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Navratri A festival of worship

23rd March 2012, today starts the navratri- the auspicious nine nights devoted to Maa Durga. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm throughout India especially in North India. Durga Devi known as to bestow blessings and protect her devotees from all troubles.

Devotees appease Durga Devi by reciting Durga Mahatmaya or Durga Stuti. Durga Saptashati, is in Sanskrit text, is part of Markanday Mahapuran. Durga Stuti version of Durga Saptashati, written in simple language by Pt. Chaman Lal Bhardwaj- holds equal importance. It is said that if a devotee recites the Durga Stuti with full faith will be blessed by Devi Durga certainly. See detailed

The recitation of Durga Stuti holds great importance during navratri when the series of chapters are read by two methods- Tryangam and Navangam. Tryangam consists of reading three prayers viz Devi Kavacham, Devi argalam and Devi keelakam followed by meditation and chanting of the Navakshari manthra - Om Iym hreem kleem Chamundayai , viche namah.

Navangama means nava- nine and angam means body [literally] and consists of nine stotras where nine prayers are recited before starting reading of the holy book. They are chanting of 1.Nyasa 2.Avahana 3. Namani 4. Argala 5. Keelaka 6. Hrudaya 7. Dhala 8. Dhyana and 9. Kavacha. It is recommended that the entire Devi Mahatmya should be read in one sitting. However, if one cannot, then the chapters are divided accordingly.

Ist Day- Chapter 1
IInd Day- Chapters 2, 3 and 4
IIIrd Day- Chapters 5 & 6
IVth Day- Chapter 7
Vth Day- Chapter 8
VIth Day- Chapters 9 and 10
VIIth Day- Chapters 11
VIIIth Day- Chapter 12
IXth Day- Chapter 13

After completion of the reading it is necessary to chant the Devi Suktham consisting of the slokas 7 to 36 of chapter 8.

You can conclude the recitation on the ninth day or the tenth day of Ramnavami by recitation of Devi Apradha Kshama prarthna.

Recitation of Siddha Kunjika Stotra should also be done after each recital. And the prayer devoted to the day of that Goddess of the nine Goddess should be performed.

Nine forms of Goddess:

The first day is devoted to Maa Shailputri- means daughter of mountains. She represents Sati- the wife of Lord Shiva, who could not tolerate the insult of husband and burnt herself in the fire of Yagna. In her next birth she became the daughter of Himalaya in the name of Parvati or Shailputri. She is adorned by a halfmoon and rides the bull Nandi. She carries Spear in her hand. Maa Shailputri represents power i.e. Shakti.
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