A celebration of the victory of good over evil, people across the nation celebrate Devi Durga and her nine forms, namely, Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalaratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri during Navratri.
Each of the nine manifestations of Durga is honoured on the exceedingly fortunate days of Navratri. Those of the Hindu belief spend these days fasting and praying fervently for blessings, a practice deeply ingrained in cultural symbolism and significance. From vibrant reds to bright yellows, certain colours are associated with each of the nine days, with which to decorate homes and traditional dresses to depict the various manifestations of Durga. Devotees frequently wear devotional jewellery to express their gratitude and love for the goddess.
Looking to pay your respects to the Goddess this Navratri? Here are some traditional practices you can try:
- Charity: Devotees provide food, clothing, and monetary assistance to the less fortunate. This practice is said to open the door for the Goddess to return your blessings unto others with blessings of her own.
- Lotus Flowers: Believed to be Goddess Laxmi's favourite, the Lotus flower has deep significance in Hindu myth. By decorating your home and places of worship with the flower, the Goddess is thought to be appeased, and her happiness will in turn bring luck and good fortune to your home.
- Chanting: Invoking the Goddess' blessings through fasting, prayer, and chanting is a great way to both invite good fortune into your life, as well as bring mental peace. To help hone the practice, try chanting with the help of 108 mala beads which can be purchased here.
- Cleanliness: It's often said that cleanliness is next to godliness. This isn’t restricted to material belongings but also applies to your heart and mind. During this auspicious time, we should not only get rid of the things cluttering our homes but also the things that are cluttering our minds.
Looking to give your family and friends something special this Navratri? Buy them a Durga bracelet, a thoughtful gift to celebrate the festive season! Or, choose from the wide variety of prayer beads designs we offer on our website!