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Oct 12, 2018 11:00 AM IST | Smart Living

Nine Nights, Nine Durgas

The nine auspicious nights as per the Hindu calendar have officially begun, and are being celebrated throughout India.

And amid all the festivities and gaiety, let us take a moment to observe the significance of each of these nights that are all individually dedicated to the nine avatars of Goddess Durga: Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda,Skanda Mata, Katyayini, Kaalratri, Maha Gauri, and Siddhidatri.

Essentially, the festival is associated with the epic allegorical battle between the goddess and demon Mahishasura that culminated with the symbolic slaying of the latter. It marks the victory of good over evil, and recognises the savagery of the warrior goddess.

Happy Navaratri!

1.Shailaputri (the daughter of the mountains) is the first of the nine avatars of Durga. She is the embodiment of the powers of the Holy Trinity — Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. She carries a trident and a lotus in both hands and rides a bull
1.Shailaputri (the daughter of the mountains) is the first of the nine avatars of Durga. She is the embodiment of the powers of the Holy Trinity — Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. She carries a trident and a lotus in both hands and rides a bull
2. This is the second avatar of Goddess Durga. Her name means one who practices penance, with Brahma meaning penance and Charini meaning a female follower. She holds rosary beads in her right hand and a water utensil in her left.
2. This is the second avatar of Goddess Durga. Her name means one who practices penance, with Brahma meaning penance and Charini meaning a female follower. She holds rosary beads in her right hand and a water utensil in her left.
3. This is the third form of Goddess Durga. Literally translated, her name means the one who has a “crescent moon shaped like a bell”. She is believed to reward devotees with her elegance and bravery, and eliminate all their sins, physical sufferings, mental tribulations and ghostly hurdles.
3. This is the third form of Goddess Durga. Literally translated, her name means the one who has a “crescent moon shaped like a bell”. She is believed to reward devotees with her elegance and bravery, and eliminate all their sins, physical sufferings, mental tribulations and ghostly hurdles.
4. She is the fourth form of the Hindu goddess Durga. Ku means
4. She is the fourth form of the Hindu goddess Durga. Ku means "a little," Ushma means "warmth" or "energy", and Anda means "cosmic egg". She is considered to have created the universe with her divine smile. She is believed to improve health and bestow wealth and strength.
5. This is the fifth of the nine avatars. “Skanda” is another name for Kartikeya and “Mata” means mother. She rewards devotees with salvation, power, and prosperity. She can grant oceans of wisdom even to the most illiterate if they happen to be a devotee.
5. This is the fifth of the nine avatars. “Skanda” is another name for Kartikeya and “Mata” means mother. She rewards devotees with salvation, power, and prosperity. She can grant oceans of wisdom even to the most illiterate if they happen to be a devotee.
6. The sixth of the avatars, she is regarded as the ferocious form of Shakti or Durga — a Warrior Goddess. She is also called Bhadrakali and Chandika. Traditionally, she is associated with the color red, the primordial form of Shakti.
6. The sixth of the avatars, she is regarded as the ferocious form of Shakti or Durga — a Warrior Goddess. She is also called Bhadrakali and Chandika. Traditionally, she is associated with the color red, the primordial form of Shakti.
7. Kaalratri or Kali is worshiped on the seventh day of Navaratri. She is one of the most livid forms of Durga. Kaalratri is the one who destroys ignorance and removes darkness. This form primarily depicts the darker side of life – Mother Nature’s fury.
7. Kaalratri or Kali is worshiped on the seventh day of Navaratri. She is one of the most livid forms of Durga. Kaalratri is the one who destroys ignorance and removes darkness. This form primarily depicts the darker side of life – Mother Nature’s fury.
8. She is worshiped on the eighth day of Navaratri. Her power is unfailing and instantly fruitful. She washes away all past, present and future sins of her devotees. Maha Gauri is intelligent, peaceful and calm.
8. She is worshiped on the eighth day of Navaratri. Her power is unfailing and instantly fruitful. She washes away all past, present and future sins of her devotees. Maha Gauri is intelligent, peaceful and calm.
9. The ninth avatar of Goddess Durga has supernatural healing powers. She manifests as the Mother Goddess and blesses all gods, saints, yogis, tantric and devotees.
9. The ninth avatar of Goddess Durga has supernatural healing powers. She manifests as the Mother Goddess and blesses all gods, saints, yogis, tantric and devotees.
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