Navratri, Navaratri or Navaratra is a Hindu festival of worship and dance. The word Navaratri literally means nine nights in Sanskrit; Nava – Nine and Ratri – nights. The festival is celebrated for nine nights twice every year during mid-March and the beginning of October, although as the dates of the festival are determined according to the Hindu lunar calendar, the festival may be held for a day more or a day less depending on the calendar.
Navaratri is divided into sets of three days to adore different aspects of the supreme goddess.
On the first three days, the Mother is invoked as powerful force called Durga in order to destroy all our impurities, vices and defects.
The next three days, the Mother is adored as a giver of spiritual wealth, Lakshmi, who is considered to have the power of bestowing on her devotees the inexhaustible wealth.
The final set of three days is spent in worshiping the mother as the goddess of wisdom, Saraswati.
In order to have all-round success in life, we need the blessings of all three aspects of the divine mother; hence, the worship for nine nights. During Navaratri, some devotees of Durga observe a fast and prayers are offered for the protection of health and property.
A period of introspection and purification, Navaratri is traditionally an auspicious time for starting new ventures.On the tenth day of October Navaratri,the holiday of Dussehra an effigy of Ravana is burnt to celebrate the victory of good (Rama) over evil.
Image Source: The above images were lovingly hand-painted by a humble Devotee who received the miraculous transmission from the Devine Mother. Here’s the dedicated link to the Devotees blog.