The scriptures say, “I bow again and again before Maa Jagadambaa (Mother of the universe), abiding in all beings and objects in the form of energy.”
Shardiya Navratri 2016 1 October to 10th october
Chhaitra Navratri & Shardiya Navratri
Navratri is a nine days festival dedicated to Goddess Durga. Navratri is a Sanskrit word which literally means nine nights. During these nine nights and ten days, Goddess Durga is worshipped in 9 different forms, known as Navdurga. The tenth day is celebrated as Vijayadashami when idols of Goddess Durga are immersed into the water body.
Navratri is celebrated in most Indian states. However Navratri is very popular festival in the western states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and the southern state of Karnataka. On the very first day of Navratri, Goddess Durga is invoked into a Kalash with full Vedic rituals along with chanting of Mantras. The invocation and dwelling of Goddess Durga into the Kalash is known as Ghatasthapana or Kalashsthapana and is done at an appropriate time of the day.
Navratri in the shukla paksha white fortnights of moon and navaratri’s of summer season is known as Sharadiya Navratri
Chaitra Navratri is nine days festivity which starts on the first day of Hindu Luni-Solar calendar and falls in the month of March or April. Chaitra is the first month of Hindu lunar calendar and because of it this Navratri is known as Chaitra Navratri. Chaitra Navratri is also known as Vasanta Navratri. Rama Navami, the birthday of Lord Rama usually falls on the ninth day during Navratri festivity. Hence Chaitra Navratri is also known as Rama Navratri.
All nine days during Navratri are dedicated to nine forms of Goddess Shakti. Most customs and rituals followed during Shardiya Navratri, which falls in the month of September or October, are also followed during Chaitra Navratri. Ghatasthapana Puja Vidhi for Shardiya Navratri and Chaitra Navratri is same.
Chaitra Navratri is more popular in northern India. In Maharashtra Chaitra Navratri begins with Gudi Padwa and in Andhra Pradesh it begins with Ugadi. Shardiya Navratri is famous &most celebrated in Bengal Assam & Orissa & south India with Vijayadashmi.
Reading Sri Ram charitra Manas is extremly beneficial during Navarartri for fulfilling desires
Sri RamCharitra Manas from http://omshriram.blogspot.com/
God manifests Himself in numerous shapes and forms. One of them is that of the Mother. The manifestation of Supreme Brahman in the form of power, compassion, forgiveness, and benevolence has been termed as Maa (Mother) and Navratri is the time to adore and worship the Mother in her various forms.
The Mother’s Grace is boundless. Her mercy is illimitable, Her knowledge infinite; Her power is immeasurable, Her glory ineffable and Her splendor indescribable. She gives us material prosperity as well as spiritual freedom.
In the ‘Srimad Devi Bhagawata’, it is written that one desirous of knowledge, wealth and begetting a son should meticulously observe the Navratri Vrata, which has the power of returning the kingdom to a dethroned king. Sri Rama worshipped Durga at the time of the fight with Ravana, to invoke Her aid in the war. He fought and won through Her Grace. It was also on this day that Arjuna worshipped Devi, before starting the battle against the Kauravas on the field of Kurukshetra.
The festival of Navratri should be celebrated with great fanfare through the rendition of devotional songs, music and dancing. One should sleep on the ground.
One should offer food to as many young girls as one can afford to feed.
and worship the goddess by pleasing them.
But very little ( babies) girls less than one year of age cannot be considered. Only girls from the age of 2 to 10 years can be worshipped on this occasion.
anyway make girl child happy, give all respect to every women during Navratri
& the most important & most easy way to make the kind mother goddess happy is by helping & serving the poor.
Serving food & sweets & new cloths to poor girls would definitely bring happiness & sure Big Blessings of Goddess…
for serving & helping anyone age is no question
so anyone can please the goddess by helping & serving any female be it child or baby or girl or women.
Mother Goddess Durga is present in all of them
they all are Goddess in different forms.
Nari is Naarayani
या देवी सर्वभुतेषु मातृरूपेण संस्थितः।।
नमस्तस्यैः नमस्तस्यैः नमस्तस्यैः नमो नमः॥
One unable to observe fast on all Navratri days should fast on the 7th, 8th and 9th lunar days and worship Goddess Durga. This affords religious merits of observing a fast on each of the Navratri days.
Raatri Jaagran or Night vigil during Navratri is beneficial when there are discussions according to the guidelines of the scriptures, the mind is cheerful, a pious lamp is lit throughout the night before Goddess Durga’s idol, and there is devotional chanting of the Divine Mother’s pious name with music. Only Sattvik dance should be performed, not disco or some other western dance.
The worship of Devi, the universal Mother, leads to the attainment of knowledge of the Self. Hinduism is the only religion in the world which has emphasized to such an extent the motherhood of God. One’s relationship with one’s mother is the dearest and the sweetest of all human relations. Hence, it is proper to look upon God as mother.
Navratri me lakshmi prapti ki sadhna mantra
दुःख दर्द बढ़ गए, परेशानियाँ बढ़ गईं, रोग बीमारियाँ बढ़ गयी, मेहंगाई बढ़ गयी,तो क्या करना चाहिए?
