Navratri Vrat or Navaratri Vratam is an important fast observed by Hindus during Ashvini (October 8th to 16th). It is believed that devotees who observe fasting during Navratri fasting will find happiness on earth and will receive ‘moksha’ thereafter. Legend has it that the Goddess Durga HERSELF narrated the manner of observing navratri vrat to an ardent devotee. The Vratam is observed by both men and women and Navratri mantra is chanted during the period.navratripooja

Navratri Fast

The Navratri fast is observed from the first day to the ninth day of Ashvini month. There is a lot of sanctimony attached to the ritual.

People take bath both in the morning and evening during this period.

Most devotees take only a single meal during the day. Non-vegetarian food is totally avoided. Some people confine to milk and fruits during the nine days.

How to perform the rituals?

A Kalasham is prepared at home and the water is changed daily for nine days. The kalasham is placed on rice grains over a banana leaf in the puja room. Goddess Durga is worshipped during the first three days, Goddess Lakshmi for the next three days, and Goddess Saraswathi during the last three days.

Each day fresh flowers and fruits are offered to the Goddesses. Arati is performed and bhajans sung.

In South India, there is the display of dolls and idols – Kolu (in Tamil) and the placing of Kalasham, which represents the Goddesses. These dolls are placed on nicely fabricated platforms and form “steps” or raised structures of 5 or 7 or 9. The children get excited in placing the clay as well as porcelain dolls.

Mango leaf festoons are installed on doors, windows and in puja room. Fresh Kolams are drawn on all the nine days. Women are specially invited from the neighbourhood. They come in their silk fineries and sing a bhajan before the kolu. “Sundal” (a fried Bengal gram delicacy) is distributed to one and sundry. It is common to give gifts to the invited women; usually it is a bag containing betel leaves, betel nuts, a pair of round turmeric roots, a coconut, fruits, sweets, flowers, a small gift such as eye kohl, kumkuma, bangles, comb etc.

This is the period of celebration of women. A kannika (young girl before puberty) is worshipped. Some people do the Kannika Pooja it on all nine days; their tiny feet and ankles smeared with a paste of rich red vermillion in a traditional motiff. New clothes are distributed and only after they have been served the first offering, the rest can join in for lunch.

The Mantras and Bhajans to be recited

Devi Mahatmya (Durga Saptashati) and Sri Lalita Sahasranama are recited during the period. The important Navratri mantra is ‘Aaim hreem kleem chamundayai vichche.’

Some devotees conduct special homas and pujas during the period like Sucharita & Anuradha Kramana Saraswathi Fire Ritual,  Brzee Lakshmi fire ritual,   Chandi Fire ritual, and  Suhasini Pooja

On the ninth day, all books, pen and whatever implements that a person uses for his/her livelihood is worshipped and is not touched on the day.

On the tenth day, that is the Vijayadashami day in South India, young children are initiated into the world of learning. Businessman start new ventures on that day and that day is considered the most auspicious day in the year.

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Maharishi Brighu (Ancient Well known Siddha Master) predicts the descent of 3 Satya Loka (Heaven) Goddesses during this Navaratri festival. These three Goddesses are Ayur Devi, Amrita Lakshmika and Anuradha Kramana Saraswati. Brighu has given instructions through his Jeeva Nadi leaves read by Sri Pichamani of Vaitheswaran koil (Current Renowned Nadi Reader) as to how these Goddesses must be worshipped.

Their images should be made quite simply without ordinate details with the sand from the snake mound. Cow milk will be used in molding these images. Once the images are made they should be given life (prana pratishta) by young Saiva priests who are not greedy for money. These Goddesses will rule the Golden age that will start in 2012, but as a planet we can accelerate this consciousness now.

Anuradha Kramana Saraswati will be in charge of the new science and technology. Ayur Devi will revive Ayurveda and siddha medicine. Amrita Lakshmika will bring in a new economic system that will bring prosperity to everyone.

The Goddess who is the invisible divine feminine lives in human male and the female as well. Within the human the Goddess energy is called the power (shakti). What power is the Goddess within you? She is economic prosperity, beauty, luxury, joy, physical strength, fertility, etc.

The yogis and tantrics developed secretive methodologies to access the divine feminine both within the body-mind of human men and women. They came up with sacred diagrams called yantras and magical sounds known as mantras as tools to bring the Goddesses to the earth plane.

Time and space are also important factors. The Goddess descends into the earth for only 9 days. This year this 9 days fall on October 8th to 16th. There are three dominant Goddess categories that are known as Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati.

Ayur Devi is a form of Durga, who represents power to destroy negativity in the form of poverty, laziness, fear and evil and criminal tendencies.

Amrita Lakshmika is a new Lakshmi who is predominantly the energy of luxury, wealth and material power.

The third divinity is Anuradha Kramana Saraswati, the Satya Yuga Saraswati. She is in charge of inspiration, motivation, discrimination, knowledge, music, fine arts, science and technology.

They each share three nights of the nine nights of the Goddess called as Navaratri pooja.

