~ HAPPY NAVRATRI ~
Navratri is a festival dedicated to the worship of a Hindu deity Shakti. The word Navaratri literally means nine nights in Sanskrit, nava meaning nine and ratrimeaning nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Shakti/Devi are worshiped. The 10th day is commonly referred to as Vijayadashami or “Dussehra.”
Nine forms of Shakti are worshipped during the Navaratris. The Devis worshipped depend on the tradition of the region.
- Durga, the inaccessible one
- Amba or Jagadamba, Mother of the universe
- Annapoorna devi, The one who bestows grains (anna) in plenty (purna: used as subjective)
- Sarvamangala, The one who gives joy (mangal) to all (sarva)
- Chandika or Chandi