What Each Day Of Navratri Signifies
The festival of Navratri is associated with the battle that took place between Maa Durga and the demon Mahishasura, signifying the victory of good over evil. These nine days are dedicated to Durga and her nine avatars, also known as the Navdurga. Read on to know what each day signifies.
Day 2 - Maa Brahmacharini
The second day is the day of Maa Brahmacharini - the form of Parvati - who is a fountainhead of knowledge and wisdom, and she adorns herself with rudraksha. She holds a water pot in one hand and a rosary in the other.
Day 3 - Maa Chandraghanta
She’s the form of goddess Durga atop a tiger, symbolising strength. Here, her hands form mudras or gestures - one of blessing and the other of preventing misdeeds and harm. Goddess Chandraghanta stands for showering supreme bliss through knowledge, and emotional balance.
Day 4 - Maa Kushmanda
This Goddess is believed to be the creator of the universe and resides at the centre of the sun as she balances the energy and light in the universe.
Day 5 - Maa Skandamata
On the fifth day of Navratri, Goddess Skandamata is worshipped to get blessings and this is considered to bring fortune and good luck to the devotees. She is believed to be the Goddess of love and motherhood.
Day 6 - Maa Katyayni
The sixth day of Navratri is dedicated to Maa Katyayni. This form of Goddess Parvati is said to be the most violent of all. Planet Brijaspati is believed to be governed by Maa Katyayni.
Day 7 - Maa Kalaratri
Maa Kalaratri is the most fierce form of Goddess Durga as she can drive away all kinds of negative energy with her presence. On the seventh day, Navratri devotees offer kumkum, flower and roli to this Goddess. They also present a garland of lemons and light an oil lamp in front of her.
Day 8 - Maa Mahagauri
On this day, Navratri devotees worship Goddess Mahagauri to get blessings and bring fortune and good luck to their households. She is believed to be the Goddess of purity and serenity.
Day 9 - Maa Siddhidharti
Seated on a lotus, this Goddess represents creation. Navratri devotees worship her on the final day of the festival. She’s depicted with four hands and she holds a mace, lotus, a chakra and a conch. The worship of Siddhidharti has a special significance as she is the daughter of all siddhis. Wearing purple coloured clothes on this day is considered auspicious.