Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Interfaith Days: Navratri

In Hinduism, today is Navratri ("nine nights"), the festival dedicated to the goddess Durga. On each night and day, a different form of the goddess is worshiped.

As this site indicates, "During Navratri, we invoke the energy aspect of God in the form of the universal mother, commonly referred to as "Durga," which literally means the remover of miseries of life. She is also referred to as "Devi" (goddess) or "Shakti" (energy or power). It is this energy, which helps God to proceed with the work of creation, preservation and destruction. In other words, you can say that God is motionless, absolutely changeless, and the Divine Mother Durga, does everything. Truly speaking, our worship of Shakti re-confirms the scientific theory that energy is imperishable. It cannot be created or destroyed. It is always there."

This site and this site give explanations for each of the festival's days.

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