नवरात्रि का महत्व
- ऐसा कहा जाता है कि चैत्र नवरात्र के पहले मां आद्यशक्ति अवतरित हुर्इ थीं.
- ब्रह्म पुराण के अनुसार, देवी ने ब्रह्माजी को सृष्टि निर्माण करने के लिए कहा.
- चैत्र नवरात्र के तीसरे दिन भगवान विष्णु ने मत्स्य रूप में अवतार लिया था.
- श्रीराम का जन्म भी चैत्र नवरात्र में ही हुआ था.
- ज्योतिष की दृष्टि से भी चैत्र नवरात्र का विशेष महत्व है क्योंकि इसके दौरान सूर्य का राशि परिवत्रन होता है.
- पंडित ये भी कहते हैं कि चैत्र नवरात्र के दिनों में माता स्वयं पृथ्वी पर रहती हैं, इसलिए इनकी पूजा से इच्छित फल की प्राप्ति होती है.
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Why is Navratri celebrated?
We have earlier shared some important religious practices for Navratri related to Ma Durga and her many manifestations. The learned Brahmins say that Mother Goddess herself is present on Earth during this period to bless the devoted. However, there are many more aspects to this blessed period of Navratri. It is the period when Brahmaji created the World and therefore the Hindu calendar starts from the first day of Chaitra Navratra or Navratri. It was the 3rd day of Chaitra Navratri when Lord Vishnu took incarnation as the Giant Fish (Matsya Avatar) to save the sages, the Puranas and selected few from all living and non-living species to save them from the deluge.
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Navratri is celebrated four times in a year, but, most Hindus are aware of and celebrate only the Chaitra and Sharad Navratri. Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra and Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh also coincide with Chaitra or Vasant Navratri. Ram Navami, also said to be the birthday of Lord Rama, falls on the 9th day of the bright fortnight of the month of Chaitra (March-April) and Kalyanostsavam is also celebrated on the same day as the wedding day of Lord Ram and Sita Ma.
Ram’s kingdom was known as Raghukul or Raghuvamsa. Raghu is a synonym for the Sun and Lord Ram was also known as Raghunath, Raghupati or Raghavendra and the family was said to be directly related to the Sun god. Chaitra Navratri is said to be the best time to propitiate Lord Ram on Ram Navami as the Sun is overhead and shines brilliantly.
With all of the above, Navratri is a very important Hindu festival. It is celebrated with great zest and zeal in all parts of India. During the Sharad Navratri, Durga Puja is celebrated with pomp and show in West Bengal and Dandiya festivals are held across Maharashtra and Gujarat. However, all the festivals are celebrated with equal devotion in almost all parts of India.
May Goddess bless us all!
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