The Meaning of Navaratri
The Nine Days of Mother Divine and Victory Day:
by Pandit B.P. Sharma
The Celebration of Victory over Evil
The Story of Navaratri
The celebration of Navaratri can be found in various Hindu religious texts such as the
Markandeya Purana, Vamana Purana, Varaha Purana, Shiva Purana, Skanda Purana, Sri Devi
Bhagavatam and Kalika Purana. The story of Navaratri is a symbolic message of victory over
negativity in ones life; it gives insight into the fact that however overwhelming and powerful
evil becomes, at the end, it is Goodness that wins and triumphs over all of the evil.
The Nine Days of Mother Divine are very auspicious and during these days one should worship
the power of Goddess and seek Her Blessings. The devotees of Mother Divine are blessed with
increased knowledge, the means to become more self-sufficient, help in sustainment, an
increase in spirituality and spirituality in home life and with added peace and prosperity.
Three Goddesses are represented in this nine-day celebration with Victory Day occurring on
the tenth day. The Goddesses are: Divine Mother Durga, Divine Mother Lakshmi and Divine
The first three days are for Goddess Durga; She governs spiritual development and has
supremacy overcoming negativity, destruction and, by Her Grace, adds to the creation and
sustainment of the Universe. Due to this Spiritual power, Goddess Durga protects her
devotees from all problems and worries and grants them prosperity, knowledge and increased
The next three days are for Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth, who is shown dressed
in rich red silk and fully ornamented from head to toe in gold and precious stones. Her four
hands represent four Spiritual virtues: beauty, grace, wealth and abundance. The fully
bloomed lotus that She is seated on represents the Seat of Divine Truth. The aura of joy
surrounding her depicts mental and spiritual balance and peace and prosperity always exist
Each and every major deity in Hindu mythology has His or Her own Gayatri Mantra.
The following chant (Gayatri Mantra) is a powerful mantra one can use that grants prosperity,
protection and adds Spiritual grace and is one of the Gayatri Mantras for the Goddess Lakshmi,
the Goddess of Wealth:
"Om Mahalakshmai Cha Vidmahe
Vishnu Patnyai Cha Dhimahi
Tanno Lakshmihi Prachodayat"
Translated, this hymn means:
Supreme Source, Salutations;
“Om; May we meditate on the Great Goddess Sri Lakshmi, the consort of Sri Maha Vishnu.
May that effulgent Maha Lakshmi Devi inspire and Illuminate our mind and grant Spiritual
The last three days celebrate Goddess Saraswati who is the Hindu Goddess of learning,
knowledge, music and the Arts. Saraswati has also been identified with the Vedic Saraswati
River. She is the consort of Lord Brahma, the Hindu God of creation. She, along with the
Goddesses Durga and Lakshmi, completes the set of the Divine Tridevi (the three Goddesses)
and they are a Divine Trinity.
According to Hinduism, Saraswati’s offspring are the Vedas. Saraswati is a very popular Indian
Goddess and is propitiated to attain Spiritual knowledge and wisdom as well as all arts and
sciences. Saraswati is prominently featured in Mahayana Buddhism where She initially
manifests in the “Golden Radiance Sutra” of the late 4th or early 5th Century in the Mahayana
Sutra. Saraswati is also commonly associated with, and equivalent to, other powerful Vedic
goddesses such as Vak, Savitri, and Gayatri. Saraswati represents intelligence, cosmic
knowledge, consciousness, creativity, enlightenment, education, music and the arts. She is not
only worshipped for secular knowledge, but also for the true Divine Knowledge essential to
achieve Moksha or Liberation. She is additionally referred to as Shonapunya, meaning 'the One
purified of blood'.
The Saraswati Puja is performed on the 5th day of the Magha Month of the Hindu Almanac.
This is also commonly known as Basant Panchami. In many provinces of India, especially in
the South, Saraswati Puja is conducted on the 9th Day of Navaratri, a 10-day Festival that
celebrates the Spiritual Power of the Sacred Feminine. The last three days of Navaratri,
beginning from the Mahalaya Amavasya (or the New Moon day) are dedicated to the Worship
of this Goddess. It is believed that the Saraswati Puja day should be spent in complete
contemplation of the Goddess of Knowledge and Wisdom.
Books, musical instruments, and ghungroos (dancing bells) are placed before the deity on this
blessed day of Mahanavami and are taken out only on the Vijayadashami or the
Vidyarambham Day (literally: "start of learning anew"), the tenth and final day of the
On Vijayadashami day, which is Victory Day, students also seek the Blessings of their Teachers,
considering them to be the embodiments of Devi Saraswati Herself.
Pt. B.P. Sharma
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Mother Divine
Pandit Sharma shares the follow message directly from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi from years ago:
“Once, Maharishi told us that if we want to bring heaven on earth, we need to improve
mother power and we need to respect mother power and where we get mother power.
Maharishi said that, through Mother Power, we help each and every woman throughout the
world. So, I believe that each and every woman has Mother Power and Divine; because Mother
is only here on the earth to serve the children heartily… there is nothing other than Mother
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