Start of the festival- 12th February
Kalash Sthapna - 08:34 am to 09:59 am
End of the festival- 21 February
Abhijeet Muhurat - 12:13 pm to 12:58 pm
India holds many unheard stories. The legends will inspire and teach you about the true sense of celebrating festivals. The women of India are always regarded as Devi and respected wholeheartedly. The festival of Navratri is one such festival where all the nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped. It is a 9-day long celebration. It is celebrated four times a year- Ashad Navratri, Ashwin Navratri, Magh Navratri, and the Vasanth Navratri.
Ashwin Navratri and Vasantha Navratri of the Chaitra are known to everyone. The Ashad Navratri and Magh Navratri are less known by people and hence called GUPT NAVRATRI. These two Navratri are mainly meant for sadhaks. Sadhaks are those people who follow certain spiritual practices and are involved in specific sadhna.
Navratri is the time for celebration and reflection for Hindus all over the world. Ardent prayer is offered to Goddess Durga to seek her blessings. Gupt Navaratri or Ashad Navratri or Varahi Navratri is a 9-day festival devoted to Goddess Varahi. This falls under the Shukla paksha part of Ashad month. It holds great significance for Sadhaks, Tantriks, and for those who want to perform some specific rituals.
Fasts are observed by the devotees. Constant chanting of shlokas and mantras takes place for 9- days. It is believed that by doing these rituals religiously during Navratri Goddess heeds to the Devotees’ prayers and fulfill their wishes. Holy textbooks like Shrimad-Devi Bhagwat, Durgasaptshati, Devi- Mahatmya, and some other texts are recited during Navratri. Goddess is worshipped in her three forms: as the goddess of wisdom, remover of vices, and as the bestowal of wealth and prosperity.
Tantrik organizes anushthan of Shrimad-Devi Bhagwat, Devi Mahatmya, and Shri Durga Saptashati Samput Path is conducted. Vamtantra is cited to invoked invoking all the nine forms of Goddess Durga.
The story is related to the Sati, daughter of Daksha. She was an avatar of Goddess Parvati or Adi Parashakti who took birth to coax Lord Shiva into marrying. Sati was deeply in love with Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva got impressed by her dedication and meditative prowess. But her father Daksha didn’t like Shiva because he sleeps at cremation ground and is always surrounded by spirits and ghosts. Sati decides to leave for Mount Kailash to live with Lord Shiva. A yearly Yajna was organized by King Daksha. Lord Shiva refused to go with Sati because he was not invited. Sati goes alone. Daksha Humiliated Shiva in front of all the participants of Yajna and Daksha proceeds to disown her. Disheartened by her father’s behaviour Sati decides to immolate herself in the fire of sacrifice to get rid of all the mortal attachments. Sati declares that when she will be born again, she wants a father whom she can respect. In the process, she invoked Goddess Adi Parashakti and realized her oneness. After this only she took nine incarnations, each of which symbolizes various aspects of the divine.
Gupt Navratri is prominent in well-known in several parts of India for Tantrik pooja. Goddess Durga is known for the alleviation of the plight and showing kindness to those who are captured in distress. Navratri is celebrated with the sole motive to propitiate Shakti. To bestow upon us prosperity, wisdom, sacred and secular knowledge, wealth, and all other required positive energies. Daily throughout nine-days goddess is worshipped religiously, along with the recitation of the holy texts. Devotees observe fast from day one till the ninth day. They include only milk and fruits in their fasting diet.
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