navratri, therefore should not be just a time to celebrate Goddess Durga’ s victory over the demons but should be the time to pray to Goddess Durga to remove our enemies/vices within us, such as anger, selfish desires, greed, ego and undue attachments. We must pray to her to destroy our inner enemies/vices.
Only then can we attain Self-purification, Self-transformation and Self-Knowledge– Everlasting happiness, Peace and Anandam, “Sat Chit Ananda.”
Thank you for coming to my life and God Bless You!