Navaratri Celebrations in Omkarananda Ashram
The Altar of
The Altar of Omkarananda-Shanta-Durga
Every form of Maha-Durga has its own significance,
importance and power.
“Chandraghanta” is the motherly form of Maha Durga showering peace, serenity, beauty, enchantment and ecstasy. She is the light which shines during the darkness of difficulties of our life.
“Kushmanda” emanates a solar aura and she is the knowledge of cosmic intricacies in the human race.
“Skandamata” is Lord Kartikeya’s mother who is also called as Skanda. She is the motherly figure which is the power that changes you, transforms you internally and externally, so that the sadhaka can continue his spiritual journey without any obstacles.
“Katyayani” is the form which became the daughter of “Maharshi Katyayana” and henceforth called as “Katyayani”. She cuts the cycle of life and death.
“Kalaratri” is the personification of the enemy of darkness and ignorance and She is the slayer of the evil spirits. Though She has a fearsome appearance, She is always auspicious in effect and the giver of inexhaustible virtues, so She is also called as “Shubhankari”.
“Mahagauri” is the eighth form of Maha Durga and She radiates Peace and Compassion from Her being. This day holds a lot of significance among the devotees and is also called as “Maha-Ashtami”.
“Siddhidatri” is the giver of all forms of achievements (Siddhis), which according to the Markandeya Purana are Anima, Mahima, Garima, Laghima, Prapti, Prakamya, Ishitva and Vashitva.
Beautiful dance was performed in the Divine Presence of Maa Durga by Kumari Somashekhari and her students on the special occasion of Maha-Ashtami. Spectators were truly immersed in the dance and when the dance was finished, it took them few seconds to applause it.
On ninth night Saraswati and Chandi Yagna were
performed for the whole night and “Poornahuti” (conclusion of the
ceremony) by H.H. Swami Vishveshwarananda Saraswati was done on “Vijaya
Dashami”, along with performance of special poojas.
Apart from these Pujas, 11 Brahmins were also
invited for the “Brahma Bhoj”.
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