Navaratri is celebrated twice a year in India. The first Navaratri falls in the month of Chaitra i.e. March- April according to the Gregorian calendar and the second in the month of Ashwani i.e. September – October according to the Gregorian calendar. The first one is called as the Chaitra Navratri and the second one is celebrated as Durga Pooja. Chaitra Navratri commences with the beginning of the new year according to the 'Vikram Sambat' i.e the 1st day of the month of Chaitra. It is celebrated all over the country with extreme zeal and enthusiasm.
It is a nine days celebration and devotees during these nine days observe fasts, go to temples, and worship Goddess Durga. The entire surrounding is full of pious echo of Maa Durga bhajans. People do Jagraate, organize community feasts and celebrations. The celebrations are at its climax on the eighth and the ninth day of the Navratri. In Hindus this festival is given immense importance and treated as a festival of eternal enlightenment. Quotes of some popular Hindu scholars will explain you the eternal significance of the Pooja. Read the Navaratri quotations given below to understand more.
Popular Navratri Quotes
During Navaratri, Goddess Durga is invoked first to remove impurities from the mind. The Goddess Lakshmi is invoked to cultivate the noble values and qualities. Finally, Saraswati is invoked for gaining the highest knowledge of the Self. This is the significance of the three sets of three nights when all these three are gained subjectively, and then there will be Vijayadasami, the day of true victory. – Swami Tejomayananda of Chinmaya Mission
Navaratri is celebrated in various parts of India in different styles. But the one basic aim of this celebration is to propitiate Shakti, the Goddess in Her aspect as Power, to bestow upon man all wealth, auspiciousness, prosperity, knowledge (both sacred and secular), and all other potent powers. Whatever be the particular or special request that everyone may put before the Goddess, whatever boon may be asked of Her, the one thing behind all these is propitiation, worship and linking oneself with Her. There is no other aim. This is being effected consciously or unconsciously. Everyone is blessed with Her loving mercy and is protected by Her. – Swami Sivananda
Man, the imperfect, the bound, the sorrowful, has a thousand enemies within. He is riddled with negative thoughts fears, yearnings. These are selfishness, jealousy, meanness, prejudice and hatred – just to mention but a few. The Sadhak must get rid of these lawless villains within. With Mother Durga’s kripa, these destructive masters are to be annihilated. Invoke the Mother Terrible to help us annihilate within ourselves all negative forces; all weaknesses, - all littleness. – Swami Chinmayananda