Om Shri Krishnabhyoya Namaha!
Om Gurubhyoya Namaha!
Om Maha Ganapati Paadam Namo Namaha!
Guru Maharaj Shree Hari Swamiji
Om Maha Purushaya Vidhmahe Shree Krishna
Hamsaya Deemahi Tanno Shree Harihi Prachodayaat!
Our revered Guruji has composed and published The Navadurga Sloka; A compilation of slokas authored by Him that contains 108 Namavalis of each Goddess. He has also prescribed the manner of performing a simple Pooja (Laghu Pooja) during each day of Navaratri. The instructions for performing the pooja, slokas to be recited, flowers to be offered, the Naivedhyam (food offering for each Goddess) for each day of Navarthri have been set out in the following paragraphs & can be easily followed. This is a boon for obtaining the benevolent grace of The Divine Mother during this auspicious & festive season of Navaratri. The benefit of worshipping each Goddess is also given. The 9 slokas/ Namavalis prescribed here for each Goddess have been culled from the unabridged original 108 Namavalis for each Goddess. This is a transliteration/translation from the original in Tamil. The original Tamil booklet for distribution to devotees at The Kapaleeshwar Temple, Mylapore, Chennai, also appears at the foot of this piece.
The Navaratri Vrata
A vrata or viratham means an austerity that is performed by a devotee to appease God. In India it is common to see persons, especially women observe Vratas such as, Satyanarayana Vrat, Shukravaar or Friday Vrat, Santoshi Mata Vrat, Shivaratri Vrat, Saibaba Vrat etc, Each vrata is observed during a particular period of time on specified dates each year. Numerous such vrats are observed over the ages for various benefits mainly for spiritual benefit.
The most important period of vrata for women is the Navaratri season. The period during which Ambal or Devi the Mother Goddess, gladly descends & visits each & every home. A woman’s vrata benefits & uplifts her entire family and proves beneficial even to her future generations.
Though night time is more important during the Navaratri festival, it is essential that women should bathe before 6.a.m. during this period of austerity. They should then wash, sweep & draw a rangoli at thalaivaasal, the entrance to the house, just outside the maindoor step, light a lamp in the pooja room, place water with Tulsi leaves & milk (raw unboiled milk), light agarbattis and offer Naivedya.
The ideal time to perform pooja during each day of Navratri is between 6.p.m. & 8.p.m.
Navaratri Pooja (Manner of Worship): Draw 9 rangolies in the form of 5 pointed stars. Place a betel leaf on each such rangoli. On each betel leaf place either a bit of cowdung or rice that is mixed with turmeric (this is called akshat or akshatai). Then place mudlamps (agalvilakku, diya) anointed with turmeric & vermilion (kumkum) On each such betel leaf, fill the mudlamps with ghee or with pure gingeley oil (sesame oil) and then place a cotton wick or a lotus stem wick in each mudlamp. In this manner 9 lamps should be lit. The Mother Goddess, Ambal appears there in the form of the flame. The flame of the lamps should be facing either East or North. Before each lamp place an offering of betel leaves, betel nuts, fruit, akshatai & flowers and then recite the appropriate sloka of the Goddess Durga for that day of Navaratri, that appear hereinafter.
After completion of recitation of the sloka the Naivedya (food offering) specified for the Goddess Durga of the day of Navaratri should be offered & the Goddess should be worshipped thereby. Those who are unable to offer the preparations specified may offer whatever they are able to offer and worship the Goddess.
Then place the 9 lamps on a plate and perform Harati to the Goddess while submitting one’s prayer to the Goddess and then worship Her with a Namaskaaram or Namaste. After recitation of this sloka Guru Haarati has to be performed to the author of this sloka. In Tamil its called Aarati. An Important instruction by Guruji, the author of the Navadurga Sloka, appears hereinafter. Kindly do read it carefully. Those who are unable to perform the pooja as per the method stated may offer worship by just reciting the Navadurga Sloka/ Namavali appearing hereinafter 108 times.
The most important part of this vrata is that women should observe fast between 6.p.m. & 8.p.m. & should observe a complete fast & abstain from food & even water.
It is our earnest & sincere prayer that one & all perform the vrata in the manner prescribed herein, read this slokas & obtain the divine grace & blessings of The Mother Goddess together with all benefits.
Note: Upon being advised by The Mother Goddess Adishakti, Lord Krishna observed this Navaratri vrata so that Bheeshma be defeated in the Great War of Mahabharat and also to enable the publication by Him of Srimad Bhagavad Gita.
