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The Religious Significance of Navratri
By Astrologer Dr. Prem Kumar Sharma
Navratri, one of the most important festivals in India is popularly known as the festival of worship and dance. The word Navaratri literally means nine nights in Sanskrit; Nava meaning Nine and Ratri meaning nights. During these nine nights and days, nine forms of Shakti/Devi i.e. female divinity are worshipped. The nine-day festival of Navratri is held in honour of the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga. The religious significance behind the celebration of Navratri is that the nine days are divided and devoted to the Trinity of God worshipped in a female form.
Like other festivals of India, Navratri also has a significant meaning attached to it. In Hindu mythology the festival is hugely celebrated as the victory Goddess Shakti (Maa Durga) over demon Mahishasura. Mahishasura started killing innocent lives on earth and set out to win the seven lokas after obtaining invincible powers from Lord Shiva. In order to save innocent lives, all the Gods united their supreme powers to create divine warrior goddess, Durga. Maa Durga entered a war with Mahishasura, which extended for nine long days. After fighting hard with him for nine days, she finally killed Mahishasura on the tenth day.
Navratri is celebrated as the victory of good over evil. The nine nights of Navratri symbolize the nine nights of the war between Goddess Durga and Mahishasura. Each day of the nine-day festival is dedicated to the worship of different forms of Maa Durga unfolding the religious importance of the occasion.
The festival also marks the birth of Lord Rama on the ninth day as well as arrival of summer, a period when nature undergoes several climatic changes. Goddess Shakti in the nine forms, Maa Shailputri, Maa Brahmachaarini, Maa Chandraghanta, Maa Kushmaanda, Skanda Maa, Maa Kaatyayani, Maa Kaalratri, Maa Mahagauri and Maa Sidhidaarti is worshipped during these nine days for good heath, wealth, prosperity, knowledge and auspiciousness.
About Dr. Prem Kumar Sharma -
Dr. Prem Kumar Sharma is a world famous astrologer, numerologist, palmist and a vaastu expert today and appears regularly on World Wide T.V Shows. Before that,he was a Mechanical engineer but his destiny took him to pursue astrology as his main focus. With his scientific background, he researched and studied astronomy, numerology, gemology, and tantras. He was awarded a PhD for research in astrology.
Dr. Prem Kumar Sharma is providing Daily Forecasts to many National and International Newspapers such as News India and Excel (In USA) etc. He provides his astrological services to many portals such as Astroyogi.com, Sify.com, Astrospeak.com, Tajonline.com, Indiainfo.com, etc. Watch him every day on Star News in Samarpan between 15:00 to 15:30 Hrs and daily on Sahara Samay at 8:30 Hrs in "Rashi Chaal" and PTC Punjabi Tuwade Sitaare at 00.00hrs. Website: www.premastrologer.com
His Awards are as follows:
Best Vastu consultant in 2008; Rashtriya Rattan Award in 2002; Pride of India Award in 2002; Gem of India Award in 2001.
His recent predictions are-
1. Predicted for Solar eclipse on Sahara Samay.
2. Made prediction for the recognition of females worldwide that came true when Sorabhee of Indian Idol, Pinky Solankar and Aishwarya Rai got praised.
3. Predictions came true for terrorist attacks recently in Delhi and Mumbai.
You can reach Dr Sharma at the following addresses:
1. Head Office: #1456, Sector-4, Panchkula - 134 112. Contact us at: 0172- 256 2832, 257 2874.
2. Branch Office: Delhi E-31, F.F, Kalkaji, and New Delhi 110 019, Contact us at: 011-26449898, 26489899
3. Branch Office: Mumbai #701-B, 7th Floor, Sangeeta-1, Versova (Andheri west), Contact us at: 022 - 26398641
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