Navratri is a festival of 9 days. Here is what each day signifies.
Goddess Shailputri is worshiped on the first day of Navratri. The Goddess holds a trident and lotus in her hands and Nandi Bull is her ride. Devotees offer pure country ghee on their feet during worship. It is believed that by doing so, devotees get rid of all kinds of suffering and disease.
The second day of Navaratri is devoted to Goddess Brahmacharini. The Goddess holds a Rudraksh Mala in one hand and a kamanda in the other. She is said to be the goddess of math.
Simple foods like sugar and fruits are offered to her.
The goddess Chandraghanta has ten hands each holding different weapons. She rides golden lions and has a half shaped moon on her head giving her her name. She is worshipped with milk, dessert and kheer.
Kushmanda is the goddess who is worshiped on the fourth day. Her name is made up of 3 words Ku means “a little”, Ushma means “warmth” or “energy” and Anda means “cosmic egg. In order to please this goddess, the devotees offer Malpua.
On the fifth day of Navaratri, Goddes Skandmata ho is also known as Panchami. The goddess has four hands, out of which two hold a lotus, one a kamandal and the last hand a bell. She rides a lion and her son Kartikeya (Skanda) sits on her lap. The Goddess is offered bananas for good health.
Goddess Katyani is worshiped on the day of Shastri that is the sixth day. Goddess Katyani has been shown to have four weapons in her hand. Devotees offer honey as a show of their devotion. The blessings of Goddess Katyani is said to solve all your problems and fill your life with sweetness.
Goddess Kalaratri has four hands and is worshiped on the seventh day which hold a trident and sword in The goddess has a third eye on her forehead which sees the whole universe. She is said to protect her true devotees from evil forces and spirits. On these days Prasad is given to Brahmins along with Dakshina.
Durga Ashtami or Navaratri is on the eighth day when Maha Gauri is worshipped. She rides the bull and holds in her hands Mahagauri, Trishul and Damru. Coconut is said to bring happiness and prosperity.
The worship of Goddess Siddhidathi is done on the last day of Navaratri. She holds a lotus in one hand, a mace in the other hand, chakra in the third hand and book in the fourth. It is a symbol of knowledge and perfection. On the ninth day of Navaratri, the goddess is offered sesame which is believed to bless people with happiness and protect them from accidents.
Happy Navratri and Ram Navami!