देवी भागवत के तीसरे स्कन्द में नवरात्रि का महत्त्व वर्णन किया है | मनोवांछित सिद्धियाँ प्राप्त करने के लिए देवी की महिमा सुनायी है, नवरात्रि के ९ दिन उपवास करने के शारीरिक लाभ बताये हैं |
1.शरीर में आरोग्य के कण बढ़ते हैं |
2.जो उपवास नहीं करता तो रोगों का शिकार हो जाता है, जो नवरात्रि के उपवास करता है, तो भगवान की आराधना होती है, पुण्य तो बढ़ता ही है, लेकिन शरीर का स्वास्थ्य भी वर्ष भर अच्छा रहता है |
3.प्रसन्नता बढ़ती है |
4.द्रव्य की वृद्धि होती है |
5.लंघन और विश्रांति से रोगी के शरीर से रोग के कण ख़त्म होते हैं |
नौ दिन नहीं तो कम से कम ७ दिन / ६दिन /५ दिन , या आख़िरी के ३ दिन तो जरुर उपवास रख लेना चाहिए |
देवी भागवत में आता है कि देवी की स्थापना करनी चाहिए | नौ हाथ लम्बभण्डार( मंडप/स्थापना का स्थान) हो |
Anusthana of Saraswatya Mantra
Saraswatya Mantra Anushthan is very beneficial in Navratri days, following is the procedure details of Saraswatya Mantra Anushthan
Regular and sincere jap of Saraswatya mantra leads to the development of the intellect and memory power beyond our imagination. The elevated lives of great many students initiated by Pujya Bapuji in the Saraswatya mantra bear a testimony to this.
If a student wants to make his life brilliant, vibrant and divine and to emerge out victorious in all fronts of life, he must observe an Anushthana of Saraswatya mantra. The procedure for the Anushthana is as follows:
The Anushthana of Saraswatya mantra is to be completed in seven days.
170 rounds of mala are to be done each day.
One should wear only white clothes during these seven days.
One should take a saltless diet during the Anushthana. Khir prepared from milk and rice is recommended.
One should worship goddess Saraswati with white flowers before beginning the jap of the mantra. The Bhog offered to Goddess Saraswati should also be Khir.
One should pray to Maa Saraswati for a pure and sharp intellect.
One should sleep on the ground on a mat or a blanket and observe Mauna as much as possible.
Jap done on a mala of crystal beads is all the more beneficial.
Other rules regarding place, sleeping, purity, etc. are common to an Anushthana of other mantras. A detailed account of the guidelines and precautions for an Anushthana of mantras is given in the Hindi books Mantra-Jap Mahima evam Anushthana Vidhi and Ishtasiddhi published by the Ashram.
[From Maha Narayana Upanishad]
Translated by P. R. Ramachander
[This is a prayer to the fire God Agni occurring in the Maha Narayana Upanishad. Durga is used here as a word for Difficult problems in almost all the stanzas. The salutation to Durga is given only in the second stanza. (But many people consider this as prayer to goddess Durga for removing all obstacles and evils.) I have relied on the translation ofMaha Narayana Upanishad by Swami Vimalanda for making this translation.]
Jatavedase sunavama soma marathee yatho nidhahadhi veda,
Sa na parshadathi durgani viswa naaveva sindhum durithathyagni. 1
Our oblations of Soma to the fire god,
May he, the all knowing one destroy all those who do not like us,
May that divine fire lead us out of all perils,
Like a captain takes his boat across the sea,
And also save us from all wrongs.
Thaam agni varnaam thapasa jwalanthim vairochanim karma phaleshu jushtam,
Durgam devim saranamaham prapadhye, sutharasi tharase nama. 2
I take refuge in the divine mother Durga*,
Who shines like a fire due to her penances,
Who resides in actions and their fruits and makes them effective,
And I salute her who helps us cross our difficulties.
* It could be translated as Mother of difficulties also
Agne thwam paaraya navyo asmaan swasthibhirathi durgani viswa,
Pushscha prithwi bahula na urvee bhava thokaaya thanayaya shamyoh. 3
Oh God of fire, you are worthy of praise,
For by novel methods you help us cross,
The difficulties and make us happy,
May our land in this earth become extensive,
May the land for growing crops become large,
And be pleased to join our children and,
Their children with joy and happiness.
Vishvaani no durghaa jathaveda sindhunaa nava durithathi parshi,
Agne athrivan manasaa grina no asmakam bodhayithwa thanoo naam. 4
Oh Jatha Vedas who is the destroyer of all sins,
Make us cross all our troubles like a boat,
Which takes us to the other shore without problems,
Oh Fire, protect us like the sage Athri, who would take care of us,
Mindful of our safety and our happiness.
Prithana jitham saha mana mugram agnim huvema paramath sadhasthath,
Sa na parshadathi durgani viswa kshamaddhevo athi durithatyagni. 5
We invoke the fierce Fire God who is the leader of us all.
And who is the killer of all our enemies from the highest place,
To take us across all difficulties and all that is perishable and protect us.
Prathnoshika meedyo adhvareshu sanacha hota navyascha sadhsi,
Swacha agne piprayaswa asmabhyam cha soubhahya maya jaswa. 6
Oh Fire God, you are praised during sacrifices,
And always increase our happiness, and exist as sacrifices,
Which are olden and those which are new,
Please make us, who are only yourself, happy,
And grant us good fortune from all our sides.
Gobhir jushta mayujo nishithktham thavendra vishnor anusancharema,
Naa kasya prushtam abhisamvasaano vaishnavim loka iha madhayantham. 7
Oh Lord, you are not connected with sin and sorrow,
Permit us to always serve you who pervades all wealth,
May the Gods who live in the highest region make me,
Who adores Vishnu, delighted and happy and grant my wishes.
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