New Delhi, Shardiya Navratri 2022: Every year Shardiya Navratri begins with Pratipada Tithi of Shukla Paksha of Ashwin month. This holy festival begins with the end of Pitru Paksha. This year Shardiya Navratri is starting from 26th September and will end with Dussehra on 5th October. Every year everyone worships nine forms of Maa Durga in Shardiya Navratri with great pomp and wishes for happiness, prosperity and good fortune. But do you know why the festival of Shardiya Navratri is celebrated after all. Let us know the reason behind celebrating Shardiya Navratri.

Legend of celebrating Shardiya Navratri

There are two mythological stories behind celebrating Navratri. The first story is related to Mahishasura and the second is related to Ravana.

Mahishasura was killed by Maa Durga

According to mythology, there was a demon named Mahishasura. Who was the supreme devotee of Brahma ji. He had pleased Brahma ji by doing hard penance and asked for a boon from Brahma ji that no god, demon or human living on earth could kill him. Brahma ji called him aastu. After getting the boon, Mahishasura started making products. His terror increased so much that even the gods and goddesses got upset. In such a situation, Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh together gave birth to Mother Durga. After this, there was a fierce battle between Maa Durga and Mahishasura for the whole nine days and on the tenth day Maa Durga killed Mahishasura.

Maa Durga had given the boon of killing Ravana to Shri Ram.

The second legend is related to Maa Durga, Shri Ram and Ravana. When Mother Sita was taken away by Ravana, Shri Ram had to fight with Ravana to bring her back. Before the battle with Ravana, Goddess Durga was worshiped in the form of Shakti for nine days in Rameshwaram. Pleased with his devotion and worship, Maa Durga blessed Sri Rama with the victory of Lanka. After this Lord Rama killed Ravana on the tenth day. For this reason, the festival of Vijayadashami is celebrated every year after Navratri.

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Edited By: Shivani Singh