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Spiritual message of Navaratri festival
Navaratri, nine days of fasting and worshipping of nine forms of Goddess Shakti, began from October 13 which will on tenth day with Vijayadashami. Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the nation on the occasion of Navaratri saying "On the auspicious occasion of Navaratri, I extend my warm greetings to every citizen of the country."

In Jaipur, it was declared a holiday for the devout to begin the auspicious day with piety and devotion. 

Every Indian festival has a spiritual significance behind its celebration. In Hinduism, Feminine Divine, Sacred Feminine or Shaktism is one of the three major divine denominations of worship along with Vishnu and Shiva. The main spiritual aspect of Hindu festivals is to reclaim the God and Goddess within or harmonize the masculine and feminine divinities.

During Navaratri, two divinities, one as male energy and other as female energy, working as a pair, are to be realized within but with the notion that Shakti of Feminine Divine is the real principle of energy through which divinity functions.

The followers of Shaktism or "Doctrine of the Goddess" focus their worship upon Devi as the absolute and ultimate Godhead for purification of the mind and body. It is believed that the Mother Goddess has many forms ranging from gentle to fierce.

The gentle form of the Devi is for nurturance of compassion and the fierce for destruction of the evil forces. Along with fasting and worshipping, many followers use chants, holy diagrams, yoga and rituals to call forth cosmic forces along with Feminine Divine.

Drawing cues from Hinduism, the term "sacred feminine" was coined in the 1970s in the West but later in 1990s, the term Feminine Divine became more popular.

Here are two of mine Haiku free-verses to describe Feminine Divine.

Divine feminine
is around and within us
waiting our response.

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Divine feminine
gives us rebirth to nurture self
to its wholeness

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