Navaratri Celebration in Nepal

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Color, zest, dance, devotion, prayer….Navratri has multifold significance for anyone celebrating this festival. Though rituals could differ, the feeling of joy and celebration are common. An ode to the festival called Navratri.

When Navratri is celebrated,
Seasons are in the midst of change
And Nature is renewing itself.
There is magic in the air – truly,
As the seasons are switching turns,
And the phenomenon of Ritu Sandhi unfolds.

When Navratri is celebrated,
Autumn’s simplicity and the royalty of summer are celebrated.
There is glory in Her dispassion, a promise of renewal and continuity of creation.
Just as the seasons transform,
The body-mind complex changes,
And seeks to balance itself.
Mirroring Nature.

When Navratri is celebrated,
Nature rests and rejuvenates,
So must we.
A powerful period for any spiritual practice or sadhana.
You meditate daily, you say; sometimes even twice.
Yet the focus on meditation must be sharper at this time of the year.
And the fruits of meditation come manifold.

When Navratri is celebrated,
Subtle energies in Creation are enriched,
Angels that help us to go inwards, deeper and towards Bliss.
Chants, meditations, satsang, fasts deeper than before.

When Navratri is celebrated,
The mind and body rest and renews itself through the nine nights of Navratri.
Just as a child grows in the mother’s womb for nine months.

When Navratri is celebrated….all of nature rejoices.

‘Nava’ means ‘nine’ and ‘ratri’ is made up of ‘ra’ which also means ‘night’ and ‘tri’ meaning the three aspects of our life – body, mind and soul. There are three types of botherations or problems that may affect a person – physical, mental and spiritual. That which gives you relief from all these difficulties is ‘ratri’. ‘Ratri’ or night relieves you of misery and brings comfort. The night relaxes everybody; whether happy, unhappy or miserable, everybody goes to sleep. The nine-day period of Navratri is marked by a series of Yagna and Homas.

Significance of Homas

The celebrations Navratri celebrations are marked by a series of yagnas and homas to nullify all the misery, sorrow and pain, provide solace and bring in peace throughout the world. They are also meant to protect the environment, by instilling honor and reverence for Mother Earth.

Scientifically, the Homas have proven to purify the atmosphere, casting a healing effect on the mind and the body. Each day of this nine-day period has special implications and yagnas and homas are performed accordingly.

Maha Ganapathi Homa
The rituals begin with an offering to Ganesha, the Lord of Auspiciousness. Ganapathi Homa is symbolic of removing the obstacles before initiating any new venture.

Navgraha Homa
Performed to propitiate Nine Planets, which influence various spheres of life. It nullifies the negative impact created by the Nav Grahas or Nine Planets.

Maha Rudra Homa
Rudra is the manifestation of Lord Shiva. It is one of the most ancient Homas from the text of Vedas. It is done for overall prosperity, health, happiness and removal of obstructions.

Maha Sudarshan Homa
Offered to Lord Sudarshana/Narayana, it signifies the removal of ignorance and illumination of a new life enriched with knowledge. Sudarshan signifies the discus of Lord Narayana. It is supposed to be the infallible weapon of Lord Narayana. It bestows clarity and helps remove blocks in the mind.

Nava Chandi Homa
The day of Ashtami or the eighth day, marks the pinnacle of all homas of Navaratri. The Sri Nava Chandi Homa(Durga, Bhadrakali, Amba, Annapoorna devi, Sarvamangala, Bhairavi, Chandika or Chandi)

Rishi Homa
Offered to all enlightened masters who have walked on this planet.

Venue:  Shankhamul, Yoga park, Kathmandu Nepal (The Art of Living Nepal) .

Date: 26th September to 28th September

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