Tuesday 8 October 2013

Cutting Chai with Bhawana Somaaya - Day 204

Navratri –Navadurga pii
08.10.2013, Mumbai 

Day 4 / Chauth is dedicated to Devi Kushmanda, which literally means a little warmth in the cosmic egg..  
 It is believed that she is the creator of the universe which was an empty space of darkness, until she transformed nature with her powerful light. Devi Kushmanda rides a lion and holds different weapons including rosary and flower in her eight hands. The fourth day devi puja is called Durga Saran and the colour of the Goddess for today is Red.

Day 5 / Pancham is dedicated Devi Skanda who is also known as Skanda Mata, mother of Skanda or Lord Kartikeya, who was chosen by gods as their commander in chief in the war against the demons.

 Devi Skanda has four arms and three eyes and is always accompanied by Lord Skanda in his infant form. She cradles infant Skanda in her right upper arm and holds a lotus in her right hand raised upwards. The left upper arm is in pose to grant boons and the lower hand holds a lotus. She is seated on a lotus and is as beautiful as the flower. The fifth day devi puja is Ashwin Shudda Panchami and the colour of the Goddess is Blue.

Day 6 / Chath is dedicated to Devi Durga also known as Devi Katyayani. Legend has it that a seer by the name of Kata went through long years of penance and austerity in order to receive a boon from Mother Goddess.
 He wished to father a virtuous daughter who was an incarnation of Maa Durga. It is said that the Goddess was so satisfied with Kata and his devotion that she promised to be reappear as his daughter and hence Katyayani was born to Kata as an avatar of Durga. The sixth day devi puja is called Maha Sashti and the colour of the Goddess for today is Yellow.

To be continued
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