Shardiya Navratri: For Success
Shardiya Navratri festival is held from Ashwin Shukla Pratipada to Navami. If one cannot observe fasting for the entire Navratri, then by fasting for three days – Saptami, Ashtami and Navami, and worshiping the Goddess, he attains the fruits of fasting for the entire Navratri.
It is mentioned in ‘Shrimad Devi Bhagwat’ that this fast is capable of giving great accomplishment, providing wealth and food, increasing happiness and children, increasing life and health, and giving heaven and salvation. This fast is supposed to suppress enemies and increase strength. If even the greatest sinner observes Navratri fast, then he is saved from all the sins.
The best awakening of Navratri is that in which there is discussion of scriptural knowledge, a lit lamp is kept, there is devotional kirtana of the goddess, there is sattvik music with vaty, rhythm, happiness in the mind, sattvik dance, disco or other such No dance should be organized, sattvik dance, keep your eyes fixed in front of Jagdamba Mata even at the time of kirtan, do not look at anyone with an evil eye.
It is customary to sing Garbe during Navratri. The soles of the feet and the palms of the hands are the centers of all the nadis of the body, on which the pressure of Garba gives the benefit of ‘Acupressure’ and new energy and energy is awakened in the body. If the pace of life and apana is evened by dance, then the dormant powers get an opportunity to awaken and by singing, a divine feeling for the mother rises in the heart. Singing too much weakens the power.