Ninth Night - USA: Sept. 28th / INDIA: Sept 29th
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.
ॐ ह्रीं श्री सिद्धि-दात्री दुर्गायै नमः
oṁ hrīṁ śrī siddhi-dātrī durgāyai namaḥ (108X)
Reading: Devi Mahatmyam, Chapter 12 &13
(Promise of Blessings and Granting of Boons)
Color to wear: USA: pink / INDIA: purple
Eighth Night - USA: Sept. 27th / INDIA: Sept 28th
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.
ॐ ह्रीं श्री महा-गौरी दुर्गायै नमः
oṁ hrīṁ śrī mahā-gaurī durgāyai namaḥ (108X)
Reading: Devi Mahatmyam, Chapter 11
(Hymn to Narayani)
Color to wear: USA: sky blue / INDIA: pink
Seventh Night - USA: Sept. 26th / INDIA: Sept 27th
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.
ॐ ह्रीं श्री काल-रात्री दुर्गायै नमः
oṁ hrīṁ śrī kāla-rātrī durgāyai namaḥ (108X)
Reading: Devi Mahatmyam ,Chapter 9 & 10
(Slaying of Nishumba and Slaying of Shumba)
Color to wear: USA: red / INDIA: royal blue
Sixth Night - USA: Sept. 25th / INDIA: Sept 26th
Devi Katyayani. Katyayani is the incarnation of Durga who took birth as the daughter of Sage Katyayana. She then 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.
ॐ ह्रीं श्री कात्यायनी दुर्गायै नमः
oṁ hrīṁ śrī kātyāyanī durgāyai namaḥ (108X)
Reading: Devi Mahatmyam, Chapter 8
(Slaying of Raktabija)
Color to wear: USA: white / INDIA: red
Fifth Night - USA: Sept. 24th / INDIA: Sept 25th
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 (Buddha). 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.
ॐ ह्रीं श्री स्कन्द-माता दुर्गायै नमः
oṁ hrīṁ śrī skanda-mātā durgāyai namaḥ (108X)
Reading: Devi Mahatmyam, Chapter 7
(Slaying of Chanda and Munda)
Color to wear: USA: orange / INDIA: white
Fourth Night - USA: Sept. 23rd / INDIA: Sept 24th
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.
ॐ ह्रीं श्री कूष्माण्ड दुर्गायै नमः
oṁ hrīṁ śrī kūṣmāṇḍa durgāyai namaḥ (108X)
Reading: Devi Mahatmyam, Chapter 5 & 6
(Conversation with Messenger and Slaying of Dhumralochana)
Color to wear: USA: gray / INDIA: orange
Third Night - USA: Sept. 22nd / INDIA: Sept 23rd
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, empowers our worship and fills us with devotion.
ॐ ह्रीं श्री चन्द्र-घण्टा दुर्गायै नमः
oṁ hrīṁ śrī candra-ghaṇṭā durgāyai namaḥ (108X)
Reading: Devi Mahatmyam, Chapter 4
(Praise by Indra and the Gods)
Color to wear: USA: green / INDIA: gray
Second Night - USA: Sept. 21st / INDIA: Sept 22nd
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.
ॐ ह्रीं श्री ब्रह्मचारिणी दुर्गायै नमः
oṁ hrīṁ śrī brahmacāriṇī durgāyai namaḥ (108X)
Reading: Devi Mahatmyam, Chapter 2 & 3
(Slaying of Mahishasura’s Army and Slaying of Mahishasura)
Color to wear: USA: yellow / INDIA: green
First Night - USA: Sept. 20th / INDIA: Sept. 21st
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 inspires us to begin our spiritual journey and gives us encouragement along the way.
ॐह्रीं श्री शैल-पुत्री दुर्गायै नमः
oṁ hrīṁ śrī śaila-putrī durgāyai namaḥ (108X)
Reading: Devi Mahatmyam, Chapter 1
(The Slaying of Madhu and Kaitaba)
Color to wear: USA: royal blue / INDIA: yellow