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Happy Navaratri: Know the Navadurga - the 9 Forms of Goddess Durga

India | News18.com | October 10, 2018, 9:25 am
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 Navaratri, the nine-day Hindu festival begins on Oct 10, 2018. Nine different forms of the goddess Durga (known as the Navadurga) are worshipped on each of the nine days. Know the nine different manifestations of Durga.

Navaratri, the nine-day Hindu festival begins on Oct 10, 2018. Nine different forms of the goddess Durga (known as the Navadurga) are worshipped on each of the nine days. Know the nine different manifestations of Durga.

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 Mata Shailaputri: Shailaputri means the daughter (putri) of the mountains (shaila). She is the first of the nine avatars of Durga (the Navadurgas). The embodiment of the powers of the Trinity - Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, she rides a bull and carries a trident and a lotus in her hands. (Illustration: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

Mata Shailaputri: Shailaputri means the daughter (putri) of the mountains (shaila). She is the first of the nine avatars of Durga (the Navadurgas). The embodiment of the powers of the Trinity - Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, she rides a bull and carries a trident and a lotus in her hands. (Illustration: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

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 Mata Brahmacharini: This is the second avatar of Goddess Durga. He name means one who practices penance, with Brahma meaning penance and Charini meaning a female follower. She holds rosary beads in her right hand and a water utensil in her left. (Illustration: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

Mata Brahmacharini: This is the second avatar of Goddess Durga. He name means one who practices penance, with Brahma meaning penance and Charini meaning a female follower. She holds rosary beads in her right hand and a water utensil in her left. (Illustration: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

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 Mata Chandraghanta: This is the third form of goddess Durga. Literally translated, her name means the one who has a

Mata Chandraghanta: This is the third form of goddess Durga. Literally translated, her name means the one who has a "crescent moon shaped like a bell". She is believed to reward devotees with her elegance and bravery, and eliminate all their sins, physical sufferings, mental tribulations and ghostly hurdles. (Illustration: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

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 Mata Kushmanda: She is the fourth form of the Hindu goddess Durga. Ku means a

Mata Kushmanda: She is the fourth form of the Hindu goddess Durga. Ku means a "little,' Ushman means "warmth" or "energy", and "Anda" means "cosmic egg." She is considered to have created the universe with her divine smile. She is believed to improve health and bestow wealth and strength. (Illustration: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

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 Skanda Mata: This is the fifth of the nine avatars.

Skanda Mata: This is the fifth of the nine avatars. "Skanda" is another name for Kartikeya and "Mata" meas mother. She rewards devotees with salvation, power and prosperity. She can grant oceans of wisdom even to the most illeterate, if they happen to be a devotee. (Illustration: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

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 Mata Katyayini: The sixth of the avatars, she is regarded as the ferocious forms of Shakti or Durga. She is also called Bhadrakali or Chandika. Traditionally she is associated with the colour red, the primordial form of Shakti. (Illustration: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

Mata Katyayini: The sixth of the avatars, she is regarded as the ferocious forms of Shakti or Durga. She is also called Bhadrakali or Chandika. Traditionally she is associated with the colour red, the primordial form of Shakti. (Illustration: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

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 Mata Kaalratri: Kaalratri or Kali is worshipped on the seventh day of Navaratri. She is one of the lividest forms of Durga. Kaalratri is the one who destroys ignorance and removes darkness. This form primarily depicts the darker side of life - Mother Nature's fury. (Illustration: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

Mata Kaalratri: Kaalratri or Kali is worshipped on the seventh day of Navaratri. She is one of the lividest forms of Durga. Kaalratri is the one who destroys ignorance and removes darkness. This form primarily depicts the darker side of life - Mother Nature's fury. (Illustration: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

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 Mata Maha Gauri: She is worshipped on the eighth day of Navaratri. He power is unfailing and instantly fruitful. She washes away all the past, present and future sins of her devotees. Maha Gauri is intelligent, peaceful and calm. (Illustration: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

Mata Maha Gauri: She is worshipped on the eighth day of Navaratri. He power is unfailing and instantly fruitful. She washes away all the past, present and future sins of her devotees. Maha Gauri is intelligent, peaceful and calm. (Illustration: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

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 Mata Siddhidatri: She is worshipped on the ninth day of Navaratri. Maha Shakti gives all the eight siddhis – Anima, Mahima, Garima, Laghima, Prapti, Prakamya, Iishitva and Vashitva. According to ‘Devi Puran’, the supreme God Shiva got all these siddhis by worshipping the supreme Goddess Maha Shakti. While some scriptures say she rides on a lion, while others say she is seated on a lotus. Siddhidatri Devi is worshipped by all Gods, Rushis, Muniswaras, Siddha yogis, and all common devotees. (Illustration: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

Mata Siddhidatri: She is worshipped on the ninth day of Navaratri. Maha Shakti gives all the eight siddhis – Anima, Mahima, Garima, Laghima, Prapti, Prakamya, Iishitva and Vashitva. According to ‘Devi Puran’, the supreme God Shiva got all these siddhis by worshipping the supreme Goddess Maha Shakti. While some scriptures say she rides on a lion, while others say she is seated on a lotus. Siddhidatri Devi is worshipped by all Gods, Rushis, Muniswaras, Siddha yogis, and all common devotees. (Illustration: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

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