Manner of recitation of this sloka
The Gurusarana Sloka has to be recited before commencement and after completion of recitation of any slokam to invoke the blessings of the author of this Sloka, The Guru. After recitation of the Gurusarana Sloka, the Navadurga Ganapati Sloka followed by Nyaasaha, Anganyaasaha, Karanyasaha & Dhyaanam. Only after this should any Durga Sloka/ Namavali appearing herein be recited.
Always recite the Gurusarana sloka before commencement and after completion of recitation of any slokam to invoke Swamiji’s blessings
Om Shri Krishnabhyoya Namaha!
Om Gurubhyoya Namaha!
Om Maha Ganapati Paadam Namo Namaha!
Om Vaikunta nandam! Vaikunta Vishnu Mahalakshmi Anuggrahaanandam!
Gurubaranam, Dakshnaamoorthae Maha Anuggraha-kaaranaanandam!
Sarva Kesavo Vaikuntananda pavithrom!
Padmakamala, Brahmma Saraswati, VishnuLakshmi, Sivo Paarvathi Gurugraha Poojaanaam! Lakshmi Vishnu Guru Ananta Poojaanaam!
Padmakamala, Brahmma Saraswati, VishnuLakshmi, Sivo Paarvathi Gurugraha Poojaanaam! Lakshmi Vishnu Guru Ananta Poojaanaam!
Shakti Sivome Paaraayana, Guruggraha Anantaanandam, Navakaalikae Swaroopaanaam!
Raadhae Krishna, Yasodharae Krishna, Devaki Krishna,
Bhagavadgita Sapta Omkaara Gurubaramoorthaam!
Bhagavadgita Sapta Omkaara Gurubaramoorthaam!
Sarva Anuggraha Krishna Paada Namosthutae!
Please recite the Navadurga Ganapati Sloka, the Nyaasaha, Anganyaasaha, Karanyasaha & Dhyaanam before reciting any slokam
Navadurga Ganapati Slokam
Om Tatuvom Tatuvomasya, Navomaya, Navanaayaki, Navasundara Vinaayaka, Navasundara Vinayaka Navaneetham!
Hrudayakamala heyatma-vibhutya, Navadurga sundara Vinayaga roopam! Vanam! Vanashakti Kaali Vinaayagam!
Soolam! Soolam! Soolashakti Vinaayagam!
Agneem! Agni Sadaakshara Jadevatho Vinaayaga roopam!
Shantam! sakala sowbhagya annugraha sundara Shanti Durga Vinaayaga roopam!
Saastha, Sabarideva, Sabari Durga vijaya Vinaayaga roopam!
Dumram, dhumsam, dhum, dushtagraha, bhoota, paisaasa samhaara sthaana prashta shakteem!
Shakti! Jwaalaa Shakti Vinaayaga roopam!
Bhoga, moha niggraha, moksha Lavana Durga sundara Vinaayaga roopam!
Ananta ananta mayam! yantra, tantra, mantra, jothi shakti! Sivamaya Deepa Durga Vinaayaka roopam!
Sanniyasam, sanniyaasa moksha gyaana karma bhakti Asoori Durga Vinaayaka roopam!
Gyaanam! gyaana devadevi Saraswati Durga Vinaayaga roopam!
Chandi, Mundi, Chamundi, sakala jana ishtadeva Chamundi Durga Vinaayaka roopam!
Sarva jaya vijaya sowbhaggya, veera jaya vijaya janma karma bandha nivaarana mookaambigame!
Navashakti Vinaayaka paada namosthute!
Asya Shree Navadurga divya peeda asttothara shata naama sthothra maha mantrasya! Atthi maharishi devataam! Krishna Rishiaha! Anushtup chandaha! Shree Navadurga mahadevataa! Shreemad manthra bhava beejam! mantra bhava shakti! shakti bhava kilakam! Moola prakruthi-rithi dhyaanam!
Iam angushtabhyam namaha! Kleem tarjaneebyaam namaha! Sowha anaamikaabhyaam namaha! Kleem kanistikabhyam namaha! Iam karatala-kara-prushtaa-bhyaam namaha!
(Iam is pronounced like the `ime’ in `lime’)
Iam hrudaayaaya namaha! Kleem Shirasae swaaha! Sowha Shikhaaya vashat! sowha kavachaaya hoom! kleem netraaya voushat! Iam astraaya phat! Bhoor-bhuva-svarom iti digbandaha! Mama Shree Navadurga divya peeda sahasraara devataa prasaada siddyarthae jape viniyogaha!
Gyana tatvam! vairagya tatvam! yoga tatvam! maanasa manobala tatvam! hrudayo kamala Mahalakshmi vaasa, heyatma vibhutyo tatva! maha bhakti sreshta gurutatva! sakala jana sowbhaggya, santaana, vidyaa, vivaaha tatva! sittu, ishta prarthanaa anuggraha Navadurga maataa paada namosthutae!
