The Divine Feminine is the energy that can’t be seen or heard, but she can be felt.
This feminine energy is nature – in all living beings on earth, including the ocean, moon, and trees.
In Hindi, we call this energy – Shakti.
Feminine energy is motherly energy that is nurturing and affectionate. She also exhibits qualities like beauty, sensuality and attraction.
Feminine energy is the combination of – Creativity, Inspiration, Peace and Harmony, in their purest forms.
Feminine energy is power, which is your true nature as a woman. And even if somedays you don’t feel powerful enough, this Divine Feminine energy is still there within you, waiting patiently to be embraced.
To embrace and celebrate this Divine Feminine Energy within us, we have a festival called NAVARATRI.
Navaratri is a Hindu festival that means 9 nights. “Nav” meaning “nine”, “Ratri” meaning “nights”.
“Sharada Navaratri” is the most observed and celebrated in the honour of the divine feminine energy – Devi – Mother Goddess Durga.
Navratri festival is the celebration and worshipping of nine forms of feminine energies in the nine days.
Stage decorations, enacting of the mythological stories and chanting of the scriptures of Hinduism is part of this grand festival.
In these nine days, families visit these decorated pandals. The public celebration of classical and folk dances of Hindu culture is enacted on these pandals.
In Gujarat, the famous ” Garba ” and ” Dandiya”, which is the traditional and cultural dance form of Gujarat, is performed around the Devi’s/ Goddess idol.
Hindu devotees often celebrate Navaratri by fasting for all nine days.
The tenth day, called the Vijayadashami, symbolizes the victory of good over evil.
Navratri festival also indicates that the Diwali festival is coming closer. Diwali festival is celebrated twenty days after Vijayadashami.
Significance of the Nine days of Navratri.
There was a prominent battle that took place between goddess Durga and the demon, Mahishasura.
When the goddess killed the demon, it signifies the victory of good over evil.
To celebrate the victory over evil, these nine days are mainly dedicated to goddess Durga and her eight avatars or incarnations called the “Navadurgas”.
Each day is dedicated to each form of the goddess.
The nine-day festival of Navratri 2021 starts tomorrow, 7th October. With the arrival of the Goddess Durga, the auspicious Devi Paksha begins.
The devotees usually observe fast, perform puja and celebrate the nine manifestations of feminine power with lots of enthusiasm.
One of the aspects of the Navratri festival is that different colours are associated with each day.
7th October – Day 1 – Shailaputri
Pratipada is the first day of Navratri.
This day is associated with the Feminine Energy form – Goddess Shailaputri. Shailaputri means the “Daughter of Mountain”.
Goddess Shailputri is the reincarnation of Sati and is also known as Hemavati (Daughter of the Himalayas).
Goddess Shailputri is seen riding the bull, Nandi, with the Trishula in her right hand and the lotus in her left.
The colour of the day is Yellow. Yellow depicts joy and cheerfulness.
8th October – Day 2 – Brahmacharini
Dwitiya or the second day of Navratri.
The second day is dedicated to worship Goddess Brahmacharini.
Parvati became Yogini, her unmarried self, hence the name “Brahmacharini”.
Goddess Brahmacharini is worshipped for emancipation or moksha. She is even worshipped for the endowment of peace and prosperity.
Goddess Brahmacharini is shown in pictures, walking bare feet, holding a japamal (rosary) and a kamandal (pot) in her hands. She looks calm and blissful.
The colour of the day is Green. Green refers to Nature. The main quality of nature is its nourishing qualities.
As per Hindu calendar, the third and fourth day of Navratri 2021, is on the same day.
9th October – Day 3 – Chandraghanta
The third day is known as Tritiya.
This day commemorates the worship of Chandraghanta.
Chandraghanta is the name derived after Goddess Parvati married Lord Shiva. Goddess Parvati adorned her forehead with the “ardhachandra”, meaning the “half-moon”. “Chandra” means the ” moon”, hence the goddess is named ” Chandraghanta”.
