“Adyashakti is full of play. She’s creating, preserving and destroying. Her name is Kali.
Kali Herself is Brahman, Brahman Itself is Kali!”

~Sri Ramakrishna





Navadurga Sadhana

First Day: Tuesday, October 9th (USA) / Wednesday, October 10th (India)

Devi Shailaputri. After Her self-immolation in Her incarnation as Sati, Para-Shakti took birth as Parvati, the daughter of the Himalaya. In Sanskrit shaila means mountain, due to which the Goddess is known as Shailaputri, the daughter of the mountain. She is visualized as riding the bull Nandi and holding a trident and lotus. She wears the crescent moon in Her hair. She resides within our body at the base of spine (muladhara chakra), rules the earth element (prithvi-tattva) and the moon (Chandra). She is invoked on the first day of Navaratri (pratima tithi). Her blessings inspire us to begin our spiritual journey and give us encouragement along the way.

Japa Mantra:

ॐह्रीं श्री शैल-पुत्री दुर्गायै नमः

oṁ hrīṁ śrī śaila-putrī durgāyai namaḥ (108X)


Devi Mahatmyam, Chapter 1

(The Slaying of Madhu and Kaitabha)

Pranam Mantra:

ॐ हिमाचल सुतानाथ संस्तुते परमेश्वरी
रूपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषो जहि

oṁ himāchala sutānātha saṁstute parameśvari
rūpaṁ dehi jayaṁ dehi yaśo dehi dviṣo jahi

“Shiva, the consort of the daughter of the Himalayas, praises You with hymns, Oh Supreme Goddess. Reveal Yourself. Grant victory. Grant success. Remove ill-feeling.”

Color for wearing:
Red (USA)
Royal Blue (India)

Devi Shailaputri

Second Day: Wednesday, October 10th (USA) / Thursday, October 11th (India)

Devi Brahmacharini. Brahmacharini is the form of Para-Shakti as young Parvati during Her practice of severe austerities to attain Lord Shiva as Her husband. She is the ideal disciple and sadhaka. She is visualized as barefooted, holding a pot of holy water and a mala of rudraksha beads. She resides in our body in the reproductive center (svadhistana-chakra), rules the water element (apas-tattva) and the planet Mars (Mangal). She is invoked and worshipped on the second day of Navaratri (dvitiya tithi). Her blessings inspire us to perform austerities and pursue learning. She bestows tapasya shakti, the power of following strict disciplines and moral principles in service of high spiritual goals.

Japa Mantra:

ॐ ह्रीं श्री ब्रह्मचारिणी दुर्गायै नमः

oṁ hrīṁ śrī brahmacāriṇī durgāyai namaḥ (108X)


Devi Mahatmyam, Chapter 2 & 3

(Slaying of Mahishasura’s Army and Slaying of Mahishasura)

Pranam Mantra:

ॐ नमो देव्यै महादेव्यै शिवायै सततं नमः ।
नमः प्रकृत्यै भद्रायै नियताः प्रनताः स्म तम्‌ ॥

oṃ namō devyai mahādevyai śivāyai satataṁ namaḥ
namaḥ prakṛtyai bhadrāyai niyatāḥ pranatāḥ sma tam

“Salutation to You, Great Goddess. Salutation to You, who are ever auspicious, the primordial energy and sustaining principle. We bow to You with deep devotion.”

Color to wear:

USA: royal blue / INDIA: yellow

brahmachariniDevi Brahmacharini

Third Day: Thursday, October 11th (USA) / Friday, October 12th (India)

Devi Chandraghanta. After Parvati’s marriage to Lord Shiva, She began to adorn Herself with the moon (Chandra), shaped like a bell (ghanta) thus Her name Chandraghanta. During the battle between the gods and demons, the tremendous sound of Her bell sent thousands of demons to the abode of death. Her aggressive pose expresses Her eagerness to destroy the negative forces troubling Her devotees. She is Durga in a form full of beauty, dignity and power. She is visualized as riding a tiger and holding divine weapons in Her ten hands. She resides in our body in the navel center (manipura chakra), rules the fire element (agni-tattva) and the planet Venus (Shukra). She is invoked and worshipped on the third day of Navaratri (tritiya tithi). Her blessings free us from worldly anxiety, empower our worship and fill us with devotion.

