Navratri Day 7: Saptami : Saraswati Puja Kalaratri Pujan

Tithi: Saptami

Ritual: Kalaratri puja

Goddess worshipped: Kaalratri

Offerings to goddess: Jaggery dishes

Colour: White colour

Origin

Goddess Parvati to kill the demons named Nishumbha and Shumbha removed her outer golden skin and that is why she is known as Goddess Kalaratri. The Goddess Kalaratri form is the most fiercest and aggressive form of Goddess Parvati.

Navratri Worship

On the seventh day of Navratri the Goddess Kalaratri is worshipped.

Kalratri Maa
Kalratri Maa

Governing Planet

The Goddess Kalaratri is believed to govern the planet Shani.

Iconography

The Goddess Kalaratri is depicted to be riding on a Donkey and has a dark complexion. The Goddess has four hands where the right hands are positioned in the “Abhaya” and “Varada” Mudra and carries a Sword and a Deadly iron hook in the left hands.

Devanagari Name

The Devanagri name is कालरात्रि.

Stuti

या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ कालरात्रि रूपेण संस्थिता। नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।

Katha

7th Day Katha
7th Day Katha (Source: http://www.indiayouth.in/)

Description

The Goddess Kalaratri blesses her devotees with the “Varada” and “Abhaya” Mudra inspite of being the most ferocious form of Goddess Parvati. The Goddess is also known as Goddess Shubankari (शुभंकरी) for her “Shubh” and auspicious powers.

Traditional Dance Forms

Dandiya: Dandiya is a dance form where both men and women participate. This dance is performed after all the rituals are done. The men and women make a big group where loud folk music is played and two decorated sticks are used as props by which dandiya is played.

Costumes:

On the seventh day of the Navratri festival you can wear a white colour “kurti” making you look chic and stylish. Mostly women wear sarees, lehengas but if you feel comfortable in kurtis than you can wear a kurtis of different materials like cotton, silk with different patterns like chicken work, embroidery, heavy embellishments. Pair it up with jeans or jeggings. The kurti can have different patterns of neck and accordingly you can decide to wear neckpiece or not. Wear two or three “kadas” and a watch in one hand. Wear long earring and mojadi contrasting the colour of your outfit. The men can wear white shirts with jeans and look stylish.

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Navratri Day 8: Ashtami : Durga Ashtami Mahagauri Pujan Sandhi Puja, Maha Ashtami

Reference links:

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navratri

http://www.drikpanchang.com/navratri/ashwin-shardiya-navratri-dates.html

http://www.mumbai77.com/city/2537/festivals/9-colors-dress-navratri-days/

http://blog.meraevents.com/2014/09/18/tips-to-dress-up-well-for-the-dandiya-nights-this-season/