Diversity flourishes across India, and everything in it is different and unique. Whether it is the culture, food, language, architecture, clothing, etc., everything is diverse in other parts of the country. In the same way, worshipping the gods and goddesses is also quite different with different regional touches. Though the primary message conveyed is the same, the practice of conveying it has different flavors.
Navratri is one example of celebrating this diversity. The phrase Navratri resembles nine nights in Sanskrit. Nava means nine, where Ratri indicates nights. The festival is celebrated for nine nights in honor of the unfathomable power of goddess Durga in defeating the buffalo-headed demon, Mahishasura, on the tenth day. Thus, Navratri celebrates the feminine nature of the divine.
Through these nine nights, nine distinct forms of the goddess are being worshipped. It is like celebrating us by giving ourselves the space and time to cleanse and rejuvenate from within.
Shardiya Navratri or Navratri is celebrated with great zeal across Eastern and Northern India. This year 2021 Navratri starts on October 07th Thursday and will end on October 15th Friday with the Vijaya Dashami celebration.
This nine-night and ten-day festival bears immense spiritual, religious and also cultural importance. Let us peek more into the nine colors of Navratri and find how colors are related to essential oils.
Celebration Of Good Over Evil
According to the Mythology, the demon king Mahishasura approved immortality by the Lord Brahma, with only the condition of getting defeated by a woman. After Mahishasura attacked the three realms Hell, Heaven and Earth; Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma combined their energies to create Goddess Durga. After the long 15-day battle between Maa Durga and Mahishasura, Goddess Durga slew him with a Trishul.
The Hindu tradition believed that there are three forms of Goddess Durga namely, Mahakali, Mahalakshmi, and Mahasaraswati the active energies of Shiva and Vishnu and Brahma. These three forms further manifested into three forms each, thus originating the nine forms of the Goddess Durga called Nine Durgas. These nine Shakti forms of Maa Durga are beautifully worshipped throughout these Nine days.
Day 1: Devi Maa Shailputri
Day 2: Devi Maa Bhamacharini
Day 3: Devi Maa Chandraghanta
Day 4: Devi Maa Kushmanda
Day 5: Devi Maa Skandamata
Day 6: Devi Maa Katyayani
Day 7: Devi Maa Kalaratri
Day 8: Devi Maa Mahagauri
Day 9: Devi Maa Siddhidatri
Finally, Dussehra or Vijayadashmi is celebrated on the 10th day of the festivities. Altogether Dussehra signifies the victory of good over evil. These nine manifestations of the goddess Durga are worshiped with passion. Navratri is believed to push the divine spirit in us that can help us withstand obstacles with purity and freedom.
Colors Of Navratri And Their Significance
Navratri festivities are filled with vibrant colors. These colors are visible in the dresses people wear, decorations and designs around you. Have you ever wondered what these colors are and their significance? There is a meaning behind all the nine colors of Navratri. While the nine days of Navratri indicate the nine avatars of goddess Durga (the goddess of shakti or power) the nine colors of Navratri symbolize Devi's quality.
Everything in the universe is the vibration of energy and one among them is light. Light consists of different colors which is a form of energy. Color is vibration. Whether you are aware of it or not, these colors affect you physically, emotionally, physiologically, psychologically and spiritually. Every color has a specific effect on the human body and energy system as they vibrate at a particular rate. While the slower moving frequencies like yellow, orange and red tend to stimulate the body, the higher moving frequencies like blue, violet and turquoise tend to soothe and calm the body and emotions.
Therefore colors can be used to heal the body, mind and soul. This is why people celebrate the festival by wearing different colors on different days during Navratri.
Navaratri Day 1 – Thursday – October 07, 2021 - Yellow Color
Deity - Shailaputri
Essential Oil – Lemon Oil
Significance – The oil of Lemon stands for brightness and happiness. It would help you keep uplifted and cheerful all day.
