Here are the tales associated with the auspicious 9-day Navratri
On this occasion, it is important and interesting to know what Navratri is and why we celebrate it. Navratri is a Hindu festival that is full of excitement and colour. It is time for family and friends to come together and celebrate.
The word Navratri is derived from Sanskrit meaning nine nights. Nava means nine and Ratri means night.
The 9-day long celebrations are dedicated to goddess Durga’s 9 avatars known as NavaDurgas. Each day is associated with the incarnation of the goddess.
Story of Goddess Durga
The Tale of Navratri hails from the battle that occurred between the goddess and Mahishasur and his Assur Army. Mahishaur wanted to become more and more powerful and to rule all the 3 lokas (Swarglok, Murtiyulok, and Patallok). After a severe Tapasya, he pleased Lord Brahma. Brahma gifted him a boon.
Mahishasur asked, “Lord, if you cannot grant me immortality, then give me such powers so that I cannot be killed by either a god or a man? If I have to die, it should only be with the hands of a woman.”
Mahishasur was very proud of his masculinity and power. He believed that no woman can stand his powers. His wish was granted and he developed a myth that now he is an immortal and most powerful person in the whole universe.
He immediately marched towards all the 3 lokas with his army. After his atrocities, the king of Dev, Indra went to Trimurties (Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh) and explained the whole situation to them. All the 3 gods together create a woman who held all the supreme powers. Lord Shiva gave her Trishula, Vishnu handed over his Chakra, Brahma presented his Kamandal and Indra gave his Vajra.
This Aadi Shakti also possessed courage, wisdom, and inner strength. She rode on a lion for Mahishasur Vadh.
Mahishasur’s heart skipped a beat after looking at goddess Durga. He still thought that a single woman was not capable enough to kill me. To this Durga replied, “I am not an ordinary woman. I’m here to fulfill your desire to be killed by a woman”. Mahisha immediately realized the danger and turned into a buffalo and charged towards the goddess with all his might.
The ferocious battle continued for the 10-long days. On the 10th day, Durga killed Mahisha with her trident. Therefore, 9 days are celebrated as Navratri, and the 10th day is known as Vijay Dasmi.
After Durga slew Mahishasur she earned the title Mahishasur Mardini.
Kamal Nayan Ram won over Ravan
Another popular story is associated with Ramayana. It is said that before being involved in a battle with Lanka Pati Ravan, Lord Rama prayed to Goddess Durga to receive her blessings. This puja needs 108 blue lotuses, but he managed to arrange only 107. Therefore, Ram decided to offer one of his eyes as he was also known as Kamal Nayan (Whose eyes are like a lotus petal). When he was about to peel off his eye, Durga appeared and blessed him with victory boon. Lord Ram killed Ravan on Vijay Dashmi itself.
In Mahabharata, the Pandavas were exiled in a forest for 12 years after they lost the game of Chosat to the Kauravas. They also had to live 1 year in disguise. If they were recognized by anybody the whole process of exile was to be repeated.
After the period was successfully over, they retrieved their arms which were kept safely on a Shami tree. On Vijay Dasmi they worshipped their weapons. Hence, people often worship implements on this day that are part of their lives.