Navratri is the Hindu festival of nine evenings dedicated to the love of shakti, the feminine form of the Divine. It happens during the Hindu calendar month of Ashwin. The mother of Goddess is worshiped in nine different forms during these days. The worship of the feminine has been the most ancient form of worship on the planet, not only in India, but in Europe, Arabia, and large parts of Africa.
Navratri is India’s biggest and longest festival celebrated by Hindus. In Hindu religion, devotees of goddess believe that during these days the power of goddess is thousand times more active than usual. It is the cherished and joyous festival in the Hindu community of India.
Symbolizing victory of positivity over negativity, Navratri literally means 'nine nights' in Sanskrit; Nav - Nine and Ratri - nights. During the course of these 9 days. 3 forms of Goddess - Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswathi - are invoked.
Initial 3 days stand for being tamasic, the middle three for rajasic, and the last three for being sattvik. In life, all these three qualities co-exist and we have to skillfully get past them. These nine days are hence celebrated to mark a reminder of this. It is the awakening of the Divinity – that quality of the Mother Divine which does not negate anything yet nurtures the good qualities. Positive thinking & living can be invoked skillfully by awakening the Divine in us. We must work towards eradicating negativities by concentrating on inner peace.
Sevasoul wishes all of you a very Happy Navratri. May goddess Durga brings all happiness in your life by eradicating all the negativities.