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Why do we celebrate Navratri?

The nine-day festival of Navratri in Hindu religion is held in honor of the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga. Navratri literally means ‘nine nights’ and is celebrated differently in different parts of India by Hindus. But in all places the victory of good over evil is celebrated and Goddess Shakti is propitiated. Such adoration to Mother Goddess is unique to Hinduism. The festival also marks the arrival of winter season, a period when Nature undergoes several changes.
Navratri begins on the first day of the bright half of Ashvin or Ashwayuja (September-October). Navratri ends on the ninth day of Ashvin. The tenth day is celebrated as Dasara or Vijaya Dashami.
In Hinduism, Navratri celebrates the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura, the buffalo-headed demon. She fought for nine days and nine nights before emerging victorious on the tenth day.

Goddess Shakti in the nine forms is worshipped during the period for knowledge, wealth, prosperity and auspiciousness. Knowingly or u…

Eternal teachings of Upanishads

They enter blinding darkness who worships Avidya. Into greeter darkness, as it were, do they enter who delight in Vidya. (Isha Upanishad)
By self-discipline purification of the mind is attained. Through purification of the mind clear understanding is reached. Through clear understanding Self knowledge is gained. (Maitri Upanishad)
When nourishment is pure, reflection and higher understanding become pure.
When reflection and higher understanding are pure, memory becomes strong. When memory becomes strong, there is release from all the knots of the heart. (Chandogya Upanishad)
When the living beings are awakened from slumber, they slowly struggle to know their true nature and become free. (Shvetashvatara Upanishad)

Today’s Hindu Calendar – September 12, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, September 12, 2014 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon till 1:32 AM on September 12, 2014. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Revathi Nakshatra till 12:59 AM on September 12. Then onward it is Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi till 12:59 AM. Then onward it is Mesha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Chaturthi Shradh. Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat.
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Aswhin Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Ashwin month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, C…

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