Importance of Navaratra Navaratri Puja Vidhi
Importance of Navaratra
It is on 25th September 2014 that the Shardiya Navratra poojan will begin this year. On this very day, there is the Brahma Yoga and Hast Nakshatra Yoga. All devotees of Mata Sharda find this day extremely auspicious. In order to achieve virtue, they all observe a fast for nine days during Navratra, following every ritual religiously. There are two Navratra observations that are important, one being Pratipada Tithi of Chaitra month to Navami and the other during the Pratipada Tithi of Ashwin Shukla Paksha to the previous day of Vijayadashami. The Gupta Navratra of Ashadh Shukla Paksha and the Gupta Navratra of Magh Shukla Paksha are also there. The beginning of this nine day long fast and worshipping on the Ashwin Shukla Paksha is called Sharada Navratra. The Sharada Navratra is more important than the other counterpart.
Nine Forms of Mother and her worship
Nav means nine and also new. It is on this day that the days start to become colder and smaller following the seasonal change. To cope with this seasonal change, this ancient practice of fasting for nine days has been popular amongst Hindus.
Not only worshipping Gods and Goddesses, this prolonged fasting and breaking the fast with simple food, helps them to purify their mind and body; as Hinduism believes that only a pure mind and body can lead o virtuous mind and healthy body. It is on this occasion that the Hindus worship Shakti or power.
Importance of Navratra
Navratra has a very religious as well as ethical connotation in Hinduism. People maintain a very thorough ritualistic practice throughout these nine days that includes patience, fasting and meditation. In the 51 peeths where the Mother Goddess resides, people gather to worship. In fact, those who cannot afford to visit these peeths, at least go to their nearby temples during these auspicious nine nights that the term Navratra signifies. These nights denote Shiddhi and to achieve this, the nine forms of Shakti or Mother Goddess are worshipped.
In Hindu Mythology, nights are more important than day times, for achieving Shiddhis and to worship Shakti. That is why, the term Ratri that is added to the word Navratri, clearly indicates that it is the night time that is chosen to celebrate this festival like other festivals as Holika, Shivaratri, Dushehra, Diwali etc.
Reason to Do Religious Works at Night
There is a significant and scientific reason for choosing the night time for this worshipping. As nights are peaceful and quiet, there is a strong hold of tantra-mantra. These peace environment and powerful mantras help the obstacles to be removed and auspicious results can be yielded. That is why, saints choose nights to gain Yogik and mental powers.
Importance of Navratri Puja for Siddhi
In order to get Siddhi, Tantra and Mantra plays a very important role to pacify the planets and get prosperity. And as it is on this phase that the Durga Puja begins, this worshipping is done through the mantras. Navratra is begun with the Kalash established and chanting mantras during this period, to get auspicious results.