As the shraddha /pitrupaksha end today,For 2014, tomorrow (9/25/14) is day one of Navratri the festival of Mother goddess of Hindu Religion. This festival runs for nine days and we are supposed to fast all nine days if we can, but if not, the last three days are good as well, if that is not possible just one day the eighth days which is ashtami or aatham is also fine. The reason for fasting and eating less or light food is to give our body time to cleanse from within, and while it is doing so, the mind can focus more on higher spiritual needs of the Human life, the Meditation, pranayam and chants and prayers to get closer to one self from within, to get closer to the supreme Universe of which we all are a small part of.It is said that
the first three days are dedicated to The mother goddess Durga who is the destroyer of evil (our external and internal enemies) clean dn purify yourself by chanting shlokas for mother goddess Maa Durga.
The next three days are dedicated to Mahalaxmi (Also Maa amba) who showers us is wealth and prosperity. and
the last three days are dedicated to Maa saraswati the goddess of learning and knowledge.
Here is a short audio for the three shlokas.
So do the best you can.
During the nine days of Navratri we also have beautiful Garba dances happening in the evenings in honor of the mother goddess. In short, the Mother goddess protects the good and punishes/kills the evil demons at the end of the nine day festival.
As a respect to the mother goddess I will be posting some chants, shlokas and prayers that we normally chant and sing to invoke /praise/pray to the mother goddess for our well being, health, wealth and happiness, all round progress in material world and in the spiritual world as well.
Hope you enjoy the posts, and share as you feel comfortable. Comments and suggestions are most welcome.