Rudralife: Navratri Celebrations Across India
Navratri is a festival that celebrates 9 holy nights in which worshipping different forms of Goddess Durga. The scriptures call her the embodiment of strength and the destroyer of evil forces. “ Mahishasura Nirnashi, Bhaktanaam Sukhadey Namah!” clearly invokes the energy in her protective aspect for her devotees. The time after sunset, this feminine (Yin) principle of the Goddess is invoked and worshipped as Navdurga.
In Bengal she is worshipped with much fervor as Goddess Durga and Kali. The Durga Puja, Kali Puja and grand social gatherings are accompanied by festivities. In the Sunderban she is worshipped as Bandurga(Goddess of the forests). In Gujarat this festival takes on a colorful musical twist with people dancing the Garbha for nine nights. In Maharashtra people follow the system of Ghatasthapna (establishing a Sacred Kalash). During these nine days each Devi is dressed up in different colors and worshipped with flowers, fruits and vermilion. Women also wear these colors to celebrate the energy of the Goddess. In South, the households who have daughters keep the “Golu”. Here wooden steps are arranged with dolls of various deities and Haldi Kumkum is offered to the visiting women. In North India people follow the ritual of establishing Mata ki Chowki and offering beautiful red Chunree to Goddess. The NRI community across the globe also celebrates this festival as every person who is connected to the Goddess constantly seeks her benevolent love and affection.
Lord Shiva is refered to as Raatrivallabha in the scriptures. Shivratri is dedicated to him. Not surprisingly his consort Goddess Parvati is the feminine energy who is worshipped in different forms during this festival. Some people observe fast, some observe eating festive food, some chant Mantras, sing Bhajans, some meditate silently on her form. It is to be noted that as Goddess Annapurna is worshipped and offered food grains during Navratri she bestows the devotee with plentiful food for generations. Very few people know this secret of abundance as per scriptures. When an idol of this deity is placed in a small cup and raw rice is filled into that cup, a cycle of abundant food grains is provided to that particular house. This rice is cooked, consumed and distributed as Prasad to people. People also plant food grains in the soil and immerse the same pot after nine days.
Donating food, clothes, books, money, utensils, Rudraksha beads, Raktachandan Mala, Sphatika Mala, lotus seed Mala and other things associated with this divine energy amounts to tremendous positive karma during this time. It is believed that Mahakali, MahaLaxmi and MahaSaraswati reside in the home of the person who practices these acts as per texts.
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