Japa Mantra:
ॐ ह्रीं श्री चन्द्र-घण्टा दुर्गायै नमः

oṁ hrīṁ śrī candra-ghaṇṭā durgāyai namaḥ (108X)

Pranam Mantra:
ॐ सर्वस्वरूपे सर्वेशे सर्वशक्तिसमन्विते |
भयेभ्यस्त्राहि नो देवि दुर्गे देवि नमोऽस्तु ते ||

oṁ sarva-svarūpe sarveśe sarva-śakti-samanvite |
bhayebhyastrāhi no devi durge devi namo’stu te ||

“Essence of all, ruler of everything, and possessor of all energy—protect us from fear, O Goddess. To You, Goddess Durga, we bow.”

Devi Mahatmyam, C
hapter 4
(Praise by Indra and the Gods)

Color for Wearing:
Yellow (USA)
Green (India)

chandraghantaDevi Chandraghanta

Fourth Day: Friday, October 12th (USA) / Saturday, October 13th (India)

Devi Kushmanda.  Ku means small or little, ushma means warmth and anda means egg. Kushmanda is the form of Para-Shakti that gave birth to the universe as a small cosmic egg. She is visualized as riding the lion of dharma and carrying a pot of honey, a pot of blood and various divine weapons in Her eight hands. She resides in our body in the heart center (anahata chakra), rules the air element (vayu-tattva) and the Sun (Surya). She is invoked and worshipped on the fourth day of Navaratri (chaturthi tithi). Through Her blessings one is freed from ailments and attains pleasure and prosperity. Her grace purifies us and fills us with grace, granting us commitment to our sadhana.

Japa Mantra:
ॐ ह्रीं श्री कूष्माण्ड दुर्गायै नमः

oṁ hrīṁ śrī kūṣmāṇḍa durgāyai namaḥ (108X)

Pranam Mantra:
ॐ शरनागतदीनार्थपरित्राणपरायणे |
सर्वस्यार्तिहरे देवि नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते ||

oṁ śaranāgata-dīnārtha-paritrāṇa-parāyaṇe |
sarvasyārti-hare devi nārāyaṇi namo’stu te ||

“Protector and supreme refuge of the weak and afflicted, of beings who have taken shelter of You—O Narayani, we bow to You.”

Devi Mahatmyam, C
hapter 5 & 6
(Conversation with Messenger and Slaying of Dhumralochana)

Color to wear:
Green (USA)
Grey (India)

kushmandaDevi Kushmanda

Fifth Day: Saturday, October 13th (USA) Sunday, October 14th (India)

Devi Skandamata. Skandamata is the mother of Skanda, who leads the gods in battle against the demons. She is the loving Mother Goddess who nourishes us and nurtures our spiritual path. She is visualized as seated on a lion, holding two lotuses and with Her son, the six-faced Skanda, on Her lap. She resides in our body in the throat center (vishuddha chakra), rules the space element (akash-tattva) and the planet Mercury (Budha). She is invoked and worshipped on the fifth day of Navaratri (Lalita Panchami). To those who worship Her with complete concentration She grants power, prosperity and spiritual victory.

Japa Mantra:
ॐ ह्रीं श्री स्कन्द-माता दुर्गायै नमः

oṁ hrīṁ śrī skanda-mātā durgāyai namaḥ (108X)

Pranam Mantra:
ॐ देवि भक्त जनोद्दामदत्तनन्ददयेऽम्बिके |
रूपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषो जहि ||

oṁ devi bhakta janod-dāma-dattananda-daye’mbike |
rūpaṁ dehi jayaṁ dehi yaśo dehi dviṣo jahi ||

O Goddess, You bestow compassion and delight to those whose hearts are tied to You with devotion. Oh Mother, reveal Yourself. Grant victory. Grant success. Remove ill-feeling.”

