Dusshera – October 26 – Vijaya Dasami

Durga

The Navarathri is the Festival to commemorate the Victory of Good over Evil. The Embodiment of Divine Power (of Para-sakthi), in its various manifestations, Sathwic (as Maha-saraswathi), Rajasic (as Maha-lakshmi), Thamasic (as Maha Kali) Was able to overcome the forces of vice, wickedness and egoism during the Nine Days’ struggle and finally, on Vijaya Dasami Day (the Tenth Day commemorating Victory), the Valedictory Worship is done.

Calendars (panchang) vary from state to state in India, the north can vary from the South, Bengal varies from Tamil Nadu and other states have different days for Dusshera. Many states observed this day on October 25 due Adhika Masam, and other reasons. We post today, as given above.

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Navarathri Day 9 – October 25 – Siddhidatri

Goddess Siddhidatri

The Ninth day of Navarathri is given over to Goddess Siddhidhatri. In this form Mother Goddess provides ‘Siddhi’ or knowledge. Siddhidhatri is the full form of goddess Parvati. She has four hands holding a discus, conch shell, mace, and lotus. She is sitting on a fully bloomed lotus or a lion. The colour of the day is Purple.

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Navarathri Day 6 – October 22 – Katyayani Puja

Katyayani

The sixth day of Navarathri is given over to Goddess Katyayani. She is called Katyayani because she was born as the daughter of Sage Katya of Katya clan. The colour of the day is Yellow. We have supplied a light green background to enable easy reading sans glare.

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Navarathri Day 5 – October 21 – Skandamata Puja

Skanda Mata

The fifth day of Navarathri is given over to Goddess Skandamata. Skanda is one of the names of Subramanya or Lord Muruga or Kartik – the General of the Army of the Devas and the most handsome God. Skanda Mata is the mother of Kartik. She is also known as Padmasana. The colour of the day is Royal Blue.

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Navarathri Day 4 – October 20 – Kushmanda

Maa Kushmanda

The fourth day of Navarathri is given over to Goddess Kushmanda. It is told that women have seven strengths to the three of man, and on this fourth day of Navarathri, we reflect on woman as gift of intelligence in the home, in the workplace. Goddess Parvati started living inside the center of the Sun so that the sun began to give energy to the universe. Since then Goddess is known as Kushmanda.

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Navarathri Day 3 – October 19 – Chandraghanta Puja

Goddess Chandraganta

The third day of Navarathri is given over to Goddess Chandraghanta. It is told that women have seven strengths to the three of man, and on this third day of Navarathri, we reflect on woman as the highest expression of loyalty in the home and the society. The colour of the day is white, so we give one black background to assist reading white on white!

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Navarathri Day 2 – October 18 – Brahmacharini

Brahmacarini

The second day of Navarathri is given over to Goddess Brahmacarini. It is told that women have seven strengths to the three of man, and on this second day of Navarathri, we reflect on woman as the one who has strength in practice of austerities and as the one who constantly meditates on the Divine. The colour of the day is Orange!

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