Navratri – A festival of Nine Days, Colors & Food
With the season of onset of Navratri festival, people worship goddess Durga till nine sacred days and in the nine forms of Maa Shakti. Navratri festival comes twice a year one is called as Chaitra Navratri and the other one is known as Sharad Navratri.
The word Nav’ means nine and ‘Ratri’ means night in Sanskrit, which accounts to nine days of celebrations. Durga Puja and Navratri festival is celebrated by worshiping Goddess Durga and her glorified 9 different avatars.
The dates of Navratri changes as it follows the Lunar calendar. Nine glorified forms of Goddess Maa Durga – Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kalratri, Maha Gauri and Siddhidatri are worshipped on these days by devotees.
Indian Festival not just celebrate festival but you cannot forget the varied food delicacies it bring along.
Talk about food, Here is what we (me and my husband had on our first day of Navratre) –
|On the first day of #navratri – you can never get away from the traditional food plate of kuttu-roti, aloo-sabzi, sabutdana papad and of course, these laddoo for the sweet bites.||On the first day of Navratre, my husband’s appetite took us to a Roadside lunch treat. Indeed, a great way to fill your hungry appetite with these sumptuous Rajma Chawal|
Our food plates on Second Day of Navratre
|Second day calls for kebabs from
kuttu atta, mashed potato, roasted peanuts, salt (sendha namak) and green chilly.Don’t miss on the sabutdana papad tacos stuffed with leftover fried stuffing & chilled Curd.
|While I fast during navratre, why will my dearest husband stop splurge his appetite habits. Having this paneer parantha right here, right now..|
Did I kept you wondering our third day attempts treating food palate, here it is..
Love is sharing and on our Fourth Day of Navarate, we had the same food.
I had my evening fill of mausami juice today and wanted to have a light snack for dinner so I made this Poha from Samak (Samo) rice..
On the blessed fifth day of Navratri Pooja, Skanda mata is worshipped. Being the mother of powerful deity Kumar Kartikey, mother Parvati is glorified with name ‘Skanda Mata’. She is the true Goddess of endurance. Here what our plate looked liked
|I pan fried Sabudana mixed with boiled potato, green chilly and roasted peanuts for these amazing kebab experience.||No indian food find its completion unless, a spoon full of desi ghee is served with this plate of rajma chawal..|
Shashthi – According to Hindu mythology, venerated Kata performed several austerities to accept the Goddess in the form of a daughter. Impressed with the devotion, the Goddess accepted his boon. She is highly generous toward her worshippers and devotees.
It is also believed that while worshipping Devi Katyayini on the Shashti (sixth day) of Durga Pooja, devotees feel presence of Agya Chakra in their mind and soul.
The seventh day of Navaratri is dedicated to Maa Kalratri – the seventh avtaar of Maa Durga. Kaal means time and death and Kaalratri means the One who is the Death of Kaal. Maa Kalratri destroys ignorance and brings light into the dark.
We enlightened our stomach with delicious food served hot with lots of love
Ashtami , the eighth day of the Navaratra is celebrated with traditional rituals and religious fervour. The significance of ‘Kanya Pujan’ is maximum on Ashtani, as only after it, people observing fast can break it. This day is also known for ‘Astra Puja'(Worshiping Weapons) as on this day the weapons of goddess Durga are worshiped.
Goddess Kali appeared on this day from the forehead of Mother Durga and annihilated Chanda, Munda and Rakthabija (the demons who were associate of Mahishasura).
As per popular legends, demon Mahishasura started killing people to win all the three lokas, after attaining power of eternity from Lord Shiva. The Gods pleaded to Lord Shiva to bring an end to the atrocities of Mahishasura. The Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva united their powers and created Goddess Durga, to fight the evil.The battle continued for nine nights at the end of which Durga beheaded Mahishasura.
Another legend from the Hindu mythology, King Daksha of Himalayas was blessed with a beautiful and virtuous daughter, named Uma who wished to marry Lord Shiva. Uma worshipped him and pleased Lord Shiva who married her. Later, Lord Shiva refused Uma to witness the Yagna conducted by her father. She rather turned up at the Yagna and insulted Lord Shiva. Unable to withstand the insult, the angry Uma decided to end her life by jumping into the agni kund and was united with the eternity. Therefore, Uma came to be known as Sati. Sati was reborn again. In the second birth, Sati married Lord Shiva and the divine couple lived happily, thereafter. It is believed that Sati comes to stay with her parents for nine days, every year.
The final day is known Dussehra, when day long prayers are offered to Goddess Durga. It is also called as Navami and Vijayadashami.
Happy Navratri 2016 to everyone out there! Celebrate the festival and spread happiness, hope the Goddess showers her divine blessings and fulfills your wishes.