Springtime Purification, Beauty and Abundance
Navratri or Nine Nights of Goddess refers to a series of nine nights celebrated two times a year, when the Goddess energy (creative energy) is at its peak. Prayers offered during these nine nights will aid in material and spiritual progress. The concept of the Goddess is intriguing as nothing can happen without her presence. The human female acts as a surrogate of the Goddess.
The term Navratri is most often associated with the celebrations that take place in the lunar month of Ashwini (September-October). Navratri is celebrated in both the autumn and spring, when nature undergoes important seasonal changes. It is also held during the beginning of summer and the beginning of winter. This is a time of thanksgiving for Mother Nature, who protects and sustains us.
Awaken the Shakti - Vasanta Navratri
Vasanta Navratri is the time to worship the Goddess in her Shakti (Energy) form so that you can transform your consciousness, manifest abundant wealth, create a positive balance in your life and receive divine help in your academic and literary pursuits.It is also known as "Chaitra Navratras" or Spring Navratri. It is celebrated in the lunar month of Chitra (March-April).
The Legend Behind Spring Navratri
The Vasanta Navratri also coincides with Ram Navami, which falls on the ninth day of Chaitra month. Due to this correlation, Vasanta Navratri is also known as Ram Navratri. Devotees often fast during the period of Navratri. On the Ashtami day (8th day), young girls are worshiped as Kanya Devi (Virgin Goddess).
Devi Bhagavatam, a holy scripture dedicated to the Supreme Goddess, considers the Mother Goddess even greater than the holy trinity. According to the legend, Devi sat on the tip of a needle for nine days, doing a severe penance to destroy the evil Demon Mahisha. The first three days, she meditated as Goddess Durga, the next three days as Goddess Maha Lakshmi and the last three days as Goddess Saraswati. Spiritually, this signifies a progressive movement toward satvic principles, eventually resulting in liberation from the imperfections of life.