Amba Maa's idol, diyas in colourful clay pots, glittering
chaniya cholis and dancing in devotion to the beat of the dhol all
night long. What does all this signify? But of course Navratri!
Would you all like to know more about this festival? Who we
worship, why we do garba and above all the importance of praying to
Read on to get answers to all such questions-
What is the significance of Navratri
• Navratri means 'nav=9, ratri = nights'. The festival of
Navratri spans a period of 9-days wherein people express their
devotion to Amba Maa in different ways like prayers, fasting,
pooja, garba and dandiya.
• To cleanse all the negative feelings like hatred, jealously,
ignorance, anger, greed, violence within and outside us.
• The tenth day of Navratri is celebrated as 'Dussehra'.
Why do we worship Amba Maa during
Amba Maa ('Mataji') is known as the 'Goddess of
Param Pujya Dadashri says that by worshipping Mataji-
• One's prakruti (nature) becomes natural and spontaneous
(sahaj). To become natural means to do what comes into mind without
any interference of mind & ego.
• One can overcome all the worldly obstacles on the path of
• One can progress on the path of righteousness and humanity.
Why do we perform garba?
Bhakti (devotion) means to become the form that is being
Garba, a way of expressing our devotion to Amba Maa, is
performed in a group where people dance and clap in a particular
style and rhythm. This type of movement of the body and clapping
while truly engrossed in devotion removes the impurities within
oneself and makes space for gnan (right knowledge) to enter.
The festival of Navratri is celebrated all over India, but has
different names. In the North, it is called Ramlila, in the East it
is Durga Puja and in the South it is Kolu.
Thus we see that this colorful festival of Navratri celebrates
arts in a varied way with lot of fun and devotion.
To conclude, here's a shloka (verse) that describes the power of
the Mataji (devi) within us-
'Ya devi sarv bhuteshu shakti rupena sanstitha,
Namastasyay namastasyay namastasyay namo namaha'
I bow before Mataji who is omnipresent in all living beings in
the form of Shakti (power).
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