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Navratri, the festival of Divine Nine-Nights dedicated to Maa Durga. Maa Durga is exists in many forms, Nine of them are celebrated as Navratri. Each night is dedicated to the worship of nine different forms of Maa Durga. It is one the Biggest Hindu Festival celebrated across all India.
During this Festival of nights all the cities and temples become glowing. Traditional songs of Maa Durga is played whole night and everybody enjoy the beats and dance whole night. Navratri is well celebrated in Gujarat, where garba dance is enjoyed by the large group of Youth with dancing all nine night. Kali Puja of west Bengal very famous for the kind of celebration, a unique and the best celebration of Maa Kali in the world.
9 Faces of Maa Durga:
The first 3 days of Navratri are dedicated to ‘Maa Kali’ next 3 days are dedicated to ‘Maa Laxmi’ and the last 3 days to ‘Maa Saraswati’. Each of these 3 deities gave rise to 3 more forms and hence in all, these 9 forms together are known as Nav-Durga.
Maa Shailputri: The first form of Goddess Durga or Shakti is Shailaputri, Shail means mountains and the daughter of king of Mountains is known as “Shailputri”. She is mounted upon a bull.Maa Brahacharini: Second form of Maa Durga is known as Maa Brahacharini. Brahmacharini is the goddess who performed ‘Tapa’ (penance). She personifies love and loyalty.Maa Chandraghanta: Maa Chandraghanta is the third Shakti of Maa Durga. Chandra Ghanta, means supreme bliss and knowledge, showering peace and serenity.Maa kushmanda: The 4th night begins the worship of Maa “Kushmanda. She shines brightly with a laughing face in all ten directions as the Sun. Her mount is a tiger and she emanates a solar like aura.Maa Skandmata: Skanda Mata is worshipped on the fifth Day of Navratri. She had a son ‘Skandaa’ and holds him on her lap. Mata is considered as a deity of fire, She rides on Lion.Maa Katyayani: Sixth Day of Navratri is dedicated to Mata Katyayani. One left hand holds a weapon and the other a lotus, She rides on Lion.Maa Kalratri: She is dark and black like night, hence she is called as ‘Kalratri’. She is the destroyer of darkness and ignorance. She rides on Lion donkey. Maa Kaalratri is famous in Calcutta.Maa Mahagauri: Maha Gowri is worshipped on the Eight Day of Navratri, she is as white as moon. She has three Eyes and four hands.Maa Siddhidatri: Ninth day ot the last day of Navaratri belongs to Maa Siddhiratri. She seated on lotus and gives all the eight siddhis to all devotees.