What is Navaratri?
Navaratri is a religious festival in Hinduism. ‘Nava’ means ‘nine’ and ‘Ratri’ refers to ‘night’. This is because the Navaratri festival spans nine nights and ten days, every year in autumn. There are theoretically four seasonal Navaratri Festival. Yet the major festival is celebrated in autumn and is known as Sharada Navaratri. This Sharada Navaratri is celebrated in honour of most divine feminine, Devi Durga. According to the Hindu calendar, the festival is in Ashvin month, which typically falls in September and October months of Georgian calendar.
In different parts of India, the celebration of Navaratri may differ. Such as some take it as Devi pooja. However, in all cases, the main concept of Navaratri is to celebrate the victory of good over evil.
Nine forms Of Durga
प्रथमं शैलपुत्री च द्वितीयं ब्रह्मचारिणी। तृतीयं चन्द्रघंटेति कूष्माण्डेति चतुर्थकम् ।।
पंचमं स्क्न्दमातेति षष्ठं कात्यायनीति च ।सप्तमं कालरात्रीति महागौरीति चाष्टमम् ।।
नवमं सिद्धिदात्री च नवदुर्गाः प्रकीर्तिताः ।।
Prathamam shailputri cha-dwitiyam brahmacharini l tritiyam chandraghanteti-kushmandeti chaturthkam ll
Panchamam Skandmateti-shashtam Katyayaniti cha l Saptamam Kalratriti Mahagauriti chashtamam ll
Navmam Siddhidatri cha Navdurgah prakirtitah ll
in general, the first third of the festival spotlights on aspects of the Goddess Durga. The second part is dedicated to the Goddess Lakshmi. The last three days of the festival are dedicated to Goddess Sarasvati. During the festival, the worshipers present offerings to the Goddesses. Moreover, various religious, cultural aspects, ritual and rites are performed in their honour. One popular rite or observance is Kanya Puja, which is performed on the eighth or ninth day of Navaratri. For this ritual, nine young girls are dressed as the nine Goddesses which are being eminent during Navratri and are presented gifts or offerings such as food and clothing.
The Navaratri celebrations consist of stage decoration, recitation of the legend, performing and enacting the story behind, mantra and chanting of the scriptures.
Moreover, these nine days are also the most important crop season cultural affair. These involve staging of pandals, a family visit to these pandals and of course a lot of classical and folk dances of Hindu culture.
The final day of the festival is named as the Vijayadashami or Dussehra, in which the sculpture are either immersed in water such as a river. On the other hand, the statue which is a symbol of the evil is burnt with fireworks marking evil’s destruction and ruin.
Yogic Concept of Navaratri- Durga Pooja
Devi Durga represents shakti- feminine energy, the divine forces. Durga is the combined form of Devi Lakshmi, Kali and Saraswati. This is the opportunity for yoga aspirants to awaken the feminine energy.
The significance and essence Navaratri is that the night is for rest and rejuvenation. At night, you turn inwards during sleep, and you wake up feeling re-energized and relaxed the next morning. Similarly, Navaratri is the time and opportunity of the year when you experience profound rest. This deep rest brings freedom from all nuisance, profound leisure, and inspiration.
Observing Navaratri fast, meditation, contemplation, and other spiritual practices practised during this period help to achieve this deep rest.
Durga Pooja Fest Bremen- 2019
Navaratri – Durga Pooja organizes in a different part of Germany by the different organizations. Durga Puja Bremen organize Durga Puja Fest from 04-08 October 2019 in Bremen. Every evening is a different kind of Indian, Dance, Music, Indian Cultural program and Indian Food. Entry is free.
Durga Puja Hamburg- 2019
Durga Pooja in Hamburg organize by Indian Festival Committee Hamburg e.V. from 04-08 October 2019.