Vasanta Navaratri The 9 Holy Nights of Spring By Swami Sivananda Navaratri ("nava" + "ratri") literally means "nine nights

." This ritual is observed twice a year, in spring and in autumn. "Vasanta Navaratri" or Spring Navaratri is nine days of fast and worship that Hindus undertake during spring every year. Swami Sivananda retells the legend behind this 9-day springtime ritual during which the devout Hindu seeks the

They took refuge in the hermitage of Rishi Bharadwaja. You will find this in the following episode in the Devi Bhagavata. But. He wanted to attack the Rishi. The Rishi said that he would not give up those who had sought protection under him. King Yudhajit of Ujjain. They fought with each other. the father of Queen Manorama. King Yudhajit. King Dhruvasindu was killed by a lion when he went out hunting. thereupon crowned his grandson. The victor. He then went out in search of Manorama and her son. Yudhajit became furious. This occurs during the spring. She is worshipped by Her own command. at Ayodhya. the capital of Kosala. the father of Queen Lilavati. were each desirous of securing the Kosala throne for their respective grandsons. Satrujit. The Story Behind the Origin of Vasanta Navaratri In days long gone by. his . Preparations were made to crown the prince Sudarsana. But.blessings of the Mother Goddess. King Virasena was killed in the battle. Manorama fled to the forest with Prince Sudarsana and a eunuch. "The Divine Mother or Devi is worshipped during the Vasanta Navaratri. and King Virasena of Kalinga.

Yudhajit returned to his capital. King Yudhajit. This syllable happened to be a powerful. when they saw the noble prince Sudarsana. blessed him and granted him divine weapons and an inexhaustible quiver. who had been present at the function. Devi appeared to him. A hermit’s son came one day and called the eunuch by his Sanskrit name Kleeba. Sashikala at once chose Sudarsana. They were duly wedded. The emissaries of the king of Benares passed through the Ashram of the Rishi and. began to fight with the king of Benares. sacred Mantra. Devi helped Sudarsana and his . It is the Bija Akshara (root syllable) of the Divine Mother. Fortune smiled on Prince Sudarsana. they recommended him to Princess Sashikala.minister told him about the truth of the Rishi’s statement. The ceremony at which the princess was to choose her spouse was arranged. The Prince obtained peace of mind and the Grace of the Divine Mother by the repeated utterance of this syllable. the daughter of the king of Benares. The prince caught the first syllable Kli and began to pronounce it as Kleem.

The great Rishi blessed them and crowned Sudarsana as the king of Kosala. Then She disappeared. Prince Sudarsana and Sashikala returned to the Ashram of Rishi Bharadwaja. Why Celebrate Vasanta Navaratri? It is the duty of the devout Hindus to worship the Devi (Mother Goddess) for both material and spiritual welfare during the Vasanta Navaratri and follow the noble example set by Sudarsana and Sri . Yudhajit mocked Her. upon which Devi promptly reduced Yudhajit and his army to ashes. praised Devi. with his wife and his father-in-law. Thus Sudarsana. She was highly pleased and ordered them to perform Her worship with havan and other means during the Vasanta Navaratri. Sudarsana and Sashikala and the king of Benares implicitly carried out the commands of the Divine Mother and performed worship in a splendid manner during the Vasanta Navaratri. Sri Rama and Lakshmana.father-in-law. namely. Sudarsana’s descendants. also performed worship of Devi during the Vasanta Navaratri and were blessed with Her assistance in the recovery of Sita.

Rama. The goddess is represented mounted on Nandi holding a trident and lotus flower in her hands. Each day of Navratri is dedicated to one form of Goddess Durga. Shailputri – First Day Goddess Durga‟s first form is called Shailputri who is considered as the daughter of the Himalayas. May the Divine Mother bless you with all divine wealth!" (Adapted from Hindu Fasts & Festivals by Sri Swami Sivananda). Below are the details of the 9 Goddess of Navaratri Festival. He cannot achieve anything without the Divine Mother’s blessings. Pray and obtain Her eternal Grace and blessings. sing Her praise and repeat Her Mantra and Name. Brahmacharini – Second Day . Meditate on Her form. The Hindu festival of Navaratri lasts for 9 days which are dedicated to nine forms of Mother Goddess. The first night of Navratras is devoted to the puja of Durga Shailputri. Nine Goddess to Worship on Navratri Festival The Nine Goddess to Worship on Navratri Festival . So.

. Goddess Parvati before marriage was Devi Tapsvini and Devi Yogni. She symbolizes beauty and bravery. Goddess Durga is worshiped as Kushmanda. Kushmanda – Fourth Day On this day. Chandraghanta – Third Day The goddess is worshiped as Chandraghanta on the third day of Navratras. Here “Brahma” literally means „Tapa‟ or penance.Goddess Durga is worshiped as Goddess Brahmacharini on the second day of Navratri. Traditions say thatGoddess Kushmanda created the entire Universe by her laugh.

. Kalratri – Seventh Day Kalratri is worshipped on the seventh day. She is in black and has four hands. Katyayani has three eyes and four hands and is seated on her vehicle. lion. the chief warrior of the Gods army. Katyayani – Sixth Day The Goddess is worshiped as Katyayani on this day. She is represented as the mother of Skanda (Lord Murugan).Skand Mata – Fifth Day Skand Mata is the name given to the Goddess on the fifth day.

Siddhidatri is worshipped by all the Rishis . Dressed in white attire and white colored ornaments. Maha Gauri – Eighth Day The Goddess is worshiped as Maha Gauri. Siddhas. She is believed to have all the eight siddhis and is seated on lotus. Sadhakas and Yogis.Kalratri bestows courage to her devotees. . Siddhidatri – Ninth Day Siddhidatri is worshiped on the ninth day. the Goddess represents calmness and wisdom.Munis.