The Festival of Navarathri, sacred to the Mother Goddess was celebrated from 2nd to 11th October 2016 at the Rawang Centre. Navarathri celebrates the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon, Mahishasur, hence Navarathri symbolizes the victory of positivity over negativity.

A beautifully adorned Kollu, with statues of the different forms of the Divine Mother and other deities, took centre stage at the altar.

 

Goddesses Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi were worshipped for three days each. On all nine nights, devotees participated in poojas, bhajans, aarthi , darshan and annathanam in honour of the different forms of Mother Goddess which in turn invokes the Tripurasundari in themselves, that is, to experience purity of the heart, speech and  action.

On the last day of Vijayadashami, a special Pooja was conducted using specially prepared kumkum that was followed by ‘abishegam’ or the bathing ceremony for Goddess Durga, using milk and scented water. This ceremony was the culmination of the nine days of celebration of Navarathri, where the positivity in us is invoked and the negativity is diminished.

 

Jai Shivabalayogi

Jai Shiva Rudra Bala Yogi

Jai Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati