Celebrate Vasant Panchami 2019 with these powerful Saraswati mantras. An important part of the holy trinity (Lakshmi, Parvati and Saraswati), Maa Saraswati is the mother goddess of music, arts & craft, knowledge, wisdom, consciousness and all Vedas. It is said if that one tries to appease the Goddess with the purest of emotions and true heart, she will bestow them with power to overcome any obstacles in their path; especially obstacles one faces in their educational life and career.
The first day of Navratri is dedicated to worshipping Goddess Ma Shilaputri, who is described in the scriptures as the daughter of mountains. The Term ‘Shila’ means rock or mountain and the second half ‘Putri’ refers to ‘daughter’. Shilaputri is said to be highly effulgent like crores of suns and moons. She rides on a bull (Nandi) and carries a trident and lotus in her hands. She wears a moon on her forehead.
On the second day of the Navratri Puja, Goddess Brahmacharini is worshipped with elaborate pujas. Brahmacharini appears in the form of a maiden girl filled with wisdom. She has two hands carrying a rosary and a kamandal. She blesses the devotees with eternal knowledge and bliss. The term Brahamacharini means the unmarried and youthful one. The benign and peaceful form of Brahmacharini brings serenity and calmness in the minds and instills a great degree of self-confidence in people.
On the third day of the Navratri puja, it is customary to worship Ma Chandraghanta Devi. She rides on a tiger and there is a crescent moon decorating her forehead. The name Chandraghanta means the one with a moon in her forehead.
On the fourth day of Navratri, Ma Kushmanda is worshipped with ritualistic pujas. The term Kushmanda means the one who has created the universe. This Devi rides on a lion and has eight hands with seven deadly weapons in addition to a rosary.
Devi Skandamata is worshipped on the fourth day of Navratri puja. The term signifies that she is the Mother of Lord Karthikeya or Skanda. Mata Skandamata is mounted on a lion and she carried the small baby Skanda with six faces on her laps.
The deity worshipped on the sixth day of Navratri puja is Katyayani. The name signifies the form of Durga which manifested as the daughter of the sage Katyayan in answer to his prayers. Katyayani rides on a lion and carries ten weapons in her hands. She has three eyes and a half moon decorating her forehead.
On the seventh day of Navratri, it is a common practice to worship Ma Kalratri. In this strange form, Mother looks very fiery and appears in a dark complexion. The terms forming part of her name reveal that she is the form of darkness and time. She is mounted on an ass. Kalratri Devi has four hands two of which carry a torch and sword. The next two hands are shown in boon giving and protecting poses.
On the eighth day of Navratri, Ma Mahagauri is worshipped. Mahagauri is always in her sixteenth year. The term Gauri signifies that she is the daughter of Giri or mountain. She rides on a bull holding a trident in her hands along with a damaru. She wears white clothes and her face is resplendent like that of a cool moon showering benign blessings on her devotees.
On the ninth day of Navratri, Ma Siddhidatri is worshipped with a great fanfare and fervor. It is said this manifestation happened when Ma Durga entered the body of Lord Shiva and assumed the left half of it. Ma Siddhidatri is shown seated on a red lotus. She is also riding a lion at times. She has a conch, mace and a lotus in her four hands.
Lord Bhairav is a ferocious manifestation of Lord Shiva. However, he is very compassionate and easily pleased. By worshipping Lord Bhairav, you can conquer your enemies and win over all kinds of fears. The best time to worship Lord Bhairav is during the Rahu Kaal on Sundays. Lord Bhairav guards the temples and he is the Kotwal of Goddess Shakti temples also. Choose from the following mantras of Lord Bhairav for succeeding in all the ventures you take up in life through the Lord’s blessings.
/ by Dr. A. Sathya Narayanan
Kaal Bhairav is the fierce form of Lord Shiva. He is the punisher, a ferocious avatar, who took form to ensure right was done. Of the many avatars of Lord Shiva, Kaal Bhairav is known to be the keeper of time just as his name suggests. He is also known as Lord Dandapani, i.e. the one wielding a stick to punish the offenders.
Occurring in the Kartik month’s Krishna Paksha’s fourth day, i.e. on Sankashti Chaturthi, Karva Chauth is one of the most popular festivals celebrated by married women and young girls of marriageable age across the country. In 2016, Karva Chauth occurs on 19th October 2016.
Karva Chauth is perhaps the most followed and celebrated festival by married women in India. On this day, women fast and spend their day in prayers. Karva Chauth is observed by married women of all ages and even young girls who wish to seek the desired soul mate.
Karva Chauth is an important festival celebrated by married and to-be-married young women in India. They observe a day-long fast, without water and it is broken only when the moon is seen high up in the sky. Those who wish to get married and wish to seek a husband like Lord Shiva, also observe this fast.
Karva Chauth vrata is one of the most awaited festivals for Hindu married women as observing this sacred occasion ensures longevity, prosperity, and well-being of their soul mates. Karva Chauth epitomizes the loving relationship between a husband and wife. In 2016, Karva Chauth occurs on 19th October 2016.
Karva Chauth is a popular Hindu festival celebrated by married women of all ages. Even young girls of marriageable age celebrate this festival. A lot of Karva Chauth’s popularity has to do with its romanticizing in the Bollywood film industry.
Masik Durgashtami translates as the monthly Durgashtami. Durga is the goddess who vanquishes the evil and protects the virtuous. She is called in several names as Amba, Bhavani, Jagadamba and others. Ashtami thithi is the eighth day of the lunar month. The ashtami of the Shuklapaksha (waxing phase of the moon) during the celebration of Shardiya Navratri (September – October) is the Maha Durgashtami or the annual Durgashtami. However, on the Shuklapaksha ashtami of every month, masik Durgashtami or the monthly Durgashtami is observed.
Nine days of Navratri is a celebration of the nine avatars of Maa Durga, the Shakti. She is revered in her various forms. And to pay respect to each goddess, a different incarnation of Maa Durga, a new color is worn by women during the 9 days of Navratri festival.
What is Navratri?
It has been written in Durga Saptshati that “When the atrocities of demons increased on earth and became uncontrolled then all deity started praying Maa Bhagwati to get rid of them. Maa Bhagwati asked them to worship the “Source of Energy” that is the different 9 forms of Maa “Bhagvati in Chaitra and Ashwin Month of Hindu calendar starting from First Moon Day to 9th. From the day, onward the Festival and fast of Navratr has been celebrated.
We worship Nine Forms of Maa Bhagwati in these Nine Days.