Navratri: It’s the power to women for me

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Shruti Khandelwal

Last night, Oct. 25, 2020, marked the last night of the nine-night long Hindu festival, Navratri. It is another instance of the victory of good over evil. Navratri celebrates the Goddess Durga’s win against the demon Mahishasura. This festival is especially important for women; praying to the Goddess is believed to strengthen women’s “powers”. Offerings are presented to the Goddess as “shakti” (strength) to help her fight the demon. Each night observes her nine avatars:
 
First night: Maa Shailputri
On this day, people wear green. This form of the goddess represents the daughter of the mountains who shields people from the negative effects of the moon.
 
Second night: Maa Brahmacharini
On the day of, people wear blue. This form of the goddess signifies love, wisdom, and knowledge because she performed “Tapasya” (meditation involving a rosary) for 5,000 years.
 
Third night: Maa Chandraghanta
People wear red on this day. This form of the goddess is known to destroy negativities.
 
Fourth night: Maa Kushmanda
On the day of, people wear orange. This form of the goddess provides energy or inspiration. She aids in maintaining or increasing wealth, health and power.
 
Fifth night: Maa Skandamata
On this day, people wear yellow. This form is a war goddess. She helps followers achieve power, prosperity and salvation.
 
Sixth night: Maa Katyayani
On the day of, people wear blue. This form of the goddess is considered a warrior, praying to her helps you lead a positive marital life. She keeps you away from troubles and helps you battle your problems. 
 
Seventh night: Maa Kaalratri
On the day of, people wear purple. This form of the goddess rids your life of evil spirits.
 
Eighth night: Maa Mahagauri
People wear pink on this day. This form of the goddess fulfills her devotees’ wishes.
 
Ninth night: Maa Siddhidatri
On the day of, people wear golden. This form of the goddess offers meditative abilities.
 
Happy Navratri! Wishing Mata Rani to visit your home and illuminate your life!