“Then from Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva’s faces, which was filled with rage, came forth a great fiery splendor. And from the bodies of the other Gods, Indra and the others, came forth a fiery splendor, and it became unified in one place. An exceedingly fiery mass like a flaming mountain did the Gods see there, filling the firmament with flames. That peerless splendour, born from the bodies of all the Gods, unified and pervading the triple world with its lustre, became a woman.”
“That Goddess is the eternal and ever constant primordial force. She is the source of Brahma, Visnu and the others; of all of these living beings. Without Her force, all life in this universe would go limp."
“Om Namah Shivaya! Potent Mantra of Shiva that Parvati recited during her penance to win Shiva.
The great sage Narada asked Parvati to recite the five-syllabled mantra of Shiva, calling it the king of all mantras and informed her that its continuous chanting was the most effective way of propitiating him. "The chanting of the five-syllabled mantra shall always be performed along with Om” ~ Shiva Purana. Thus the potent mantra becomes Om Namah Shivaya! “This mantra is of the nature of Shiva himself. By holding on to the mantra, the physical body of the devotee becomes identified with Shiva” ~ Shiva Purana.
Jai ShivaShakti ~ Jai ShankarParvati!!“
Chinnamasta, striking image of Maa as one of the Dasamahavidya, mother of courage and sacrifice, she nourishes her devotees (in this case Dakini and Varnini her attendants) even with her own blood. She stands upon Kamadeva love, and Rati sensuality, showing she is the energy of sexual union and the controller of sexual desire. Jai Maa.
Maa Durga, Adi Shakti was manifested to kill all demons and free mankind of fear.
The Durga Saptashloki Stotra should be recited by aspirants who live a good life full of knowledge, wisdom, success and victory.
It is believed that the Durga Saptashloki Stotra was recited to Lord Shiva by Durga Maa herself. One day Lord Shiva asked Maa Durga how his devotees could enjoy success in their life without any hindrance.
Durga Maa shared her secret of a happy, peaceful and successful life through this Stotra.
It is regarded as an alternate prayer for Durga Saptashati path or Chandi mata path and it is best recited during Navratri!
Navratri, which literally means ‘nine nights,’ dedicates nine days to worshipping the Divine in the forms of Shakti Ambe Maa. The tenth day is known as Vijayadashami, the 'tenth day of victory’, also known as Dussera. Navaratri or Navadurga Parva happens to be the most auspicious and unique period of devotional sadhanas and worship of Shakti. The Rudra Sanhita of Shiva Purana vividly explains the glory of Navadurga, take these nine days to study them. The changing of seasons also makes one vulnerable both physically and mentally, so dedicating this period to Mata Ji is essential. Many Hindus perform a special fast, or vrat for devotion and to ready the immune system for the new season.
Foods not allowed during Navratri vrat:
onion and garlic
lentils and legumes
common salt (use rock salt instead)
turmeric (haldi), asafoetida (hing), mustard (sarson or rai), fenugreek seeds (methi dana), garam masala and dhania powder (coriander powder)
alcohol and non-vegetarian food
rice and rice flour
wheat flour or atta, maida, sooji, besan
How do we celebrate?
Navratri is celebrated firstly with pujas to invoke each form of the Supreme Goddess into our homes and hearts. Gayatri Mantra is especially favored.
Kalash is potted and sowed into Purna Kalash. This pot is filled with coins, rice, grains or water topped with leaves, a coconut and cloths. Purna Kalash represents the creation and abundance of life found in this universe. Kalash is associated with Durga Maa because they both share the properties of power, change and all living beings themselves.
Garba and Raas. These two dances symbolize the battles that Adi Shakti fought against Rakshas to balance the universe. With an image of the Goddess in the center, devotees perform the dance circling Her and singing songs in Her name. Go dress up in your favorite kurta and chaniya choli and have fun worshiping Maa!