Mucho Pyaar :o) x

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Chaitra Navratri.. ॐ

'Navratri, in April?!' This is usually the response most people have when hearing my excitement to the build up of my most favourite Navratri, celebrated during the month of Chaitra, devoted all to my beautiful Maha Kali Maa and this is post dedicated all to Her, so I hope this help you all understand more about Maa Kali and her Navratri. 
Chaitra Navratri is an important Hindu festival that is celebrated, just like Shardiya Maha Navratri, over nine days. The festivities occur over the nine nights of the Shukla Paksha, the bright fortnight of moon, during the month of ‘Chaitra’, which is the first month of the Hindu calendar, giving it its name of Chaitra Navratri and usually falls during March-April.
As one would during Shardiya Maha Navratri, the nine nights are dedicated to celebrating and worshipping the nine forms of the Goddess Kali and most of the rituals and customs are same.
According to the Hindu Puranas and scriptures, Chaitra Navratri was the most important Navratri in which Shakti was worshipped, until Lord Ram started to worshipp Goddess Durga in the month of Ashwin,  during the Ramayana war. Ironically, the last day of  Chaitra Navratri being Ram Navmi, which is why this Navratri is also known as Vasanta Navratri or Rama Navratri.  
Hindus believe Chaitra Navratri to be the most significant festival of calendar and say that during this time, devotees that serve and worship Maa Kali, the Goddess of evil and destruction, to be blessed by Her divine benediction. It is said that if devotees worship Maa Kali, without any desires to be fulfilled, they will attain Moksha, (salvation).
Maha Kali Maa: My Strength, My Shakti and My Stamina.
The most fearful and ferocious form of the Hindu Mother Goddess is Maha Kali, presented with the fiercest features amongst all the world's deities, She stands tall and proud, holding her with Her Trishul in one hand and the head of a demon in another. She adorns two dead heads for her earrings, Her necklace a string of skulls and Her clothing made of a girdle of human hands. Wide, red eyes, tongue protruding from her mouth, Her face and chest are sullied with blood. She stands with one foot on the thigh and another on the chest of her husband, Shiva.
Maa Kali's fearless form is strewed with symbols, each representing what makes Her Maha Kali! Starting from her name and complexion of Kali, meaning black, symbolizing her transcendental, mystical and all-embracing nature. She adorns no material goods, transparent like Mother Nature; the Sea and Sky, She too, remains free from an illusory cover, beyond Maya,  meaning illusion. Symbolising Her infinite knowledge is in the form of the fifty human heads garland, that represent the fifty letters of he Sanskrit alphabet. Signifying the freeing from the cycle of Karma takes form in the girdle of the severed human hands, whilst the whiteness of Her teeth highlight Maa's inner purity, with Her three eyes representing the three modes of time; past, present and future, which lies in Her very name of Kali, taken from the Sanskrit word of Kala, meaning time). Completing Her is the Trishul, the Trident, which is the destroyer of evil and alike.  The straggled Shiva, lying splayed at Her feet is affirmation that with the power of Maa Kali, also a form of Shakti, even the stalwart Shiva is quiescent.

May Navratri bring all my family, friends and followers Shanti, Shaki & Sneh. May Maha Kali Maa bless you and your loved one during these nine auspicious nights, keeping negative energies, bad connections and evil spirits away from you all.

Jai Maha Kali.. Jai Bhavani.. Mucho Pyaar :o) x

No comments:

Post a Comment