My Journey from Religious to Spiritual Navratri Celebrations

Greetings, my cherished community members,

Today, I, Dr Neeti Kaushik, extend an invitation to delve into a significant juncture of my life, a pivotal journey that reshaped my outlook and contributed profoundly to my present identity. This narrative traces my evolution from perceiving Navratri merely as a religious tradition to embracing its profound spiritual essence.

Immersed in Religious Tradition

In yesteryears, my observance of Navratri rituals mirrored entrenched religious practices. The customary rituals – Ghatasthapana, sowing the jau(barley), reciting chapters from Saptashati  –constituted a ritualistic routine ingrained through familial and cultural heritage. Yet, beneath the surface, these rituals carried burdens of obligation and misconceptions. The fear of guilt over incomplete observances overshadowed the essence of celebration, reducing Navratri to a dutiful obligation rather than a joyous commemoration.

Pioneering a Shift: Questioning, Seeking, Understanding

My journey began amidst a period of spiritual awakening and self-discovery. With a foundation in science, I set out to explore the intricacies of Navratri. As I delved deeper into its significance, I uncovered profound links between Navratri and astronomical events, revealing how the festival aligns with celestial transitions like Equinoxes and seasonal changes. With four Navratras – Chaitra, Sharad, and two “gupt” ones – echoing nature’s changes, we’re prompted to sync our lifestyles with cosmic rhythms. Just like adjusting our attire and diet to match seasonal shifts, Navratri invites us to reset our bodies and minds, fostering rejuvenation and renewal.

As seasons change, so do our habits. Transitioning from winter to summer, we embrace lighter fabrics and foods to adapt to warmer weather. Navratri provides a space for our beings to reset and realign amidst these shifts. This insight shed light on Navratri’s deeper essence – acting as a harmonious bridge between cosmic rhythms and human life, fostering adaptation and rejuvenation in harmony with the natural order.

For instance, Chaitra Navratra marks a fresh start, coinciding with the onset of spring in India. It’s a time for Hindus to worship Goddess Durga and embrace new beginnings. Apart from its religious significance, Chaitra Navratri holds agricultural importance, signalling the start of the harvest season. Families come together during this time, sharing joyous celebrations and traditional feasts.

Chaitra Navratra, observed during the Hindu lunar month of Chaitra (March-April), typically falls around the same time as the Hindu New Year in various regions of India.

FestivalRegionDate           Significance
UgadiKarnataka, Andhra Pradesh, TelanganaChaitra 1 (March-April)New Year according to the lunar calendar, marking the beginning of spring
Gudi PadwaMaharashtraChaitra 1 (March-April)Marathi New Year, celebrated with festive rituals and ceremonies
BaisakhiPunjabApril 13 or 14Sikh New Year, also marks the harvest festival
VishuKeralaMedam 1 (April-May)Malayalam New Year, observed with traditional rituals
Pohela BoishakhWest BengalApril 14 or 15Bengali New Year, celebrated with cultural programs and feasts
PuthanduTamil NaduChithirai 1 (April-May)Tamil New Year, marked by elaborate rituals and ceremonies

Nine Devi Energies: Unveiling Divine Manifestations

At the heart of Navratri lies the worship of the nine divine manifestations of Goddess Durga, each embodying distinct energies and virtues:

Maa Shailaputri

The epitome of purity and peace, symbolizing new beginnings.

Maa Brahmacharini

Radiating beauty and happiness, she inspires inner joy and contentment.

Maa Chandraghanta

Adorned with richness and elegance, she bestows grace and prosperity.

Maa Kushmanda

The harbinger of joy and enthusiasm, infusing life with vibrancy.

Maa Skandamata

Nurturing growth, fertility, and new beginnings, she fosters renewal and expansion.

Maa Katyayani

The healer of emotional wounds and resolver of marital discord, offering solace and harmony.

Maa Kalaratri

Dispelling darkness, negativity, and malefic influences of Saturn, she heralds light and protection.

Maa Mahagauri

The bestower of wealth, opulence, and individuality, showering abundance and uniqueness.

Maa Siddhidatri

The epitome of universal love, harmony, and affection, fostering unity and compassion.

Personal Transformation: Nurturing a Spiritual Bond

Drawing upon the symbolism of the Nine Devis, I embarked on a journey of personal alignment and spiritual resonance. By aligning with specific Devi energies tailored to my needs, I cultivated intimate connections with these divine manifestations. For example, immersing myself in the energy of Maa Katyayani facilitated emotional healing and resilience. Through prayers and chants dedicated to her for nine days, I witnessed profound changes in my mental strength, enabling me to overcome frequent emotional breakdowns. This transformation not only brought happiness to my life but was also evident to those around me, including my family.

Furthermore, during Navratri, I connected with Maa Skandamata to support my son through a period of uncertainty in his job. Recognizing the powerful bond between mother and child through the womb chakra, I harnessed the maternal energy to bring about positive changes in his life. Once again, I observed the tangible impact of these spiritual practices in our lives.

