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Navaratri 2011

Navaratri, is a festival of worship of the Divine Mother. The word Navaratri literally means nine nights. The festival is celebrated for nine nights every year during September or October based on Hindu calendar. This year it is starting on 28th September.

Laxmi-Durga-SaraswatiNavaratri is divided into three-day sets, each devoted to a different aspect of the supreme Divine Mother goddess. The first three days are dedicated to Durga Maa; the Goddess of power and energy. The goddess is invoked as a powerful spiritual force called Durga in order to destroy all our impurities, vices and defects.

The fourth, fifth and sixth days are focused on worship of Lakshmi Maa; the Goddess of peace and prosperity. The Divine Mother is the ultimate giver of spiritual wealth, and Lakshmi, is the aspect that is considered to have the power to bestow to her devotees inexhaustible wealth.

On the seventh, eighth and ninth day Saraswati Maa is worshiped; the Goddess of spiritual knowledge.

Additionally, on the Ninth day of Navaratri, a Kanya puja is performed. This is done in reverence of the nine young girls representing the nine forms of Goddess Durga.

In order to have all-round success and balance in life, we need the blessings of all three aspects of the Divine femininity. The nine nights of worship of the Mother is symbolic and a conscious effort to attune our Hearts and minds with the various ideals that each aspect represents. During Navaratri we pray for the Mother's blessings, not only to attain these ideals, but to truly embrace and live these ideals in our daily lives.

Throughout Navaratri, devotees observe a fasting period and pray for the protection of health and prosperity. It is an especially providential period for introspection and purification. It is traditionally an auspicious time for starting new ventures.

BridgeDuring this period, it is important to introspect ourselves. We will realize that within us that there may be an abundance of negativity. As this surfaces, ask the Mother to help release these negative energies. We must embrace changes within ourselves, if we wish to see changes in our external lives. So let us hold the Mother especially close during this period and adore Her in our Hearts, for on the final day of Navaratri, She vanquishes the negativity and evil, both within and without.

The culmination of Navarati is on the tenth day, the Vijayadasami day. It is on this day that the Mother draws back her Divine arrow and annihilates the negativities that exist in our lives, and helps us cross the bridge to a place of higher consciousness.

So during this period all of us should hold hands and pray for the upliftment of all in this World, but let us not forget our own well-being. Let us all put our hands out to the Mother and ask Her to put us on Her lap, so that we will not fall off anymore.

So let us all pray:

Yaa Devi Sarvabuutheshu Durga Rupena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha
Yaa Devi  Sarvabuutheshu Lakshmi Rupena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha
Yaa Devi Sarvabuutheshu Saraswathi Rupena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha
Yaa Devi Sarvabuutheshu Maha Pratyangira Rupena Samsthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha


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