Bharat Hindu Samaj Celebrates Navratri

Dear Members,

As usual, Navratri will be celebrated at the Cresset this year from 21st September – 28th September 2017. Only on Friday, 29th September 2017 Navratri Celebrations will happen @ our BHS Mandir.

If you wish, you can also perform Mataji Pooja at our Mandir every day after Morning Aarti @ £21/- per aasan for up to 4 people, during the above navratri dates.

Venue:  Cresset Ltd, Rightwell, Bretton Centre, Peterborough PE3 8DX

Start Timings:  First Aarti @ 7:30 pm, during Navratri. Followed by Garba & Dandia

Closing Timings: Closing Aarti @ 10:30 pm from Monday – Thursday.

Closing Aarti @ 11:30 pm from Friday – Sunday.

Anyone interested to perform Aarti during Navratri at Cresset, can do so, @ £15/-

Entrance free with the valid membership card. Guests £ 5 pp. Under 18s free. (Please Note: Those who’ve recently paid your membership fees via bank transfer might receive you receipts & Membership cards by post along with the newsletter, or else, your membershp cards & receipts will be available @ the Desk in the Cresset, during Navratri (OR) you could also collect the same in person, when you visit the mandir before Navratri).

There are some Interesting Competitions during Navratri:

 Religious attire (Fancy Dress) Competition for Children: On Friday 22nd September 2017Please arrive at the cresset before 8:30pm to enter the competitions as entries to the competition will be closed at 8:30 pm.

 2 Best Garba/Dandia Dancers (Gents & Ladies): On Saturday, 23rd September 2017. Also, Bidding will be done for Gauchara Boxes.

3 Aarti Thali Competition: On Sunday, 24th September 2017 – Please arrive at the cresset before 8:30pm to enter the competitions as entries to the competition will be closed at 8:30 pm.

Anybody who would like to donate for light refreshments (like drinks/chips etc.) can do so, either before the event or during the event. Please ensure any food donations, offerings or prasadi brought to Navratri DO NOT contain any egg or animal products.

Mandir will be closed @ 7:30pm during Navratri! 

India is a country of festivals and celebration. It has a very rich historical and cultural background. Each Indian festival has a proper meaning, reason and significance behind its celebration. Fun and enjoyment are the aspects of the festivals, which sets the festive mood. Navratri, as the name suggests, means nine nights. It is one of the important Hindu festivals. It is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga, the deity of Power. Like other festivals of India, Navratri also has a significance and meaning attached to it. Each day of the nine-day festival are dedicated to the worship of different forms of Goddess Durga, which unfolds the religious importance of the occasion. Go through the following lines to know more about the significance of Navratri festival.

The First Three Days of Navratri

The first three days of Navratri are devoted to the worship of the Goddess Durga. This is the period, when her energy and power are worshipped. Each day is dedicated to a different appearance of Durga. Kumari, which signifies the girl child, is worshipped on the first day of the festival. Parvati, who is the embodiment of a young woman, is worshipped on the second day. The destructive aspects of Goddess Durga symbolize the commitment to acquire triumph over all the evil tendencies. Hence, on the third day of Navratri, Goddess Kali is worshipped, who represents the woman who has reached the stage of maturity.

Fourth to Sixth Days of Navratri

When a person acquires triumph over evil tendencies of ego, anger, lust and other animal instincts, he/she experiences a void. This void is filled with spiritual wealth. For the purpose, the person approaches Goddess Lakshmi, to acquire all the materialistic, spiritual wealth and prosperity. This is the reason why the fourth, fifth and sixth day of Navratri are dedicated to the worship of Lakshmi – the goddess of prosperity and peace.

Although the individual has acquired victory over evil tendencies and wealth, he is still deprived of true knowledge. Knowledge is required to live the life of a humane, even though he/she is prospered with power and wealth. Therefore, Goddess Saraswati is worshipped on the fifth day of Navratri. All the books and other literature materials are gathered in one place and a ‘diya’ (earthen lamp) is lit in front of the deity, to invoke the goddess and seek her blessings. Till the time the books are kept at the puja room, the students would not study.

Seventh and Eighth Day of Navratri

The seventh day is dedicated to worshipping Saraswati, the goddess of art and knowledge. Prayers are offered with an aim to seek spiritual knowledge. A ‘yagna’ is performed on the eight day. This comprises of a sacrifice honoring goddess Durga as well as bids her farewell. The sacrifice or offering is made out of clarified butter (ghee), rice pudding known as kheer and sesame seeds.

Ninth Day of Navratri

The ninth day is the final day of Navratri celebrations. It is also known as ‘Mahanavami’. On the day, Kanya puja is performed to worship nine young girls, who have not yet reached the stage of puberty. These nine girls symbolize one of the nine forms of goddess Durga. The feet of girls are washed to welcome the goddess and show respect to her. The girls are offered a set of new clothes as a gift from the devotees at the end of the puja.