Harmonizing Rituals: Embracing Fluidity and Meaning

With newfound clarity, my approach to Navratri rituals underwent a significant change. Instead of rigidly following traditions, I embraced a more flexible and intuitive approach. I now choose rituals that hold personal significance for me, freeing myself from feelings of guilt and obligation. Navratri, once seen as a strict mandate, now serves as a nurturing space for introspection, renewal, and growth. I no longer adhere strictly to fasting rules but instead focus on simple rituals that hold meaning for me. Missing a day no longer carries a sense of guilt, as I recognize these days as opportunities for a fresh start in the year ahead. This shift has created a more harmonious environment in my home.

Spiritual Navratri
Dr. Neeti Kaushik Family Navratri Photos

Sharing the Light: Illuminating Paths, Touching Lives

Motivated by my own journey of transformation, I felt compelled to share the wisdom I gained along the way. Hosting workshops on Navratras and engaging in discussions, I aimed to spread awareness about the depth of Navratri’s significance. Witnessing the profound impact these teachings had on others was incredibly fulfilling. After the success of my two workshops, I decided to make it a regular practice. It’s truly gratifying to hear stories of spiritual growth from participants. One of the most heartwarming moments was when I shared my teachings with my mother, who expressed pride in my role as her spiritual guide.

Navratri holds significance beyond religious customs, delving into its scientific importance and being celebrated across cultures with various names.  It signifies cosmic and personal transitions, inviting us on a spiritual journey of self-discovery and enlightenment. By understanding its rituals and tapping into Devi energies, we unlock our latent potential for holistic well-being and inner harmony.

I am grateful for your companionship on this enlightening journey. May the diverse forms of Navadurga enrich your life with divine blessings and unleash your dormant potential. Jai Mata Di!

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  1. Neetu Chhetri shivakoti

    Maam Jai mata di 🙏i use to see ur show In Insta,youtube ur very pretty and ur smile is 🔑 to me to watch ur show I saw everything related to no 3 but non of these sign n symptoms ever seen in me m very confused what kind of 3 is I m my destiny is also 3 #happy 9rattri # maam and team❤️🧿❤️

  2. Vijayta Gupta

    Namaste ma’am 🙏🙏
    Ma’am mujhe aapko dekh kar aapki baatein sun kar bahut positivity aati hai..koi connection mehsoos hota hai..aapme bahut spirituality dikhti ko Shanti lagti hai.. bahut kuch sikhne ko milta apne universe,apne parmatma or aapka bahut dhanyawad karti hu..Jo aap mujhe mile..mere ishwar ki kripa se mujhe aapka sath Mila.. thank you so much ma’am.. for everything Jo aap Hume sikhati hai… thank you 🙏🥰

  3. Pooja

    Please tell me ,kalash ko kaise place krna hai

  4. Roopali Baijal

    Dear Mam,
    Your youtube video on Navratri truly brought the insights. Though I observe fast on these days but your insight was powerful. I usually watch your videos on new moon and full moon. Thank you for sharing your insights.

  5. Vandna oza

    Ma’am Mera nature tension jaldi le leta hai.muje kuchh karna hai.stock market or other. And health issues hai to mein debit n navratri me kya Puja karu

  6. Anwesha Mahapatra

    Pana sankranti in Odisha…we celebrate it differently we do Puja of maa danda kali….
    Plz add this

  7. Priya vijay guria

    Pl joint me in in what’s app group

  8. Srishti

    Beautiful thoughts. Very inspirational.

  9. Veenaa bhola

    Thanks mam iam so great ful you. I see and do all activity that you’re learn me. More and more changes are comes in my life.

    1. Neeti Kaushik

      God bless you

  10. Poonam Arora

    Very impressed by reading your thoughts on Navaratri. Growing up in a traditional Hindu family, does make us do things in a repetitive way without the deeper meaning & true understanding.
    The freedom to follow traditions with deeper meaning makes the festivals more appealing in the present times. I believe too there should be no guilt. We have to do the best we can whenever or wherever we are, according to our circumstances. Leading my life in an America my second home. Bharat is my Birthplace & my true foundation.
    You are doing an excellent job. Keep it up. You are Spreading Positive Vibes! 💐❤️🙏🙏

    1. Neeti Kaushik

      Thank you Poonam

  11. Rita Dixit

    Respected Ma’am, I hope you are well.
    I have followed you and your simple guidance many times- they make soo much sense.
    I seek your advice on a personal matter. Do let me know, how I can approach you.. I am based at Greater Noida. Regards

  12. Neeru Dhaka

    Your guidance through the navratras workshop lead me to enjoy these nine days of transformation. I have started doing these nine days pooja rituals by understanding the significance and empowering myself with the energy of Maa Durga. Workshop is really amazing.

    1. Neeti Kaushik

      Really glad you liked it

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