‘Navratri’ – The Festival of Nine Nights and Nine Colours

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Royal Blue
Day 2 – 11th October (Thursday) – Yellow

Second Day Of Navratri: Brahma is the god of Penance and good conduct. One of the sadhus had predicted that she would have to perform penance if she had to marry Lord Bholenath again. She went on to perform a powerful penance, as she only wanted Lord Shiva as her Husband. This led her name to be Brahmacharini and she is worshipped in this form on the second day.

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Yellow
Day 3 – 12th October (Friday) – Green

Goddess’s third avatar is called Chandraghanta. She is a symbol of bravery with ten hands and powerful weapons in each of them. She has a full moon on her forehead. She has three eyes and rides on a lion in this form.

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Green
Day 4 – 13th October (Saturday) – Grey

The Goddess ‘Kushmunda’ is worshipped on the fourth day of Navratri. She is said to be the creator of universe. She created the world with just her laughter. She shines like a sun and rides on a lion.

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Grey

 

Day 5 – 14th October (Sunday) – Orange

On the fifth day, the goddess is worshipped as ‘Skanda Mata’ meaning Mother of Skanda, who is a great warrior and the leader of the army of Gods. Skanda Mata is the Goddess of Fire, having three eyes and seated on a lotus.

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Orange
Day 6 – 15th October (Monday) – White

Rishi Katyayan had observed a fast in order to get paramba as his daughter. Therefore, she was born to him and was named ‘Katyayani’, meaning ‘Daughter of Katyayan’. She is all powerful with eight hands and weapons in each hand in this form.

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White
Day 7 – 16th October (Tuesday) – Red

The seventh form of Durga is called ‘Kalrathri’. She is as dark as the night. She has three eyes that shine brightly. She carries a sword in her right hand and a burning torch in her left hand. She is auspicious, which is why she is called ‘Shubhamkari’.

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Red

 

Day 8 – 17th October (Wednesday) – Sky Blue

‘Maha Gauri’ is celebrated on the eighth day, the exact opposite of her previous avatar. She is white as a moon and has four hands. The lower left hand carries the trishul, while the other left hand shows a fearless mudra. The right hand has tambourine and the lower right hand offers blessings. She rides a bull. Her pristine white body is washed by the waters of the sacred Ganga by Lord Shiva himself. This lightens up her body and is called “Maha Gauri”

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Sky Blue

 

Day 9 – 18th October (Thursday) – Pink

The ninth form of Durga is worshipped as Siddhidatri. She contains all the eight siddhis – Anima, Mahima, Garima, Laghima, Prapti, Prakamya, Iishitva and Vashitva. She rides on a lion and has four hands.

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Pink

Let the festivities begin with devotion and enthusiasm…

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