M.A.Center, Washington DC

Navaratri Celebrations 2019

Navarathri Celebrations
Navarathri Celebrations
(Daily event) Sep 29, 2019 to Oct 08, 2019 (ended)

M.A. Center welcomes you to join us for the Navaratri Celebrations from September 29th thru October 8th, 2019, from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm on weekdays and 7 pm to 8 pm on weekends.

Durga Pooja - Sep 29 thru Oct 1st (Weekdays - 7:30pm, Weekends - 7:00pm)

The first three days will be dedicated to the Divine Mother in the form of Goddess Durga

The evening prayers will include:

  • Guru Stotram
  • Durga Ashtottaram
  • Mahishasura Mardini Stotram
  • Devi mantra - Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu
  • Devi Bhajans
  • Durga Arati
  • Amma Arati

Lakshmi Pooja - Oct 2 thru Oct 4 (7:30pm - 8:30pm)

The second three days will be dedicated to the Divine Mother in form of Goddess Lakshmi

The evening prayer will include:

  • Guru Stotram 
  • Lakshmi Ashtottaram
  • Mahishasura Mardini Stotram
  • Devi mantra - Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu
  • Devi Bhajans
  • Lakshmi Arati
  • Amma Arati

Saraswati Pooja - Oct 5 thru Oct 7 (Weekdays - 7:30pm, Weekends - 7:00pm)

The third three days will be dedicated to the Divine Mother in the form of Goddess Saraswati

The evening prayers will include:

  • Guru Stotram
  • Saraswati Ashtottaram
  • Mahishasura Mardini Stotram
  • Devi mantra - Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu
  • Devi Bhajans
  • Saraswati Arati
  • Amma Arati

Ayudha Pooja - October 7

Where everyone gives their tools of the trade (Ayudha)-pens, machinery, laptops, stethescopes, automobiles etc a rest and ritually worships them. Those involved in artistic and scholarly pursuits (students) may bring their instruments and books to be placed at the altar. They start afresh from the next day, the 10th day which is considered as 'Vijaya Dasami'.     

Vijaya Dashami - October 8 (7:30pm - 8:30pm)

Vijaya Dashami means victory on the 10th day. The root sentiment of Vijaya Dashmi is victory; of good over evil and of self over one's mundane indriyas (senses). The scriptures advise us to attain victory over the mind. One who has not conquered the mind has not conquered anything at all.

The evening prayers will include:

  • Amma Ashtottaram
  • Mahishasura Mardhini Stotram
  • Vidyarambham (fresh beginning of acquiring knowledge)
  • Bhajans
  • Amma Arati

 

What is Navaratri?

Navratri is a nine-day festival, rich in meaning, focused on the different forms of the Goddess. At one level, Navaratri signifies the progress of a spiritual aspirant.
During this spiritual journey, the aspirant has to pass three stages personified by Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. Then, he/she enters into the realm of the infinite, wherein one realizes one's Self.
Navaratri, which literally means 'nine nights,' dedicates three days each to worshipping the Divine in the forms of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati.
The tenth day, though, is the most important; it is known as Vijayadashami, the 'tenth day of victory.'
The significance of each stage of worship has clear parallels in the different stages of sadhana (spiritual practices): first, negative tendencies need to be controlled; second, virtues need to be ingrained; third, after gaining the necessary mental purity, spiritual knowledge needs to be acquired. Only then will the sadhak (spiritual aspirant) attain spiritual illumination.  
Navaratri is not only important for spiritual aspirants; it has a message for those who lead a worldly life as well. They should invoke Durga's help to surmount obstacles, pray to Lakshmi to bestow peace and prosperity, and contemplate upon Saraswati in order to gain knowledge. These three ingredients are just as necessary for a full and complete worldly life. In reality, when we pray like this, we are but invoking the Shakti (energy/force) that is within ourselves.
Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati are not different entities, but different facets of the singular Divinity.