India is celebrating Sharad Navratri with much pomp and excitement. One of the biggest Hindu festivals, Navratri 2018 began on October 10 and continue until October 2018. This nine-day festival is celebrated in the honour of Goddess Durga in different ways as per respective customs and traditions. But one thing common about all Navratri and Durga Puja celebrations are the melodious bhakti geet (devotional songs), Aarti, mantras and bhajan. And when we are speaking of bhakti songs, one name comes to our mind is Anuradha Paudwal. The Padma Shri recipient is one of the prolific Indian singers whose renditions on Maa Durga is played during Navratri festival. Some of her favourites to listen and recite are ‘Durga Chalisa,’ ‘Ambe Tu Hai Jagdambe Kali,’ ‘Durga Saptashati’ and ‘Durga Amritwani’. Navratri 2018 Mata Ki Bhente: 'Pyara Saja Hai' to 'Maiya Ka Chola' - Popular Bhajans by Punjabi Singer Lakhbir Singh Lakha.
Goddess Durga is one of the principal deities among the pantheon of gods and goddesses in Hinduism. She is the ultimate divine feminine power. She is a protective mother goddess who comes to the aid of vulnerable children in difficult times. Durga possesses great powers, controls the universe. Such is her aura that even the Holy Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Shiva) get siddhis from her. Through the prayers to Durga Maa with complete devotion, devotees seek blessings to fulfil their wishes and desires. She is the bestower of peace and happiness. All the devotional songs of Durga are sung in praises of the primary figure of Shaktism. We will now look at a compilation of Anuradha Paudwal’s songs in honour of Devi Durga.
Durga Chalisa with Lyrics By Anuradha Paudwal
Devotees recite Durga Chalisa during the nine-day Navratri puja ceremony. Like a mother forgives the sins of their children’s mistakes, people seek forgiveness from Devi Parvati’s form. They also sing praise for her, calling her all-time powerful One. In this rendition by Anuradha Paudwal, ‘Durga Chalisa’ is highly sweet-sounding and invokes spiritual feelings. This song is from Durga Chalisa Durga Kawach music album, and you must play it during Navratri and Durga Puja festival.
Ambe Tu Hai Jagdambe Kali
Another mostly-recited bhakti song during the nine-day festival is ‘Ambe Tu Hai Jagdambe Kali’. Most of us know the lyrics of this Durga aarti word to word. You will totally like the wonderful version of this Durga Bhajan by Anuradha Paudwal.
Jai Ambe Gauri Aarti
“Jai Ambe Gauri Maiya Jai Shyama Gauri, Tumako Nishadin Dhyawat Hari Bramha Shivaji | Maiya Jai Ambe Gauri.” These are the opening lines of famous Durga aarti sung by devotees at the end of the puja ceremony. It is sung while offering prayers to the Goddess for always being kind and protective of their devotees. In the melodious voice of Anuradha Paudwal, the aarti becomes sweeter.
Durga Amritwani By Anuradha Paudwal
Here’s another masterpiece by Anuradha Paudwal is ‘Durga Amritwani’. This song dedicated to Maa Durga is a perfect combination of bhakti and celebrations. If you are worshipping Goddess Durga and her nine manifestations during the Navratri festival, you must play this bhakti geet in the sweet-toned and soulful voice of Anuradha Paudwal.
The country is gripped with the festive fever, and these devotional songs will add to the festive mood. While Navratri has just begun, Durga Puja celebrations in eastern states such as Kolkata, Bihar, Jharkhand and more will commence on October 15 and last until October 19 with Vijayadashami and Dussehra celebrations.