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Navratri 2018: 9 avatars of Goddess Durga worshipped on the 9 days

Chaitra Navratri is the nine-day festival in which devotees solemnly fast and worship the nine manifestations or forms of Goddess Durga. Each day is also associated with one form of the Goddess Durga.

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 23, 2018 11:36:12 am
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In India, Navratri is observed with great fanfare and devotion for nine nights and 10 days. Devotees are gearing up for Chaitra Navratri that begins on March 18. During these nine days, devotees solemnly fast and offer prayers to the Goddess Shakti. Each day has a special significance and one form of the goddess is worshipped. According to Hindu religion, Chaitra Navratri is also known as Vasanta Navratri, and follow almost the same rituals as in the Sharad Navratri, which falls in the month of September or October.

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Day 1: Shailaputri 

Known as the Pratipada, Shailaputri is worshipped on this day. Goddess Parvati is the daughter of Himalaya, the mountain. In Sanskrit, Shail means the mountain and, thus, she is also was known as Shailputri. The goddess in this form rides a bull, carrying a trishul (trident) in her right hand and lotus in the left hand.

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Day 2: Brahmacharini

On Dwitiya, goddess Brahmacharini is worshipped. Here the goddess walks bare feet and a japamala and a kamandalu can be seen in her hands. In this form, Parvati became the great Sati and her unmarried self is worshipped as Brahmacharini.

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Day 3: Chandraghanta

Goddess Chandraghanta is worshipped on Tritiya. The name derives from the fact that after marrying Lord Shiva she started adorning half Chandra (moon) on her forehead. Here the devi has 10 days and rides a tiger.

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Day 4: Kushmanda

On Chaturthi, Devi Kushmanda is worshipped. Also known as the creator of the universe, Kushmanda is also known as the goddess who has the power and capability to reside inside the Sun. Here she has eight hands and sits on a lion.

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Day 5: Skandamata

Goddess Skandamata is worshipped on Panchami. Skandamata or mother of Skanda also known as Lord Kartikeya and rides a ferocious lion along with the baby in one of her hands. The Goddess has four hands.

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Day 6: Katyayini

Devi Katyayini is worshipped on Shasthi. Known as the warrior goddess, it is considered one of the most violent forms of Goddess Parvati. The name derives as she was born to Rishi Katya. In this avatar, the Devi rides a lion and has four hands.

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Day 7: Kalaratri

On Saptami, Devi Kalaratri is worshipped. Legends go to say she forgo her skin colour and embraces a dark complexion as black to kill demons Shumbha and Nishumbha. Riding a donkey she has four hands here.

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Day 8: Mahagauri

Known as Ashtami Mata Mahagauri is worshipped on this day. Mahagauri means extremely white (maha meaning great and gauri meaning white. The name derives from the fact that Parvati had a fair complexion. Here she rides a bull and has four hands.

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Day 9: Siddhidaatri

The last day of the festival also known as Navami, people pray to Devi Siddhidaatri. Sitting on a lotus, she is believed to possess and bestows all type of Siddhis. Here she has four hands.

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