As we celebrate Navratri and Durga puja these nine days bring back a lot in retrospection.
My mom always told me that the Navratras right before Diwali were not just fasts for penance. They were a festival that has to be celebrated.
As I grew up, I understood that these fasts marked a change of season and we observed fasts to get our body detoxified and to acclimatize to the change of food, weather etc.
We pray to the Nine different forms of Goddess Durga and thus observe each day worshiping her different manifestations.
We, as women, are all in some way or the other,the new age manifestations of the Goddess herself. A woman is capable of adapting herself to bring out that in herself which she is herself not aware of.
She is “Sailaputri” being the daughter of Himalayas when her resolve to get something for herself is unbreakable and she achieves what she determines to get no matter what hardships come her way . She has the power of Bhrama, Vishnu and Shiva.
She is “Bhramcharini” when she knows how to protects herself and can defend herself from the vultures of the society.
She is “Chandraghanta” when she’s braver that most people can imagine and can fight any demons inside or on the outside .
She is “Kushmanda” when she brings a ray of hope in her life when everything seems to be falling apart at the darkest hour . When she reaches out and encourages her spouse in terms of financial bottlenecks , her kids in terms of study pressures , friends in need of her moral support giving encouragement and happiness to all around her.
She is “Skandamata” when she is in charge of her family and guards it against all evil. She protects and fights for her family , her kids and her happiness selflessly mostly putting herself as a shield to shelter her loved ones.
She is “Katyayani” when she is a daughter to her parents and loves them respects them and takes care of them in spite of all odds. She becomes the daughter that Sages wish to be born to them.
She is “Kaalratri” or the Goddess Kali when she forgets her physical being and fiercely fights for her right and protects that what she believes in fearlessly, leading to triumph over all odds and evils in her surrounding.
She is “MahaGauri” when she is beautiful ,intelligent and calm. When she knows she is a reliever of all sufferings for those who believe in her . She is supernatural.
She is “Siddhidatri” when she blesses her unborn in pregnancy. Also when her healing touch just blesses her child and all pain vanishes away. When her mere hand runs through the husbands hair in her lap and stress gets busted.
She is all of the above .
She is in every woman.
She is YOU.