Navratri is celebrated to worship nine different forms of Maa Durga (mother goddess) who is considered to be source of ever-flowing energy. Nine days of Navratri are dedicated to nine different incarnations of Maa Durga and should be worshipped accordingly to get desired benefits.
The ninth day of Navratra is dedicated to goddess Siddhidatri form of Maa Durga. The siddhi that She provides is the realization that only She exists. She appears sitting on a lotus with four arms in which she holds a lotus, mace, discus and book. She is always in a blissful happy enchanting pose. She is surrounded by Siddhas, Gandharvas, Yakshas, Demons and Gods who are worshipping Her.
Maha Navami is celebrated on Ashwin Shukla Paksha Navami, the ninth and the final day of Durga Navratri. On this day, the Goddess Durga is worshipped in the form of Aparajita. Watch & perform Maha Navami Puja with our pray-along-videos. Perform aartis, read about food restriction, importance/significance of the day.
- Let’s first collect all puja items.
- Then we will do the puja preparation.
- Next we will perform the main Maha Navami Puja.
- We will conclude with the aarti.
Let’s Collect Maha Navami Puja Items & Learn Their Significance
- Moli (red thread)
- Roli (red powder)
- Incense sticks
- Sweets, Fruits
- Curd (Yogurt)
- Clarified butter (Ghee)
- Dry fruits
- Yagyopavit (sacred thread)
Follow The Video To Prepare For The Maha Navami Puja.
Before doing Maha Navami Puja, we do the puja preparation or commonly called as panch peeth puja.
Lets follow the video through this step. Only after performing this step we proceed towards the main Maha Navami Puja.
Let’s Perform The Main Maha Navami Puja
After performing the panch peeth puja, we start the main puja.
Follow along the instructions and mantras to perform the main Maha Navami Puja.
We Will Conclude Maha Navami Puja With The Aarti.
Puja is considered incomplete without the aarti.
Let us now do the Maha Navami Puja to successfully conclude the puja.
Puja is considered complete after we offer dakshina
Mantras, Regional Information, Food Restrictions For Maha Navami Puja
Maha Navami is celebrated on Ashwin Shukla Paksha Navami, the ninth and the final day of Durga Navratri. On this day, the goddess Durga is worshipped in the form of Aparajita, by offering her sugarcane stalks.
On this day, Kanya Puja is also performed, when nine young virgins (kanjak), symbolically representing the nine forms of the goddess, are worshipped. Their feet are washed and they are feasted by the worshipper.
Maha Navami falls on the ninth day of Durga Puja. Durga Puja celebrations are set according to the traditional Hindu calendar and the fortnight corresponding to the festival is called Devi Paksha.
Maha Navami is widely celebrated in the Indian states of West Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand, Orissa and Tripura where it is a annual holiday for five days. In West Bengal and Tripura which has majority of Bengali Hindus durga puja is the biggest festival of the year. Not only is it the biggest Hindu festival celebrated throughout the State, but it is also the most significant socio-cultural event in Bengali society.
Apart from eastern India, Durga Puja is also celebrated in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, Kashmir, Karnataka and Kerala. Durga Puja is also celebrated as a major festival in Nepal and in Bangladesh where 10% population is Hindu. Nowadays, many Diaspora Bengali cultural organizations arrange for Durgotsab in countries such as the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Singapore and Kuwait, among others.
The prominence of Durga Puja increased gradually during the British Raj in Bengal. After the Hindu reformists identified Durga with India, she became an icon for the Indian independence movement. In the first quarter of the 20th century, the tradition of Baroyari or Community Puja was popularised due to this. After independence, Durga Puja became one of the largest celebrated festivals in the whole world.
Durga Puja also includes the worship of Shiva, who is Durga’s husband, and worship of a banana tree/kala ganch is also done. Banana tree is considered to be the wife of lord Ganesha and is called “kala bou”. In addition to Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesha and Kartikeya, who are considered to be Durga’s children. Modern traditions have come to include the display of decorated pandals and artistically depicted idols of Durga, exchange of Bijoya greetings and publication of Puja Annuals.