Most of us are aware of the two Navaratris revering the Mother Goddess Shakti – Sharad Navaratri celebrated during Oct-Nov, and Vasant Navaratri celebrated during Mar-Apr. There are two other Navaratris that celebrates the divine feminine power – one during Jan-Feb called Magha Navaratri and the other during Jun-Jul called the Ashada Navaratri.
Significance of Ashada Navaratri or Gupt Navaratri
Ashada Navaratri, also called Gupt Navaratri, is a special celebration of the Goddess as Durga during the nine nights. The word ‘Gupt’ means hidden or secretive. Hence, Gupt Navaratri is believed to be celebrated by Sadhaks performing secretive tantric rituals for the Goddess to obtain her graceful blessings. The word ‘Gupt’ is also believed to denote the Gupta empire who first celebrated Gupt Navaratri for the Goddess.
Gupt or Ashada Navaratri is an ideal time to propitiate the Goddess and get rid of both internal and external negativities that hinder your progress and success. It is also an auspicious time to gain Riddhi (wisdom) and Siddhi (wealth) blessings.
During Gupt Navaratri, people usually worship Goddess Durga in her 9 powerful forms called Nava Durga for gaining protection against evil forces like black magic, jealousy, etc. and build a protective shield around you and your family. During the nine nights of Gupt Navaratri or Ashada Navaratri, sacred texts that hail the Goddess’ powers and blessings such as Devi Mahatmyam or Durga Saptashati and other Durga mantras are chanted.
Durga Saptashati is a part of Markandeya Purana. It highlights the story of Goddess Durga, her powers and weapons gifted to her by God Trinity – Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, and the slaying of the demon Mahishasura by the Supreme Goddess. Chanting this sacred text during Ashada Navaratri is believed to eradicate negativity, grant wealth, happiness, prosperity, and Divine protection.
Ashada Navaratri is also the propitious period to worship Goddess Varahi. Varahi is the boar-faced incarnation of the Goddess and is regarded as the consort of Varaha (Vishnu’s boar-faced incarnation). She is a powerful and compassionate Goddess who would fulfill the prayers of her devotees and grant material riches and abundance. Varahi is also considered a form of wealth Goddess Lakshmi. According to Brahmanda Purana, Goddess Varahi is the embodiment of Dhairyam (courage), Veeryam (valor), and Vijayam (victory) and the Supreme Mother, who is the granter of boons.
Rituals of Ashada Navaratri or Gupt Navaratri
• Offer simple Pooja to the Goddess at home by chanting mantras and offering Prasad
• Chant or listen to Devi Mahatmyam that hails the valor and blessings of the Goddess
• Observe complete or partial fasting for the Goddess, based on your body condition
• Worship Goddess Varahi with special rituals
• Perform Pooja for the Goddess on all nine nights and offer kum-kum and saree to Sumangalis (married women)
Blessings of Observing Ashada Navaratri or Gupt Navaratri
Ashada Navaratri 2020 falls on June 22, 2020, to June 30, 2020. Propitiating the Mother Goddess during these auspicious nine nights can bestow the following blessings:
• Protection against negativity
• Grant wealth and prevent misfortune
• Fulfill wishes
• Remove financial obstacles and bestow prosperity
• Give strength, power, and victory
• Bestow good health and auspiciousness