Navratri Celeberations 2012

Navratri History:
Shastras of Sanathana Dharma/Indology confirms the existence oftraditional practices of various Shakthi Poojas.
There are several myths and legends associated with celebration of this Navratri Festival.
As per one legend Mahishasura the mighty demon worshipped Lord Shiva and obtained the power of eternity. So he started to kill and harass innocent people and set out to win seven lokas. Intimated by his power all the gods from swargaloka appealed to Lord Shiva to tame the demon. Then Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar (Shiva) united their supreme powers and created a divine being called Shakti or Durga the Warrior Goddess. Mahishasura who happened to see this divine beauty Durga got mesmerized by her beauty and approached her with the intention of marriage. Goddess Durga agreed to marry him but in one condition that Mahishasura should win over her in duel. Mahishasura who was proudy of his power agreed for the duel. The duel went on for 9 nights and the end of 9th night Goddess Durga beheaded Mahishasura. So the nine nights for which the war was fought is called Navrathri. The tenth day is celebrated as Vijayadashmi.

According to other legend King Daksha of Himalayas had a beautiful and Virtuos daughter Uma who had a wish to marry Lord Shiva. As a result she worshipped Lord Shiva and pleased him. Lord Shiva married Uma. Once Uma visited her parents to participate in a Yagna conducted over there, during that time King Daksha insulted Lord Shiva unable to bear the insults meted on her husband Uma decided to end her life by jumping into the agnikund where she was united with the eternity. Henceforth she was also known as Sati. Sati was reborn again and peace was restored between her and parents. In that birth also she married Lord Shiva and lived happily thereafter. It is believed that Sati comes to stay with her parents for 9 days in every year and that time is celebrated as Navarathri.

One hypothesis states that in ancient times Kshatriyas debarred themselves from participating any warlike activities during monsoon season. Once monsoons got over they found the time to start afresh with their war activities. So before the start of their war journey these Kshatriyas worshipped different aspects of Devi for 9 days which is today celebrated as the Navratri.

According to one legend Lord Rama who wanted to release Sita from the clutches of mighty demon king Ravana prayed Goddess Durga in nine aspects for nine days in order to gather the strength and power to kill Ravana. Those nine nights became to be known as Navrathri and on the tenth day Rama killed Ravana that day is called Vijayadashmi or Dashera.

Nine different manifestations of Durga are worshipped during Navratri

Navarathri Puja is done differently on the all nine days. Here is the way by which Navratri Pooja is performed traditionally (Some customs may vary from region to region)

1.Durga :goddess beyond reach

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2.Bhadrakali the auspicious power of time

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3.Amba or Jagdamba: mother of the world

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4.Annapurna: giver of food and plenty

5.Sarvamangala: auspicious goddess

6.Bhairavi: terrible, fearful, power of death

7.Chandika or Handi: violent, wrathful, furious

8.Lalita: playful
9.Bhavani: giver of existence.

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– Kalash Sthapana
– Devata Pooja
– Sapta Sati Pooja
– Akhanda Deepa
– Mala Bandhana
– Upavasa (During day time)
– Suvasini Pooja
– Kumari Pooja
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കസ്തൂരി മഞ്ഞള്‍ Curcuma aromatica

കസ്തൂരി മഞ്ഞള്‍
മഞ്ഞക്കുവ എന്ന പേരിലും അറിയപ്പെടുന്നു. കസ്തൂരിമഞ്ഞളിന്റെ കുഷ്ഠഘ്നൗഷധങ്ങളുടെയും വർണ്യൗഷധങ്ങളുടെയും ഗണത്തിൽ ഉൾപ്പെടുത്തിയിരിക്കുന്നു. 60 സെന്റിമീറ്റർ മുതൽ 120 സെന്റിമീറ്റർ വരെ പൊക്കത്തിൽ വളരുന്നു ഈ ഔഷധി. ഇതിന്റെ പുഷ്പങ്ങളുടെ നിറം മഞ്ഞകലർന്ന ഇളം ചുവപ്പാണ്. പ്രകന്ദത്തിന് സുഗന്ധവും നല്ല മഞ്ഞനിറവും ആയിരിക്കും.

ശരീരശുദ്ധി വർദ്ധിപ്പിക്കുകയും ചർമ്മരോഗം, കുഷ്ഠം, വിവർന്നത എന്നിവയെ ശമിപ്പിക്കുകയും ചെയ്യുന്നു. ചർമ്മശോഭയ്ക്കും നല്ലതാണ്. ഇക്കിൾ, ചുമ, ശ്വാസകോശ രോഗങ്ങൾ എന്നിവ ശമിപ്പിക്കുകയും ചെയ്യുന്നു. ഇതിന്റെ ഔഷധയോഗ്യഭാഗം പ്രകന്ദമാണ്.
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ചില ഔഷധപ്രയോഗങ്ങൾ

നവജാതശിശുക്കളെ കസ്തൂരിമഞ്ഞൾ തേച്ചു കിളിപ്പിക്കുന്നത് വളരെ നല്ലതാണ്. ഇത് രോഗാണുക്കളിൽ നിന്ന് ചർമ്മരോഗത്തെ സംരക്ഷിക്കാനും ചർമ്മത്തിന് തിളക്കമുണ്ടാക്കാനും സഹായിക്കുന്നു.

