Posted by Champaklal Dajibhai Mistry on October 17, 2001

brhmah created the universe and all creations in it. For this creation process and to sustain and to recycle the creations, brhmah used his maayaa's tri-guni shaktio called rajas, satva and tamas. brhmah manifested his tri-guni shaktio in the inseparable trinity of brahmaa and sarasvati for rajas, vishnu and laxmi for satva and shiv and paarvati for tamas. But then somebody was needed to provide su-rakshaa...that is protection by a dev or devi.....that somebody is durgaa-maataa....... durgaa-maataa provides all creations with protection, care, guard whenever needed from whatever; tends to preserve our welfare; saves us and keeps us away from harm and evil; spares us from harm and that the creations can complete their cycles of various existences in the grand cycle of kalpa of 4.32 billion years.......for the sevaa durgaa-maataa performs for us humans and other creations, we humans in vedik traditions perform puujaa offerings to her for nav-raatri (nine nights) in aaso maas (last lunar month) every year....this nine nights of puujaa are called nav-raatri-pujaa...various vedik peoples perform the navaraatri pujaa in various ways....but pranaam, tapas and bhakti is the fundamental theme...

Despite many anecdotal stories in vedik puraano and itihaas (history), nav-raatri-puujaa is ordained in ved. nav-raatri-puujaa means performing puujaa for nine nights. To perfrom puujaa means to adore, to worship, to revere, to pay homage, to honour, to receive with respect, to regard, to take notice of someone in the entire creation for whatever reasons one believes in. The reasons one believes in and thus perform puujaa comes from root word puu in puujaa which means to make pure, to cleanse, to purify, to refine, to expiate, to atone for, to become clear or pure, to discern, to discriminate truth from untruth or reality from non-reality, to think out, to devise, to invent.

The nav-raatri-puujaa was prescribed by ved to be performed in vasant-rutu (spring season) and sharad-rutu (autumn season). These two seasons are called kaal-damshtraas meaning tusks of all six seasons. vasant-rutu is in the month of mesh and sharad-rutu falls in the month of aaso. Diseases and death are more prominent in these two seasons than the rest of four seasons and hence nav-raatri-puujaa was to be offered to durgaa-maataa to appease her and obtain her su-rakshaa.

vyaas-muni was the grandfather of paandavo and kauravo of mahaa-bhaarat and the author of splitting ved into four parts and also of puraano. vyaas-muni ordained that nav-raatri-puujaa should be conducted as follows:

All that is necessary for the puujaa should be collected on aaso sud ekam, that is new moon day of the month of aaso. Only ghee should be eaten on that day. For performing this puujaa an open temple should be constructed with pillars and flag posts on an open flat land which is pure. The temple should have a circumference of sixteen cubits (cubit equals about 10 inches) and shall have sixteen pillars. The floor of the temple should be of white clay. A dais measuring one cubit in height and with a circumference of 4 cubits should be constructed in the middle of the temple. The dais is the where the throne of durgaa-maataa is placed. The temple including dais should be well decorated. The throne on the dais should be covered with white silk and durgaa-maataa should be consecrated on it with prescribed sthaapanaa ceremony. After performing sthaapanaa a brahmin should read ved at which time the puujaa is commenced and continued for nine days.

nav-raatri-puujaa is observed throughout bhaarat and wherever vedik peoples reside on this planet earth. navaraatri-puujaa is more prominent in the belief systems of vedic peoples of northern bhaarat.

nav-raatri-puujaa is performed in different ways by vedik peoples as per their gotra, varna and local traditions and customs. nav-raatri-puujaa also has different historical interpretations. We will learn about this during these nine days of navaraatri-pujaa......but perform the puujaa as has been the traditions in your family and locale....durgaa-maataa does not mind your ways....she is only looking for your bhaavanaa which means satya (truthfulness), sincerity and devotion.....

(This write up has been composed from the knowledge contained in puranic encyclopedia by vetatam mani. sad pranaam to shree vetatam mani, wherever he is now, for giving this evergreen reservoir of vedic knowledge to empower us to walk on the gnaan-marg to moksha)

There are 2 additional comments.

#1 Posted by SANDEP MADHUKAR LADE on 2/21/2007
Respected sir/madam,

i am sandeep madhukar lade - resi. boisar, maharashtra, cast - hindu kumbhar, i wan't to know about my gotra, will it be possible to find out from this site.
pl. help.

currect resi.
Silvassa (UT of D & N H)

#2 Posted by Raja on 6/25/2007
hey sandeep,

our Gotra is "Kshyap"...! so the same will be urs...!


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