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10th October, 2016: Mahanavami


As per our Hindu Scriptures, Goddess Durga is the real Mahashakti. The form and the formless, she is the root cause of creation, preservation and annihilation. Goddess Durga is the ultimate Shakti behind all creations including the Gods and Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Thus, Goddess Durga is worshipped in all her nine forms during Navratri. Mahanavami is the third and final day of Durga Puja. Thus, it is celebrated with all vigour all over India and Nepal.


Story Behind Mahanavami


As per Hindu Vedic scriptures, the story revolves around a monstrous bull form demon called Mahishasur. He was extremely powerful and due to the boons he had achieved, he had become a problem for all the Gods including Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Goddess Shakti then undertook the task, and incarnated in the form of a small girl and killed the demon. Thus, Goddess Shakti is called Mahisasuramardini.


Why is it Celebrated


The original power is Mahalaxmi that created the three pairs of Supreme Powers of this universe, Lord Brahma, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Thus, Goddess Shakti is the essence of life and life is a creative endowment of Shakti. We thus, celebrate this source of life and everything else revolving around it in the festival of Mahanavami.




Mahanavami is celebrated on the final or the ninth day of the Navrati and third day of the Durga Puja. In 2016, the Shubh tithi begins at 10:30 pm on 9th October and ends at 10:53 pm on 10th October, 2016. The Balidan muhurat begins at 1:16 pm to 3:34 pm and the Navami homa should be done between 6:23 am to 5:52 pm on 10th October, 2016.




As per Hindu Scriptures, Goddess Durga is the source of everything in this universe. Thus, she is also called Shakti and Devi. It is she who has created Gods and vested her powers in them in parts for the smooth functioning of the Universe. Thus, apart from all humans, Goddess Shakti is also worshipped by all Gods. We invoke divine blessings of Goddess Durga to remove all negativity and obstacles of our lives.


Products to perform the puja


If the Ashtami and Navami timings converge before Sayankal on Ashtami Tithi, then Ashtami Puja and Navami Puja including Sandhi Puja are done on the same day. The rituals should include:


  • After bathing early in the morning, Goddess Durga is invoked by puja.
  • Balidan on Maha Navami should always be done on Uday Vyapini Navami. Symbolic Balidan of a fruit or vegetable like sugarcane, banana or a pumpkin is presented to the Devi.
  • Navami homa should be performed by chanting 700 verses from the Durga Saptashati.

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