Navratri is a very special Hindu festival in which nine different form of Goddess Durga is worshipped on each day. Each day holds its own significance and it is believed by the devotees that performing different pujas and mantra offers them with happiness and prosperity.
Day 1: Goddess Shailputri
On the first day of Navratri, Goddess Shailputri is worshipped. Goddess Shailputri is the daughter of mountains. She is the first avatar of Navadurgas and symbolizes the power of Vishnu, Brahma, and Shiva. Goddess Shailputri rides on a bull and carries a trident and a lotus flower in her hands. According to Hindu mythology, she is the rebirth of Sati. And she was the daughter of Lord Shiva and Daksha.
Day 2: Goddess Brahmacharini
On the second day, Goddess Brahmacharini is worshipped. She is the second avatar of Navdurgas who took many rebirths to make Lord Shiva as her husband. Goddess Brahmacharini is also known as Uma, Aparna, and Tapashcharini. She holds a water utensil in her left hand and holds a rosary in her right hand. On this day, Hindu women fasts to achieve happiness, peace, and prosperity.
Day 3: Goddess Chandraghanta
On the third day, Goddess Chandraghanta is worshipped who is also known as Chandika, Ramchandi, and Chandrakanta. She wears a crescent moon on her head and shows her aggrieved look when she is provoked. Devotees of this Goddess believe that she blesses them with bravery and courage.
Day 4: Goddess Kushmanda
On the fourth day, Goddess Kushmanda is worshipped and she is the fourth avatar of Navdurgas. It is believed that the darkness of the universe was ended by the godly smile of the Goddess and the beginning of new creation was started.
Day 5: Goddess Skanda Mata
On the fifth day, Goddess Skanda Mata is worshipped and it is believed that goddess blesses devotees with power, wisdom, and prosperity. She is also known as the Goddess of Fire.
Day 6: Goddess Katyayani
She is the sixth avatar of Navdurgas and she is also known as a Warrior Goddess. It is said that after killing Mahishasura, the demon she mounted on the lion given to her by Goddess Gauri.
Day 7: Goddess Kalaratri
She is the seventh avatar of Navdurgas and she is known to destroy ignorance and removing darkness from the world. She is the violent avatar of Goddess Durga and it is said that she licked the blood of Rakta Beeja, who was a demon and had potential to create more demons from his blood.
Day 8: Goddess Mahagauri
Goddess Mahagauri is worshipped on the eighth day and is known as the ray of light. According to the myths, it was believed that Goddess used to perform tough Tapas without moving her body and for this reason, she was covered with dust and soil and Lord Shiva cleaned her with the water of Ganga. And for this reason, she is known as the purest form of Durga.
Day 9: Goddess Siddhidatri
Goddess is the ninth avatar who is worshipped on the last day of Navratri and she believed to provide knowledge to her devotees. She is seated on the lotus flower with mace, lotus, conch shell and discus in her hands.