Nine Forms of Goddess Worship on Navratri


During the Navaratri festival, nine forms of Goddess Shakti is worshipped all over India. Goddess Shakti is worshipped depending on the tradition of the region.


1) Goddess Durga – Also known as Maa Durga is an embodiment of creative feminine force and is regarded as "the invincible" one.

2) Goddess Bhadrakali – Goddess Bhadra Kali is one of the most popular forms of the Goddess Shakti as mentioned in Devi Mahatmyam. Goddess Bhadrakali is the popular form of Devi worshipped in Kerala.

3) Goddess Amba - Also known as Jagadamba is another form of Goddess Shakti and is regarded as the Mother of the universe

4) Goddess Annapurna – Also known as Annapoorna is an avatar of the Divine Mother and is the Goddess of Harvests. Anna literally means food and grains and “Purna” means complete or full. Hence Goddess Annapurna is the one who bestows food in plenty.

5) Goddess Sarvamangala – Another form of Goddess Shakthi. As Sarvamangala, Devi bestows joy (mangal) to everything (sarva).

Nine Forms of Goddess Worship on Navratri

6) Goddess Bhairavi – Bhairavi is a fierce form of the Goddess. Devi took this avatar when she became the consort of the Bhairava.

7) Goddess Chandika – Also known as Chandi or Durga Sapthashati Chandika is the supreme Goddess of Devi Mahatmya. Goddess Chandi is described as the Supreme reality, who is a combination of Maha Lakshmi, Mahakali, and Maha Saraswati.

8) Goddess Lalita – Also known as Shodashi, Rajarajeshvari, or Tripura Sundari, Goddess Lalitha is one of the group of Ten Goddesses of Hindu belief, collectively called mahavidyas.

9) Goddess Bhavani - Bhavani literally means "giver of life" is a ferocious form of the Goddess Parvati Devi.

10) Goddess Mookambika - On the 10th day of Navaratri Festival, Goddess Shakti is worshipped as Mookambika Devi. Goddess Mookambika is regarded as a manifestation of Goddess Shakti, Goddess Saraswathi and Goddess Mahalakshmi. Kollur Mookambika Devi Temple, situated at the bottom of the Kodachadri peak, is one of the most prominent shrines dedicated to Goddess Mookambika. 

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