Devi Mahatmyam, Chapter 7
(Slaying of Chanda and Munda)

Color for Wearing:
Grey (USA)
Orange (India)

Devi Skandamata

Sixth Day: Sunday, October 14th (USA) Monday, October 15th (India)

Devi Katyayani. Katyayani is the incarnation of Durga who took birth as the daughter of Sage Katyayana. She then went on to kill the demon Mahisha. She is the combined radiance of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Her Shakti-Peetham is in Vrindavan and She was worshipped by gopis of Vraja to attain Sri Krishna as their husband. She is visualized as riding on an exquisite lion and holding a sword. She resides in the body in the forehead center (ajna chakra) and rules the mind (manas) and the planet Jupiter (Brihaspati). She is invoked on the sixth day of Navaratri (shasti tithi). Her worship destroys sins and grants the four goals of life (dharma, kama, artha, moksha). Her grace liberates one from fear, destroys inner demons and purifies the mind.

Japa Mantra:

ॐ ह्रीं श्री कात्यायनी दुर्गायै नमः

oṁ hrīṁ śrī kātyāyanī durgāyai namaḥ (108X)

Pranam Mantra:
ॐ एतत्ते वदनं सौम्यं लोचनत्रयबूषितम्‌ |
पातु नः सर्वभूतेभ्यः कात्यायनि नमोऽस्तु ते ||

oṁ etat-te vadanaṁ saumyaṁ locana-traya-būṣitam |
pātu naḥ sarva-bhūte-bhyaḥ kātyāyani namo’stu te ||

“May Your beautiful face, adorned with three eyes, protect us from all fear. Oh Katyayani, we bow to You.”

Devi Mahatmyam
, Chapter 8
(Slaying of Raktabija)

Color for Wearing:
Orange (USA)
White (India)

katyayaniDevi Katyayani

Seventh Day: Monday, October 15th (USA) Tuesday, October 16th (India)

Devi Kalaratri. Kalaratri means the Dark Night or Night of Death. She is the dark and violent aspect of Durga, a stark manifestation of Goddess Kali. In order to kill the demons Shumba and Nishumba, Durga removed Her golden exterior and appeared in Her primal form as Kalaratri. As we progress along our spiritual path, we come to point where our ego digs in, refusing to budge and the Divine seems further away than ever. Kalaratri sees us through this troubling time. She is visualized as naked, riding a donkey, carrying a sword and skeletal lightning-bolt, and with hands in mudras that grant boons and liberate one from fear. She dwells at the top of the head (sahasrasara chakra), where name and form are transcended. She rules the planet Saturn (Shani). She is invoked and honored on the seventh day of Navaratri (Saraswati Saptami). Her worship destroys demons, ghosts and black magic and Her grace allows us to experience the dark radiance of non-dual Reality.

Japa Mantra:
ॐ ह्रीं श्री काल-रात्री दुर्गायै नमः

oṁ hrīṁ śrī kāla-rātrī durgāyai namaḥ (108X)

Pranam Mantra:
ॐ जयन्ती मङ्गला काली भद्रकाली कपालिनी |
दुर्गा शिवा क्षमा धात्री स्वाहा स्वधा नमोऽस्तु ते ||

ॐ जय त्वं देवि चामुण्डे जय भूतापहारिणि |
जय सर्वगते देवि कालरात्रि नमोऽस्तु ते ||

oṁ jayantī maṅgalā kālī bhadra-kālī kapālinī |
durgā śivā kṣamā dhātrī svāhā svadhā namo’stu te ||

oṁ jaya tvaṁ devi cāmuṇḍe jaya bhūtāpahāriṇi |
jaya sarva-gate devi kāla-rātri namo’stu te ||

“Victorious and auspicious Kali, benign Kali, holding a skull, Durga,, beneficent, forgiveness, supporter, the mantras svaha and svadha—I bow to You.”

