Do we really celebrate Navratri in its true sense ?
I love Navratris. I remember my grandmother saying that now is the time to do things that have been kept on hold as these days are considered to be very auspicious. Right from construction of houses, marriages etc are expedited preferably during these days. The prasad, the forms of nine godesses , the flowers ,the puja and the excitement in the house is so exciting. ” Don’t eat Non -veg, don’t drink, don’t do anything bad are the words which are very commonly heard during these days.
So basically Navratri is a woman’s festival where all the forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped by the people as a symbol of strength.Navratri is a very important Hindu festival celebrated in India, which is devoted to Goddess Durga. The festival is celebrated with great reverence and faith across the country. It stretches over a period of nine days, with each of the nine days being dedicated to one of the nine forms of the Goddess. Talking about the history of Navratri festival, it can be explained through the stories mentioned in the Hindu scriptures.
History & Origin Of Navratri
In North India the history of Navratri is as under :
The legend in North India goes that Mahishasura, the mighty demon, worshipped Lord Shiva and obtained the power of eternity. Soon, he started killing and harassing innocent people and set out to win all the three lokas. The gods in swargaloka appealed to Lord Shiva, to find a way to get rid of the demon. To protect the world from the atrocities of Mahishasura, the Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva united their powers and created a divine female warrior, known as Goddess Durga. Mahishasura, when he saw the divine beauty of Goddess Durga, got mesmerized. So fascinated was Mahishasura by Goddess Durga’s beauty that he approached her with the intention of marriage. The goddess agreed to marry him, but put forth a condition – Mahishasura would have to win over her in a battle. Mahishasura, proud as he was, agreed immediately! The battle continued for 9 nights and at the end of the ninth night, Goddess Durga beheaded Mahishasura. The nine nights came to be known as Navratri, while the tenth day was called Vijayadashmi, the tenth day that brought the triumph of good over evil.
Significance of Navratri in Today’s World
Aren’t We all hypocrites ? Do we ever follow what we do in the name of religion in true sense. If we compare woman to the above story then she is packed with all the powers to destroy the demons in her life. She is a combination of the ultimate powers of the world who rescues this world from all the evils.She should be a revered creature on this Earth but Is She ? People who celebrate Navratri with such great Gusto should ask themselves ‘are they celebrating this festival in true sense?
Condition of women Today
The most humiliated, tortured,and exploited lot are the woman as they lose in the race of “survival of the Fittest” Men being physically stronger supress women to prove their dominion exactly like mahishasura. They forget that a woman is bestowed with hidden powers which are superior to the physical power of men. A home where the women are not respected is like a graveyard of dead bodies which are lying unmoved.
True way of celebrating Navratris
True way of pleasing Goddess Durga is by respecting women, treating them as equals if not stronger( Ha……Ha…… save your ego)helping them to fulfil their dreams, and this not only for nine days but for an entire life. This will the real prayer that you offer to Goddess Durga and surely she will shower her blesings on you.
Happy Navratri !
Originally posted 2016-10-03 06:12:56. Republished by Blog Post Promoter