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Navadurga Form of Parvati

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Parvati's Navdurga Form

Navadurga, which mean the 'Nine Forms of Goddess Durga' is the ninefold manifestation of Parvati. The names of the nine Durgas are Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri. These nine forms of Durga are worshipped in Navaratri. Shailputri is worshipped the first night, Brahmacharini the second, Chandraghanta the third, Kushmanda the fourth, Skandamata the fifth, Katyayani the sixth, Kaalratri the seventh, Mahagauri the eighth and Siddhidatri the ninth.

DescriptionEdit

First: Shailputri means the daughter of Mountain-King Himavan, her vehicle is a bull and is hailed as Vrishabhda.

Second: Brahmacharini, Brahma means penance and Charini is a lady follower, this form is the embodiment of knowledge and teaching, the way she attained Lord Shiva to be her husband.

Third: Chandraghanta, a semi-circular moon shaped like a bell on her head, this form is very serene and victorious, weapons are strongly held in her eight hands, her third eye is always open, Chandraghanta's vehicle is a lion, by worshipping her, she is always prepared for war, one can experience fearlessness and bravery by worshipping her, the death imparted by her assumes the state of assureness and happiness.

Fourth: Kushmanda, that is the fourth form of Navadurga, eight-armed, the holder of weapons, rider of the tiger, the cheerful Goddess, she is the only one who resides in the core of the sun, all the ten directions are being lightened up.

Fifth: Skandamata meaning the mother of Kartikeya, the fifth form of Navadurga, rider of the lion, by worshipping her, one is on the way to salvation.

Sixth: Katyayani, one can receive righteousness, desire, salvation and sense from worshipping her. She killed demon Mahishasur.

Seventh: Kaalratri holds an iron weapon in one hand, and another a sword, a trident, hook and scimitar is held. This form destroys all darkness, one can scare away the demonic forces by worshipping her.

Eighth: Mahagauri is white complexioned, wearing white clothes, four-armed, holding a trident, and a musical instrument in another.

Ninth: Siddhidatri has the eight powers - Anima, Mahima, Garima, Laghima, Prapti, Prakambya, Ishitva and Vashitva can be attained by her grace, his half-Shiva and half-Shakti form of Ardhanarishwar is granted by her.
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Navdurga Form of Parvati

Shiva Enlightens Kartikeya About NavdurgaEdit

Once Lord Shiva enlightened his son Kartikeya about his mother's nine forms which runs as follows:

At the beginning of Time, the Parabrahma becomes two parts: Man and Nature. Man divides himself in three parts: The creator, Brahma, the preserver Vishnu and the meditator, me. To provide these elemental powers, Prakriti herself is divided in three parts: Lakshmi, Saraswati and Shivaa (Parvati). These powers become three forms. The three, creator, preserving and source are the main reasons. These nine forms are known as Navadurgas (Nine Forms of Durga).

Their first form is Shailputri, Shailputri means the daughter of Mountain-King Himavan, her vehicle is a bull and is hailed as Vrishabhda.

The second form of Navadurga form is Brahmacharini, Brahma means penance and Charini is a lady follower, this form is the embodiment of knowledge and teaching, the way she attained Lord Shiva to be her husband.

The third form of Navadurga is Chandraghanta, a semi-circular moon shaped like a bell on her head, this form is very serene and victorious, weapons are strongly held in her eight hands, her third eye is always open, Chandraghanta's vehicle is a lion, by worshipping her, she is always prepared for war, one can experience fearlessness and bravery by worshipping her, the death imparted by her assumes the state of assureness and happiness.

Her serene smile is necessary for the world's birth and that's why she is known as Kushmanda, that is the fourth form of Navadurga, eight-armed, weapon-grasper, rider of the tiger, the cheerful Goddess, she is the only one who resides in the core of the sun, all the ten directions are being lightened up.

Her kindness received by her manifests as an ocean, she is Skandamata meaning the mother of Kartikeya, the fifth form of Navadurga, rider of the lion, by worshipping her, one is on the way to salvation.

The form in which she killed Mahishasur, she is called as Katyayani, one can receive righteousness, desire, salvation and sense from worshipping her.

Black complexioned, untied hair, there is an iron weapon in one hand, and another a sword, a trident, hook and scimitar is held, this form is called Kaalratri, this form destroys all darkness, one can scare away the demonic forces by worshipping her.

White complexioned, wearing white clothes, four-armed, holding a trident, and a musical instrument in another in this form she assures her devotees, this form of hers is known as Mahagauri.

The ninth form of Goddess Durga is called Siddhidatri, Anima, Mahima, Garima, Laghima, Prapti, Prakambya, Ishitva and Vashitva can be attained by her grace, his half-Shiva and half-Shakti form of Ardhanarishwar is granted by her.

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