A festival celebrated over the span of nine days, Navratri is all about the victory of good over
evil. The word Navratri is derived from two Sanskrit terms, ‘nava’ meaning nine and ‘ratri’
meaning night. A celebration of Devi Durga and her nine forms, namely, Shailaputri,
Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalaratri, Mahagauri
and Siddhidatri. During these nine days, people often worship and pray, have recitals and
enactments of the legends and dance to classical folk music. Across the streets of India, you will
notice a burst of vibrant, traditional ethnic wear, adorned with different kinds of spiritual
jewellery such as prayer beads, Japa malas and much more!
According to legend, a powerful buffalo demon, Mahishasura, was blessed with immortality by
Lord Brahma. With the confidence of immortality, Mahishasura attacked earth, heaven and hell
with all his might as he knew only a woman could defeat him as that was the condition given by
Brahma. The worried Gods prayed to Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva to defeat the
enemy as they didn’t stand a chance against the demon. Lord Vishnu created a woman as
according to the boon, only a woman would defeat Mahishasura, Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma
poured all their powers into this woman, and she came to be known as Goddess Durga, a
reincarnation of Goddess Parvati who was the wife of Lord Shiva. After a battle that lasted for
15 days and was said to have shaken earth, heaven and hell, she defeated the demon, and this
celebration came to be known as Navratri.
Each day of Navratri is considered very auspicious and is dedicated to one of the nine forms of
Durga. The symbolism and significance run deep in the Hindu culture, people observe fasts and
pray religiously for blessings. Hindus even decorate their houses and wear outfits of a specific
colour as these colours represent the different forms of Durga. The nine colours are orange,
white, red, royal blue, yellow, green, grey, purple and peacock green.
Wondering what to give your family and friends this Navratri? You can buy a Durga mala or
Durga bracelet, a thoughtful gift to celebrate this auspicious occasion.
Or you can visit and choose from the wide variety of devotional jewellery designs we offer on
our website Maha Mala!