The much awaited festival of India, Durga Puja 2021 is finally here. And people are not only enjoying the festivities but also performing pujas and rituals after the tough times of COVID-19 seen earlier this year.
As the name suggests, this festival is dedicated to Goddess Durga who is considered a symbol of power. The Sanskrit meaning of Durga roughly translates to ‘inaccessible’.
And just like Durga Ashtami, Durga Navami is also a special day which holds utmost importance in the festival. Also called Maha Navami, this day is also a part of Navratri festival. Maha Navami is the ninth day of Navratri and the third day of Durgotsav.
This year Maha Navami will be celebrated on 14 October 2021, Thursday.
Durga Navami 2021: Date and Time
Navami Tithi is starting on 13th October at 20:07
Navami date will end on October 14 at 18:52
Ashwini Navratri Parana 15 October 2021
Durga Navami 2021: Significance
According to the legend, Mother Durga was created by Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh and other deities from their collective energy. Mata Durga was created to slay the demon Mahishasura as she was creating terror and no one was able to drive her away.
Mata Durga is depicted riding a lion with eight or ten arms. He was given special weapons by all the gods for his fight against the buffalo demon Mahishasura.
He is holding these weapons in each of his arms. He is the purest form of Shakti, his powers are limitless.
Durga Navami is the last day of the war between Mata Durga and the demon Mahishasura. Goddess Durga is worshiped as Mahishasurmardini on the day of Maha Navami as she killed the demon Mahishasura on this day.
Durga Navami is celebrated as the victory of good over evil. The next day is celebrated as Vijayadashami which means the tenth day of victory.
Durga Navami 2021: Rituals
– If the coincidence of Ashtami Tithi and Navami Tithi precedes Ashtami Tithi, then Navami Puja including Ashtami Puja and Sandhi Puja is performed on the same day.
– Durga sacrifice is performed on Uday Vyapini Navami Tithi and the best time for this is in the afternoon.
Navami Home is done at the end of Navami Puja.
Note- The information given here is based on religious beliefs and folk beliefs, there is no scientific evidence for this. It has been presented here keeping in mind the general public interest.
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