NAVADURGA SLOKA/ NAMAVALI
1. PRATHAMAI TITHI (the first day of Navaratri i.e. the first day after Amavasya, New moon
in the Tamil month of Puratasi, Bhadrapada, September/ October.
Sharad Navaratri 27th September 2011)
1.Om Vanadurga Namaha
2.Om Maha Manthra Shakti Roopini Vanadurga Namaha
3.Om Maha Prathama Pradhaana Roopini Vanadurga Namaha
4.Om Prathaapa Vanadurga Namaha
5.Om Prakaasha Nayana Vanadurga Namaha
6.Om Prakaasha Pathishree Roopini Vanadurga Namaha
7.Om Prakaasha Paada Vanadurga Namaha
8.Om Prakaasha Maanasa Vanadurga Namaha
9.Om Prakaasha Prasanna Kaali Roopini Vanadurga Namaha
Flower: Tulsi leaves Naivedhya: Fruits, sugarcane, Raw Vegetables
2. DWITHIYAI TITHI (the second day of Navarathri)
SOOLINI DURGA :
1.Om Soolini Durga Namaha
2.Om Akrama Soora Samhaara Kaali Roopini Soolini Durga Namaha
3.Om Akrama Nivaarani Angaali Roopini Soolini Durga Namaha
4.Om Akrama Maanushya Ahankaara Samhaara Angaali Roopini Soolini Durga Namaha
5.Om Aankaara Aatma Nivaarani Angaali Roopini Soolini Durga Namaha
6. Om Ahankaara Kurura Maanushya Samhaara Angaali Roopini Soolini Durga Namaha
7. Om Asaadya Maanushya Kurura Roopa Samhaara Ankaali Roopini Soolini Durga
8. Om Adharma Maanushya Samhaara Angaali Roopini Soolini Durga Namaha
9. Om Aatma Nirmalananda Shakti Angaali Roopini Soolini Durga Namaha
The flower to be used for Her worship is Vilva Leaf. (The leaf of the Bael Tree that is sacred to Lord Shiva)
Naivedya: Rice adai, Rice adai containing onion, Tapioca adai, Ginger Chutney, Green Chilli Chutney, Tamarind chutney. (rice adais of small size may be prepared and distributed with chutney to devotees)
3. THRITHIYAI TITHI (the third day of Navaratri)
1.Om Jathevatho Durga Namaha
2.Om Agni Sukta Roopini Jathevatho Durga Namaha
3.Om Agni Homa Priyae Jathevatho Durga Namaha
4.Om Homa Prasanna Roopini Jathevatho Durga Namaha
5.Om Homa Priyadarshini Jathevatho Durga Namaha
6.Om Homa Parihaara Jadevatho Durga Namaha
7.Om Homa Soolini Jadevatho Durga Namaha
8.Om Homa Shankari Jadevatho Durga Namaha
9.Om Maha Agni Shakti Jadevatho Durga Namaha
Flower: Red Arali Nerium oleander, called Arali in Tamil & Malayalam, This flower has 4 varieties pink, red, yellow and white. Kaner (in Hindi & Punjabi); Kanagillu (Kannada ); zaqqum (Arabic); harduf (Hebrew); Kaneru (Sinhalese); jia zhu tao (Chinese) Other names include Adelfa, Alheli Extranjero, Baladre, Espirradeira, Flor de São Jose, Laurel de jardín, Laurel rosa, Laurier rose, Flourier rose, Olean, Aiwa, Rosa Francesca, Rosa Laurel, and Rose-bay.
Naivedya: 1.On thritiyai the following food preparations should be offered to Goddess Jadhevatho Durga. Raw rice and green gram dal should be cooked together and then mixed with honey and then offered to the Goddess. Then it should be rolled into medium sized balls. 3 to 6 of them can be eaten. Especially, when women suffering from excessive discharge during menses prepare this and offer it to the Goddess and partake of it, they will be cured of this ailment; 2.Ripe Bananas, finely sliced and mixed with honey can be offered; 3.Cow’s milk should be boiled, sweetened and garnished with Cardamom powder. This preparation should be offered to the Goddess and should be partaken of at bedtime. This will rid us of all diseases. 3.Sweet poli can be prepared and offered.
