The holy festival of Navratri has started from today. The nine days of Navratri are very important. It is believed that the one who worships Maa Durga with a sincere heart during these nine days, all his wishes are fulfilled. For these nine days, Goddess Durga is worshiped in different forms.
Ghatasthapana is performed on the first day of Navratri. According to the Hindu calendar, Navratri begins every year on the Pratipada date of the Shukla Paksha of the month of Ashwin. This festival is celebrated with pomp all over the country. This time the festival of Navratri is starting from 07 October. This time Navratri is of 8 days due to two dates falling.
The festival of Navratri has a special significance. The festival of Navratri is celebrated four times in a year. Shardiya Navratri is considered a symbol of victory of truth over falsehood. There are two mythological stories related to it in the scriptures. Let us know about the mythological history and importance of Navratri.
According to the first legend, Goddess Durga killed a demon named Mahishasura, who pleased Brahma with her penance. Mahishasura had asked for a boon from Brahma that no god, demon or person living on earth could kill him. After the boon of Brahma ji, he started creating terror on the earth in him. Goddess Durga was born to kill Mahishasura. There was a fierce battle between Maa Durga and Mahishasura for nine days and on the tenth day Maa Durga killed Mahishasura.
According to another legend, Lord Rama worshiped Mother Durga for nine days at Rameshwaram. Mother Durga was pleased and blessed Shri Ram with victory. After this, on the tenth day, Rama fought with Ravana and conquered Lanka, hence the tenth day is celebrated as Vijayadashami.
(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 interest.)
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