തേനീച്ച മുതലായ വിഷജന്തുക്കൾ കടിച്ചാൽ ആ ഭാഗത്ത് കസ്തൂരിമഞ്ഞൾ അരച്ചിടുന്നത് നല്ലതാണ്.

ശ്വാസതടസ്സം, കാസം, കുഷ്ഠം എന്നീ രോഗങ്ങൾക്ക് കസ്തൂരിമഞ്ഞൾ പല ഔഷധങ്ങളിൽ ചേർത്തുപയോഗിക്കുന്നു.

ചില ഗിരിവർഗക്കാർ കസ്തൂരിമഞ്ഞൾ വേവിച്ച് ഒന്നുരണ്ടു പ്രാവശ്യം വെള്ളം ഊറ്റിക്കളഞ്ഞ് ഒരു ആഹാരമായി ഭക്ഷിക്കുന്നു.

കസ്തൂരിമഞ്ഞൾ പനിനീരിൽ അരച്ച് വെയിലത്ത് വച്ച് ചൂടാക്കി കുറച്ചു ദിവസം പതിവായി മുഖത്ത് പുരട്ടിയാൽ മുഖക്കുരു ഇല്ലാതാകും.
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Trade Name: KASTHURI MANJAL
Part Used: RHIZOME
Botanical Name Curcuma aromatica SALISB.
Family ZINGIBERACEAE
Used In Ayurveda, Folk, Unani and Sidha

Distribution
This species is globally distributed in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. Within India, it ocurrs wild throughout, and cultivated chiefly in Bengal and Travancore.

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Language
(No. of Names) Vernacular Name
Arabic (2) fudwar, judwar
Assamese (1) bon haladhi
Bengali (3) ban halud, banhalud, gyan churamani
Hindi (9) anbe-halad, anbe-haldi, ban haldi, ban-haridra, banhaldi, banharidra, jangli haldi, jangli-haldi, janglihaldi
Kannada (11) aambe haladi, haali, kaadu arishina, kadarasina, kasthoori manjal, kasthooriarishina, kasturi arashina, kasturi arisina, kasturi-arishina, kasturiarishina, maavina kaayi shunti
Malayalam (8) anakuva, kasturi-mannal, kasturimannal, kattu-mannal, kattumanjal, kattumannal, kattumannar, manjal
Manipuri (1) lam-yaingang
Marathi (6) aambe halad, ambe-halad, ran-halad, ranahalada, sholi, vedi-halad
Sanskrit (7) aranyahaldikanda, aranyaharidra, sholi, sholika, vanahaladi, vanaharidra, vanarishta
Tamil (50) atai, ataivikaccolam, ataivikkaccolam, atavikaccelvam, atavikkac -colam, atavikkaccolam, avisam, ikasi, ikati, ikkuca, ikkucamancal, iksi, itci, kaccolam 1, kaccuram 1, kaleyam 2, kaleyamancal, kappumancal, kasdurimahcal, kasthurimangal, kastoori manjal, kasturi mancal, kasturi manjal, kasturi-manjal, kasturimancal, kasturimanjal, kasturinici#, kasturinici@, kat-turi-manjal, kattumanjal, kattumannal, katturi mancal, katturimancal, katuri mancal, koccimancal, kulavintam, kuttukkarantai, mirukamatam, mituraimulam, mituraiver, nallamancal, nir visham, nirakkumancal, nirvisam, pittattuvayam, talaivalipokki, turlapam, ucitam, ucitamancal, velviliyal
Telugu (5) adavipasupu, kasturi-pasupa, kasturi-pasupu, kasturipasupu, thella kathoori pasupu

Parts Used
(No. of Names) Trade Name
ROOTS (1) curcuma aromatica
ROOT (1) kapur – kachri
Not recorded (2) kasthoori manjal, kasturi arishina
RHIZOME (1) kasthuri manjal
TUBER (1) kasturi arishina
TUBERS (1) kasturi arishina
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Makes the Skin Supple
If you are planning a pregnancy, apply a mixture of
turmeric and malai or turmeric and curd to your stomach and waist before going for a bath. Leave it on for fifteen minutes, and wash off. If desired, you could even apply this mixture after bathing. After you have washed off the soap, apply the malai and turmeric mixture, leave it on for five minutes, and wash off only with water. Gently, wipe your stomach with the towel. The sooner you start this routine, the more supple and elastic your skin will become,
and after giving birth, you will not be left with unsightly stretch marks.
Cures Pimples and removes facial hair
Turmeric mixed with neem or turmeric mixed with sandal wood removes unwanted facial hair and acts as a natural healer for getting rid of pimples.
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Curcuma aromatica- Wild Turmeric
….sometimes called Cochin turmeric or Kasthuri manjal or yellow zedoary…..these wild beauties spring to life from nowhere after each summer rain..
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