Bhubaneswar: Maha Navami marks the ninth day of Navratri across the country with much fervour amid Covid restrictions.
On this day Goddess Durga’s ninth avatar, identified as Maa Siddhidatri, is worshipped.
Maha Navami is also celebrated as the victory of good over evil. It is also believed that Goddess Durga took the form of Mahisasur Mardini, the vanquisher of Mahishasur to destroy the demon Mahisasura, who was terrifying the universe.
The annual Kanjak Puja is performed in certain households on Navami as well. Poori, kale channe and halwa are served to young girls who are worshipped on this day.
The Maha Navami puja will follow the sacred scriptures that begin with Mahasnan and Shodashopachara puja. On this special day, devotees wake up early and a few also observe fasts for the Goddess.
During special prayer, the goddess is offered pink flowers and devotees also tend to wear pink clothes as pink is the colour for Maha Navami. Along with the puja, people also serve the traditional poori, kala chana, and halwa to young girls who are mostly worshipped on this occasion. It is called Kanya Pujan or Kumari Puja.
Children, especially young girls, are invited to the puja pandals or houses. Their feet are then washed with great care and special puja is held. As per belief, this Kanya Puja symbolises the 9 forms of Goddess Durga.
Maha Navami is the ninth day of Durga Puja. On this day, Goddess Durga is worshipped as Mahishasuramardini, which means the “annihilator of the buffalo demon”. This is also the day when Maa Siddhidhatri is worshipped. This form of Durga, among the nine forms of the goddess, is considered to be the supreme form of Maha Shakti. According to Hindu mythology, it is on Maha Navami that the goddess killed the demon king Mahishasura. It is also the day for the auspicious Navami Homa, which is performed at the end of Maha Navami.
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