How to Worship in Navratri

Most of the Hindu spiritual festivals are celebrated in the ‘Chaturmas’, i.e. four months from ‘Shravan’ to    ‘ Kartik’ as per the Hindu Calendar..During these four months ‘Tama‘ predominant ‘Yama‘ frequencies come to Earth. To contest these frequencies, it is essential to increase oneself with their  Sattva  component. If religious festivals are celebrated only with a purpose of increasing ‘Sattva‘ component, it helps to obtain spiritual benefits and also to take in Divine qualities.

                 

     || सर्व मंगलमांगल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थसाधिके शरण्ये त्र्यंबके गौरी नारायणि नमोस्तुते ||

Navratri gives us the well opportunity to increase the Sattva gun component to strengthen our self.
“Nava-ratri” means “nine nights.” This festival is observed twice a year, once in the beginning of summer and again at the beginning of winter.
During Navratri, we invoke the energy aspect of God in the form of the universal mother, commonly referred to as “Durga,” which means the remover of miseries of life. Durga is also referred to as “Devi” (goddess) or “Shakti” (energy or power). It is the energy, which helps God to carry on with the work of creation( Generating ), preservation ( Operating )and destruction ( Destroy). In other words, you can say that God is motionless, absolutely changeless, and the Divine Mother Durga, does everything. Truly speaking, our worship of Shakti re-confirms the methodical theory that energy is never-ending. It cannot be created or destroyed. It is always present.

Navratri: which forms of goddess to worshipped 

1.     According to one of religious thought Devi Mahakali is having a Tamsik (Tama predominant) nature is undertaken on the first three days to reduce the Tama constituent in oneself.

 ‘   Tama’ principal persons aim to gain happiness at the cost of others’ happiness.
2.     In the next three days to enhance the Sattva component in oneself, form of Devi Mahalaxmi is worshiped. Devi
     Mahalaxmi is encompass  a Rajo temperament 



A ‘Rajo’ principal person strives only for his own happiness or pleasure 

3.     On the last three days to strengthen  sattvik temperament,  the spiritual  practice is to worship Devi in the form of Mahasaraswati, which having  sattvik temperament




A ‘Sattva‘ principal person tries to make others happy at his own cost and happiness.

Giving happiness to others does not trim down one’s own happiness 

Specific flowers have ability to attract the subtlest particles of a specific Deity’s principle. Naturally, when these flowers are offered to the Deity during devotion, they help awaken the idol and the devotee benefits from the Chaitanya in the idol. Hence, the importance of offering specific flowers to specific Deities. 
Which flowers should be offered to which Deity is given hereunder.
Sri  Durga   Jasmine
Sri  Lakshmi  Rose
Sri Saptashrungi  Nightqueen
Sri Sharada Nightqueen
Sri Yogeshwari Michelia
Sri Renuka  Bakuli
Sri Vaishṇavdevi  Tube-rose
Sri Vindhyavasini Lotus
Sri Bhavani Ground-Lotus
Sri Amba Coral
In reality it is the specific fragrance from the flower that attracts the Deity’s principle. The same benefit can be obtained by using incense sticks of the same fragrance.

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