Navratri: Who are the 9 Devis of Navratri?

Devi mantras in Navratri

Each night of Navratri is dedicated in the honor of Nine Devis. Know here the name and Significance of each of 9 devis of Navratri. Navratri, a nine nights festival celebrated in honor of the feminine aspects of the divine and dedicated to the Goddess Durga and her forms - devi and shakti.

Navratri is celebrated twice a year, in the hindi month of Chaitra and Sharada Navratri. The Sharada Navratri is the popular one as following these nine nights we celebrate Dussehra. According to the Hindu Mythology Ramayana, Dussehra has been celebrated on the day when Lord Rama killed the Demon King Ravana in Lanka.

After which in approximately 20 days Lord Rama returned to his Kingdom Ayodhya with his wife Sita, brother Laxman and devotees. In order to celebrate his return to Ayodhya and honor Lord Rama, Diwali has been celebrated. Also, Diwali is celebrated in honor of the Goddess Laxmi and the god of wealth Kuber. 

People are doing fast in the celebration of Navratri. The intention of the fast is to cleanse or detox the body and also the mind to increase divinity among the humans.

Here is everything you should now while performing the fast on the nine days of Navratri:-

1. Mata Shailaputri

Mata Shailaputri

The very first night of Navratri is celebrated in honor of the Mata Shailaputri which means the daughter of mountains. She is honored as the Goddess of Nature and commonly known as Mata Sati. Sati was the wife of Lord Shiva, who was insulted by her own father Prajapati Daksh (Son of Brahama). She threw her mortal body into the sacred fire of yajna. After which to take revenge Lord Shiva sent his Bhairav to kill Daksh. Mata Sati was reborn as the daughter of himalaya and known as Mata Parvati.

2. Mata Brahmacharini

Mata Brahmacharini

The second day of Navratri is celebrated in the honor of Mata Brahamcharini, commonly worshipped as Mata Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva. Mata Parvati was destined to be the wife of Lord Shiva who is known for meditation, Mata Parvati also decided to perform tapasya. She struggled at first but as Lord Shiva guided her she was eventually successful. Later Lord Shiva accepted her as his wife and gave her the name Brahmcharini for his true determination. She is worshiped during Navratri for knowledge and determination.

3. Mata Chandraghantha

Mata Chandraghantha

Mata Chandraghantha, the form of Maa Durga is worshipped on the third night of Navratri. She is the symbol of overcoming physical and mental sufferings, peace and serenity. To maintain peace, if provoked, she will destroy the demons like Maa Durga

4. Mata Kushmanda

Mata Kushmanda

Mata Kushmanda, another form of Mata Durga, known for her creation of the universe is honored on the fourth day of Navratri. According to the Hindu Mythology, Mata Kushmanda had created the cosmic egg with her smile and gave the Sun its brightness.

5. Mata Skandamata

Mata Skandamata

The fifth night of Navratri is celebrated in honor of another avatar of Mata Parvart, also known as Goddess of Fire. Mata Skandamata is worshipped for the wisdom and purity of the hearts. She always carries her son, Skanda, in her lap. 

6. Mata Katyayani

Mata Katyayani

The men and women who desire to marry as per their wish, worship Mata Katyayani on the sixth day of Navratri. In Maharashtra she is known for the demon slayer.

7. Mata Kaalratri

Mata Kaalratri

Mata Kaalratri, the most violent form of Maa Durga, is worshipped on the seventh day of Navratri, to remove ignorance as well as darkness in the lives of her devotees. She is also associated with the dark side of nature and is responsible for nature-related destruction.

8. Mata Mahagauri

Mata Mahagauri

Devotees worship Mata Mahagauri on the eight day of Navratri to remove all suffering in life. After the tapasya, when Lord Shiva accepted Mata Parvati and used water of Holy Ganga to clean the dirt from her skin, Lord Shiva gave her name Mahagauri.

9. Mata Siddhidatri

Mata Siddhidatri

The avatar of Maa Durga to remove ignorance, Mata Siddhidatri is worshipped. She has the ability to show her devotees the realization of the divine or Brahman.Her divinity is so great that even Gods worship her for blessings.

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