"Saptha Maathaa Shakti Navratri"
Navaratri of the Sarvadhari Year - September, October 2008
Nine Nights of the Mother Goddess
What is Navaratri?
The nine nights of Navaratri are particularly important for the worship of the Universal Mother.
Similarly there is Vasanta Navratri in spring and two other Navaratris each year. Of these four, the Sharada Navaratri is the most popular. These days, it seems to be the only one that people celebrate! What should be an once per month observance has been relegated to once per year!
Saptha Maathaa Shakti Navaratri 2008
The Sathguru, Guru Mangala Gandharva Venlataraman revealed special features of each important spiritual observance in Sri Agasthia Vijayam, the Ashram monthly magazine. The special feature of Navaratri 2008 and Siddha worship procedures for this Navratri are in the October 2008 issue of the magazine made available in September 2008.
The special feature of Navaratri 2008 is the Universal Mother Goddess's advent along with the seven Saptha Matrika Devis and two Adi Dwara Palaki gate keepers on the nine nights of this Sarvadhari Navaratri at nine important Shakti temples.
Navaratri Night 1: Prathamai Thithi
The Chakramangai temple located in Chakrapalli near Ayyampettai (on the Kumbakonam - Papanasam - Thanjavur route) is home to Mother Sri Devanayaki and Lord Sri Chakravageswara.
Worship at this temple on this Prathamai night.
Navratri Night 2: Dvithiyai Thithi
The Harimangai temple is located 2 k.m. from the Koyiladi bus stand near Ayyampettai (on the Kumbakonam - Papanasam - Thanjavur route). It is home to Mother Sri Gnanambika and Lord Sri Hari Muktheeswara.
Worship at this temple on this Dwithiyai night.
This temple is in need of renovation works. Devotees should take responsibility for these works and do whatever service they can.
Navarathri Night 3: Trithiyai Thithi
The Soolamangai temple is located in Soolamangalam which is 1 k.m. from Ayyampettai (on the Kumbakonam - Papanasam - Thanjavur route). It is home to Mother Sri Alankaravalli and Lord Sri Keerthivaageeswara.
Worship at this temple on this Thrithiya night.
This temple is also home to a very special deity - Lord Sri Astra Deva - who makes divine weapons for all deities. Lord Astra Deva removes feelings of enmity from us. Worship at this very rare and very special shrine.
Navarathiri Night 4: Chathurthi Thithi
The Nandimangai temple is located in Nallicheri on the Nallichery Road which branches left from the Aiyampettai - Thanjavur road past the Pasupathi Temple. It is near both Soolamangalam and Aiyampettai. It is home to Mother Sri Akhilandeswari and Lord Sri Jambukeswara.
Worship at this temple on this Chathurthi night.
Waves of spiritual ecstasy roll over Lord Nandiswara, the divine vehicle of Lord Shiva, as Siva's kazhal leg ornament brush Nandi's sides. But Lord Nandishwar also longed for the touch of Shiva's lotus feet on his body. So Nandeeswara conducted 1008 Pradosham poojas with utmost sincerity and devotion. As a result of this sincere puja, Lord Siva satisfied devoted Nandi's longing at this Nandhimangai temple. On this Chathurthi night, request Mother Sri Akhilandeswari to satisfy your earnest (spiritual) longings too.
Navaratri Night 5: Panchami Thithi
The Pasumangai temple is located in Pasupathi Koil just after Papanasam on the Thanjavur road. It is home to Mother Sri Paal Vala Nayaki and Lord Sri Pasupathiswara.
Worship at this temple on this Panchami night.
When Lord Shiva plays His udukkai drum, He grants Beeja Veda Shakti blessings through the Beejakshara sound waves that He generates through the drum. Siva's hand drum (udukku or damaru) has two faces, one the Pasu side and the other the Pathi side. Pasu refers to the jivatma, the bound, individual soul. Pati refers to God as the lord of the bound souls who redeems them from their bonds (paasam). This Pasupathi Temple in Pasumangai is one of those sacred spots where the bound (Pasu) souls can reach the (Pati) Divine. Pray to Lord Pasupati here for that divine Bija Veda Gnana wisdom that can unite you (the Pasu) with Him (the Pathi).
Navratri Night 6: Sashti Thithi
The Thazhamangai temple is located close to Pasupathi Koil mentioned above. It is home to Mother Sri Raja Rajeswari and Lord Sri Chandramouleeswara.
Worship at this temple on this Shasti night.
There are not that many temples where the Mother Goddess manifests Herself in Her Rajarajeswari form. So this temple is quite special. Those who are burdened with lack of peace in the family should resolve to do regular worship at this temple on Tuesdays, Fridays and on the night of the darshan of the third phase of the crescent moon. This steadfast worship will help bestow peace and tranquility in one's family.
Navaratri Night 7: Sapthami Thithi
The Pullamangai temple is located 1 k.m. from Pasupathi Koil which is next to Aiyampettai on the Kumbakonam - Aiyampettai - Thanjavur Road. It is home to Mother Sri Alliyankodhai (also known as Soundara Nayaki) and Lord Sri Brahmapureeswara.
Worship at this temple on this Saptami night.
This temple is so special that the eight Ashta Naga Devas offered 300 million Nagalinga flowers in worship here on a Sivaratri night. So it is at this Naga Shakti shrine that the Mother Goddess got the darshan of Shiva with the divine snakes sporting on His neck.
Navratri Night 8: Ashtami Thithi
The Thirucheloor temple is located next to Devarayanpettai which is near Papanasam - Pandaravaadai. It is home to Mother Sri Sugandha Kundhalambika and Lord Sri Machapureeswara (Matsyapureeswara).
Worship at this temple on this Ashtami night.
This temple gives relief to parents and children who are estranged, parents and children that argue with each other. It helps those who are distressed by such troubled relationships.
Offer sambrani dhoopam throughout this temple and worship amidst these fragrant vapors. Such worship will get you out of the grip of any bad habits and vices.
ThiruChelur Machapureeswara Temple
Navaratri Night 9: Navami Thithi
The Melattoor temple is located on the Thanjavur - Thirukarukavur route. It is home to Mother Sri Sivakami and Lord Sri Unnathapureeswara.
Worship at this temple on this Navami night.
This is one of the great Shiva Shakti temples where the Universal Mother Parasakthi, the seven Saptha Matrikas and the two Adi Moola Dwara Palaki gate keepers offer worship every day.
Mellatur Unnathapureeswara Temple
Navratri Night 10: Vijaya Dasami Thithi
Vijaya = Victory. VijayaDasami is the day of victory of the Universal Mother - the victory of good over evil, of positive forces over negative forces.
It is a day of new beginnings, new educational pursuits, happiness, worship and selfless giving.
|Om Salutations to the Universal Mother Goddess|
|Om Salutations to the Seven Saptha Matrikas and the Adi Dwara Palakis|
|Om Salutations to Maha Guru Sri Agasthiar|
|Om Salutations to the Agasthiar Lineage of Siddha Sathgurus|