Navratri Parana - Significance And Rituals
Navratri Parana is a ritual followed to conclude the nine days long Navratri fast. Some of the devotees, end their fast on the eighth day which is Ashtami. On this day, the devotees offer prayers to Goddess Mahagauri along with Kanya Puja.
Rituals of Navratri Parana
For Kanya Pujan, young girls are worshipped as they are believed to be the manifestation of Maa Durga.
- During this Puja, young girls are treated with different mouth-watering dishes such as Puri, Halwa, and chickpeas. To showcase respect towards Maa Durga, the woman in the house wash and clean the feet of these girls.
- After this, Tilak is applied on their forehead. After they have their meal, gifts are given to them. Lastly, women touch the feet of girls to seek blessings from Maa Durga.
- The ritual of Navratri Parana is apart from the nine days of festivities of Navratri. This tradition is observed either on the Ashtami Tithi or on the Navami Tithi.
- In some of the families, Navratri fasting is followed for two days of Navratri instead of nine days. These two days are usually the first day of Navratri and the second day is considered to the eighth day of the festival.
Thus, it is a ritual to end the Navratri fast on Ashtami and Navami in order to end the Navratri Festival on Maha Ashtami or Maha Navami.
What is the significance of Navratri Parana?
As per the Hindu beliefs and mythology, the battle between Goddess Durga and Mahishasur lasted for a period of long nine days and finally with the defeat and killing of Mahishasur, the war concluded. The ninth day of Navratri festival is the win of the deity over the demon with her power, strength, and wisdom. Therefore, the Navratri Parana is also regarded as the eve for new and prosperous beginnings.