4. CHATURTI TITHI (the fourth day of Navaratri)
1.Om Shanti Durga Namaha
2.Om Sarva Maya Shanti Durga Namaha
3.Om Sarva Sadananda Bimba Shanti Durga Namaha
4.Om Dakshnamoorthy Roopae Shanti Durga Namaha
5.Om Singaara Sitta Maya Roopini Shanti Durga Namaha
6.Om Singaara Sisu Neasa Roopini Shanti Durga Namaha
7.Om Singaara Nithya Swaroopa Sundari Shanti Durga Namaha
8.Om Sarva Durga Roopini Shanti Durga Namaha
9.Om Tulasi Aananda Priyae Shanti Durga Namaha
Naivedyam: Fruits, Curd rice (steamed raw rice mixed with yoghurt), sweet preparations prepared using butter; preparations made of Gur (jaggery) syrup; She loves white athirasam of all sweet preparations; Rice adai, She loves rice adai soaked in honey; Sweet pongal; A preparation made by mixing grated coconut, almonds, cashew nuts, gulkhand and sugar can be offered to Her.
5. PANCHAMI TITHI (the fifth day of Navaratri)
1.Om Sabari Durga Namaha
2.Om Panchakshara Varise Sabari Durga Namaha
3.Om Paapa Niggraha Roopini Sabari Durga Namaha
4.Om Bhooloka Rakshaki Kaali Sabari Durga Namaha
5.Om Bhooloka Punya Kaali Roopini Sabari Durga Namaha
6.Om Bhooloka Suganda Sabari Durga Namaha
7.Om Rama Prakaasha Priyae Sabari Durga Namaha
8.Om Hanumantharaama Priyae Sabari Durga Namaha
9.Om Rama Kainkarya Poorthi Bhaktipriyae Sabari Durga Namaha
Naivedyam: Guava, Jamun fruit, nendram-palam & Nendran-kai (a special variety of plantain that is native to Kerala State in India- Palzam means ripe and kai means unripe or vegetable), Pear, Tapioca, All subterranean roots and tubers can be offered. Edible tubers of the roots of trees can be offered in a raw state and then cooked for our consumption. Raw rice or red hand pounded rice that is cooked can be offered in the form of gruel (like cooking porridge, the water used to boil the rice should not be drained).
6. SASHTI TITHI (the sixth day of Navaratri)
1.Om Jwaala Durga Namaha
2.Om Janapriyae Kaali Roopini Jwaala Durga Namaha
3.Om Jwaala Dumra Roopa Jwaala Durga Namaha
4.Om Jaya Maalini Roopa Jwaala Durga Namaha
5.Om Jaya Jaya Soundarya Roopa Jwaala Durga Namaha
6.Om Jaya Jaya Shankari Mahashakti Roopini Jwaala Durga Namaha
7.Om Jaya Jaya Navashakti Jwaala Durga Namaha
8.Om Jaya Jaya Mahishasuramardhini Suba Jwaala Durga Namaha
9.Om Shakti Aadi Kaali Roopini Jwaala Durga Namaha
Flowers: Red Arali, Red Lotus, White Lotus, these flowers should be partly blossomed. For worship use Sambrani Incense (benjoin), Ghee lamp, It is ideal to light either 108 or 6 mud lamps.
Naivedhyam: Steamed foods, Idli, Puttu, Idiyappam, varieties of Idiyappam and Aappam (not to be confused with appam), Kerala Puttu, Plantain (nendranpalam).
7. SAPTAMI TITHI (the seventh day of Navaratri)
1.Om Lavana Durga Namaha
2.Om Moga Niggraha Kaali Roopini Lavana Durga Namaha
3.Om Moksha Paani Kaali Roopa Lavana Durga Namaha
4.Om Aadi Mohana Kaali Roopini Lavana Durga Namaha
5.Om Anaadi Moolashakti Kaali Roopini Lavana Durga Namaha
6.Om Anaadi Sittu Kaali Roopini Lavana Durga Namaha
7.Om Agasutti Lavana Durga Namaha
8.Om Paramaananda Moksha Lavana Durga Namaha
9.Om Shareera Sukta Maya Lavana Durga Namaha
Flower: White Arali (see above) Naivedya: 1.Rice balls made of the flour of raw rice & par-boiled rice ground together and boiled with a little bit of salt. 2.balls made of flour of lentils that have been seasoned along with green chillies. All these should be made in the form of a triangle. 3.Akkaaravadisal that is only moderately sweet. 4.white puttu flour should be mixed with country sugar, sugar, cardamom, cashew nut, raisins and offered.
