In the Hindu religion, Maa Durga, the supreme shakti, is worshipped with the utmost devotion throughout India and many other countries like Australia, Italy, America, etc. Maa Durga is considered as the divine with a multi-dimensional demeanour. In India, Sharad Navratri is celebrated as “MahaNavratri” because devotees worship all nine forms of Maa Durga. Navratri is a festival of nine days, and each day is dedicated to different forms of Maa Durga. Well, many may not know some facts about Maa Shakti. Let’s know some unrevealed facts about virtues, rituals of worshipping the divine goddess.
Why Ghatasthapana or Kalash Sthapana
Ghatasthapana is the incarnation of Mata Shakti and is done in the morning in “Abhijit Muhurta.” Ghatasthapana is the incarnation of Mata Shakti and is done in the morning in “Abhijit Muhurta.” The Kalash is established on the first day of Navratri (Ghatsthapana Or Kalash Sthapana), and the eternal lamp is lit. Kalash is considered a symbol of happiness and prosperity. At the same time, in the Diviya Purana, the Kalash is regarded as the form of nine goddesses.
“Sattvik Food” for Good Health
Sharad Navratri falls in seasonal transition, so people prefer fasts or eat “Sattvik Food.” Navratri begins immediately after the monsoons; in this time of seasonal change, Sattvik food is the best bet for improved immunity. Several people eat just fresh fruits and juice/milk, which are least prone to damage or worse.
What Fills You With Positivity
To enhance the benefits of the spiritual practices performed by each individual during Navratri, there is a tradition of serving Yagnas (also called Homas). It is believed that when we do any method in a group, the benefits are multiplied and obtained faster. Yagnas are an ancient science that purifies the environment, the individual, and the subtle level of consciousness. Yagnas are done to invalidate negativity and to produce more positivity.
Custom of South India
Ayudha Pujameans ‘Worship of tools or instruments and is an integral part of the Navaratri festival. It is celebrated on the 9th day or the Navami tithi of Navaratri festival. Goddess Durga Devi killed demon King Mahishasur after eight days of a fierce battle between the two. After killing the Demon King, weapons of the Goddess were kept for worship. To commemorate this, people keep aside one day to pray for the tools and instruments used for their daily living. Barley, The Symbol of Prosperity & Growth
Incense For Mental Peace
Giving Shodashang or Dashansh incense to Maa Durga during Navratri establishes peace in the mind, body, and home. Actually, in the Hindu religion, incense and fragrance are essential in all kinds of poojas. It is also a relaxation method, and different types of incense have particular fragrances and significance. Like to get stress-free, burn sandalwood incense. ,
Why Garba in Circle
Garba is performed in a circle that depicts the life cycle phases. In Hinduism, the cycle of time revolves from birth to life to death to rebirth. In Gujarat, Garba is performed by men and women in particular clothes like men wear kurta or kediyu and women wear chaniyacholi.
Which Flowers Maa Durga Likes
Flowers are offered all nine days, and it also enhances the beauty of Maa Durga’s Mandap and Ghatasthapana. In addition, Maa Shakti likes mostly red coloured flowers like lotus, hibiscus, red Kaner, etc. Moreover, it would be best if you never offered bel, dube, madar, tagar, or harsingar flowers to Devi Maa.
Offer Pure Ghee to Seek Good Health
Navratri has traditionally been celebrated as a festival honouring the true wealth of health – for every individual, attached with the well being of the people and community. Cow’s Ghee is utilised to light earthen lanterns as an offering, clean the atmosphere, offer Prasad, to improve and shield internal health.
Clean Your Soul and Internal Vibes
Chanting mantras in Navratri cleans your soul and internal vibes and heals you from the inside. So, mantras hold an important place in our scriptures and Vedas. Chanting mantras is a spiritual discipline that helps improve concentration, listening skills, and patience. In addition, mantras produce vibrations in the body, declutter your consciousness, and increase the strength to ignore negativity.
So, all these facts will help you to perform rituals firmly as you know the significance of each thing. If you want to add any point in this list, you can comment below. Don’t forget to share!