Navratri 2017 is being celebrated with full spirit across the country. It’s that time of the year when all devotees worship their Maa Durga by fasting, celebrating these 9 sacred days when goddess Durga arrives at their homes.
According to Hindu tradition, during these 9 auspicious days of Navratri, it is said that Maa Durga arrives at our home in 9 different faces. Each faces depict different sides of goddess Durga.
As per Hindu mythology, the story behind Navratri is when there was a battle that took place between goddess Durga and the demon Mahishasura, who depicted egotism.
The 9 faces (roop) of Maa Durga on each day of Navratri:
Day 1- SHAILPUTRI-The colour of the first day is red.Maa Durga is the symbol of the united power of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. This form of Maa Durga is worshipped as wife of lord Shiva.
Day 2- BRAHMCHARINI– This form of Maa Durga represents happiness, peace, prosperity. She showers her bliss and blessings on her devotees. The colour of the second day of royal blue since it depicts her as calm yet powerful.
Day 3- CHANDRAGHANTA– The colour of the day is yellow as she represents beauty and grace on the third day. She promotes strength.
Day 4- KUSHMUNDA– The colour of the day is green as Maa Durga is also known as the creator of the entire universe.
Day 5- SKAND MATA– The colour of the day is grey as it’s said that Maa Durga, who was the mother of Skanda, or Karthikeya, was chosen by the gods as their commander-in-chief in the battle against the devil.
Day 6- KATYAYANI– As Maa Durga is dressed in orange showing great courage, the colour of the day is orange.
Day 7- KALRATRI– Maa durga is dark, with a daring posture and scruffy hair while fire is coming out of her mouth as she breaths. This form depicts her as goddess Kali. The colour of the day is white.
Day 8- MAHA GAURI- Maha Gauri is calm, peaceful and intelligent. According to Hindu mythology it is said that due to her long austerities in the forests of the Himalayas, her colour changed from white to black. Later when shiva cleansed her with the waters of Ganga, she regained her beauty. The colour of the day is pink.
Day 8- MAHA GAURI– Maha Gauri is calm, peaceful and intelligent. According to Hindu mythology it is said that due to her long austerities in the forests of the Himalayas, her colour changed from white to black. Later when shiva cleansed her with the waters of Ganga, she regained her beauty. The colour of the day is pink
Day 9- SIDDHIDATRI– From having healing powers to always being in a happy state of mind, Maa durga depicts the sky. The colour of the day is sky blue.
Navratri is celebrated twice-a-year and falls during the months of April and October when the devotees observe fast, perform early morning puja and sing devotional songs.