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Happy Navarathiri Oct 6th to Oct 13th

posted Oct 9, 2013, 8:55 PM by Balvihar Teachers 6A   [ updated Sep 19, 2014, 5:01 PM by Balvihar Administrator ]
" Wish you all a very Happy Navarathiri "

The legend goes that Mahishasura, the mighty demon, worshipped Lord Shiva and obtained the power of eternity. Soon, he started killing and harassing innocent people and set out to win all the three lokas. The gods in swargaloka appealed to Lord Shiva, to find a way to get rid of the demon. To protect the world from the atrocities of Mahishasura, the Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva united their powers and created a divine female warrior, known as Goddess Durga. Mahishasura, when he saw the divine beauty of Goddess Durga, got mesmerized.

So fascinated was Mahishasura by Goddess Durga's beauty that he approached her with the intention of marriage. The goddess agreed to marry him, but put forth a condition - Mahishasura would have to win over her in a battle. Mahishasura, proud as he was, agreed immediately! The battle continued for 9 nights and at the end of the ninth night, Goddess Durga beheaded Mahishasura. The nine nights came to be known as Navratri, while the tenth day was called Vijayadashmi, the tenth day that brought the triumph of good over evil.

Thus during navarathiri nine forms of Shakti/Devi namely Durga, Bhadrakali, Jagadamba, Annapurna, Sarvamangala, Bhairavi , Chandika, Lalita, Bhavani are worshipped .