The Sanskrit word “Navaratri” translates into nine days, indicating the nine-day celebration of the goddess Durga. Navaratri, as we know, is one of the most revered festivals celebrated in India. It is not only known as one of the momentous celebrations but also is one of the most vibrant festivals spanning the period of nine days!
The nine days of Navratri are devoted to worshipping the nine forms of Durga, the goddess of force. Did you know the nine forms of Durga and the nine days long celebration impart important life lessons? Well, it is true, the nine forms of Durga represent life lessons like strength, growth, annihilation of evil, happiness, peace, vigour, health and propriety and wisdom.
Let us look at lessons a student can learn from the 9 days of Navaratri and the 9 forms of the goddess Durga!
Now that we have seen and understood the brief overview of Navratri and the life lessons it imparts, let us learn the message or address from each day of Navaratri.
The first day of the festival begins with the worship of Devi Shailaputri. This form of Durga represents rising to great heights. Like the Devi, students can learn and strive to achieve the highest sense of consciousness. Students must understand the importance of efforts and hard work to improve their studies and their overall growth.
The second day of the festival marks the worship of Durga in her Brahmacharini form. The Devi Brahmacharini represents calmness and mindfulness. When talking for students, young minds are impressionable and very active, so a student must practice mindfulness daily. Whether it is giving exams or studying, having a calm mindset can significantly help students develop better concentration, which will greatly improve their academic growth.
Devi Chandraghanta is worshipped on the third day. Chandraghanta represents the focus and concentration in one’s mind. This day signifies withdrawing from all caprices of the mind. As a student, one must have a clear goal and work towards achieving the goal. The lesson here is to have a strong determination and singular mindset to work in the direction of their dreams.
The fourth day of celebration marks the worship of Devi Kushmanda, who is worshipped because of her cosmic and creative energy. Like the goddess, students must find, retain and imply their creativity in their day-to-day life. Remember, we all have creative powers within us only those who are willing to devote their energies to enthusiasm can gain achieve great success.
On the fifth day of Navarati, we worship Skandamata, the mother of Skanda. This form of goddess represents the motherly affection of the goddess. Having tenderness, reverence and respect for everyone is one of the essential qualities of a student and a human being. As a student, you must learn to respect and treat others with kindness and respect.
On the sixth day of the nine-day celebration, we worship the goddess Katyayani. The goddess is an embodiment of righteousness and vigour. It is said that the goddess in this form restores the balance between the good and evil in this world. Like Devi Katyayani, a student must have the courage to face difficulties and failures. Another important lesson to be learnt here is that we must always strive to be righteous in our actions in the face of adversities.
Maa Kalaratri, the seventh of Goddess Durga's nine forms, is one of the god's most destructive manifestations. In addition, Kalaratri is thought to be one of Maa Durga's most ferocious guises, driving out all types of evil spirits, demons, and ghosts as soon as she appears. Like Devi Kalaratri, a student must be fierce and courageous. Only through courage, ferociousness and resilience can one achieve their goal.
The second last day of Navaratri celebrations also known as (aasthami) is marked by the worship of Devi Mahagauri. This form of goddess represents peace and benevolence. The goddess is the embodiment of selflessness and peace. Thus an important lesson to learn would be to be kinder to each other.
The last day of Navaratri is devoted to the goddess Siddhidatri. Goddess Siddhidatri is believed to bestow blessings of growth and prosperity to her devotees. Learning new things, spreading love and living a selfless life are a few things that students can learn from the ninth-form goddess Durga.
These were the nine lessons learnt from the nine days of the Navaratri celebration. We hope students will implement these life lessons to lead meaningful and happy lives. And with this, it marks the end of the nine-day festival of Navaratri or Durga Pooja. Lastly, don't forget to enjoy this festival with your family and friends.
1. What are the dates of the Navratri celebrations of 2022?
Navratri celebrations of 2022 started on 26 September 2022 and will continue till 4 October 2022. Navratri is a nine days long celebration of 9 incarnations of Goddess Durga.
2. Why is Navarati celebrated?
Hindus annually observe Navratri, a nine-day long festival. The epic battle between Goddess Durga and the demon Mahishasura and the defeat of Mahishasura lead to the Navaratri celebrations. An avatar of "Goddess Durga" is worshipped daily during Navratri to commemorate the day she defeated Mahishasura and the ultimate triumph of "Good over Evil."