Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jai Ambey Ma !!
Sharadha Navaratri/Maha Navaratri begins on Shukla Paksha Prathama day in Dakshinayana Punykalam. It is believed that the worship of Goddess Sri Adi Shakthi and follow strict austerities on these propitious nine days would get rid of impurities and the demonic traits such as Kama, Krodha, Lobha, Madha, Moha, Ascharya, Paishunya, Asuya etc... in the worshipper. Goddess Sri Adi Shakthi, Mother of the Universe is the personification of Goddess Sri Durga Parameshwari, Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi and Goddess Sri Mahaswaraswathi who differentiates with three Gunas such as Thamo Guna, Rajo Guna and Satvic Guna respectively. The various form of Goddess Sri Durga is famously known as Nava Durgas, such as Vanadurga, Shoolini Durga, Jathavetho Durga, Jwala Durga, Shanthi Durga, Sabari Durga, Dvipa Durga, Suri Durga, and Lavana Durga. In the same manner, Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi has various forms known as Ashtalakshmi such as Adi Mahalakshmi, Dhana Lakshmi, Santhana Lakshmi , Dhairya Lakshmi, Dhanya Lakshmi, Veeralakshmi, Vijayakshmi and Gajalakshmi. Goddess Sri Saraswathi has eight forms such as Goddess Sri Vageeswari, Goddess Sri Chithreshwari, Goddess Sri Tuljadevi, Goddess Sri Theertheshwari, Anthariksha Saraswathi and Neela Saraswathi. Worship of Goddess Sri Adi Shakthi on these auspicious days in her majestic forms such as Iccha Shakthi, Gnana Shakthi and Kriya Shakthi would bring abundance of devoutness. In the first three days, Goddess Sri Adi Shakthi is worshipped as Goddess Sri Durga Parameshwari / Icchashakthi who provides perpetual mental strength, valor and triumph in all endeavors and the next three days, Goddess Sri Adishakthi is worshipped as Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi/Kriyashakthi, provider of affluence and the last three days Goddess Sri Adishakthi is worshipped as Goddess Sri Mahasaraswathi/Gnana Shakthi, bestows eternal wisdom and knowledge, proficiency in all art forms and ultimately self-realization and God-realization to attain salvation. Worship of Sapthamathas Brahmi, Maheshwari,Chamundi, Kaumari,Vaishnavi, Varahi, and Mahendri on these brings abundance of pieties.
On the first day of Navaratri, Goddess Sri Adishakthi is venerated as Goddess Sri Chamundi/Chamunda, slayer of the demon Mundasura. She carries Musalam, Kavacham, Banam, Ankusham, Khadgam, Khedakam, Dhanus, Dhandam, Parasu in her hands and the other two hands are in Abhyahastha and Varadhahastha posture. She is attired in tiger skin, seated on lotus, wearing garlands of skulls. She has dreadful appearances and resides under fig tree.
On the second day of Navaratri, Goddess Sri Adishakthi is worshipped as Goddess Sri Varahi, female force of Lord Vishnu. She has assisted Goddess Sri Adishakthi in the battle against the demons Shumbha and Nishumbha, therefore she is considered as the chief commandant of the warriors of Goddess Sri Adishakthi. She has various names like Goddess Sri Mangalamaya Narayani, Goddess Sri Dhandini, Goddess Sri Bagalamukhi, Panchami etc.. She has the face of Varaha/boar, dark complexioned, seated on a lotus and wields Hala and Trident, she resides under Kalpakavruksha.
On the third day of Navaratri, Goddess Sri Adishakthi is venerated as Goddess Sri Indrani/ Samrajyadhayini/ Mahendhri female force of Lord Indra and slayer of the demon Vruthasura. She is the Empress of Devaloka, red complexioned, she has elephant as her celestial vehicle and carries the weapon Vajrayudha and Ankusha in both the hands, and the other two hands are in Abhaya Hastha and Varadha Hastha posture. She resides under the wish fulfilling Kalpavruksha.
On the fourth day of Navaratri, Goddess Sri Adishakthi is worshipped as Goddess Sri Vaishnavi, female force of Lord Vishnu and she has the celestial vehicle Garuda. Goddess Sri Vaishnavi carries conch, dice, goad and lotus on four hands; the other two hands are in Abhaya hastha and Varadha Hastha posture. She is attired in yellow garments, adorned magnificent jewels on her body and resides under the Rajavruksha.
On the fifth day of Navaratri, Goddess Sri Adishakthi is worshipped as Goddess Sri Maheshwari, female force of Lord Maheshwara and she has the celestial vehicle Rishabha. She is white complexioned, carries trident and Japamala on both the hands and the other two hands in Abhayahastha and Varadahastha posture.
On the sixth day of Navaratri, Goddess Sri Adishakthi is worshipped as Goddess Sri Kaumari/Kumari, female force of Lord Devasenapathi, she resides under fig tree and has the celestial vehicle peacock and a flag carries the symbol of hen. The yellow complexioned Goddess Sri Kaumari carries Kukkutam and trident in two hands and the other two hands are in Abhayahastha and Varadahastha posture.
On the seventh day of Navaratri, Goddess Sri Adi Shakthi is worshipped as Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi, consort of Lord Vishnu.
On the eighth day of Navaratri, Goddess Sri Adi Shakthi is worshipped as Goddess Sri Nrusimhi /Narasimhi, female force of Lord Vishnu.
On the ninth day of Navaratri, Goddess Sri Adi Shakthi is worshipped as Goddess Sri Brahmi/Bhramini, female force of Lord Brahma. Goddess Sri Brahmi is four faced, seated on a red lotus, attired in Yellow cloth. Sri Brahmi carries Trident and beads/Japamala in both the hands; the other two hands are in Abhayahastha and Varadhahastha posture. Her celestial vehicle is swan and resides under the Palasa Vruksham.
Jai Ambey Ma !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!