Navratri 2018: 9 avatars of Goddess Durga Puja Occasion

Navratri is celebrated in all over India with much pomp and gaiety. In this nine festival all the devotees get filled with enthusiasm and devotion towards the goddess durga. People worships nine different forms of the goddess Durga to seek her blessing. We all know so much about this festival but only few are ware about the story behind the celebration of Navratri. Although there are many stories behind Navrartri but we bring the most prevalent one.

One of the fiercest daemons, Mahishasura worshipped Lord Shiva with full devotion. The lord got so impressed by his great dedication that he gave him a boon to not get killed either by man or by God, after getting boon he started creating havoc everywhere. The gods gets scared and tries to find the solution to kill him. Finally, a solution was obtained by creating a new Goddess by amalgamating the powers of all the male Gods. The demon kept hiding and disguising himself for nearly 8 days but finally at the 9th day that Maa Durga was able to find him ad kills him.

The killing of the demons by Durga symbolizes the victory of good over evil, therefore every year devotees celebrates this great festival.


Day 1: Shailaputri
Known as the Pratipada, Shailaputri is worshipped on this day. Goddess Parvati is the daughter of Himalaya, the mountain. In Sanskrit, Shail means the mountain and, thus, she is also was known as Shailputri. The goddess in this form rides a bull, carrying a trishul (trident) in her right hand and lotus in the left hand.

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Day 2: Brahmacharini
On Dwitiya, goddess Brahmacharini is worshipped. Here the goddess walks bare feet and a japamala and a kamandalu can be seen in her hands. In this form, Parvati became the great Sati and her unmarried self is worshipped as Brahmacharini.

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Day 3: Chandraghanta
Goddess Chandraghanta is worshipped on Tritiya. The name derives from the fact that after marrying Lord Shiva she started adorning half Chandra (moon) on her forehead. Here the devi has 10 days and rides a tiger.

Day 4: Kushmanda
On Chaturthi, Devi Kushmanda is worshipped. Also known as the creator of the universe, Kushmanda is also known as the goddess who has the power and capability to reside inside the Sun. Here she has eight hands and sits on a lion.

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Day 5: Skandamata
Goddess Skandamata is worshipped on Panchami. Skandamata or mother of Skanda also known as Lord Kartikeya and rides a ferocious lion along with the baby in one of her hands. The Goddess has four hands.

Day 6: Katyayini
Devi Katyayini is worshipped on Shasthi. Known as the warrior goddess, it is considered one of the most violent forms of Goddess Parvati. The name derives as she was born to Rishi Katya. In this avatar, the Devi rides a lion and has four hands.

Day 7: Kalaratri
On Saptami, Devi Kalaratri is worshipped. Legends go to say she forgo her skin colour and embraces a dark complexion as black to kill demons Shumbha and Nishumbha. Riding a donkey she has four hands here.

Day 8: Mahagauri
Known as Ashtami Mata Mahagauri is worshipped on this day. Mahagauri means extremely white (maha meaning great and gauri meaning white. The name derives from the fact that Parvati had a fair complexion. Here she rides a bull and has four hands.

Day 9: Siddhidaatri
The last day of the festival also known as Navami, people pray to Devi Siddhidaatri. Sitting on a lotus, she is believed to possess and bestows all type of Siddhis. Here she has four hands.

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