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Sarva mangala mangalye shive sarvartha sadhike l
Sharanye trayambake gauri, Narayani namostute ll
Meaning: O Mother ! You are the personification of all that is auspicious, You are the benevolent form of Lord Shiva, You bestow Divine energy and help people achieve Righteousness, wealth, fulfill desires and Liberation, You are worthy of being surrendered to. Three eyes adorn You. O Narayani Devi, I pay obeisance to You !
Navratri begins on Ashwin Shukla 1 (30th September 2008) on this year. According to one school of thought, Sri Mahakali (who has a tama pre-dominant temperament) is worshipped on the first 3 days of Navratri, to reduce the tama component in ourselves. The next 3 days, to enhance the sattva component in ourselves, Sri Mahalakshmi (who has a sattva pre-dominant temperament) is worshipped and on the last 3 days, to intensify the spiritual practice, Mahasaraswati (who has a raja pre-dominant temperament) is worshipped. Chant the Names of these Deities during these days. To learn more, obtain your copy of the Holy text 'Shakti', published by Sanatan Sanstha from the Sanatan centre nearest to you.
The Navaratri commences on the first day (pratipada) of the bright fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Ashwin. During this vowed religious observance, a pot is installed (ghatasthapana) in a sanctified place at home. A lamp is kept lit in the pot for nine days. The pot symbolizes the universe. The uninterrupted lit lamp is the medium through which we worship the effulgent Adishakti, i.e. Sree Durgadevi. During Navaratri, the principle of Sree Durgadevi is more active in the atmosphere. When we understand the spiritual science behind the various rites that come under the worship of Sree Durgadevi, we become worthy of absorbing more of the Divine energy principle, thereby acquiring more of Her grace.
Navaratri: Night indicates 'switch over in the process'. one of the Goddess's names is Kalratri. Kalratri is one who brings about changes in the Kalpurush. Earth's basic nature is to rotate. Due to this rotation, changes like night and day occur. Vowed observances (vrat) help the body adjust to the changes. To reduce the tama gun, Goddess Mahakali is worshipped during the first 3 days of Navaratri. In the next 3 days Satvaguni Goddess Mahalaxmi is worshipped to increase the satva gun. And during the last 3 days of navaratri Rajoguni Goddess Maha Saraswati is worshipped to increase the intensity of our spiritual practice.
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Garba: 'Garbo' is derived from the word garbho (meaning womb). Symbollically, the Divine mothers' energy is worshipped by instilling a lamp in an earthen pot with tiny holes. As a symbol of procreation the Deepagarbha is worshipped for 9 days. With passage of time, the word deep Deepagarbha was shortened and only the words garbha-garbo or garba became prevalent.