It's the festive season and Navratri 2018 is on. While the streets are lit in the festive fervour, there are sounds of celebrations around. During these nine days of Navaratri, people worship the nine forms of Durga on each day. The festival of Navratri is celebrated with fervour across the country. In North India, people organise jaagrans/jagratas or Mata ki chowki to seek the blessings of the Goddess. They sing religious songs also known as bhajans and Mata ki bhente. Some popular singers whose voices are heard playing at most homes include Narendra Chanchal, Anuradha Paudwal, Lakhbir Singh Lakha and late Gulshan Kumar. Mata ki Bhente by Narendra Chanchal: From Bhor Bhai to Je Main Hunda - Popular Devotional Songs For Navratri 2018.
Devotees also chant the Durga Chalisa regularly during these nine days as they keep khetri and divya jyoti at their homes. They also tune in to the Maa Vaishno Devi Aarti every morning and evening and listen to the Maa Vaishno Devi Katha. Here is a Navratri playlist of some of the most popular bhente by Punjabi Singer Lakhbir Singh Lakha. Navratri Aarti 2018: From 'Jai Ambe Gauri' to Durga Chalisa Mantra, Best Devotional Songs to Celebrate Navaratri Festival.
Mata ki Bhente by Lakha
Pyara Saja Hai Tera Dwaar Bhawani
Maiya Ka Chola Hai Rangla
Tere Darbar Mein Maiya Khushi Milti Hai
Aaye Maiya Ke Navratre
Beta Bulaaye Jhat Daudi Chali Aaye Maa
During the nine days of Navratri, devotees worship the nine forms of Durga Maa known as Navdurga. Each of her manifestations – Shailaputri, Brahmacharirni, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidhatri - is worshipped every day. According to traditions, all her nine forms have emerged out of the three major forms of the Goddess – Mahasaraswati, Mahalakshmi and Mahakali. Each represents the energies of the holy triumvirate of Brahma, Vishnu and Rudra. Maa Durga is known by 108 names and some among them are Adi Parashakti, Devi, Bhavani, Amba, Parvati and Yogmaya.
The festival of Navratri ends with Dussehra or Vijay Dashmi. This year, Dussehra is on October 19, which will mark the end of Navratri.