Each day of this Sharada (autumn) Navratri- the longest celebrated, vibrant festival on earth —— praying to these Nine supreme powers (nav param shakti), the nine Goddesses: Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalaratri, Mahagauri, Siddhidatri to empower and strengthen everyone with their divine blessings.

Apart from the serene significance of this Navratri, one more and other important aspect of this celebration is, ‘The Shastra Puja’ or ‘Astra Puja’ or ‘Ayudha Puja’. The day of Shastra Puja falls on tenth-day of Sharada Navratri (to easily remember the day of ‘Dussehra’) —— on this day the principal Three Shakti, Three Goddesses: SARASWATI (Goddess of Wisdom, various Arts, and Literature), LAKSHMI (Goddess of Wealth), and PARVATI (the divine Mother) is worshipped. The connotation of this puja is directly related to one’s profession or current activity and the tools related to it. On this day each such tool, vehicle, or weapon is worshipped with which study, business and war is carried out (for instance may it be a pen, piano, powerloom or a plane -or- kitchen tools of Chefs -to- tools of any craftsman -or- a needle -to- a sword).

Celebrate this Navratri with a vibrance of life, dance, decorate, and worship each of these divine Devis.

Happy #Navratri!

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