What does Navarathri symbolize?
Navarathri symbolizes the victory of good and the destruction of evil. It sends across an unambiguous message that the evil is not something that remains elsewhere outside, but is present very much as part of one’s own inner selves. The occasion cautions people to be wary of these weaknesses, that are in the form of deep-seated ignorance and various negativities, and exhorts them to acquire the spiritual knowledge that can purify the mind, inculcate virtues, transcend worldly desires and can raise one to the level of achieving the ultimate goal of salvation.
What is the spiritual significance of Navarathri?
Navarathri worships and celebrates the three principal forms the mother Goddess, who remains as the ultimate divine power that sustains the universe. These three forms are Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi, whose divine attributes themselves portray the great significance of the festival.
It is Durga, the destroyer of the mighty Mahishasura, the buffalo headed demon, who is invoked on the first 3 days of Navarathri. Buffalo, the lethargic, slow paced animal, loves to wallow in slush and while away time in idle pursuits. Thus it represents the various negative qualities that are deeply embedded in us and hence, a life of worthlessness and futility itself. Durga, the embodiment of power and strength and the slayer of Mahishasura, is prayed to on these opening days, for vanquishing the similar negative tendencies of ours and for showing us the right path, for marching towards the true goal of our existence.
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