Re: Today Begins Navarātri
oṁ aiṁ hrīṁ klīṁ cāmuṇḍayāi vicce
Navārna Mantra is also known as Chaṇḍī or Navakshari
Nine forms of Shakti are worshipped during the Navaratri. The Devī's worship will depend on the tradition of the family (kaula), the region, etc. Yet here are 9 forms of Śrī Devī . Please feel free to add to the list.
- Durgā दुर्गा - is durgatināśinī दुर्गतिनाशिनी - removing distress -She that removes distress; Durgā दुर्गा defined as the incomprehensible, difficult to reach; some consider Her the Invincible Goddess.
- Bhadra-kālī - bhadra भद्र blessed , auspicious , fortunate , prosperous , happy fair , beautiful , lovely , pleasant , dear + kālī black. Here is also we could add dakṣina kālī. This dakṣina means straight forward, candid, sincere, also right facing.
- Ambā अम्बा - is mother; She, the Divine Mother.
- Annapūrṇa - anna अन्न is food + पूर्ण pūrṇa meaning filled or full. She that nourishes fully.
- Sarvamaṅgala - sarva सर्व is whole, entire all + maṅgala or auspicious. She who is auspicious ( or joyful) to all
- Bhairavi is the śakti of Bhairava. This fear bhī is to fear or to be afraid or anxious. Kasmir Shaivism's orientation is Bhairava liberates beings from the fear. Fear of what? Saṁsāra birth after birth.And He illumines everything with His bhā - bhā means to shine or to be bright or luminous.
This ravi रवि we also know that the sun, brightness. It is She , with Her brightness, removes fear (bhī).
- Lalita - laliti ललित is sport, play, innocent , soft , gentle , charming , lovely . She that is gentle, charming, sporting.
- Bhavani - Bhava भव means coming into existence. It also means prosperity , welfare , excellence , well-being , prosperity , welfare , excellence.
We can see it is She that offers welfare and well-being. Another way to view this IMHO is bhā + vani. If we look at bhā भा, it means light or a beam of light , lustre , splendour. Vani वनि means bestow. Bhavani then is She that bestows light, luster ( or enlightenment, health, etc)
- Chaṇḍī चण्डी or Caṇḍīka - This word is considered a passionate, spirited woman.
- Mūkāmbikā - I am not certain on this name. I belive this Mūkā or mūka is related to mukhya ( primary) or mukta which means liberated or free.
We know ambikā अम्बिका is mother, a good woman. Combined Mūkāmbikā is the Prime Mother, or the Mother of Liberation (mokṣa). This sylable mū मू is binding or tieing i.e. bondage. Ka क has multiple meanings and I would be guessing on this application of ka क.
Last edited by yajvan; 08 October 2008 at 04:21 PM.
because you are identical with śiva