Maha Nawam or Durga Navami , the ninth day of the biggest festival, Vijaya Dashami in Nepal. Starting from Ghatsthapna, this day is celebrated in honor of Goddess Durga. VijayaDashmi is celebrated as the victory of different goddesses and Lord Ram is celebrated. Over all, the common theme is the battle and victory of good over evil.
When is Maha Nawami celebrated?
Maha Nawami of Durga Nawami is usually cleberated in the month of Ashwin as per the Gregorian calendar. This day falls usually in the month of September or October.
Why is Maha Nawami celebrated?
Although all of the 10 days of Vijaya Dashami is celebrated as the victory of good over evil, each day has its own significance. It is believed that Maha Navami goddess Durga is worshipped as Mahisasuramardini which literally means the slayer of the buffalo demon. On this day, the Goddess Durga made her final assault on the deamon and the follwoing day marked the day of victory and triumphed over him.
How is Maha Nawami celebrated?
Maha navami begins with mahasnan also known as holy bath, followed by prayers and the daily rituals to the Goddess Durga.
Ram Navami celebrated in the month of Chaitra or mid March is the festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Ram. It is celebrated on the ninth day of Shukla Paksha. However, on Dashami Nawami has a different significance.
If you want to learn more about other festivities here are some popular ones:
- Ghatsthapna: Day 1 of Vijaya Dashami
- Phulpathi, 7th day of Vijaya Dashami
- Maha Asthami, 8th Day of Vijaya Dashami
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