The festival of Navaratri presents a great opportunity for spiritual uplift and renewal for all. We will celebrate with a series of nine pujas (ritual worship), each held in the evening on consecutive days. Through each puja we will honor a particular aspect of the Divine in the form of the Mother. The festival ends with a final puja in the morning of Vijaya Dasami, the Day of Victory.
All are welcome to attend the pujas; there is no charge. Donations to help cover costs and donations of flowers or prasad (offerings of sweets or fruit) are welcome. Help in preparation of the pujas is also welcome. Please call if you can offer a little of your time or have any questions.
Swami Satyapremananda will join us for the celebration from Saturday Sept 23th - Tuesday Sept 26th
Thursday, September 21st: 7:30pm (Durga)
Friday, September 22nd: 7:30pm (Durga)
Saturday, September 23rd: 7:30pm (Durga)
Sunday, September 24th: 6:15pm (Lakshmi)
Monday, September 25th: 7:30pm (Lakshmi)
Tuesday, September 26th: 9:00pm (Lakshmi)
Wednesday, September 27th: 7:30pm (Saraswati)
Thursday, September 28th: 9:00pm (Saraswati)
Friday, September 29th: 7:30pm (Saraswati)
Saturday, September 10th: 6:00am (Vijaya Dasami)
Spiritual Significance of Navaratri by Swami Sivananda
During Navaratri, or the Nine Nights, the Divine in the form of the Mother is worshipped with great devotion. On the first three nights, Durga or the destructive aspect of the Mother is worshipped. On the succeeding three nights, it is the creative aspect or Lakshmi that is adored. And on the last three nights, the knowledge aspect or Saraswati is invoked. The tenth day is the Vijaya Dasami day or the Day of Victory.
There is a special significance in this arrangement. When the Devi is worshipped by a devotee in this order, as Durga She first destroys the evil propensities that lurk in the mind. Then, as Lakshmi, She implants therein the divine qualities conducive to spiritual unfoldment. Then as Saraswati She bestows true knowledge on the aspirant.
The tenth day commemorates the victory of knowledge over ignorance, or goodness over evil. Aspirants are initiated on this day. On this day the carpenter, the tailor, the mason, the artist, the songster, the typist and all technical workers do puja for their instruments and implements. This is Ayudha Puja. They behold and recognise the Sakti or Power behind those instruments and worship the Devi for their success, prosperity and peace.
Swami Satyapremananda is a regular teacher at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch for our Yoga Teachers Training Courses. She has also served at the Sivananda Ashrams in California and Canada, our NYC Center, and as the director of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Chicago. Swamiji is a serious yoga practitioner who exemplifies the power of Yoga for self-transformation, self-actualization, and Self-realization, with her discipline, compassion and devotion.