Bhubaneswar: Maha Navami marks the ninth day of Navratri and is being celebrated on October 14 (Thursday) across the country with much fervour. It is also the third day of Durga Puja and is celebrated as the victory of good over evil.
On this day Maa Durga is also worshipped as Mahishasuramardini as it is said that she made her final assualt on demon Mahishasura on the ninth day of the battle with him, and on Vijayadashmi triumphed over him.
Puja Date and Time
This year Navami Tithi will commence at 08:07 pm on 13 October and end at 06:52 pm on 14 October. As per the calendar, the Abhijit Mahurat will continue from 11:44 am to 12:30 pm, while the Vijaya Mahurat will prevail from 02:02 pm to 02:48 pm.
Devotees believe that both these mahurats are equally important and auspicious while performing Mahanavami Puja.
The sacred mantra for the day is Om Devi Siddhidatryai Namah.
Among the nine days of Navratri, Mahanavami is one of the most significant days. On this day, the puja ceremony begins with Shodashopachar Puja and Mahasnan and concludes with Kanya Pujan, where families worship little girls.
The special colour for Navratri Mahanavami Tithi is pink.
It is said that worshipping Goddess Siddhidatri on this day, stimulates the Sahasrara Chakra, which is known as crown chakra of the body. Devotees believe that Maa Siddhidatri blesses them with good fortune and health. She also provides them salvation and siddhis.