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Navaratri: Nine Nights of the Divine Mother

Wednesday, September 27 – Saturday, September 30, 2017
Monetary donations, offerings of fruits and flowers welcome and encouraged

2017 Navaratri Puja Schedule:

Durga
Thursday September 21st, 7:15pm
Friday September 22nd, 7:30pm
Saturday September 23rd, 5:00pm

Lakshmi
Sunday September 24th, 6:15pm
Monday September 25th, 7:15pm
Tuesday September 26th, 7:15pm

Saraswati
Wednesday September 27th, 7:15pm
Thursday September 28th, 7:15pm
Friday September 29th, 7:30pm

Day of Victory
Saturday September 30th, 6am
(Breakfast afterwards)


"During Navaratri, or the Nine Nights, the Divine in the form of the Mother is worshipped with great devotion. On the first three nights, Durga or the destructive aspect of the Mother is worshipped. On the succeeding three nights, it is the creative aspect or Lakshmi that is adored. And on the last three nights, the knowledge aspect or Saraswati is invoked. The tenth day is the Vijaya Dasami day or the Day of Victory.

There is a special significance in this arrangement. When the Devi is worshipped by a devotee in this order, as Durga She first destroys the evil propensities that lurk in the mind. Then, as Lakshmi, She implants therein the divine qualities conducive to spiritual unfoldment. Then as Saraswati, She bestows true knowledge on the aspirant.

The tenth day commemorates the victory of knowledge over ignorance, or goodness over evil. Aspirants are initiated on this day. The learning of any science is begun on this highly auspicious day. On this day the carpenter, the tailor, the mason, the artist, the songster, the typist and all technical workers do puja for their instruments and implements. This is Ayudha Puja. They behold and recognise the Sakti or Power behind those instruments and worship the Devi for their success, prosperity and peace."


-Swami Sivananda