She is the embodiment of beauty and also symbolizes bravery.
Grey is the colour of the third day. Grey signifies the destruction of evil.
9 th October -Day 4 – Kushmanda
The fourth day is also known as Chaturthi.
The fourth day is dedicated to worship Goddess Kushmanda.
She is the “Creative Energy of the Universe”. Hence, she is associated with taking care or looking after the vegetation on earth.
She is depicted sitting on a Tiger and having eight arms.
The colour of the day is Orange. Orange symbolises knowledge, tranquillity and brightness.
10th October – Day 5 – Goddess Skandamata
Panchami is the fifth day of Navratri.
The fifth day is dedicated to worship Goddess Skandamata.
She is the mother of Skanda (or Kartikeya), hence the name Skandamata.
She is depicted having four arms and holding her baby, riding on a ferocious lion.
White is the colour of the fifth day. White represents purity, peace, serenity and calmness.
11th October – Day 6 – Goddess Katyayani
The sixth day is also called Shashtami.
Goddess Katyayani is worshipped on this day.
Goddess Katyayani takes birth in human form. She was born to the sage Katyayana, hence the name.
Goddess Katyayani is an incarnation of Durga.
She is also known as the warrior goddess and is one of the most violent forms of feminine energy.
Goddess Katyayani is depicted riding a lion and has four hands.
She is the manifestation of Parvati, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati.
The colour is the sixth day is Red. Red symbolizes anger (needed to uproot evil), passion and auspiciousness, because of the destruction of evil.
12th October – Day 7 – Goddess Kaalratri
Saptami is the seventh day of the Navratri.
The seventh day is dedicated to worship Goddess Kaalratri.
Goddess Kaalratri is known as the most ferocious form of Goddess Durga.
Goddess Parvati had removed her fair skin to kill the demons Sumbha and Nisumbha, hence she looks fierce.
This Goddess appears wearing tiger skin with a lot of rage in her fiery eyes and her skin has turned black in colour.
Royal blue is the colour of the seventh day. Royal blue represents the divine form of energy. Royal Blue signifies elegance, richness, sophistication and intelligence.
13th October – Day 8 – Goddess Mahagauri
The eighth day is also known as Ashtami.
Goddess Mahagauri is associated with the eighth day of the Navratri.
According to mythological stories, Goddess Kaalaratri took a bath in the Ganga river, she turned extremely fair, beautiful and calm. This calm form of Goddess Kaalratri is Goddess Mahagauri. She symbolizes intelligence and peace.
The colour associated with the eighth day is Pink. Pink represents purity, calmness and compassion.
14th October – Day 9 – Goddess Siddhidatri
The last day or the ninth day is known as Navami.
People pray and worship Goddess Siddhidhatri on the ninth day of the Navratri.
Goddess Siddhidatri is another form of Goddess Parvati, the wife of Lord Shiva.
Goddess Siddhidhatri is also the “Ardhanarishvara” form of Shiva and Shakti. It is believed that on one side is the body of Lord Shiva and on the other side is that of Goddess Siddhidatri. Therefore, she is also worshipped by the name “Ardhanarishwara”.
Goddess Siddhidhatri is depicted sitting on a lotus. She is believed to possess and bestows all types of Siddhis or powers. Here she has four hands. According to Vedic scriptures, Lord Shiva gained all the siddhis or powers by worshipping Goddess Siddhidatri. She is also known as Mahalakshmi.
The colour of the last day is Purple. The purple colour portrays an admiration towards nature’s beauty. The colour purple represents ambition, goal and positive energy.
15th October – 10th Day – Vijayadashami
Vijayadashami is also known as Dussehra.
It is the tenth day of Navratri, which marks or signifies the end of Navratri.
Dussehra is celebrated to honour the victory of Lord Rama over Ravan, the same as the triumph of Goddess Durga over demon Mahishadura.
May this Navratri add colours
of happiness, prosperity and spirituality into your lives.