The seventh day of Navratri in 2023 brings with it a deep connection to the divine through the enchanting hue of navy blue. This color is dedicated to the fierce Goddess Kaalratri, and on this sacred day, devotees are encouraged to offer orchid flowers to honor her.
Significance of Navratri Day 7:
The seventh day of Navratri is celebrated with immense grandeur in Hindu culture. It holds a special place in the hearts of devotees as they pay homage to Goddess Kaalratri, one of the powerful incarnations of Goddess Durga. She is renowned for her role in vanquishing demons, evil forces, and dispelling negative energies. Goddess Kaalratri guides her devotees in dispelling the darkness from their lives and illuminating their paths with light.
Who Is Goddess Kaalratri?
Goddess Kaalratri appears with the eerie hue of a moonless night, her hair flowing freely, adorned with a garland of human skulls, and gracefully riding a donkey. She possesses an imposing form with four arms, each bearing a unique significance. In her left hands, she holds a cleaver and a torch, while her other two hands bestow blessings and protection. Her forehead is marked by three piercing eyes.
Her enigmatic visage symbolizes the shroud of ignorance, which she dispels with the radiance of wisdom and truth. As a guardian, she shields her followers from harm and offers blessings and spiritual enlightenment to help them overcome adversities. She serves as a poignant reminder of time’s dual nature, both a destroyer and a creator, encouraging us to accept life’s impermanence. With unwavering determination and resilience, she inspires her devotees to confront their fears and challenges, helping them break free from negative influences and addictions.
Goddess Kaalratri is revered by Yogis and Tantriks who seek her blessings to attain Siddhis (spiritual powers) and activate their crown chakras. She is also worshipped to alleviate the malefic effects of the planet Shani, making her an essential deity for those suffering from Shani dosha in their horoscopes.
Navratri 2023 Day 7: Puja Vidhi
To perform the puja on Navratri Day 7, devotees can follow these steps:
- Begin your day by waking up early and taking a holy bath.
- Light a diya (lamp) in front of the Goddess and offer a garland to honor her.
- Please the Goddess with offerings of cloves (laung) and camphor.
- Prepare homemade bhog prasad and sweets to offer as a token of devotion.
- Chant various mantras 108 times and perform a hawan (fire ritual) for spiritual purification.
- In the evening, conclude your puja by chanting the Goddess Durga Aarti.
Dhyan Mantra of Kaalratri Maa:
- “Ya Devi Sarvabhooteshu Kaal Ratri Roopen Sansthita
Namastasya Namastasya Namastasya Namo Namah..!!”
- “Om Jayanti Mangla Kaali Bhadrakaali Kapalini
Durga Kshama Shivadhatri Swaha Swadha Namostute..!!”
Maa Kaali Mantra:
- “Om Aim Hreem Kleem Chamundaye Vicchaaye..!!”
- “Om Kaali Mahakaali Kalike Parmeshwari
Sarvanand Karein Devi Narayani Namostute..!!”
On Navratri Day 7, as we immerse ourselves in the deep navy blue color and honor Goddess Kaalratri, we seek her blessings to dispel darkness from our lives and lead us towards the path of enlightenment and spiritual growth.