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Find out the Origin & significance of navratri

The festival is associated with the prominent battle that took place between Durga and the demon Mahishasura to celebrate the victory of good over evil. These nine days are solely dedicated to Durga and her nine avatars – the Navadurga. Each day is associated with an incarnation of the goddess: Day 1 – Shailaputri.

The night provides rest and rejuvenation. During the night, you turn inwards through sleep, and you wake up feeling refreshed and energetic in the morning. In the same way, Navratri, or the ‘nine nights’ is that time of the year when you get the chance to connect deeply with your inner self and goddess Durga. This deep connection brings freedom from all kinds of botherations, anxiety and promotes relaxation, and creativity.

Fasting, meditation, prayers, and other spiritual practices performed during this period help bring about this deep rest. Even refraining from over-indulging in sense objects during this time aids the process of attaining deep rest.

The source of deep solitude for us

Our spirit has existed since time immemorial. It is the boundless and eternal source of energy of this universe. During Navratri, even the subtle energies in the environment enhance and assist one’s experience of reaching the spirit.

The prayers, chanting, and meditation performed during Navratri connect us with our spirit. Getting in touch with the spirit invokes positive qualities within us and destroys laziness, pride, obsession, cravings, and aversions. When stress in the form of negative emotions is destroyed, we experience the deep rest of the transforming nine nights.


Devi Puja: Honoring the Omnipresent Energy

Devi represents the omnipresent cosmic Energy. The whole Creation is permeated by this Energy. The prosperity that we enjoy in our daily lives is a manifestation of Devi. Mother Divine serves us in so many forms. The forms of our mother, father, friends, husband, wife, son, daughter, and also the Guru. The revolving planets and the moon is Devi performing aarti to us. Through puja, we say, ‘Oh Mother, whatever you give to me I give back to you’. For example, during the Puja, we offer food grains to Devi as nature provides us with food. Devi Puja is an expression of expanded consciousness showing reverence to the whole Creation. The puja that we perform during the 9 days of Navratri is a way of honoring the Devi and showing our gratitude to the Mother Divine. While attending the puja we give up all our worldly activities for a while and enter into deep meditation.

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says, “There is Devi energy (Shakti) within all of us. Devi is not somewhere else, not in some other world. If we sit deep in meditation, the glow within the body will brighten and will expand and spread outside. This is Devi Puja.”

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