9 Forms of Maa Durga, 9 Avatars

 

Navadurga(Devanagari:नवदुर्गा), which literally means Nine forms of Goddess Durga, constitute according to Hindu mythology, the manifestation of Goddess Durga, the Mother Goddess, in nine different forms. These nine forms of manifestation are:

शैलपुत्री माता – Shailputri mata
व्रह्मचारणी माता – Brahmacharini Mata
चन्द्रघण्टा माता – Chandraghanta Mata
कुशमाण्डा माता – Kushmanda Mata
स्कन्दमाता माता – Skandamata Mata
कात्यायनी माता – Katyayani Mata
कालरात्री माता – Kalratri Mata
महागौरी माता – Mahagauri Mata
सिद्धिदात्री माता – Siddhidatri mata

These nine forms are worshipped together during the Navratri (Nine Divine Nights) celebrations, that occur four times throughout the year, namely:

Jai Maa jhandewali

Chaitra Navratri
Sharad Navratri(most significant and widely celebrated)
Maha Gupta Navratri
Ashadha Gupta Navratri

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