The word ‘Navratri’ is made up of two words. ‘Nav’ meaning nine and ‘ratri’ meaning night. Hence it literally means nine nights.
Nine forms of ‘shakti’ are worshiped in these nine days.
According to a Hindu tradition, it is believed that there are three major forms in which Goddess Durga manifested herself, namely, Mahasaraswati, Mahalakshami and Mahakaali who are the active energies (Shakti) of Brahma, Vishnu and Rudra respectively. Without these Goddesses, the Gods would loose their power!
These three forms manifested further in three more forms each and thus emerged the nine forms of Durga, which are collectively called Navdurga or nine durgas.
What learning does it have for children
Apart from the Ramleela plays that our children get to enjoy in schools and in neighborhood, and the ‘Kanya bhoj’ that they look forward to, there is a lot of learning for our kids through this important festival.
As the old saying goes “Lead by example”, this Navratri lead by example and teach your children the various virtues of life!
This year in particular, with government guidelines and curtailed celebrations, there won’t be many Pandals, Garba, Kanya bhoj or Ramleela, teach them to look inwards. For years our festivals have been about community, relatives, friends, big celebrations and fervor.
This year is a chance for you to teach your child to look inwards. Because that too is big part of learning through these festivals, often forgotten in the grandeur and glimmer of life.
So here are the daily affirmations for nine days. Practice them with your children and teach them the way to look inwards and find peace and happiness within their own selves!
These affirmations have been based on the colors associated with each day. Each color has a meaning, hence it will give more meaning and purpose to our affirmations!
So hope these affirmations will help and empower you and your child.
MHC also recommends creating a Zen corner which can be your temple or somewhere in the garden.
Just make sure while starting your day with affirmations to sit in a quiet, calm place and focus all your energy on your meditation.
Make it serious activity, so that your child takes it seriously too!