Jaipur to celebrate nine-day Gupt Navratri from today
The Jaipur devotees are ready to celebrate the nine-day festival of Gupt Navratri from January 31 to February 9, reports Rajasthan Patrika, The festival, which is significant for both commoners and sadhaks, is observed in shukla paksha of Magh month for worship of nine goddesses to resolve materialistic problems.
It is believed that worship of nine goddesses during this period acts as a shield from danger, injury, destruction or damage and provides prosperity and well-being. Extensive prayers are offered to request earnestly Goddess Durga for blessings. In the period of Navratri consecrated chants of Durga Saptashati are done which is a part of Markandeya Purana. It is held that people are blessed with success, joy, prosperity and protection against evil, enemies and adversities it they fast during these nine days.<./p>
In various temples and other places, the festival is celebrated with primary intention to propitiate Shakti and to bestow upon wealth, prosperity, knowledge and positive energies. It is held by the followers that Goddess Durga is known for alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed and showering prosperity if one observes the festival and rituals earnestly. During each of the nine days, a particular ritualistic worship of the Goddess is performed daily, along with the recitation of the Durga Saptashati.
Devotees are inspired to do the maximum number of recitations or Japa of the Navarna Mantra and fast on all the nine days by taking milk and fruits only. Many devotees worship the nine planets to achieve success and maximum power is generated from a particular planet to get it fully energized.
Many devotees perform pujas only at midnight to remove ego and negativity that hampers spiritual and material growth. Also, during the festival, some rituals are performed for general happiness, health, wealth, and peace of humanity.