Nine Days of Navratri

Navratri is a nine days festive season and one of the most famous festivals in India. During Navratri festival people worship goddess Durga till nine sacred days and in the nine forms of Maa Shakti. Each day is devoted to a specific goddess who is worshipped on a pious day. At this auspicious time, all type of worship and siddhis are performed during these nine days of Navratri. Devotees light the ‘akhand jyot’ (diya that burns for nine days) during the navratri time. Navratri puja is performed with great devotion, fervor and immense zeal in every nook and corner of India by the devotees.

Navratri festival is divided into the three sets. On the first three days goddess Durga “the warrior Godess” is worshipped. On the next three days Goddess Lakshmi “the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity” and at the end of three days Goddess Saraswati “the Goddess of Knowledge” are worshipped during navratri. By worshipping Goddess Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati, devotees invoke all the other forms of Maa Shakti during puja time.

The devotees commemorate nine forms of Goddess Durga during these nine days of Navratri in order to welcome Maa Shakti visit on Earth. The nine forms of goddess Maa Durga are Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kalratri, Maha Gauri and Siddhidatri. These nine godesss has their own character, power and duty. Navratri Puja plays an important role in the life of every people. Godess Durga gives them purity & perfection and blessed with wisdom and wealth.

Navratri Nine Days Puja

Navratri nine goddess are also called Navdurga, means nine manifestation (nine forms) of goddess Durga. By worshipping till nine days of navratri, devotees invoke the nine forms of goddess Shakti at home and temples. Devotees sing the devotional songs & bhajans and chant various mantras to please all the nine goddess. Below we have also mentioned the nine mantras to recite during nine days of navratri Puja.

On the first day, the daughter of the Himalayas Goddess Shailputri is worshipped. She is the consort of Lord Shiva and has a form of Maa Shakti. Maa Shailputri is also known as by other names like Hemavati and parvati. The main vehicle of goddess Shailputri is bull and she holds trident and lotus in her hand.

Mantra to recite on Navratri Day 1 Puja:

वन्दे वाञ्छितलाभाय चन्द्रार्धकृतशेखराम्। वृषारुढां शूलधरां शैलपुत्रीं यशस्विनीम्॥

Goddess Brahmacharini puja has been performed on the second day of Navratri. Goddess Brahmacharini has a form of Maa Parvati or Uma who grants prosperity, pleasure, and moksha to the people. Goddess name is derivative of the word 'Brahma' or penance. She holds the water utensil and rosary in her hands.

Mantra to recite on Navratri Day 2 Puja:

दधाना करपद्माभ्यामक्षमालाकमण्डलू। देवी प्रसीदतु मयि ब्रह्मचारिण्यनुत्तमा॥

Third day goddess Chandraghanta is worshipped who represents beauty and bravery. Because of the chandra (half-moon) on her forehead in the shape of a ghanta, she is called Mata Chandraghanta. She is worshipped for tranquillity and properity. She rides a roaring lion and has ten hands full of weapons and blessings. Like Lord Shiva, she has also a third eye.

Mantra to recite on Navratri Day 3 Puja:

पिण्डजप्रवरारुढा चण्डकोपास्त्रकैर्युता। प्रसादं तनुते मह्यां चन्द्रघण्टेति विश्रुता॥

Goddess Kushmanda puja is made on the fourth day of Navratri. According to history, goddess Kushmanda is the creator of the universe through her laugh. She has ten hands and riding a lion. In her hand, she holds glitter and rosary etc.

Mantra to recite on Navratri Day 4 Pooja:

सुरासम्पूर्णकलशं रुधिराप्लुतमेव च। दधाना हस्तपद्माभ्यां कूष्माण्डा शुभदास्तु मे॥

Navratri fifth day is dedicated to the Goddess Skand Mata. She is the mother of the lord Kartikeya who is appointed as the chief commander of the God army. The color to wear on the fifth day of navratri is Orange.

Mantra to recite on Navratri Day 5 Pooja:

सिंहासनगता नित्यं पद्माश्रितकरद्वया। शुभदास्तु सदा देवी स्कन्दमाता यशस्विनी॥

The goddess is venerated as Katyayani on the sixth day of navratri puja. She has three eyes and four hands and the lion is the vehicle of the goddess Katyayani. She was born to great sage “Kata” as Durga avtar.

Mantra to recite on Navratri Day 6 Pooja:

चंद्र हासोज्ज वलकरा शार्दू लवर वाहना| कात्यायनी शुभं दद्या देवी दानव घातिनि||

On the seventh day, the goddess Kalratri is worshipped. Goddess Kalratri has a dark complexion and she is as black as black night or like goddess Kali. She has a fearless posture so she makes the devotees fearless. She is dressed in white so the auspicious color on the seventh day is white and she has three eyes.

Mantra to recite on Navratri Day 7 Pooja:

एकवेणी जपाकर्णपूरा नग्ना खरास्थिता, लम्बोष्टी कर्णिकाकर्णी तैलाभ्यक्तशरीरिणी।
वामपादोल्लसल्लोहलताकण्टकभूषणा, वर्धनमूर्धध्वजा कृष्णा कालरात्रिर्भयङ्करी॥

Mata Rani or Maha Gauri goddess is worshipped on the eighth day of Navratri festival. Maha Gauri is extremely white means as fair as snow and very beautiful. She is adorned with colored cloths and ornaments. She represents the calmness and wisdom.

Mantra to recite on Navratri Day 8 Pooja:

श्वेते वृषे समारुढा श्वेताम्बरधरा शुचिः। महागौरी शुभं दघान्महादेवप्रमोददा॥

On the last day of Navratri, Goddess Siddhidatri or Maa Durga is worshipped. According to mythology, she has all the eight siddhis and is venerated by Rishis and Yogis. She has an enchanting posture with four arms and a state of peace of mind. Siddhidatri has many supernatural healing powers. On the Navratri ninth day, devotees do the “Kanyak Puja” at home by worshipping nine young girls which symbolize the nine forms of the goddess Durga.

Mantra to recite on Navratri Day 9 Puja:

सिद्धगन्धर्वयक्षाघैरसुरैरमरैरपि। सेव्यमाना सदा भूयात् सिद्धिदा सिद्धिदायिनी॥