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Navaratri: Triumph Over Inner Demons with Sacred Symbols.



  Oct 19, 2023

Navaratri:Overcoming Inner Demons through Religious and Cultural Symbols



During the nine nights of Navaratri, a sacred Hindu festival, the focus shifts inward to confront and conquer the latent adharma (inner demons) within us. This period, vibrant with devotion and introspection, sets the stage for spiritual growth. Devotees dedicate themselves to Govindha and willingly practice austerities, particularly on Saturdays, throughout the month of Purattasi. Navaratri is the pinnacle of this spiritual journey, offering a path to liberation from evil influences.
Each set of three days during Navaratri is dedicated to a different goddess. Durga, the dispeller of suffering, Lakshmi, the bestower of wealth, and Saraswati, the source of knowledge and artistic excellence, are revered in turn. On the tenth day, Mahishasuramardhini, the conqueror of evil, is celebrated, known as Vijaya Dasami, a day for auspicious beginnings. Devotees recite verses from the Devi Bhagavatham and Lalitha Sahasranamam.

Culturally, Navaratri teaches the importance of living selflessly in society, emphasizing unity over ego. The phrase "Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu" reflects this inclusive spirit, where prayers are offered for the well-being of all. The festival is also marked by the creation of 'kolu', elaborate displays featuring the Kalasam symbolizing prosperity and surrounded by various idols and figurines. Navaratri reminds us to seek blessings from the divine and strive for inner purity and harmony.
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