Navratri: Nine Days of Honouring the Divine Devi

by Melissa West on September 29, 2011

 

Today (Thursday September 29, 2011)  is the second day of Navratri, a Hindu Festival to honour the devine feminine. Navratri happens at the sacred beginning of autumn at an important junction of solar influence and its date is determined by the lunar calendar. Navratri represents the celebration of the Goddess Durga and is a festival that lasts nine days (nava meaning nine, ratri meaning nights in sanskrit). During this festival of lights we invite in the light of the divine devi.

For the first three days of Navratri, we honor the Divine Devi, Durga to remove all negativity and misfortune. The first three days dedicated to Durga destroy all our impurities.

“Durga represents the Great Mother in her protective role. She rides a lion and carries the weapons of the Gods and leads the army of the Gods to destroy all negativity…. If we honor Durga, she will guide our sadhana and transform us in the inner light.” (Dr. David Frawley’s Mantra Yoga and Primal Sound pg. 138-139.

This morning I chanted her mantra Om Hrim Krim Dum Durgayai Svaha to invoke and honor her presence during the second day of Navratri.

 

 

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