9 Avatars of Goddess Durga and Their Meanings


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Shardiya Navaratri festival, one of the auspicious Hindu festivals, is celebrated for nine days. It will start on September 26 and will be celebrated until October 5. During the Navratri festival, nine incarnations of Goddess Durga are worshiped every night. Here is an overview of the nine incarnations of Maa Durga and the meaning of each avatar

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Day 1: Shailputri | On the first day of Navratri, Maa Shailputri also known as Hemavati and Parvati is worshipped. According to Hindu mythology, she is known as the daughter of the king of the Himalayan mountains. She rides a bull and holds a trident and a lotus flower in both hands and is considered the source of fortune and prosperity. (Image: Shutterstock)

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Day 2: Brahmacharini | The second day is dedicated to the goddess Brahmacharini, known as the goddess of sacrifice and discipline. According to Hindu mythology, Brahmacharini means the woman who observes Brahmacharya, the Buddhist way of life (abandonment of earthly pleasures). Goddess Brahmacharini is seen with a Japa mala in her right hand and a kamandalu in her left, and she grants grace, bliss, tranquility and wealth to her worshippers. (Image: Shutterstock)

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Day 3: Chandraghanta | On the third day of Navaratri, Maa Chandraghanta is worshiped by devotees of Goddess Durga. Goddess Parvati is worshiped as the goddess of forgiveness and peace. She has 10 hands and three eyes, and we see her riding a tigress. (Image: Shutterstock)

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Day 4: Kushmanda | On the fourth day, Maa Kushmanda is believed to be the deity who lives inside the scorching sun, hence its name. It is believed that she created the universe with her beautiful and luminous smile like that of the Sun. Maa Kushmanda grants good health and strength to her devotees. (Image: Shutterstock)

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Day 5: Skandmata | On the fifth day, the goddess Skandamata is worshipped. He is a four-armed deity, who carries a lotus in two of his arms and holds little Skanda, also known as Kartikeya, in his lap with one of his right hands and the other hand is in Abhaya Mudra which deflects all fears and evil. . She is also known as Goddess Padmasana as she sits on a lotus and her name Skandamata in Sanskrit means the mother of Skanda who is the son of Lord Shiva and the warrior god Kartikeya. (Image: Shutterstock)

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Day 6: Katyayani | On the sixth day, Maa Katyayani is worshipped. Maa Katyayani is believed to have destroyed the demon Mahisasura. She rides the lion and has 10 hands and she blesses her followers to rid them of all their sins and achieve material well-being. (Image: Shutterstock)

Day 7: KalaratriMaa Kalaratri has a dark complexion, a fierce soul and a bold attitude with blood red eyes and claws that distinguish her as the goddess of death.  She is also known as Kali Maa and Kalratri, both derived from the Hindu goddess Kali.  She has four pairs of hands, and her right hand is in Abhaya Mudra and Varada Mudra, and her left hand holds a sword and an iron hook.
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Day 7: Kalaratri | Maa Kalaratri has a dark complexion, a fierce soul, and a bold stance with blood-red eyes and claws that distinguish her as the Goddess of Death. She is also known as Kali Maa and Kalratri, both derived from the Hindu goddess Kali. She has four pairs of hands, and her right hand is in Abhaya Mudra and Varada Mudra, and her left hand holds a sword and an iron hook. (Image: Shutterstock)

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Day 8: Mahagauri | The eighth day of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Mahagauri whose name means she is extremely bright or shining like the moon. She rides a white bull and wears only white clothes and is also known as Shwetambardhara. She blesses her devotees with wealth and well-being and helps them attain salvation. (Image: Shutterstock)

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Day 9: Siddhidatri | On the last day of Navratri, Maa Siddhidatri, endowed with inherent healing abilities, is worshipped. She is seen in a cheerful and charming position as she sits on the ground. She travels on a lotus, a tiger or a lion, depending on the situation and has four pairs of hands. (Image: Shutterstock)


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