9th Day of Chaitra Navratri 2019: Navami

Yesterday was the ninth and last day of Chaitra Navratri 2019. Durga devotees worshiped her ninth form, Siddhidatri who appeared from the left half of Lord Shiva. She removes ignorance from her devotees and governs Ketu. After Shiddhidatri Puja, devotees conducted Chaitra Navratri Parana when Navami Tithi was over and Dashami Tithi prevailed. Parana meansContinue reading “9th Day of Chaitra Navratri 2019: Navami”

8th Day of Chaitra Navratri 2019: Ashtami

The eighth day of Chaitra Navratri 2019 fell on April 13th, Saturday. A number of rituals were observed on this day starting with Mahagauri Puja. Devi Mahagauri is eighth form of Goddess Durga. She is the epitome of purity and achievements, provides knowledge, removes all sins and mistakes of a person. Mahagauri governs Rahu. AtContinue reading “8th Day of Chaitra Navratri 2019: Ashtami”

7th Day of Chaitra Navratri, 2019: Saptami

On Saptami (seventh day), devotees observed Kalratri Pooja, dedicated to the seventh avatar of Goddess Durga. Kalratri is the fiercest and most ferocious form of Maa Shakti who slayed demons Sumbha and Nisumbha. The day also marked Maha Saptami. At the Durga Temple: We carried out our 7th day of Ramayan Paath! We only haveContinue reading “7th Day of Chaitra Navratri, 2019: Saptami”

6th Day of Chaitra Navratri, 2019: Shashthi

On Shashthi (sixth day), devotees perform Katyayani Puja to please the sixth avatar of Devi Duga. Katyayani who rules Brihaspati (planet Jupiter) is known for her anger, vengeance and power. But if you pray to Maa Katyayani with a pure heart, she is known to bless devotees with desired boons. At the Durga Temple: WeContinue reading “6th Day of Chaitra Navratri, 2019: Shashthi”

5th Day of Chaitra Navratri, 2019: Panchami

Devi Skandamata, the fifth form of Goddess Durga was worshiped yesterday. She governs the planet Mangal (Mercury). Skandamata is the mother of the war god Skanda also known as Kartikeya, Murugan or Subramanya. This day is also celebrated as Skanda Sashti, especially by Tamil Hindus. Naag Pooja is also observed on this day. At theContinue reading “5th Day of Chaitra Navratri, 2019: Panchami”