The Nine Goddesses of Navratri. Navratri is a festival of Goddess Durga. Navratri, the nine auspicious nights, honors the nine goddess of Navratri.
Navratri is one of the auspicious Hindu festival celebrated in India. Navratri is a festival to celebrate the glorious victory of Goddess Durga against Mahishasura. It is celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm all over the country. Navratri comes twice every year.
Goddess Durga is believed to have the power of creation, preservation and destruction. Navdurga means Nine Durga which is nothing but the manifestation of Goddess Durga in nine different forms. The nine Goddesses are worshipped on each of the nine days of Navratri.
The nine goddesses are incarnations of Goddess Shakthi. The nine Goddesses worshipped are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Maha Gowri and Siddhidatri.
Day 1. Goddess Shailaputri
Goddess Shailaputri is worshipped on the first day of Navratri. She is considered to be the daughter of Himalayas and the consort of Lord Shiva.
Day 2. Goddess Bramacharini
The second form of Goddess Durga is Goddess Bramacharini. She is also known as Uma, Aparna and Tapashcharini. Goddess Bramacharini did severe penance to attain Lord Shiva as husband.
Day 3. Goddess Chandraghanta
Goddess Chandraghanta is worshipped on the third day of Navratri. She is considered to go for war with all her weapons for the welfare of her devotees.
Day 4. Goddess Kushmanda
On the fourth day of Navratri, the Goddess is worshipped as Goddess Kushmanda. It is believed that Goddess Kushmanda created the universe with her smile.
Day 5. Goddess Skandamata
The fifth form of Goddess Durga is called Goddess Skandamata. She is the mother of Lord Karthikeya. She is worshipped for gaining wisdom.
Day 6. Goddess Katyayani
Goddess Katyayani, the daughter form of Goddess Durga, is worshipped on the sixth day of Navratri. She is the most violent form of Goddess Durga and would rise in anger to fight for righteousness and dharma.
Day 7. Goddess Kalaratri
On the seventh day of Navratri, Goddess Kalaratri is worshipped. She is a ferocious form of Goddess Durga and a protector of mankind.
Day 8. Goddess Maha Gowri
Goddess Maha Gowri is worshipped on the eighth day of Navratri. She is extremely beautiful and dressed in white.
Day 9. Goddess Siddhidatri
The ninth and ultimate form of Goddess Durga is Goddess Siddhidatri. She is worshipped by Deva, Gandharva, Asura, Yaksha and Siddha.