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Maha Navami

Maha Navami

Category: Festival
Celebrated In: India
Celebrated By: (Hindu)

Maha Navami is observed on the ninth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Ashwin month. The day begins after the end of Sandhi puja. Mahanavami is also the penultimate day of Durga Puja. Maha Navami rituals are the final rituals associated with Durga Puja. 'Maha Arti' that is considered a formal end of religious customs. Merriment, music and dance fill the rest of the day. On Maha Navami a major bhog is held and Prasad is offered to Goddess Durga and this bhog prasad is shared by devotees.

 

Matangi Dasamahavidya too, is worshipped on Mahanavami as a part of Dasamahavidya pooja in Navratri. Mukteshwari is the Goddess to be worshipped on ninth day of Navratri as part of Saptamatrika and Ashtamatrika puja.As per Hindu beliefs,Durga pooja on Maha Navami is equivalent to the Durga pooja performed on all nine days of Durga Navaratri.
 
Goddess Siddhidatri puja is also performed on Mahanavami day,by the Navadurga Shakteya sampradaaya people.In Bihar,Kashmir,Punjab,Uttar Pradesh,Haryana and Bihar; Kanya Puja is performed,when nine young virgin girls(kumarika),are worshipped,who symbolically represent the nine forms of the goddess Durga.Their feet are washed,kumkumis applied on the forehead and they are feasted and given gifts and new clothes by the worshippers.
 
On Mahanavami day, in South Indian states especially in Kerala, Ayudha(arms) Pooja is performed.Tools, instruments,muiscal instruments and books are worshipped.The next day of Mahanavami is observed as Vijaya Dashami.In some rural places, Janthu bali (animal sacrifices) are performed on Mahanavami daywhich is against the Hindu culture and society.

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