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Maha Navami

Acoording to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, on the ninth day of Durga Navarathri, Maha Navami is grandly celebrated by the Hindus. It is to be highly noted that the South Indian goddess for Durga Navarathri is Mahishasura Mardhini. On the other hand, the North Indian goddess for Durga Navarathri is Goddess Matungi or Goddess Renuka Devi. Sugarcanes are harvested as a conclusion of the Navarathri festival. Therefore, all the sugarcane stalks are wholeheartedly offered to the Goddess Durga. In the form of Aparajita, Goddess Durga is worshipped by the Hindus.

It is to be highly remembered that in few states like Maharashtra, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Kashmir, the celebration of Durga Navarathri end on eighth day itself instead of ending it on Mahanavami. They consider the day as the birthday of Parvati who is a form of Durga. On this auspicious day, more animals are sacrificed. On the same lines as of Mahashtami, the traditional pujas and rituals are performed on the day of Maha Navami as per the ancient Hindu tradition and culture.

According to the temple priest, “It is important to note that depending on starting time of Navami Tithi on previous day Maha Navami Puja and Upavas might be done on Ashtami Tithi. The precise rule is that if Ashtami and Navami merge before Sanyakal on Ashtami Tithi then Ashtami Puja and Navami Puja including Sandhi Puja are done on the same day.”

As per the local legends, “Mahanavami is third and final day of Durga Puja. Durga Puja on Maha Navami begins with Mahasnan and Shodashopachar Puja. On Maha Navami Goddess Durga is worshipped as Mahisasuramardini which means the Annihilator of the Buffalo Demon. It is believed that on Maha Navami day Durga killed the demon Mahishasura.” Navami Puja and Navami Homa are performed by the Hindus at home and temple with great dedication and devotion.

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