In Physics, Power/Energy/Force is not associated with gender. But, when living things exist as male and female, the description of Power/Energy/Force may have gender association. In the Indian tradition, ‘Deva’ means God and ‘Devi’ means Goddess. Devi in Indian tradition is the personification of God’s Supreme Power/Force/ Energy or ‘Shakti’. To fully account for the human existence, the man needs two distinct or separate Principles that come together to produce the harmonious singular identity of the man. The issue is not about God’s gender. Father Principle is called the Originating Principle. Mother Principle is called the Source Principle, for Mother is the Source of Matter, Energy, and Knowledge to establish Life of a Living Thing. Father provides Identity to the human form, Mother provides Substance, the structural and functional basis of the human form.
During 2021, Indians celebrate ‘DEVI NAVRATRI’ or ‘SHARAD NAVRATRI’ from Thursday, October 07, to Friday, October 15. The term ‘Nav’ or ‘Nava’ means Nine. ‘Ratri’ means Night. This celebration happens in the lunar month called ‘ASVAYUJA’ (or ASHWAYUJA – September – October), the month in which Full Moon Day is associated with the first star (Tithi) called ‘ASVINI’ in Indian Astrology. Sharad Navratri commences on the first and ends on the tenth day of the bright half of the lunar month, Ashwin. The name “SHARADIYA” refers to the name of the Season or “RITU” called Sharad Ritu or Autumn.
Devi or Shakti is often called ‘DURGA’ for She is the embodiment of great strength. She is also called BHADRAKALI, JAGADAMBA, ANNAPURNA, SARVA MANGALA, BHAIRAVI, CHANDIKA, LALITA, BHAVANI, AND MOOKAMBIKA. During the 9-Night or Navratri festival, Indians worship nine different forms of Goddess Durga with 1,000 names. She is simply adored as Divine Mother and often addressed as ‘MOTHER'(“MATA” or “MAA”) whatever may be the name or form She assumed on different occasions.
Goddess Shakti has three Supreme Forms called DURGA, SARASVATI, and LAKSHMI. In India, the traditions vary from region to region. First 3 – days of Navratri are dedicated to Goddess Durga, following 3-days are dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and concluding 3-days are dedicated to Goddess Sarasvati or Goddess of Knowledge, Wisdom, and Speech. Tuesday, October 12, 2021, the Sixth Day or Shashti is dedicated to Goddess called ‘KATYANI’ (legendary daughter of a devotee by name ‘KATA’). On this day, Goddess Sarasvati is also worshiped for this day is associated with a Nakshatra (Star) called ‘MOOLA’.
DEVI NAVRATRI CELEBRATION-OCTOBER 2021 CALENDAR:
Thursday, October 07, Day 1 – Pratipada, Ghatasthapana, Shailputri Puja
Friday, October 08, Day 2 – Dvitiya, Chandra Darshana, Brahmacharini Puja
Saturday, October 09, Day 3 – Tritiya, Sindoor Tritiya, Chandraghanta Puja
Sunday, October 10, Day 4 – Chaturthi, Kushmanda Puja, Vinayaka Chaturthi, Upang Lalita Vrat
Monday, October 11, Day 5 – Panchami, Skandamata Puja, Sarasvati Avahan
Tuesday, October 12, Day 6 – Shashthi, Katyayani Puja, Sarasvati Puja
Wednesday, October 13, Day 7 – Saptami, Kalaratri Puja
Thursday, October 14, Day 8 – Ashtami, Durga Ashtami, Mahagauri Puja.
Friday, October 15, Day 9 – Navami, Ayudha Puja, Navami Homa, Navratri Parana.
Saturday, October 16, Day 10 – Dashami, Durga Visarjan, Vijaya Dashami.
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