Navdurga - Legend behind Navratra
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Yaa Devi Sarvabhooteshu
Yaa Devi Sarvabhooteshu Shaktirupena Sansthitah
Yaa Devi Sarvabhooteshu Shaantirupena Sansthitah
Namastasyaih Namastasyaih Namastasyaih Namo Namah !
Navaratra 2020 (March 25th to April 2nd)
The practice of goddess worship was prevalent
in India since the time immemorial even before the advent of Aryans. Our
ancestors have always placed Devi or Stree (as she was referred to) into the
highest pedestal of the prevalent social system at that time and they worshipped
her as Shakti. There are references in our Shastras which confirms the existence
of such practices. There are several myths and legends associated with
celebration of this Navratri Festival.
- As per one legend Mahishasura the mighty
demon worshipped Lord Shiva and obtained the power of eternity. So he started
to kill and harass innocent people and set out to win seven lokas. Intimated
by his power all the gods from swargaloka appealed to Lord Shiva to tame the
demon. Then Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar (Shiva) united their supreme powers
and created a divine being called Shakti or Durga the Warrior Goddess.
Mahishasura who happened to see this divine beauty Durga got mesmerized by her
beauty and approached her with the intention of marriage. Goddess Durga agreed
to marry him but in one condition that Mahishasura should win over her in
duel. Mahishasura who was proudy of his power agreed for the duel. The duel
went on for 9 nights and the end of 9th night Goddess Durga beheaded
Mahishasura. So the nine nights for which the war was fought is called
Navrathri. The tenth day is celebrated as Vijayadashmi.
- According to other legend King Daksha of
Himalayas had a beautiful and Virtuos daughter Uma who had a wish to marry
Lord Shiva. As a result she worshipped Lord Shiva and pleased him. Lord Shiva
married Uma. Once Uma visited her parents to participate in a Yagna conducted
over there, during that time King Daksha insulted Lord Shiva unable to bear
the insults meted on her husband Uma decided to end her life by jumping into
the agnikund where she was united with the eternity. Henceforth she was also
known as Sati. Sati was reborn again and peace was restored between her and
parents. In that birth also she married Lord Shiva and lived happily
thereafter. It is believed that Sati comes to stay with her parents for 9 days
in every year and that time is celebrated as Navarathri.
One hypothesis states that in ancient times Kshatriyas debarred themselves
from participating any warlike activities during monsoon season. Once monsoons
got over they found the time to start afresh with their war activities. So
before the start of their war journey these Kshatriyas worshipped different
aspects of Devi for 9 days which is today celebrated as the Navratri.
- According to one legend Lord Rama who wanted
to release Sita from the clutches of mighty demon king Ravana prayed Goddess
Durga in nine aspects for nine days in order to gather the strength and power
to kill Ravana. Those nine nights became to be known as Navrathri and on the
tenth day Rama killed Ravana that day is called Vijayadashmi or Dashera.