nvraaTRi OF svNt 2064 STARTS ON aSH`vin suk`lpKSH Ekm(1) (Sept 30/08) and ends on aSH`vin suk`lpKSH nvM (9) (Oct 8/08) for all vEDik lifestyle peoples
Posted by Vishva News Reporter on October 2, 2008

 

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The Mysore Palace, illuminated by 10,000 lights
for the Dasara festival during navratri

NAVARATI
Navratri (Sanskrit: ????????) is a Hindu festival of worship and dance. The word Navaratri literally means nine nights in Sanskrit; Nava meaning Nine and Ratri meaning nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Shakti/Devi i.e. female divinity are worshipped.

3 types of Navaratri are celebrated in India - Sharad Navaratri in Ashvin month), Vasant Navaratri in Chairta month and Ashadh Navaratri in Ashadh month. These months are of lunar calendar of vEDik present era called vikram savanat in its year of 2064.

This Navaratri, called Sharada Navaratri which is celebrated during Sharad Ritu (beginning of winter) in India.

This Sharad Navaratri is also called Maha Navaratri and is celebrated to honour two killings of asuraas as per the vedik puraan knowledge.

One is to elebrate the slaying of Mahishasura by Durga.

And another is to celebrate by similar worship for nine days of pujaa done to propitiate Durgadevi by Shree Raam during the nine day war with King Ravana who had abducted Shree Ram's wife Sitadevii. With Durgadevii's blessing King Ravan was killed by Shree Raam on the tenth day which is also celebrated as Dashera with special pujaa of Durgadevii.

This Sharad Navratri commences on the first day (pratipada) of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Ashwin and is celebrated for nine nights once every year.

The Sharad Navratri culminates in Durga Puja and Dussehra on the tenth day.

Navaratri is celebrated in different ways throughout India and around the world where vEDik lifestyle peoples of India has immigrated.


How Mysore, india celebrates Dasara = navaratri

The HinduNet: Mysore (PTI):

Dasara, also called "Navaratri", is among the most important festivals celebrated in India. This is celebrated for 10 days in Southern parts.

The Festival of Dasara is celebrated on the occasion of Navaratri. Celebrations are unique ranging from worshipping goddess Chamundeshwari (Durga) to exhibiting colorful toys on the day of 'bombe habba' in Kannada.

Dasara is the most extravagant festival of Mysore. This festival has been celebrated in Mysore with great pomp and show since centuries. This tradition is still carried on though the scale of the celebrations has been watered down.

According to vEDik puraaAN knowledge the festival celebrates and commemorates the victory of Goddess Chamundeshwari after slaying the demon Mahishasura and the triumph of good over evil. The Dasara festivities have become an integral part of the culture and life in Mysore.

To celebrate this festival they light up the Palace of Mysore with more than 10,000 light during that period... which is of course a treat to the eyes...

This 600 year-old tradition, inherited by the Mysore Royal family, is inaugurated by the local Swamiji at a the gathering

The inauguration marks the showcasing of art and culture of Mysore in all its splendour which is a beautiful symbiosis of ancient and modern.

During the nine-day celebrations, the city comes alive with music, dance and drama festivals, food fairs, flower shows, youth festival, sports meets, exhibition and air show.

The city transforms into a fairland with electricity department illuminating the palace, 200 odd heritage buildings and streets with six lakh bulbs of different colours.

The electricity department has also arranged laser show tracing the history of generation of electricity and supply of power to state to commemorate the 100th year of Mysore and Bangalore.
In North India, all three Navratris are celebrated with much fervor by fasting on all nine days and worshipping the Mother Goddess in her different forms.

The last four days of Sharad Navratri take on a particularly dramatic form in the state of West Bengal in East India where they are celebrated as Durga Puja. This is the biggest festival of the year in this state. Exquisitely crafted and decorated life-size clay idols of the Goddess Durga depicting her slaying the demon Mahisasura are set up in temples and other places. These idols are then worshipped for five days and immersed in the river on the fifth day.

In Western India, particularly in the state of Gujarat, Navratri is celebrated with the famous Garba and raas dances. It is also popular throughout India and among Indian communities around the globe.

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From Wikipedia -free encylcopedia (The preceding knowledge about navaratri is alos from Wikipedia)

Navratri is divided into sets of three days to adore three different aspects of the supreme goddess or goddesses but also varies and depends on the regional belief systems of India.....(PVAF News Archive contains posting of previous years regarding Indian regional beliefs and different methods of navaratri celebration...please visit the PVAF Archive postings to expand your vedik knowledge  base.......

[edit] First three days

The goddess is invoked as a spiritual force called Durga also known as kali in order to destroy all our impurities and other things .

[edit] Second three days

The Mother is adored as a giver of spiritual wealth, Lakshmi, who is considered to have the power of bestowing on her devotees inexhaustible wealth. She is the goddess of wealth.

[edit] Final three days

The final set of three days is spent in worshipping the goddess of wisdom, Saraswati. In order to have all-round success in life, believers seek the blessings of all three aspects of the divine femininity, hence the nine nights of worship.

In South India, Saraswathi pooja is performed on the 7th day. Eight day is traditionally Durgashtami which is big in Bengal. The 9th day is Ayudha Pooja when everyone gives their tools of the trade -- pens, machinery, books, automobiles, school work, etc. a rest and ritually worships them. They start afresh from the next day, the 10th day which is considered as 'Vijaya Dashami'. Many teachers/Schools in south India start teaching Kindergarten children from that day onwards. Students also pay homage to their respective teachers as they are considered the third god (Maathaa, Pitha, Guru, Daivam - Mother, Father, Teacher & God). On this tenth day of Navratri in October - the holiday of Dussehra or Dasara, an effigy of Ravana is burnt to celebrate the victory of good (Rama)) over evil.

NAVARATRI FASTING AND PUJAA FOR 9 FORMS OF DURGADEVII......

During Navratri, some devotees of Durga observe a fast and prayers are offered for the protection of health and prosperity. A period of introspection and purification, Navratri is traditionally an auspicious and religious time for starting new ventures.

During this vowed religious observance, a pot is installed (ghatasthapana) at a sanctified place at home. A lamp is kept lit in the pot for nine days. The pot symbolizes the universe. The uninterrupted lit lamp is the medium through which we worship the effulgent Adishakti, i.e. Sree Durgadevi. During Navratri, the principle of Sree Durgadevi is more active in the atmosphere.

Navratri is celebrated in a large number of Indian communities. The mother goddess is said to appear in 9 forms, and each one is worshipped for a day. These nine forms signify various traits that the goddess influences us with. The Devi Mahatmya and other texts invoking the Goddess who vanquished demons are cited.


 



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