Durga puja is famous throughout India; but most people do know understand who exactly Durga Devi is. Here, we discuss the importance of Durga Puja.; but before that, we try to understand who Durga Devi herself is?
Who is Durga Devi?
The word Durga literally means, the invincible one, or the one who is inaccessible. Many people lovingly also call Durga Devi as mother Durga.
Durga Devi is the presiding deity and controller of all material energy. She is a form of Goddess, who is depicted having ten arms, and one who is riding on a lion holding different weapons, and also a lotus flower in her hand.
She is the ‘Shakti’, the embodiment of creative force. She exists in a state, which is independent from the universe. Devi Kali is considered to be an expansion of Durga Devi.
Who all are worshipped during Durga Puja?
During Durga Puja, Divine Mother , Goddess Durga is worshiped in Her various forms as Durga, Saraswati and Laxmi. During Navratre (the nine nights dedicated to the worship of Durga Devi), She is represented and worshiped in three different aspects. During the first three nights of the festival of Navratre, Durga is worshiped; during the next three nights, Laxmi devi is worshipped and during the last three nights Saraswati Devi is worshipped. The following 10th day is called Vijaya-Dashami. Vijaya stands for “victory” and dashami means the tenth day. On this day Lord Ramchandra killed the demon king Ravana, and hence the name Vijaya-Dashami. It can also signify the victory over one’s own mind. The message is when we worship Durga Devi, then she can help us to get victory over our mind.
The most widely worshiped deity of Shakti is Durga. Devi-Bhagavatam is entirely dedicated to the glories of Mother Durga. Mother Durga is the mother of the universe, and she is a personification of tender love, power, wealth, beauty and all qualities.
Devi Durga represents destruction of all kinds of evil and protection of all good. She conveys the message that to become Godly, one should keep one’s animalistic instincts under control. Thus, when we worship Devi Durga, all the unwanted material desires are annihilated and divinity within us is unfolded.
Many people glorify Durga Devi by reciting Durga ShaptaShati. Durga ShaptaShati comes from Markendeya Purana. It is a composition of different verses glorifying Mother Durga; that is why it is also called Devi Mahatmyam. The whole Durga ShaptaShati is divided into thirteen chapters, and contains 700 verses in total, therefore the name Saptashati.
Durga ShaptaShati is known to help people in many different ways, for example it can prove to be a remedy for Rahu or other planetary ill-effects. It also can help in eliminating fear and maleficity from the planet; eliminate the evil and suffering; eliminate personal illness; eliminate epidemic, and helps one to achieve good health and prosperity.
At the same time, it is extremely essential, that you get this mantra from proper channel, as improper recitation can also cause some adverse effects.
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Pitr-Paksha (Remembering the departed)
Our Hindu dharma teaches us not only to be kind to living, but also remembering and honouring our departed forefathers. As per our ancient Vedic Scriptures, each one of us is indebted to our ancestors. Pitr means ‘forefathers’ and paksha means (a particular phase of the moon) and together ‘pitr-paksha’ means an auspicious time to remember who have passed away. This is a very significant time for all followers of sanatan dharma, better known as Hindus.
The Pitr-Paksha fall during the dark half phase of the months of Ashwini and Bhadrapad (September-October), and lasts for 15 days. This year (2010) Pitr-Paksha starts from 24th September and ends on 7th of October.
To pay homage to our departed ancestors, and receive their blessings, we perform Shraadh ceremony during the month of Pitr-paksha. The belief is that during this period of Pitr-Paksha the forefathers, who have departed, come down to the earthly planet and take rites from their family line. The offering is done through giving the remnants of Lord Vishnu to qualified brahamanas. This offering gives solace to the souls of forefathers, and in some cases grant liberation.
If somebody has Pitr-Dosha in their horoscope, it is observed that person and his family faces financial, health related or other kind of problems. The negative energy is so strong because of this dosha that it hinders the overall development and growth of that person and his family.
Why does Pitr-Dosha occurs?
The Pitr-Dosha occurs when the souls of the departed ancestors are not peaceful due to different reasons. Some of the possible reasons can be:
- Some of their wishes, which were not fulfilled
- Family members failed to honour and remember the ancestors in a proper way
- Impious activities performed by either the children or the ancestors themselves, while living
- Death in an unnatural way
Problems associated with Pitr-Dosha:
If you are facing some of the following problems repeatedly in your life, try to consult a good astrologer, as you might have Pitr-Dosha in your horoscope:
- Problems to conceive
- Repeated illness of your child or children
- Disharmony in the family, leading to unnecessary stress
- Professional growth and education is being checked due to different reasons
If you are facing one or more of the above problems, it is advisable to consult a good astrologer, so that he can check your horoscope to determine the exact nature of Pitr-Dosha in your chart.
Accordingly, he prescribes some remedies. Some of the common remedies for warding off the effects of pitr-dosha include:
- Making balls with ghee and rice, and feeding them to cows weekly, on Sunday.
- Worshipping Lord Narayan is the best of all remedies
- Charity and donations to deserving brahmanas
Besides the above, there are some dedicated rituals also, for instance, ‘Narayan Nagbali Pooja’. This worship is performed only at particular places in India, like, Trambekshwar in Nasik, Haridwar, Kala Hasti in the state of Tamil Nadu etc.
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