Nava Durga: The Nine Forms of the Goddess


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Durga, Durga Puja, Durgaashtami, Navaratra

Durga, Durga Puja, Durgaashtami, Navaratra

Durga Puja

Navaratri is known as Durga Pooja in the eastern states of India, especially in West Bengal. People build grand pandals, in which larger-than-life clay idols of various forms of Durga, depicting stories from her life, are worshipped. The slaying of Mahishasura by Katyayani (or Durga) is a popular theme4 , because Durga Pooja begins on the sixth day of Navaratri.

Durga, Durga Puja, Durgaashtami, Navaratra

Durga, Durga Puja, Durgaashtami, Navaratra

Shailputri

On the first day of Maha Navaratri1 , people pray to Goddess Shailaputri. In Sanskrit, shaila means ‘mountain’ and putri means ‘daughter’. So the name Shailaputri means ‘daughter of the mountain’. Here’s her story!

Durga, Durga Puja, Durgaashtami, Navaratra, Garba, Durga Puja celebrations

Durga, Durga Puja, Durgaashtami, Navaratra, Garba, Durga Puja celebrations

Garba

Garba, a famous dance that comes from the state of Gujarat, is performed on all nine nights. And this makes Navaratri the world’s longest dance festival!

Durga, Durga Puja, Durgaashtami, Navaratra

Durga, Durga Puja, Durgaashtami, Navaratra

Nava Durga, its forms, rituals and celebrations

I am a goddess, so some just call me Devi. Because I am powerful, I am Shakti. Mahesh is another name of Shiva, so I am called Maheshwari. Since I ride the simha or ‘lion’, I am Simhavahini. Again, Sherawali comes from sher (lion or tiger). And I came to be known as Chamunda, after defeating the asuras Chanda and Munda. Speaking of asuras, I must tell you this: Don’t think that asuras don’t exist in your world! You don’t see an evil giant or a demon with many heads around, but they do live within human beings as vices or bad qualities. And it is up to you to defeat them!

Durga, Durga Puja, Durgaashtami, Navaratra

Durga, Durga Puja, Durgaashtami, Navaratra

DURGA POOJA, WEST BENGAL

Durga, Durga Puja, Durgaashtami, Navaratra

Durga, Durga Puja, Durgaashtami, Navaratra

SHAILPUTRI

Durga, Durga Puja, Durgaashtami, Navaratra, Garba, Durga Puja celebrations

Durga, Durga Puja, Durgaashtami, Navaratra, Garba, Durga Puja celebrations

GARBA

Durga, Durga Puja, Durgaashtami, Navaratra

Durga, Durga Puja, Durgaashtami, Navaratra

CHANDRAGHANTA

Chandraghanta, The angry bride who wore a deadly bell, worshipped on day3 of Navaratra

Chandraghanta, The angry bride who wore a deadly bell, worshipped on day3 of Navaratra

Navadurga, Navaratra, Durga

Navadurga, Navaratra, Durga

Navaratri, Dussehra, Nava Durga, Durga

Navaratri, Dussehra, Nava Durga, Durga

Nava Durga, Warrior Goddess, Navaratra

Nava Durga, Warrior Goddess, Navaratra

Navaratra, Nava Durga, Foods for the Goddess, Festival of Nine nights

Navaratra, Nava Durga, Foods for the Goddess, Festival of Nine nights

Nandi, Ganesha, Shiva, Skanda, Mooshika

Nandi, Ganesha, Shiva, Skanda, Mooshika

GIRL POWER

The popular ritual of Kanya Pooja or Kumari Pooja takes place on the eighth or ninth day of Maha Navaratri. For this ritual, people invite nine young girls to their homes for a feast.

Kanya Pooja is also a way to tell children, especially girls, that the goddess lives within them as shaktis, and that they too are powerful. As they grow up and learn new things or face problems, these shaktis will help them fight evil, be confident and lead a courageous life. Just like the nine goddesses!

SPECIAL FOODS FOR THE GODDESSES

Navaratri is a time to make the stomach as happy as the heart. People offer tasty treats to the goddess as naivedyam or prasad. Usually, these are cooked using different kinds of grains and pulses.

Like there are different Navaratri celebrations, the foods offered to the goddess in these nine days too vary. Here are a few special foods served to the Nava Durga: Ghee, venn pongal, rajgira ka laddoo, sabudana khichdi, roath.

A HAPPY FAMILY

A serious husband, a warrior-son, an elephant-headed son, loyal animal friends, asuras turned vahanas, several human devotees.

Isn’t my family unique?

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Puffin (17 October 2020)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 96 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0143449486
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0143449485
Reading age ‏ : ‎ 7 – 8 years
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 272 g
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 20.32 x 0.76 x 20.32 cm
Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ India
Generic Name ‏ : ‎ BOOK

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