New Delhi, Oct 15: During the festival of Navratri, Goddess Durga is worshiped in nine avatars. During these nine holy days, each day of goddess Durga is worshiped in different avatara.
Nava, that also means 'new', denotes 'nine' the number to which sages attach special significance.
Hence, we have Nava-ratri (9 nights), Nava-patrika (9 leaves / herbs / plants), Nava-graha (9 planets), and Nava-Durga (9 appellations).
Each goddess has a different form and a special significance. Nava Durga, if worshipped with religious fervor during Navaratri, it is believed, lift the divine spirit in us and fill us with renewed happiness.
All the nine names of goddess are narrated in ‘Devi Kavacha' of the ‘Chandipatha' scripture. Learn about the nine goddesses in the following slides that include beautiful watercolor paintings of each appellation.