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Shardiya Navratri

Festival of the Divine Mother

October 17th – 25th

Join us online or in person over the nine nights as we worship and celebrate the various sacred forms of Mata Adi Shakti. We have a wonderful collective of women sharing Sadhana with you to awaken aspects of feminine creation and consciousness through Chanting, Goddess Circle & Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Japa Meditation, Ma Durga Puja, Agnihotra & Meditation. Please ensure you register your place on the links provided especially for the Temple Room in person offerings.

17th

Sunset Chanting

Join Patricia Mahavidya Bordon at the Temple Room 4pm – 6pm as she leads you through 60min of chanting followed by a light meal of Chai and Dahl. Chanting is an invitation that comes from the heart. When we chant we are actually offering the purest essence of who we are to be carried away with our voices. It is an integration between internal vibration and the actual manifestation of sound. No previous experience necessary, apart from an open heart and a willingness to feel. Bookings essential as numbers will be limited.

18th

Chanting & Movement Practice

A chanting and movement practice for the first morning of Navaratri, honouring the Goddess in her fierce form as Durga – the demon slayer. The session will begin with the chanting together of the 32 names of Durga three times to remove any obstacles on the path of this auspicious sadhana. (I can send you the words and translation). A short warm up and vinyasa follows accompanied by GauriMa chanting the 108 names of Durga. Concluding in deep rest with a short musical nidra, with bhajan (prayer) to great Goddess Durga. For more about GauriMa

19th

Japa Meditation

Join Prue 6am Sunrise for Ma Durga Japa Meditation (you are welcome to join also for 5.30am Durga Puja prior). Japa is the devotional repetition of prayer, mantra or divine name which gives the meditator a focus and also releases the energy encased in that sound. Through Japa, the energy literally manifests itself in a powerful way to change patterns of thought and transcend the mind. Durga bestows energy and strength to those  that worship her and traditionally on day 3 the form of a woman who has reached the stage of maturity is worshipped (day 1 is a daughter / day 2 is a woman). Book through link.

20th

Sattva Yoga

Brooke Martin from Sattva Now will be leading an online Sattva Yoga class 7.30am – 8.30am. This practice is an ever-evolving and inclusive practice of meditation, kriya, asana, movement, pranayama, radical aliveness, and timeless wisdom as we invoke Mata Adi Shakti.

21st

Movement & Chanting

Patricia Mahavidya Bordon will be hosting this evening session. An invitation to open your awareness through movement, chanting and sharing. How we can experience this 5th day of Navratri is being present, allowing our bodies to move in a free way, using our voices to express this process with kindness to each other and with each other. Bookings essential as numbers are limited 6.30pm – 8pm.

22nd

Sattva Prenatal Practice

To celebrate the nine nights of Mother Divine, Brooke from Sattva Now is offering a unique prenatal session to activate and draw in the energies of the Divine. A pregnancy session like no other, incorporating ancient Yogic practices, powerful breath work and meditation techniques drawing on the strength of the Divine Goddess within and without. Setting the path for a transformative birthing experience.

Jai Ma!

23rd

Hatha & Meditation

Join Prue for a 60min midday Hatha practice and meditation as we worship Katyayani the sixth form amongst Navadurga. Associated with the fierce forms of Shakti or Durga this practice will take you through a series of asanas to strengthen the body and purify the mind enabling clear concentration for meditation.

24th

Puja & Meditation

Join Prue at 6am for Ma Durga Puja and 108 Sacred Names of Mother Divine. Take space to write your hearts deepest desires and intentions for your personal evolution. Bring this with you to the morning Sadhana so they can be received with your prayer.

25th

Agnihotra & Meditation

Join Rachael Sardelich at the Temple Room for a closing Sunset Agnihotra and Meditation. Agnihotra is from the science of Ayurveda, reinvigorating and healing nature by purifying the atmosphere. It is a simple 10-minute process that involves a small fire burnt in a seamless inverted copper pyramid of specific dimensions at the precise moment of sunrise and sunset. The immediate experience is a greater peace within oneself and one’s family and environment. This will be followed by a 10min Meditation and welcome to stay for Dal and Chai afterwards. Wear purple if possible as this is the auspicious colour for this day. Bookings essential due to numbers.

Sādhanā at Home

How to Celebrate & Honour Navratri

We encourage you to celebrate this time in your home creating an alter or sacred space to devote time daily to meditation, prayer, mantra, contemplation or chanting. Traditionally fasting is practiced over this period especially for women however often this isn’t possible so fasting on the first i.e. Pratipada and the last day, i.e. Mahashtami of Navratri could be. Below is a guide to the days and the various influencing energies you can weave into your prayer and intentions at this time.

 

Nine Days of Mother Divine
Bestowing wealth, prosperity, health, longevity, knowledge and intelligence
Wealth
Spiritual progress
Improvement of memory
Peace of mind
Removal of resistances and troubles
Happiness, health, and positive support
Improved physical and mental energy
Elimination of psychological fear
Improvement of health
Prevention of illness and danger
Peaceful sleep
Increased chances for getting a job to earn one’s livelihood
Success in business
Increased chances for getting a good spouse
Harmony in married life
Removal of major problems
Support in a court case
Fulfillment of desires
Fullness of life
Clear intellect

 

Day 1 – 17th October 2020 – Grey

First day of Navratri. Goddess Durga is worshiped as Shailaputri on this day and she is dressed in Grey colour.

Day 2 – 18th October 2020 – Orange

The second day of Navratri. Goddess Durga is worshiped as Brahmacharini on this day and she is dressed in Orange colour.

Day 3 – 19th October 2020 – White

The third day of Navratri. Goddess Durga is worshiped as Chandraghanta on this day and she is dressed in White colour.

Day 4 – 20th October 2020 – Red

The fourth day of Navratri. Goddess Durga is worshiped as Kushmanda on this day and she is dressed in Red colour.

Day 5 – 21st October 2020 – Royal Blue

The fifth day of Navratri. Goddess Durga is worshiped as Skandamata on this day and she is dressed in Royal Blue colour.

Day 6 – 22nd October 2020 – Yellow

The sixth day of Navratri. Goddess Durga is worshiped as Katyayini on this day and she is dressed in Yellow colour.

Day 7 – 23rd October 2020 – Green

The seventh day of Navratri. Goddess Durga is worshiped as Kalaratri on this day and she is dressed in Green colour.

Day 8 – 24th October 2020 – Peacock Green

The eighth day of Navratri. Goddess Durga is worshiped as Mahagauri on this day and she is dressed in Peacock Green colour.

Day 9 – 25th October 2020 – Purple

Ninth and last day of Navratri. Goddess Durga is worshiped as Siddhidatri on this day and she is dressed in Purple colour.

About

Shardiya Navaratri

Many festivals are celebrated throughout India with a rich historical background. Shardiya Navaratri is one of the most significant as the nine forms of the Devi are worshiped, the dominion of the Navagrahas (9 planets) and the obstacles associated with them are also worshiped to overcome them. The prominent story associated with Navratri is the battle that took place between goddess Durga and the demon Mahishasura, who represents egotism. All the nine days of the festival are dedicated to each distinct avatar of the goddess; and each of these days has a significant colour attached to it, which devotees traditionally wear while taking part in the festivities.

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