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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sharadaa Navaraathri - 2012

There are 6 Navarathris in Honour of Divine Mother of our Universe - one for each Rithu (season), and this navarathri falling in the sharad rithu is the most important one as it is the one recommended for householders.

Navarathri schedule for different parts of the world.

Navaraathri austerities begin from October 16, 2012 for all places in the earth except for those living in U.S.A., Canada, and other countries of the American continents. Those living in U.S.A., Canada, and other countries of the American continents should begin the Navarathri austerities from October 15, 2012 itself.

Durga pooja is to be observed on October 22, 2012 throughout the world except those living in Hawaaii standard time zone who should observe it on October 21, 2012 itself.

Mahaa Navami (Saraswathy Pooja, Ayudha pooja) should be celebrated on October 23, 2012 throughout the world - except in places following Hawaai standard time and Pacific Standard time. Those living in Hawaii standard time zone and Pacific standard time zone of USA/ Canada should observe this on October 22, 2012 itself.

Vijaya Dasami should be observed on October 24, 2012 throughout the world - except in USA, Canada and other nations to the West of Atlantic Ocean where it is to be observed on October 23, 2012 itself (yes, for some regions in the U.S. both Mahaa Navami and Dussera fall on the same day - October 23, 2012; going into the astrological/ astronomical/ panchang sookshma nuances will be beyond the comprehension of most normal devotees who would just like to observe the festivals on the correct dates/ days as per shastric doctrines and so I am not going deeper into this).

Methods of celebrating Navaraathri.

It is traditional to keep "Kolu" - an arrangement of dolls during Navaraathri. This is to signify that Our Divine Mother resides as Inner Soul in all Forms. Some people make the arrangement in such a way that the various steps of the kolu represent the Order of Evolution - like keeping invertebrates and such other forms of lives in the bottom step, keeping dolls representing human life in the middle of the kolu steps, and keeping dolls representing Divine Legends, Dasa Avataars, etc. on the top most step of the kolu arrangement. It is traditional to keep 5 rows (to represent Five Elements of Life), 9 rows (to represent the Nine Forms of Divine Mother), 11 rows (to represent the 11 forms of Lord Rudra), 13 rows (one in Honour of each chapter of Durga Sapta Sati), or 15 Rows (one in Honour of each syllable of Shri Vidhya panchadasaakshari mantra) as per one's convenience; traditionally, people avoid arranging the kolu in 7 rows for sentimental reasons (there is a belief that such an arrangement in 7 rows might affect financial prospects).

I request all our members to perform simple worships as per their convenience during the Navarathri period and become recipients of Divine Grace. This is a period when we Celebrate our Universal Mother - so, that joy should be there in our minds when we observe this austerity (we should not be unnecessarily tensed or make this too complicated with too many taboos! One does not think of protocols when approaching one's mother - but just go with the moment with unbounded joy and affection; such should be our attitude when we worship Our Universal Mother during this period - assuming we are all Her Children and we are invoking Her Presence in our homes - celebrating this with affectionate respect and joy).

Recital of Lalitha Sahasranaamam, Dasa Mahaa vidhya sthothrams, simple Devi sthothrams, Abhiraami Andhaadhi, Lalitha Anubooti, Soundarya Lahiri, Dugra Sthothram, Chandi Path (Durga Saptasathi), etc. can be auspicious during this period.

During this period, we should consider all women as Forms of Divine Mother and treat them with courtesy and respect. One who observes the Navarathri austerities intensely, but insults women knowingly/ unknowingly does not get the benefit of the austerities. Remember this, and treat women (including those in your own family) with affection and respect [Ideally that should be the case always! Because Shastras say that where virtuous women are honoured, Divine Grace visits even in an uninvited manner! This is the reason why women should take special care to safeguard their basic dignity, be affectionate and gentle in dealings with family members, avoid letting corrupting thoughts/ behaviour patterns enter their life styles, etc. in an attempt to maintain their Divine nature that is intrinsic to them; All higher forms of lives spring from the feminine gender of the species, and a virtuous woman is a living Form of the Universal Mother - and can be a source of happiness and Grace to herself and to everyone who is blessed enough to move with her).

Those who have Tulsi plant in their houses, can offer prostrations to that Divine Plant and pray for prosperity and Divine Grace in its vicinity. (All the Holy Rivers are in subtle forms in the roots of the tulsi plant; All Divine Forms are manifest in the middle portion of the Tulsi plant, and All Vedas and Holy Scriptures are manifest in the tips of the Tulsi plant, as said in the Puranas).

Offering Go-Poojaa (prayers to Cow visualized as embodiment of all Divinities) on Fridays and Tuesdays of Navarathri period can give unlimited merit.

It is also auspicious to read a small portion of Divine Legends that depict how the Gracious and Kind Mother Manifested in Angry Forms to annihilate all enemies to peaceful life on Earth every night during this navaraathri period, and invoke such Manifestation of Power in our lives also to annihilate all our enemies (both intrinsic like anger, greed, laziness, and ignorance within us, and our external enemies/ unruly elements who try to disturb peaceful and gentle citizens in the society unnecessarily).

