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Bravery, strength, resilience, compassion and beauty—Goddess Durga embodies it all. She is the feminine demon-slaying warrior form of Goddess Parvati and is considered one of the supreme deities in Hinduism.
Chanting prayers dedicated to the goddess and invoking her blessings on a regular basis can bring us tremendous physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. Some of the sacred verses we can chant on a daily basis are the Durga Shat Namavalli, the Shree Durga Chalisa and the Durga Aarti.
Durga Shat Namavalli
Ashtottara shat namavalli is a prayer listing 108 names of a god or goddess. The ancient scriptures furnish these collections of names of all major gods and goddesses. Why 108, you ask? 108, a multiple of the sacred number 9, is considered holy in Hinduism.
These 108 names describe the goddess’ physical appearance, qualities and merits, divine powers, attributes, and characteristics, the various blessings she bestows and also refer to certain events involving the goddess that feature in Hindu mythology.
Reading the Durga Shat Namavalli every day can be highly beneficial to us. It is believed that one who reads it with full faith and devotion can achieve anything in the three worlds and they receive the bountiful blessings of Mother Durga—of wealth, worldly luxuries, good physical health, noble offspring, and lineage. Devotees are also able to achieve the goals of life—dharma, artha and kama and, ultimately, moksha or liberation.
Shree Durga Chalisa
Chalisas are prayers that can be chanted with ease by just about anyone as they are composed in simple yet beautiful phrases and words. The Durga Chalisa is a 40-verse prayer that gives a detailed account of Durga Devi’s benevolence on her devotees. A devotee can reap multiple benefits by reciting the Durga Chalisa daily with reverence and sincerity. Some of the blessings that Maa Durga confers on her faithful devotees who chant this sacred text regularly are:
- Peace of mind and freedom from stress and anxiety
- Physical, emotional, and spiritual happiness
- Good health and protection against diseases
- Protection against financial problems, sorrows and losses
- Mental strength to deal with sadness and despair
- Prosperity and abundance of wealth and knowledge
- Increase in positive energy to lead a good and noble life
- Reduction of all negative energies that affect our physical and mental well-being and destruction of evil influences
The Durga Chalisa is a one-stop solution for all your problems and a highly efficacious way to move ahead on the spiritual path.
Shree Durga Aarti
On the conclusion of any pooja (ritual worship), aarti is performed in which an oil lamp or burning camphor is waved before the deity in circles and an accompanying devotional hymn is sung. The significance of offering aarti is that it is an act of offering ones’ respect and devotion, in humility and reverence, to the deity. It symbolises the burning of our ego as we bow down before the omnipotent God. After chanting prayers to Durga, we should offer aarti and sing the Shree Durga Aarti. Rendering this devotional hymn in praise of Mother Durga with a pure heart will unlock the countless blessings that she can bestow on us.
There is no better way to lead a happy and prosperous life and simultaneously progress on the road to spiritual bliss than to keep the Universal Mother happy.
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