Navratri is one of the most ostentatious religious rituals followed all over India. During this 9-day holy period, the Hindus observe fast and offer prayers to Goddess Durga at temples. During Navratri, it is customary for Hindus to prepare ‘Falahar’ (food devoid of grains), which is offered to the Goddess. In Hindu mythology, Goddess Durga has 9 avatars, each of which is pleased via different rituals and offerings.
On the pious occasion of Navratri, let’s find out what pleases them the most.
Goddess Shailputri is a lover of cows and cattle. Therefore, people offer her white-coloured food items, mainly dairy products like curd, sweets and cottage cheese. The priests believe this will keep diseases at bay.
Brahmacharini is the hermit form of Goddess Durga. She’s easily pleased by the simplest of things. She’s offered sugar and ‘Panchamrit’. In return, the Goddess blesses us with long life and good luck.
Chandraghata is believed to relieve pains and instil happiness in life. She’s worshipped with milk and dairy products.
Hindus prepare a regional delicacy known as ‘Malpua’ (wheat pancake deep fried in oil and dipped in sugar syrup). Devotees offer this sweet dessert to Goddess Kushmanda. After the rituals are complete, the dessert is distributed among the poor. Devotees believe that Ma Kushmaanda will bless them with good memory and reasoning.
Skandmata is the Goddess of power, prosperity, treasures and salvation. She’s offered with fruits, mainly banana.
Goddess Katyayani was believed to be originated from the anger of gods. She’s the warrior goddess who blesses her devotees with courage and power. She’s pleased by honey and honey-products. Honey provides us with good immunity, toned figure and good skin.
Ma Kaalratri is believed to be the harbinger of death and destruction upon negative energies, demons and evil entities. Her devotees offer her molasses and jaggery products. Devotees of Ma Kalratri live a fearless, positive life.
Mahagauri fulfils all our wishes. Her devotees offer her coconut and coconut sweets.
Siddhidatri is the ninth form of goddess Durga. She’s worshipped on the final day of Navratri with Chana (black gram), Puri (deep friend Indian bread), Malpua (pancake), Kheer (porridge) and Halwa (Indian dessert). She’s said to bless us with peace and happiness.