Another auspicious day in the Hindu festival is Mahananda Navami which will be marked as the last Navami of the year 2020(Also, read about Akshay Navmi(Amla Navmi).). Goddess Durga is worshipped on this auspicious day, this day is also known as ‘Tala Navami’ and is celebrated in both east and north India with immense joy and enthusiasm. It is believed that worshipping Goddess Durga devotedly will gain freedom from all sorrows and grieves and will bring happiness and prosperity.
When is Mahananda Navami?
The Last Navami of the year 2020 will be observed on 23rd December 2020(Wednesday).
Mahananda Navam Vrat Kath and Significance
Goddess Durga is worshipped on this auspicious day and this day holds a very great religious significance as well, it is believed by Hindu legends that Goddess Durga represents a symbol of power and energy and devotees worship her to gain strength to fight against all the evil powers. Goddess Durga is also referred to as ‘Durgatinashini’ because she marks an end to all the sufferings. There are nine incarnations of Goddess Durga as per the Hindu Mythology– ‘Chandraghanta’, ‘Sailaputri’, ‘Kalaratri’, ‘Skanda Mata’, ‘Brahmacharini’, ‘Siddhidayini’, ‘Kushmanda’, ‘Katyayani’ and ‘Maha Gowri’. Goddess Durga all forms are collectively worshipped on this day that is the major spiritual significance behind Mahananda Navami.
Rituals for Mahananda Navami
Rituals that are to be performed on Mahananda Navami are as follows:
– Devotees must wake up early in the morning and should prepare for taking a ritualistic bath in the morning.
– Many devotees also gather near holy rivers such as Ganga, Saraswati, Godavari, etc to take a holy bath as it is believed that all sins of past and present life will b removed by taking ‘Punya Snan’
– Many devotees observe a fast on this day especially married women and follow strict rules of fast and do not eat anything during day time and break their fast after seeing the moon in the night.
– Kalakand, Murmura Ladoo, Rajbhog, Rasmalai, others are offered to Goddess Durga on Mahananda Navami, a special dish known as Tal’er Bara which is made from ripe palm food, grated coconut, sugar, and flour is also offered to Goddess Durga.
– People dress very authentically on this day, women mostly wear red and white saree and men go for dhotis.
– Religious hymns are chanted in temples and at home by devotees to gain the divine blessings of Goddess Durga.
– Temples renowned for Mahananda Navami are The Kanak Temple of West Bengal and Bijara Temple of Orissa.
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