Monday, July 11, 2011

Navratri 2011 Dates

Navratri dates in the year 2011 are coming closer. Navratri, one of the most colorful festival of India celebrated with much enthusiasm and devotion.

This year in 2011 A.D. The start date of Navratri festival is 28th September 2011, Wednesday and this Hindu festival dedicated to the Mother divine continues for 9 nights, the last date is 6th October 2011.

See Navratri Songs for collection of songs, mp3, videos and lyrics related to this festival of India.

Significance of Navratri Festival

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in the following video explains the significance of Navratri in Hindi, on the youtube video.

Listen on the Significance of Navratri in Hindi in the following video

Rough translation of Navratri Significance in English is written below.

It is the festival of consciousness. For nine days and nights, The first 3 days are dedicated to Tamogun (Tamas)  (28th, 29th and 30th of September 2011), Next 3 days to Sattvagun (Sattva) (30th September and 1st and 2nd October 2011) and last 3 days to Rajogun (Rajas)
Durga – Laxmi – Saraswati are 3 forms of Navratri goddesses, beloved known as Maa (Mother). What is Maa? How does She look? Is Maa sitting somewhere high up in the heavens?

No, no Ya devi sarva bhutesu. In all living creatures, that which exists as consciousness. So observing the different forms of the consciousness that prevails everywhere is significance of this festival.

Just as a baby stays in the womb for 9 months, we direct our consciousness or awareness within us, in meditation, is the significance of Navratri. So we move inwards for 9 days and then when we move our consciousness outward we are ready for the creative  works.

After the nine days is Dushera (Dushera date 3rd October 2011). On this day we celebrate victory. That which is beyond the three gunas (characteristics), the absolute divine. We celebrate the victory over 3 (gunas) characteristics of our inner consciousness with the help of 3 Goddesses (Divine Mothers).

Kam (lust), Krodh (anger) Mad (pride), Moha (delusion), these forms of demons (Rakhsahas) are won over. The victory is celebrated on Dushera.

So, in day to day living the mind is entangled, to move the mind from entanglements and put it on to polishing of ideals and intensions of life. In a sense we recharge our inner battery. Each human, who is tired of work and entanglements collected over the year. Goes through the process of cleansing of the body, mind and spirits. In this manner it is a festival of getting cleansed and awakening the sacredness within.
Jai Ambe,
Jai Durge,
Jai Maa

1 comment:

Rajesh said...

beautiful song i like it

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