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Paush Navratri 2013 - The First Navratri Festival in 2013
Paush Navratri in 2013 is going to be celebrated from 19th of January to 27th of January. Paush Navratri can also be spelt as Poush Navratri. As the name suggests, Poush Navratri falls in the Hindu month of Paush. At some places, Paush Navratri is also known as Shakhambri Navratri because Goddess Shakhambri is commemorated exclusively during this festival.
About Paush Navratri
Navratri is basically a nine day Hindu festival. The word Navratri has been taken from Sanskrit. Basically, these are two words - Nava and Ratri that has been combined together to form the word Navratri. Nava literally means nine and Ratri means night. Hence, it is clear that the festival of Navratri is of nine nights.
Navratri is a nine day Hindu festival and comes five times in a year. Paush Navratri is one of them. According to the Hindu calendar, Poush Navratri falls in the Hindu month Paush and from Gregorian calendar Paush comes in the months of December - January. Paush Navratri 2013 is the first Navratri amongst five Navratri festivals this year.
During the festival of Navratri, Maa Shakhambari is commemorated. Festival of Shakhambari Navratri is celebrated with great zeal and gusto at certain places in India. These are - Badami, Bangalore, Nagewari, Kumbhoj, Saharanpur and Sambhar. The mentioned cities have got temples dedicated to Goddess Shakhambari.
Festival of Paush Navratri is not very famous amongst people; hence very few people celebrate it.
Significance of Nine Days
The nine days of Navratri are divided into 3 groups of 3 days each. The first three days are dedicated to Goddess Kali; next three are for Goddess Laxmi and final three days are dedicated to Goddess Saraswati.
Maa Kali is known as the destroyer of bad things. Therefore, first three days of Navratri are meant to destroy all evil instincts inside us.
Second, the next three days are meant to worship Goddess Lakshmi to accelerate the inflow of wealth and prosperity in life.
Further, the final three days are meant to seek wisdom from the Goddess of wisdom, Maa Saraswati.
These three Devis help in making one's life prosperous and free from troubles. Hence, these nine nights helps in balancing everything in one's life.
Apart from these three incarnations, Goddess Durga has many other incarnations and each day of Navratri is dedicated to an incarnation of Goddess Durga. Therefore, in total nine Devis are worshipped during the festival of Navratri.
First day of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Shailputri. She is the companion of Lord Shiva and considered as the daughter of Himalyas.
Second day is dedicated to Goddess Brahamcharini. She is the Goddess of great penance and the way to salvation.
Third day of Navratri commemorates Goddess Chandraghanta. She symbolizes beauty as well as bravery.
Fourth day of Navratri remarks the glory of Goddess Kushmanda. She is the creator of entire universe.
Fifth day of Navratri is typically dedicated to Goddess Skand Mata. She is the mother of Skand, the chief warrior of the Gods army.
Sixth day has its special significance for commemorating Goddess Katyayani. She is the Goddess with three eyes and four hands. Goddess Durga incarnated as Devi Katayayani to fulfill the desire of daughter of a disciple.
Seventh day of Navratri is known for worshipping Goddess Kaalratri. She is the destroyer of fear and makes her devotees fearless.
Eighth day of Navratri is celebrated in reverence of Goddess Maha Gauri. She exhibits wisdom and represents calmness.
Ninth day is to commemorate Goddess Siddhidatri. She is known to be having supernatural healing powers. She is the one who can bless one's life with all forms of positivity. Maa Siddhidatri has got four arms and poses in a beautiful blissful manner. She blesses all the saints, yogis, devotees and allied people. According to mythology, Lord Shiva worshipped her and got blessed with all the Siddhis. She is the Goddess of all Siddhis. Due to her boon, Lord Shiva turned half male and half female. This Avatar of Lord Shiva is known as Ardhanarishvara.
Each Goddess has her own importance and bestows the life of her devotees with related powers. Hence, worshipping each form of Goddess throughout the entire nine day festival can make one's life quite blissful.
All five festival of Navratri are same, along with the process of celebration. It just varies region to region.
With this article on Paush Navratri, we hope you will fetch the blessings of the superpower, the Goddess Durga and make your life more happening. Happy Paush Navratri 2013!