The First Day of the Navratri starts with vibrant and bright color - Yellow. Wear the mellowed shade of Yellow color to celebrate the joy and enthusiasm of Sharad Navaratri. Enjoy your day with a sense of unparalleled joy and optimism as the yellow color keeps you warm.
Navratri Day 2 – Friday – October 08, 2021 - Green Color
Deity - Brahmacharini
Essential Oil – Bergamot Oil
Significance – Bergamot essential oil bestows you with tranquility and exemplifies fresh beginnings.
The color of the 2nd day of Navratri is green. Green signifies nature and prosperity. As the color green indicates nature, wearing and seeing it provokes a good sense of serenity, peace, fertility and development.
Day 3- Saturday – October 09, 2021 - Grey Color
Deity - Chandraghanta
Essential Oil – Eucalyptus Oil
Significance – Eucalyptus Oil stimulates and encourages oneself for transforming and maintaining well-balanced emotions.
The color of the 3rd day of Navaratri is grey. As it's the earthy color, grey indicates down to earth and humbleness and change for the better. The color grey means a balance of mind and emotions. Grey is also a unique color in terms of creating a subtle-toned fashion statement.
Navratri Day 4- Sunday- October 10, 2021 - Orange Color
Deity - Kushmanda
Essential Oil – Orange Oil
Significance – Orange essential oil symbolizes happiness, power and energy.
The day four color is orange. Orange color bestows the person with qualities like vitality and warmth. This color fills you with positive energy and keeps you upbeat.
Navratri Day 5- Monday – October 11, 2021, White Color
Deity - Skandamata
Essential Oil – Jasmine Absolute
Significance – The oil of Jasmine resembles peace, innocence and purity.
The color of Day 5 is white. Adorn yourself in pristine white to receive the blessings of the all-powerful Goddess. Worshipping goddesses with white color on Monday is worthy of blessings and you can experience the utmost feeling of security and stability.
Navratri Day 6- Tuesday – October 12, 2021 - Red Color
Deity - Katyayani
Essential Oil – Rose Absolute
Significance – Rose essential oil signifies love and passion that would fill a person with vitality and vigor.
The color of the 6th day of Navratri is red. Red color indicates fearlessness, health, life, intense passion and beauty that rewards you with courage and bravery.
Navratri Day 7- Wednesday – October 13th, 2021 - Royal Blue
Deity - Kaalaratri
Essential Oil – Violet Leaf Absolute
Significance – Violet Leaf Essential Oil spreads the warmth of trust and reliability into your life.
The color of the Day 7 of Navratri is royal blue. This color indicates prosperity and good health. This vivid shade of color blue is also tranquil and prosperous.
Navratri Day 8 - Thursday – October 14th, 2021 – Pink
Deity - Mahagauri
Oil – Geranium Oil
Significance – Geranium oil balances your mind, body and soul on the whole.
The pink color indicates harmony, goodness and affection. So wear pink on day 8 to invoke the virtue of love towards humanity.
Navratri 9 - Friday – October 15, 2021, Purple
Deity - Siddhidatri
Essential Oil – Lavender Oil
Significance – Lavender Oil signifies peace and nobility. It balances your mood too.
Purple color is the chosen color for the ninth and final days of Navratri. Wearing a purple shade on day nine will get you bestowed with opulence and prosperity. This is one of the delicate colors that help in entirely pleasing Durga Devi.
Oils Corresponding To The Colors Of Navratri
Since we are already getting the benefits of color therapy by donning different colors on different days of Navratri, why not make it more beneficial by adding Ayurvedic aromatherapy too to it? All you have to do is celebrate the color of the day by using an essential oil that has the same color.
Essential oils are made from the parts of plants and herbs. They are the distilled essence of the plant as they focus on the most potent compounds in a plant. This means essential oils can have a profound impact on the body's primary functions, including the respiratory system, digestive system, circulation and endocrine system.
Essential oils can also change how we feel, think and see things as they have a significant impact on our hormones. Some essentials are powerful antiseptics and some others powerful antibiotics. Learn more about the essential oils that we can use on each day of Navratri.
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