DEVI NAVRATRI CELEBRATIONS 2009

Navratri is celebrated in the honor of Goddess Durga. Goddess Durga took different incarnations, killing nine evil forces or asuras. Each day of Navratri is devoted to one avatar. Following are the details of each of the 9 days celebrated by Karya Sidhi Hanuman Temple with the beloved blessings of Parama Pujya Sri Swamiji.

Day1
Saturday, September 19, 2009 - First day of Navaratri
Diety: Gowri
Annarchana: Milk and Rice
Archana: Turmeric Roots
Today the Navratri 2009 started at the Hanuman Temple in Frisco. The Devi was specially brought from India was beautifully decorated by the priests Sudhakar garu and Narsimha garu. The Devi idol was decorated in gorgeous yellow saree representing Goddess Gowri with long hair. Goddess Gowri represents purity, austerity and divine energy. Even lord Hanuman was decorated wonderfully for the event. After the Kalasha Stapana for Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and Maha Saraswathi the celebrations for the navaratri were started. Laksha Kumkuma Archana was performed by the devotees followed by mahaprasad. Evening session started with Sri Vidya Puja with a detailed explation by Sri Bhaktapriyananda Maharaj disciple of Swami Nityananda. Devotees received blessing from Devi and after mahaprasad, various devotees took part in the Garba and Dolostava.

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Day2
Sunday, September 20 , 2009 - Second day of Navaratri
Diety: Raja Rajeshwari
Annarchana:Mudganna
Archana: Cloth
The second day of Navratri, the devi was decorated as Raja Rajeshwari in blue saree with long hair and sugarcane in hand. Goddess Raja Rajeshwari is the preciding deity of Sri Chakra. Rajarajeshwari controls every living being’s mind and sensory organs and takes the authority over transcendental knowledge and wisdom. Today’s event started with Mahaganapathi and Raja Rajeshwari homa followed by a concert by

Dr. Suramani R.K Srinivasan(Bamboo Flute)
Vaibhavi (Vocal) and
TR Saravanan (Tabla)
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Devotees were pleased with the concert by Dr. Suramani R.K Srinivasan (Bamboo Flute), Vaidhavi (Vocal) and TR Saravanan (Tabla). Evening event started with Sumangali puja, Rajarajeshwari puja and Laksha Kumkuma Archana followed by Rathotsava in a beautiful pallaki/palanquin, mahaprasad and joyful Garba.

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Day3
Monday, September 21, 2009 - Third day of Navaratri
Diety: Durgi Lakshmi
Annarchana: Cocunut Rice
Archana: Kunkuma
The third day of Navratri, the devi was decorated as Durgi Laxmi in bright red saree sitting on a lotus with two elephants on the side. Durgi Laxmi represents the goddess of prosperity, wealth, purity, generosity, and the embodiment of beauty, grace and charm. Todays event started with Durgi Laxmi puja followed by Laksha Kumkuma Archana, Rathotsava and blissful Garba after mahaprasad.

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Day4
Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - Fourth day of Navaratri
Diety: Meenakshi
Annarchana: Bisibele Rice
Archana: Flowers
The fourth day of Navratri, the devi was decorated beautifully decorated as Meenakshi with a parrot in the right hand and a graceful hairstyle knot. The priests did a great job with the decoration as every day. Meenakshi represents victory and also one with beautiful eyes like fish. Todays event started with Meenakshi puja,followed by Laksha Kumkuma Archana, Rathotsava, mahaprasad and lively Garba.

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Day5
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - Fifth day of

Navaratri
Diety: Parashakti
Annarchana: Lemmon Chitranna
Archana: Lemons
The fifth day of Navratri, the devi was decorated vibrantly decorated as Parashakti in red saree sitting on a lotus with Trishul (kind of powerful weapon)in the right hand and open hairstyle. Parashakti represents all the divine forms in this world and encompasses granter of wisdom, learning and liberation. Todays event started with Parashakti puja,followed by Laksha Kumkuma Archana, Rathotsava, mahaprasad and joyful Garba.

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Day6
Thursday, September 23, 2009 - Sixth day of Navaratri
Diety: Vishalakshi
Annarchana: Sugar Pongal
Archana: Betal Leaves
The sixth day of Navratri, the devi was decorated gracefully decorated as Vishalakshi in blue saree and betel leaves with food bowl in left hand and a spoon in the right hand like serving food. Vishalakshi is known as a wide eyed Goddess witnessing everything that is happening in this world. Todays event started with Vishlakshi puja,followed by Laksha Kumkuma Archana, Rathotsava, mahaprasad and awesome Garba. Many of the devotees performed Garba to traditional Gujarati style music and had lots of fun.

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Day7
Friday, September 24, 2009 - Seventh day of Navaratri
Diety: Saraswati
Annarchana: Tamarind Rice
Archana: Vada
The seventh day of Navratri, the devi was decorated pleasantly as Saraswathi in white saree sitting on a Swan representing peace and holding a Veena (a musical instrument) in her hands. Saraswathi represents peace, knowledge and wisdom. All the students pray to this Goddess to attain knowledge and success in their studies. Bommalakoluvu (decoration of the stage with different idols and dolls) was arranged by the devotees and priests. Many devotees and students in DFW area got their books to the temple and got them blessed by the Godess of Knowledge Sarawathi. Todays event started with Saraswathi puja,followed by Laksha Kumkuma Archana, Rathotsava, mahaprasad and long and joyful Garba and Bathukamma(decoration of with flowers in a plate representing Devi).

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Saraswati : Seventh day of Navaratri Bommala Koluvu : Seventh day of Navaratri Ratostav/Pallaki : Seventh day of Navaratri Bathukamma/Garba : Seventh day of Navaratri Arati : Seventh day of Navaratri Dolotsava : Seventh day of Navaratri

Day8
Saturday, September 25, 2009 - Eighth day of Navaratri
Diety: Chandi
Annarchana: Jaggery Rice
Archana: Coins
During today's program, devotees celebrated the eighth day of Navaratri by performing Kumari Puja/Kanya Puja/Kanjak in the morning, reciting the Lalitha Sahsranama, chanting MahaLakshmi Ashtakam, singing various Devi Bhajans, and performing Arathi to Devi with two songs. Many new people attended a special Vocal Concert by

Sri S. Girish
Venkatraman Subramanian (Violin) and
TR Saravanan (Mridangam)
Concert Report
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All the devotees enjoyed the traditional music and danced in the Garba, Arati and Dolostava.

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Day9
Sunday, September 26, 2009 - Ninth day of Navaratri
Diety: Shakti Durgi
Annarchana: Yogurt rice
Archana: Coconuts
During today's program, devotees celebrated the ninth day of Navaratri by reciting the Lalitha Sahsranama, chanting MahaLakshmi Ashtakam, singing various Devi Bhajans, and performing Arathi to Devi. Each new devotee that attended the event or joined in the Garba and added to the magic of the celebrations. All the devotees enjoyed the wonderful mahaprasad, lovingly prepared and served by temple volunteers, while listening to Devi bhajans and traditional music that accompanied the Garba dancing.

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Shakti Durgi : Ninth day of Navaratri