Baba says that invoking the Goddess is a super technology. Most priests are not trained in the esoteric tradition. Only tantric adepts know the true secrets of the Goddess worship. Baba out of his compassion to remove poverty and ignorance of the earth plane has revealed some secret rituals to be performed at appropriate temples and at the ashram to invoke the power of the three Goddesses.

Lalita Tripura Sundari is a Goddess who is representative of these three Goddesses in one form: Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. To enable you to capture the energy uniquely available on these 9 nights for you prosperity througout the year, we are energizing 9″ Lalita Tripura Sundari statues made of 5 sacred metals. The statue will be infused with the vibrations of the new Goddesses who will rule the Golden age.

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Navaratri Legend:

The great legend of Navaratri dates back to the story of Mahishasura, the mighty demon, who worshipped Lord Shiva and obtained invincible powers. Soon, he started killing the innocent lives on earth and set out to win the seven lokas. He acquired the swarglok. Nobody could save the living creatures from his tyranny. Even the three mighty gods of the Hindu Trinity – Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva – were unable to defeat him. Therefore, all the Gods, including the Hindu Trinity, united their supreme powers and created a divine being called Ma Shakti or Durga, the Warrior Goddess.

With all the accumulated power and the weapons given by the Gods, Goddess Durga set her trail to defeat Mahishasura. To accomplish the task, she entered a war with him, which extended for nine long days! After fighting hard with him for nine days, Goddess Durga finally killed Mahishasura on the tenth day. Consequently, she lifted the tyranny of the demon off the innocent lives on earth and restored the swarglok to the devatas (Gods). Therefore, Navaratri is celebrated to commemorate her victory over the demon, which symbolizes the victory of the good over the evil. The Nine Nights of Navaratri pooja symbolize the nine nights of the war between Goddess Durga and Mahishasura.

Celebrating Navaratri:

The beginning of spring and the beginning of autumn are two very important junctions of climatic and solar influence. These two periods are taken as sacred opportunities for the worship of the Divine Mother. The dates of the festival are determined according to the lunar calendar.

On all these 9 days, the various forms of Mother Mahisasura-Mardini (Durga) are worshipped with great fervor and devotion.

First three days

The goddess is invoked as a spiritual force called Durga also known as kali in order to destroy all our impurities.

Second three days

The Mother is adored as a giver of spiritual wealth, Lakshmi, who is considered to have the power of bestowing on her devotees inexhaustible wealth, as she is the goddess of wealth.

 

 

 

Final three days

The final set of three days is spent in worshipping the goddess of wisdom, Saraswathi. In order to have all-round success in life, believers seek the blessings of all three aspects of the divine femininity, hence the nine nights of worship.

In South India, Saraswathi pooja is performed on the 7th day. Eight day is traditionally Durgashtami which is big in Bengal. The 9th day is Ayudha Pooja when everyone gives their tools of the trade — pens, machinery, books, automobiles, school work, etc. a rest and ritually worships them. They start a fresh from the next day, the 10th day which is considered as ‘Vijaya Dashami’. On this tenth day of Navaratri in October – the holiday of Dussehra or Dasara, an effigy of Ravana is burnt to celebrate the victory of good (Rama) over evil.

During Navaratri, some devotees of Durga observe a fast and prayers are offered for the protection of health and prosperity. A period of introspection and purification, Navaratri is traditionally an auspicious and religious time for starting new ventures.

Navaratri is celebrated in a large number of Indian communities. The mother goddess is said to appear in 9 forms, and each one is worshipped for a day. These nine forms signify various traits that the goddess influences us with. The Devi Mahatmya and other texts invoking the Goddess who vanquished demons are cited.

Why Navaratri Pooja?

The Goddess, who is the invisible divine feminine, lives both in the human male and the female.  Within the human body, the Goddess’ energy is called the power (Shakti); she is the power of economy, beauty, luxury, joy, physical strength, fertility, and what not!

The yogis and tantrics developed secretive methodologies to access the divine feminine both within the body-mind of human men and women.  They came up with the sacred diagrams called Yantras and the magical sounds known as mantras, as tools to bring the Goddesses to the earth plane.

Time and space are also important factors.  The goddess descends into the earth during these 9 days. This year these 9 days fall on September 19th – 27th.  There are three dominant Goddess’ categories that are known as Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswathi.  Durga represents the powers to destroy negativity in the form of poverty, laziness, fear and evil and criminal tendencies.  Lakshmi is predominantly the energy of luxury, wealth and material power.  The third divinity is Saraswathi; who is in charge of inspiration, motivation, discrimination, knowledge, music, fine arts, science and technology.  They each share three nights of the nine nights of the Goddesses each; called as Navaratri.

 

 

 

What does Sri Dattatreya Baba say about Navaratri Pooja?

Sri Baba says that invoking the Goddess’ is a tremendous technology.  Most priests are not trained in the esoteric tradition.  Only tantric adepts know the secrets of the Goddess’ worship.  Sri Baba out of his compassion to remove poverty and ignorance off the earth plane has revealed some secret rituals to be performed at appropriate temples and at the ashram to invoke the power of the three goddesses.

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