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Navaratri (Dasara) Celebrations in the Asramam
« on: September 28, 2009, 01:56:27 PM »
On Day 9, Navami, (Sunday), the Asramam had adorned Devi
as Mahisasura Mardini.  This is from Sri Devi Mahatmyam, a
poem of 700 verses, also called Durga Sapasati from Puranas.
The Asramam video runs for about 3 minutes.
 
Here, Devi is fighting with Mahisusara, the ox-headed demon.
He is the last one to be killed after vanquishing various other
demons like Madhukaidaba, Chanda, Munda, Raktabhija, Dhumralochana, Sumba and Nisumba.  Here Devi is pictured as ferocious, with blood-shot eyes due to drinking liquor, and having a trident on her hands. She kills the ox-headed demon, by stamping over him and piercing her trident into his body.

Sri Durga Saptasloki is quite famous in South India and also
in Bengal.  The seven hundred verses are chanted for 7 days
in a fixed pattern.  Certain devotees chant these 700 verses
on single day and go on for 7 times in 7 days.  Sri Ramakrishna
used to praise this work very much.  Sri Durga Sapta Sloki
should be chanted witn proper initiation and the puja has to
be performed in a specific fashion.  However, while learning
it can be read, without any such pre-conditions   There are
some songs praising Devi, within this work.  These can be
chanted as daily prayer.  There is also called a fire sacrifice
called Chandi Homa.   

There is a famous Mahisasura  Mardini Stotram in South India.
The ladies in the video-pictures sing this song.

Arunachala Siva.