“Victory to Goddess Chamunda (slayer of lust and greed). Victory to the remover of the world’s suffering. Victory the goddess who manifests the world. I bow to the Dark Night of dissolution.”

Devi Mahatmyam , Chapter 9 & 10
(Slaying of Nishumba and Slaying of Shumba)

Color for Wearing:
White (USA) / Red (India)

kalaratriDevi Kalaratri

Eighth Day: Tuesday, October 16th (USA) / Wednesday, October 17th (India)

Devi Mahagauri. Mahagauri is the Great Radiant Light. They say that it is darkest just before the dawn, and sure enough, the dark night of Kalaratri is followed by the shining brilliance of Mahagauri. Parvati is known as Kali because of Her dark complexion. After severe penance She bathed in the celestial waters of Lake Manasarovar and emerged fair as the moon, the color of conch or kunda flowers. Mahagauri literally means very white, and refers to shuddha sattva, transcendent purity, untainted by the qualities of material nature. She is visualized as having fair complexion, wearing a white sari, riding the white bull Nandi and carrying a trident and damaru-durm. She shows the mudras of granting boons and fearlessness. As the consort of Lord Shiva, She dwells in celestial Kailash, far above the crown chakra. She rules the planet Rahu. She is invoked and worshipped on the eighth day of Navaratri (Durga Ashtami). Her worship burns all sins and impurities, leaving only the white ash so dear to Shiva and His devotees. The auspicious Mahagauri rains subtle blessings upon Her devotees.

Japa Mantra:
ॐ ह्रीं श्री महागौरी दुर्गायै नमः
oṁ hrīṁ śrī mahā-gaurī durgāyai namaḥ (108X)

Pranam Mantra:
ॐ सर्वमङ्गलमाङ्गल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थसाधिके ।
शरण्ये त्र्यम्बके गौरि नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते ॥

oṁ sarvamaṅgala-māṅgalye śive sarvārtha-sādhike ।
śaraṇye tryambake gauri nārāyaṇi namo’stu te ॥

“The auspiciousness in all that is auspcious, who grants fulfillment of all prayers, refuge of all, Shakti of Shiva, three-eyed and golden, Oh Narayani, I bow to You.”

Devi Mahatmyam, Chapter 11
(Hymn to Narayani)

Color for wearing:
Pink (USA)
Sky Blue (India)

Devi Mahagauri

Ninth Day: Wednesday, October 17th (USA) / Thursday, October 18th (India)

Devi Siddhidatri. Siddhidatri represents the culmination of our spiritual journey — the attainment of perfection. Siddhi can mean mystical power, attainment, or perfection. Siddhidatri is the giver of all possible siddhis. She is visualized as seated upon a lotus, holding mace, discus, conch and lotus and surrounded by siddhas, gandharvas, yakshas, sages, demons and gods — all worshipping Her as per their level of understanding. She rules the planet Ketu. She is worshipped on the ninth day of Navaratri (Maha-Navami). By Her grace root ignorance can be removed, revealing the knowledge of Brahman. Her blessings lead to the ultimate perfection, the realization that only She exists. It is She whom all seek.

Japa Mantra:
ॐ ह्रीं श्री सिद्धिदात्री दुर्गायै नमः

oṁ hrīṁ śrī siddhi-dātrī durgāyai namaḥ (108X)

Pranam Mantra:

ॐ महाविद्या महामाया महामेधा महास्मृतिः ।
महामोहा च भवती महादेवी महासुरी ॥

oṁ mahā-vidyā mahā-māyā mahā-medhā mahā-smṛtiḥ।
mahāmohā ca bhavatī mahādevī mahāsurī ॥

“You are the great knowledge, the great ignorance, the great intelligence, the great memory and the great confusion—You dear lady, are the great goddess and the great demoness.”

Devi Mahatmyam, Chapter 12 &13
(Promise of Blessings and Granting of Boons)

Color for Wearing:
Sky Blue (USA)
Pink (India)

siddhidatriDevi Siddhidatri


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