Recital of Chandi Paaraayanam is a powerful remedy not merely for our families but for ensuring peace in the land where we live in. In fact, if austere persons of Faith keep reciting the Chandi Path and Shri Rudram regularly, and if there are many of them in a land, shastras proclaim that the elements of nature's Fury like floods, pestilence, droughts, etc. will never harm that land and prosperity will rein in that land. So, it is partly our duty as Universal Citizens to offer special worship to Divine Mother during this period and pray for relief to all the distressed souls who have been harassed much by the floods in Northern parts of our blessed land, and also pray for peace throughout the world in these troublesome days where you can never read a newspaper without coming across some inauspicious event/ mishap in one corner or other of the earth.


As usual special worships will be performed at my residence in Chennai in connection with Sharada navaraathri from October 16, 2012 to October 24, 2012. We will be offering poojas and homams for Universal welfare daily during these days, and those who are interested in sponsoring those are welcome to do so.

The part-sponsorship of each day's austerities (beginning from early morning till night.....Ganapathy homam, Laghu chandi homam, Full recital of Devi Mahaatmyam, Lalitha Sahasranaamam, Soundarya Lahiri sthothras, Dasa Mahaa Vidhya japams, Select verses from Devi Bhagavatam, etc.) is US$80(US Dollars seventy five only). Resident Indians might offer Rs.4000- (rupees four thousand only for the same). We are not restricting participation in the daily homams/ austerities this year. Those who wish to be part-sponsors for more than one day's rituals are also welcome to do so.

Mahaa chandi homam is planned on October 24, 2012 on Vijaya Dasami day. The part-sponsorship for this Mahaa chandi homam on October 24, 2012 is US$400 (US Dollars four hundred only).

To enable persons who are interested in taking part in some form of prayers at our place but are unable to afford the part-sponsorships, this year we have decided to offer the following special poojas at affordable sponsorship rates:

1) Durga Sookta, Durga Sahasranaamam paaraayanam, and Durga Sapta Slokhi paddathi deepa pooja for general welfare and removal of planetary afflictions- the sponsorship of this on Durga Ashtami day will be US$15 (US Dollars fifteen only).

2) Saraswathy kavacha paaraayanam and other special chants on Vaak Devi from Yamala tantraic literature to improve general intelligence and promote academic prospects on Saraswathy Pooja day - US$15 (US Dollars fifteen only)

You can select your option of special worships from the drop=down menu given below at the end of this write-up.

Even those who are unable to offer sponsorships for these rituals need not feel let down; prayers are offered for Universal Welfare at the end of each day's austerities, in addition to the prayer for specific special sponsors, and the prayer for Universal Welfare covers everyone - including you!

May Divine Mother Bless us all.
Blessed be.

Preferred date of performance of austerities (other than on Vijaya Dasami day)
Name, nakshatra, gothra


Saurabh said...

Hello Panditji,

Thank you the post. This time navaratri is for 8 days due to 2 tithees coming on 1 day. So, if someone wants to do sadhana that is done during 9/10 days period of navarathri and vijayadashami, then how he/she should do it? For example, dasamahavidya sadhna is done for 10 days from first day of navarathri till vijayadashmi. Can you pls guide?

Pandit R. DAKSHINA MOORTHI said...

Dear Shri. Saurabh:

It is a valid doubt:)

There are three options for this:

1) For those pursuing Dasa Mahaa Vidhya saadhana, they can begin it on Mahaalaya Amaavasya night itself and continue for 10 continuous nights till Vijaya Dasami night (if the saadhana maarga demands night worship at midnight).

2) For those pursuing soumya maarga upaasanaa of Dasa Mahaa Vidhya Deities, the pooja can be done on Poorva sandhya period of day 1, and Saayam sandhyya period for day 2's account, and the rest of the days can be in natural sequence.

3) The other option for those performing Soumya poojas of Dasa Mahaa vidyaas is to combine two Deities' upaasanaas on Durga Ashtami day or Mahaa navami day - just like I suggested above (instead of doing it on the 1st day, you can do it on the 7th or 8th day of the upaasanaa period combining two day's worship breaking it into morning/ evening sessions in such a way that the thithi of performance is difference for the two performances); the sadhana's 10th day will be complete on Vijaya Dasami day.

For those performing Navaraathra poojas (For the Forms Shaila Putra, Brahmachaarinii, etc.), they can just follow the normal sequence from day 1 till Vijaya Dasami day - so 9 days in order. Though technically navarathri is said to come to an end with Mahaa Navami day, till the Gata visarjana/ punarpoojaa is done, you CAN do Navaraathra upasanaas on Vijaya Dasami day also.

Hope this helps.

Blessed be.

Krishna said...

Dear Panditji,
With your kind permission,

In a way i am promoting my blog,, however, my internet search did not reveal any websites that have Sri Mooka Panchashathi in Kannada, so, here is my humble attempt, pls spread the word for the benefit of those that needs kannada lyrics/text.

Pandit R. DAKSHINA MOORTHI said...

Dear Shri. Krishna:

No issues; I am honoured that you thought my blog will be a good medium to spread the "good-word." As your motive is to help those who want to read Mooka Panchasathi in Kannada script, I laud this gesture and have published your comment.

I have no issues about spreading any non-commercial messages through my blog - if that can help others; after all, my own blog's motive is that - to spread what little knowledge that I can with this blog as the vehicle and so your submission of your blog for promotion is not an issue:)

Maybe you can also link back to my blog if you feel any of the write-ups here might be of help to the readers of your blog (not mandatory - just thought that if you are hesitating about that fearing whether I will permit it, I must clarify that I have no objection to your posting links to my articles through your blog).

May Divine Intellect shine through all our channels:)

Blessed be.

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