Navratri is a very important Hindu festival celebration in india, which is devoted to goddess durga. The festival is celebrated with great reverence and faith across the country. It stretches over a period of nine days, with each of the nine days being dedicated to one of the nine forms of the goddess. Talking about the history of navratri festival, it can be explained through the stories mentioned in the hindu scriptures. In case you want to know more about them, explore the information given below.
History & Origin Navratri
In different parts of India, different legends describe the history of Navratri.
The Legend in North India goes that Mahishasura, the mighty demon worshipped lord shiva and obtained the power of eternity . Soon, he Started killing and harassing innocent people and set out to win all the three lokas. The gods in swargaloka appealed to Lord shiva, to find a way to get rid of the demon. To protect the world from the atrocities of mahishasura, the Trinity of Brahm, Vishnu and Shiva united their powers and created a divine female warrior, Known as Goddess Durga. Mahishasura, when he saw the divine beauty of Goddess Durg, got mesmerized.
So fascinated was Mahishasura by Goddess Durga’s beauty that he approached her with the intention of marriage. The goddess agreed to marry him, but put forth a condition Mahishasura would have to win over her in a battle. Mahishasura, proud as he was agreed immediately! The battle continued for 9 night and at the end of the ninth night, Goddess Durga beheaded Mahishasura. The nine nights came to be knows as Navratri, while the tenth day was called Vijayasashmi, the tenth day that brought the triumph of good over evil.
Another Legend Ram and Ravana
Yet another legend of Navratri relates to the Hindu epic Ramayana. It goes that lord Rama worshipped Goddess Durga in nine aspects, for nine days, in order to gather the gather the strength and power to kill Ravana. He Wanted to release sita from the clutches of powerful demon king Ravana, who had abducter her. Those nine nights became to be known as Navratri and the tenth day. On which Lord Rama killed Ravana, came to be called Vijayadashmi or Dusshera, signifying Rama’s triumph over Ravana.