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Mahanavami – October 12, 2024

Maha Navami is celebrated in October or November, depending on the lunar date in the Hindu calendar. This year, it will fall on October 12, and it was the day when the Goddess Durga destroyed Mahishasura, the ‘buffalo monster,’ according to Hindu legend. Millions of Hindus in India and throughout the world observe this festival as a symbol of good triumphing over evil. It is the penultimate day of devotion before the completion of Navratri and one day before Vijayadashami. Maha Navami is also a public holiday in numerous Indian states. In South India, Maha Navami is known as ‘Ayudha Puja’ or ‘Astra Puja.’

History of Mahanavami

Mahishasura was a demon with supernatural abilities. However, the Asuras (demons) were always defeated by the Gods. Mahishasura, tired of being vanquished, vowed to alter things. For many years, he sacrificed his sleep, food, and all other creature comforts to focus on Brahma, the creator of the cosmos and all life. He prayed to Brahma with unflinching dedication and intensity.

Brahma was overjoyed. He came to Mahishasura and assured him that he could ask for anything and have it granted. Mahishasura requested a boon from Brahma that would grant him invincibility. Mahishasura, in his hubris, felt that no woman could ever overcome him. Brahma bestowed the boon upon him.

Then, Mahishasura began his terror reign. He quickly seized control of the Earth. He assaulted and conquered Indira’s celestial dwelling, the King of Gods. All of the mighty weapons flung at him by the Gods were ineffective. Mahishasura appeared to be invincible, and the Gods could not stop him. Then, everyone’s gaze was drawn to Goddess Parvati. She quickly assumed the form of Durga. Durga had ten hands, ferocious eyes, and a plethora of gold jewels. She was both lovely and terrible. She charged into combat with Mahishasura while riding a lion.

Mahishasura was a strong being who could shapeshift between human and buffalo forms. For nine days, Durga and Mahishasura fought. Durga killed Mahishasura by piercing his heart with a spade on day ten. Thus, Goddess Durga put a stop to the horror that Mahishasura had unleashed on heaven and earth. Since then, the day has been known as Maha Navami and as the tenth day as Vijayadashami (meaning both “victory” and “tenth”) to commemorate the triumph of virtue over evil.

Mahanavami timeline

3300 B.C.
Goddess Durga is Adored

She is revered as a primary element of the mother goddess and is connected with protection, strength, maternity, devastation, and battle.

1500 B.C.
First Recorded Story About Durga

The myth of Durga defeating the demon Mahishasura first appears in literature and is found in Sanskrit.

1600 A.D.
First Celebration of Maha Navami

In West Bengal, Maha Navami is celebrated to commemorate Durga's defeat over Mahishasura.

The Statue of Liberty

A 100-foot-high Goddess Durga statue is displayed in Guwahati, India.

Mahanavami FAQs

What activities do we do for Maha Navami?

Devotees rise early to worship the goddess Durga. Special meals are created using ingredients such as saffron to commemorate the completion of a nine-day fast. Paneer rolls and other sweet delights are also among the dishes.

What is the significance of Maha Navami?

Maha Navami commemorates the triumph of good over evil because it celebrates the day when the goddess Durga defeated the buffalo monster. One such major holiday is Maha Navami, commonly known as Navami, which commemorates the completion of Navratri’s nine days of fasting.

Is Maha Navami a public holiday?

Maha Navami is an optional holiday. Employees in India are allowed to pick a restricted number of holidays from a list of optional holidays under employment and holiday rules.

Mahanavami Activities

  1. Fast for one day

    Fasting and its advantages have been emphasized in practically all religions. Fasting may detoxify your body while also providing much-needed relaxation to your digestive system.

  2. Participate in a prayer

    Temples are illuminated by 'diyas' (lamps) and adorned with floral arrangements. Some individuals perform 'pooja' (prayer) at their houses.

  3. Share it on social media

    Discover captivating legends from past civilizations by researching the narrative of Durga killing the monster Mahishasura and others. You may also share your findings on social media so that more people are aware of Maha Navami and other news.

5 Facts About Goddess Durga

  1. She has 10 arms

    Each of her arms carries a weapon, indicating that she defends her worshippers from any harm.

  2. The Earth Mother

    Durga is known as Butsu-Mo, the earth mother, in Japanese Buddhism.

  3. Regarded as Lord Shiva’s other half

    Durga is the expression of Shiva, regarded as one of the main deities of Hinduism.

  4. Shakti is her other name

    Durga represents 'Shakti,' or feminine divine force.

  5. Manifests herself in many ways

    Durga is known by many other names and forms, including Parvati, Kamakshi, and Ishi.

Why We Love Mahanavami

  1. It honors feminine strength

    The festival of Maha Navami honors feminine power. Because Mahishasura was murdered by a woman, Maha Navami is a day dedicated to female empowerment.

  2. It aids us in our understanding of Hindu mythology

    Enthralling stories abound throughout Hindu mythology. This day allows us to go further into the world of Hindu mythology and uncover even more amazing stories.

  3. It helps attract more prosperity and happiness

    You get Goddess Durga's celestial blessings, which protect you from all harmful energies and decrease the malevolent effects of the planets. It aids in attracting more wealth and pleasure into your life.

Mahanavami dates

2022October 4Tuesday
2023October 23Monday
2024October 12Saturday
2025October 1Wednesday
2026October 19Monday

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