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Ashtami – Maa Mahagauri

Artwork copyright of Ankur Chaudhary/The Fourth Face The eighth day of Sharadiya Navratri is dedicated to Maa Mahagauri.  Significance: She attains this form after destroying the demons and is also the embodiment of Goddess Parvati.  This is the most auspicious form of the Devi, as it symbolizes that whoever can understand the meaning of Maa… Continue reading Ashtami – Maa Mahagauri

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Saptami – Maa Kaalratri

Artwork copyright of Ankur Chaudhary/The Fourth Face The seventh day of Sharadiya Navratri is dedicated to Maa Kaalratri.  Significance: In this form, She is the dark complexioned avatar of Maa Parvati that she attains by liberating the golden outer sheath. She is the destroyer of evil and negativity. Colour: Imbibe the colour Green on this… Continue reading Saptami – Maa Kaalratri

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Shashthi – Maa Katyayani

Artwork copyright of Ankur Chaudhary/The Fourth Face The sixth day of Sharadiya Navratri is dedicated to Maa Katyayani.  Significance: In this form, She is the partial expansion that took birth in Sage Katya's home and gets her energy from trinity and demi Gods.  She is the creative force of nature and the force behind the… Continue reading Shashthi – Maa Katyayani

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Panchami – Maa Skandamata

Artwork copyright of Ankur Chaudhary/The Fourth Face The fifth day of Sharadiya Navratri is dedicated to Maa Skandamata.  Significance: In this form, She is the embodiment of Mother to Skanda or Kartikeya. Colour: Imbibe the colour Royal Blue on this day to initiate divine energy. Mantra: या देवी सर्वभूतेषु मातृ रूपेण संस्थिता | नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै  नमस्तस्यै… Continue reading Panchami – Maa Skandamata

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Chaturthi – Maa Kushmanda

Artwork copyright of Ankur Chaudhary/The Fourth Face The fourth day of Sharadiya Navratri is dedicated to Maa Kushmanda.  Significance: In this form, She creates the universe by liberating her power to Lord Sun in the form of light laughter. Colour: Imbibe the colour Red on this day to initiate passion, auspiciousness as well as anger… Continue reading Chaturthi – Maa Kushmanda

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Tritiya – Maa Chandraghanta

Artwork copyright of Ankur Chaudhary/The Fourth Face The third day of Sharadiya Navratri is dedicated to Maa Chandraghanta.  Significance: She is known as Chandraghanta or Chandra-Khanda because of the semi-circular moon (Chandra) that appears like a bell (Ghanta) on her forehead.  As she is ever ready to fight battles, similarly she is quick to remove… Continue reading Tritiya – Maa Chandraghanta

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Dwitiya – Maa Brahmachari

Artwork copyright of Ankur Chaudhary/The Fourth Face The second day of Sharadiya Navratri is dedicated to Maa Brahmachari.  Significance: She is the Devi Yogini and Devi Tapasvini before marriage and an embodiment of the female energy. Colour: Imbibe the colour Orange on this day to initiate tranquillity, brightness, and knowledge. Mantra: या देवी सर्वभूतेषु सृष्टि… Continue reading Dwitiya – Maa Brahmachari

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Ekadashi – Maa Shailputri

Artwork copyright of Ankur Chaudhary/The Fourth Face The first day of Sharadiya Navratri is dedicated to Maa Shailputri.  Significance: She takes birth as the daughter of the Great Himalayas. She is the goddess of nature in which she exhorts mankind to maintain the natural balance and live in harmony. All the energies of world converge into… Continue reading Ekadashi – Maa Shailputri

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Mahalaya

Today is Mahalaya. This marks the beginning of Goddess Durga's journey to Earth for the culmination towards the 10 day festival. The Mahalaya chanting is recited (or played) early morning in the households to invoke the divine presence of the Goddess and is extended as an invitation to grace us with blessings. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uwjlI82yzk