Tuesday, 30 September 2014
* Mata Kalratri - Seventh Avatar of #Durga *
#Origin - When the Goddess Parvati removed outer golden skin to kill demons named Shumbha and Nishumbha, She was known as Goddess Kalaratri. Kalaratri is the fiercest and the most ferocious form of Goddess Parvati.
#Navratri Worship - Goddess Kalaratri is worshipped on the seventh day of Navratri.
#Governing Planet - It is believed that the planet Shani is governed by Goddess Kalaratri.
#Iconography - Goddess #Kalaratri complexion is dark black and She rides on a donkey. She is depicted with four hands. Her right hands are in Abhaya and Varada Mudra and She carries sword and the deadly iron hook in her left hands.
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ कालरात्रि रूपेण संस्थिता। नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।
#Details - According to a legend, Goddess Kalratri demolished the demon Raktabeej. It is believed that it is only Goddess Kalratri who could slay the extreme torment of devil Raktabeej. No one was able to kill Raktabeej as even one drop of his scattered blood used to form another embodiment of Raktabeej and the scattered blood produced other billions of Raktabeej. Maa Durga incarnated herself in Kalaratri and kept a Patra (vessel) to keep and imbibe entire blood of Raktabeej. Her severe violent appearance while destroying Raktabeej and other demons hugely petrified all organisms of the world. But still, she is a kind Goddess for her great devotees.
However the appearance of Maa Kalratri is so dreadful but her grace is generous toward her devotees. She eliminates any kind of terror in the life of her devotee and assures them with the freedom from fear and sufferings. Hence, she is also known as ‘Shubhamkari’ – one who does well. Worshipping Maa Kalaratri gives abundant fruitful result to her devotees. With her grace, devotees get power, position and renowned status. She protects her devotees against evil influence of demons and wrong people. Worshiping her devotees get complete protection and long life. Maa Kalratri is worshipped to destroy suffering of evil influence from the life
Salutations to she
who the golden tiger rides
salutations to the Lord of the Lord of the world.
During the festival of Navratri, Goddess Durga Devi is worshiped in nine avatars. During these nine holy days, each day of goddess Durga Mata is worshiped in different avatara.
Mata Katyayani – Sixth Durga
Mata Katyayani is worshippedon the the Sixth Day of Navratri. Rishi Katyayan observed a penance to get Jaganmata as his daughter. She blessed him and took birth as his daughter on the bank of river Jamuna for getting Lord Krishna as a husband. She is considered as prime deity of Vraj mandal. Ma Katyayani has three eyes and four hands. . One left hand holds a weapon and the other a lotus She rides on Lion.
6th Day Navratri (30th Sep14) ll कात्यायनी ll Color- Red
कात्यायनि महामाये महायोगिन्यधीश्वरि । नन्द गोपसुतं देविपतिं मे कुरु ते नमः ॥
नवरात्रि में छठें दिन कात्यायनी देवी के पूजन का विधान है। महर्षि कात्यायन ने भगवती पराम्बा की उपासना की। कठिन तपस्या की। उनकी इच्छा थी कि उन्हें पुत्री प्राप्त हो, महिसासुर का सर्वनाश करे। मां भगवती ने उनके घर पुत्री के रूप में जन्म लिया। इसलिए यह देवी कात्यायनी कहलाईं।
Katyayani is worshipped on the sixth day of #Navratri. She is regarded as an avatar of Goddess Durga. She is dressed in ‘Yellow‘ attire on the sixth day of Navratri and when Maha Shashti is celebrated. People are supposed to wear ‘Red‘ on this day.
IN THE LAND OF DURGA
Normally happy to play out the role of a demure Housewife, Parvati, who is actually the greatest Shakti Durga Herself can also, in an instant, transform Herself to the redeemer, transforming in turn souls that have lost their way. In Bengal, where she is widely worshiped as Mahisa sur mardini ( the slayer of Mahisa the demon) this aspect of Durga is understood as the power of Feminity: if it can deliver, it can also sever.
In a land which is so privileged to Know God as Mother,i think we should be setting examples rather than showing a lack of respect for our women.
Spiritually speaking, India should lead the world in this. We must awaken to the great vision of our Ancient Rishis and seers. Jai Ma Durga!
pic by U4Uvoice Dawarka Puri, Bariyana,
Monday, 29 September 2014
* Mata Katyayani – Sixth Avatar of #Durga *
#Origin - To destroy demon Mahishasura, Goddess Parvati took the form of Goddess Katyayani. It was the most violent form of Goddess Parvati. In this form Goddess Parvati is also known as Warrior Goddess.
#Navratri Worship - Goddess Katyayani is worshipped on the sixth day of Navratri.
#Governing Planet - It is believed that the planet Brihaspati is governed by Goddess Katyayani.
#Iconography - Goddess Katyayani rides on the magnificent lion and depicted with four hands. Goddess Katyayani carries lotus flower and sword in her right hands and keeps her left hands in Abhaya and Varada Mudras.
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ कात्यायनी रूपेण संस्थिता। नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।
#Details - According to religious texts Goddess Parvati was born at the home of sage Katya and due to which this form of Goddess Parvati is known as Katyayani.