Shrimad Devi Bhagwat Katha
Navratri meaning nine nights, is a festival dedicated to Goddess Durga. During this festival, different forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped. This period typically falls in the months of April and October. During the course of this auspicious period, Pujya Swami ji holds a special discourse on Shrimad Devi Bhagwat. Swami ji explains the scripture in great detail and elucidates the glory and other life-tales of the Holy Mother. Typically, the katha lasts for the entire period of Navratri, with the last day being marked by great fanfare and musical recitals. The ceremony finally culminates with a Maa Ka Bhandara (Kitchen of the Holy Mother) where prasaad is served to all.
About Shri Devi Bhagwat
Shrimad Devi Bhagwat holds a special place in the history of Hindu religion. The scripture, an important Purana, reveres the Goddess of Power and treats her as the progenitor of the universe. It celebrates the divine feminine, in the form of Goddess Durga, as the preserver as also the destroyer. The scripture details Maa Durga being both the saguna (with form) as well as the nirguna (without any form). Shrimad Devi Bhagwat narrates legends of the victory of good over the evil and Goddess Durga protecting the people from the Malecchas (barbarians).
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