Durga Navaratri, or the nine (nava-) nights (-ratri) of Durga, are celebrated in the first 9 days of the bright half of the month (starting from the day after Amavasya) of Aswayuja/Asvina in the Indian lunar calendar (usually in end of September or early October). This period of nine days (October 3rd – October 12th, 2013) is the beginning of the festival season in all parts of India as the period of Navratri concludes with Dasehra (or victory day or Vijaya-Dashami) on the tenth day of the festival (October 13th 2013). The nine-day festival honors the role of three prinicipal female Goddesses in the Hindu pantheon – Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati.
The Story of Durga
A Short Durga Invocation Mantra
yā devī sarvabhūteṣu viṣṇumāyeti śabditā .
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु विष्णुमायेति शब्दिता
O Devi, the omniscient, the consort of Vishnu
namastasyai namastasyai namastasyai namo namaḥ ..
नमस्तस्यी नमस्तस्यी नमस्तस्यी नमो नम:
We bow to your majesty again and again. Please bless us.
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