Nine forms of Goddess Durga Maa

Navratri is very famous Indian festival. Before know about festival we should know about meaning of Navratri. Nav means nine .In Navratra each night( ratri) is dedicated to one form of Goddess Durga.Nine forms of Goddess Durga: [caption id="attachment_3005" align="aligncenter" width="236" caption="Nine forms of Goddess Durga"]Nine forms of Goddess Durga[/caption] 1. Maa Shailputri Durga Shailputri (Daughter of Mountain) She is a daughter of Himalaya and first among nine Durgas. In previous birth she was the daughter of Daksha. Her name was Sati - Bhavani. i.e. the wife of Lord Shiva. Once Daksha had organized a big Yagna and did not invite Shiva. But Sati being obstinate, reached there. Thereupon Daksha insulted Shiva. Sati could not tolerate the insult of husband and burnt herself in the fire of Yagna. In other birth she became the daughter of Himalaya in the name of Parvati - Hemvati and got married with Shiva. As per Upnishad she had torn and the egotism of Indra, etc. Devtas. Being ashamed they bowed and prayed that, "In fact, thou are Shakti, we all - Brahma, Vishnu and Shiv are capable by getting Shakti from you." [caption id="attachment_3073" align="aligncenter" width="105" caption="Maa Shailputri"]Maa Shailputri[/caption] 2.Maa Brahmachaarini Maa is known as BRAHMACHARINI in her second roop. On the second her pooja is of much importance. Here BHRAMA is refrred to as TAPASYA ( Penance). Those who worship her, attain, Tup ( Religious Austerity), Tyag (Sacrifice), and Vairagya (Asceticism). Devi is holding a garland of victory in her right hand and a KAMANDAL ( a kind of pot) in her left hand.   [caption id="attachment_3067" align="aligncenter" width="105" caption="Maa Brahmachaarini"]Maa Brahmachaarini[/caption] 3.Maa Chandraghantaa   [caption id="attachment_3068" align="aligncenter" width="105" caption="Maa Chandraghantaa"]Maa Chandraghantaa[/caption] 4.Maa Kushmanda   [caption id="attachment_3071" align="aligncenter" width="105" caption="Maa Kushmanda"]Maa Kushmanda[/caption] 5. Maa Skanmata   [caption id="attachment_3066" align="aligncenter" width="105" caption="Maa Skanmata"]Maa Skanmata[/caption] 6.Maa Katyayini [caption id="attachment_3070" align="aligncenter" width="105" caption="Maa Katyayini"]Maa Katyayini[/caption] 7.Maa Kaalratri [caption id="attachment_3069" align="aligncenter" width="105" caption="Maa Kaalratri"]Maa Kaalratri[/caption] 8. Maa Mahagauri   [caption id="attachment_3072" align="aligncenter" width="105" caption="Maa Mahagauri"]Maa Mahagauri[/caption] 9. Maa Sidhidaatri [caption id="attachment_3074" align="aligncenter" width="105" caption="Maa Sidhidaatri"]Maa Sidhidaatri[/caption]