Significance of Navratri Posted on September 29, 2011 by admin Navaratri, in South India is celebrated with the following belief: • The Goddess Para-Shakti, is worshipped in her three important manifestations as Mahakali orDurga (Warrior Goddess), Maha-Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity), and Maha-Saraswati (Goddess of Knowledge). • Though the Goddess is one, she is represented and worshipped in three different aspects. • On the first three nights of the festival, Durga is worshipped; Lakshmi is worshipped on the next three nights, and then Saraswati Devi on the last three nights. • The books are placed for Puja on the Ashtami day in own houses, traditional nursery schools, or in temples. • The following day, the tenth day of the festival, is called Vijaya dasarni. Vijaya means “victory”, the victory over our own minds that can come only when we have worshippd these three – Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. • On Vijaya Dasami day, the books are ceremoniously taken out for reading and writing after worshipping Saraswati. • Vijaya Dashami day is considered auspicious for initiating the children into writing and reading, which is called Vidyarambham. • It is also said that Durga annihilated the demon Mahishasura after a relentless battle lasting nine days and nights. • During the Navaratri, the Goddess “Para-Shakti”, is struggling to overcome the forces of vice, wickedness and egoism and on Vijaya Dashami (Dasara, the tenth Day commemorating victory), she conquers and destroys all evil forces (i.e. bringing to an end the atrocities of Asuras like Mahishasuran, Shumban, Nishumban, Madhukaidapan, Thumralochanan and Rakthabheejan).