8. ASHTAMI TITHI (the eighth day of Navaratri)
1.Om Agni Deepa Durga Namaha
2.Om Jothi Shakti Roopini Deepa Durga Namaha
3.Om Jothi Nirmalananda Roopini Deepa Durga Namaha
4.Om Jothi Nithyananda Kaali Roopini Deepa Durga Namaha
5.Om Jyothir Pradhaana Roopini Deepa Durga Namaha
6.Om Jyothisha Nava Kaali Roopini Deepa Durga Namaha
7.Om Jyothisha Navarasavaada Kaali Roopini Deepa Durga Namaha
8.Om Jyothisha Yanthra Shakti Deepa Durga Namaha
9.Om Jyothi mangala Kaali Roopini Deepa Durga Namaha
Flowers to be used in Her worship: White Arali, Thazhampoo, Vellaiarrukam (not to be used at home), the leaves of the arali plant, white rose, white sangupushpam. (see glossary for info of flowers). It is ideal to use Incense made of sandalood. Sambrani (benjoin) incense used by sprinkling its powder on live glowing embers or flame. On this day of Navaratri women should be attired in a white saree with a red border.
Naivedyam: 1.Ven Pongal (made with whole pepper corns, cumin seeds, Cashewnut, ghee, green gram) 2. Cooked white rice 3. Seasoned white rice 4. Kollukattai without pooranam(a stuffing made of grated coconut mixed with jaggery) 5.Aval pori (beaten rice & puffed rice mixed with roasted gram) 6.White sugarcane 7.Puttu 8.Idiyappam(string hoppers) mixed with grated coconut, sugar and cardomom powder. 9. Cooked raw rice (as against par-boiled rice), sambhar with vegetables excluding tubers (potatoes, sweet potato, tapioca, colacasia, yam etc,)
9.NAVAMI TITHI (the ninth day of Navaratri)
1.Om Asoori Durga Namaha
2.Om bhoga moha niraasa nitya Kaali Asoori Durga Namaha
3.Om gyaana mukti Kaali roopini Asoori Durga Namaha
4.Om gyaana Mayaa Niggraha roopini Asoori Durga Namaha
5.Om gyaana meru Asoori Durga Namaha
6. Om gyaana agni roopini Asoori Durga Namaha
7.Om gyaana jothi moolaagni Asoori Durga Namaha
8.Om gyaana jothi soolapaani roopini Asoori Durga Namaha
9.Om gyaana jothi sookshma Asoori Durga Namaha
Flowers: She is to be worshipped with herbal plants. The leaves of the Attathotta shrub, Beal or Vilva leaves (sacred to Lord Shiva), Tulsi.
Naivedyam: She accepts all vegetarian food that is lovingly offered to Her. In fact, She lovingly accepts any offering made by a person consisting of his/her favourite food, whatever such food may be (this does not mean that She relishes non vegetarian food). Such person eventually becomes a pure vegetarian.
10.(VIJAYA)DASAMI TITHI (tenth day of Navaratri)
1.Om Aananda Shakti Chamundi Durga Namaha
2.Om Aananda Kubera aananda anuggraha roopini Chamundi Durga Namaha
3.Om Aananda Kubera Lakshmi Shakti Chamundi Durga Namaha
4.Om Aananda Sadaakshara Swaroopini Chamundi Durga Namaha
5.Om Aananda Aayush Paani Chamundi Durga Namaha
6.Om Shatru Sthaana Prashta Swaroopini Chamundi Durgaa Namaha
7.Om Aarogiya Sitta Mahashakti Chamundi Durgaa Namaha
8.Om aayushvirutti roopini Chamundi Durgaa Namaha
9.Om Namo Gyaana Swaroopini Asoori Durga roopini Chamundi Durgaa Namaha
Flowers: All varieties of red flowers can be used in Her worship. Chamundi loves the Thazhampoo (see glossary). The snake goddesses love this flower.
Naivedyam: Vada, Mysore bonda, appam, white sugarcane, black sugarcane, sambar with a bit of jaggery added, cooked raw rice, sugar(white/refined), curd rice, halwas made of white pumpkin, carrot or of beetroot, payasam/ kheer made of beaten rice, varieties of kheer/ payasam containing jaggery.
BENEFITS OF WORSHIP & RECITATION
VANA DURGA: When Vana Durga is worshipped both Lord Vishnu & Goddess Lakshmi come home.
The accumulation of excess fat in the heart and the brain is the cause of various serious ailments afflicting the heart, nervous breakdown, paralytic stroke and other related ailments. Goddess Vana Durga dissolves and removes such excess accumulated fat consequently preventing such ailments and the attendant untold misery caused thereby. Goddess Vana Durga eradicates epidemic and virulent communicable diseases and prevents their spread.
When recited on the first day after new moon day (i.e. Prathamai, the day immediately after amavasya) one’s complexion becomes brighter and fairer. All prayers will be answered and desires fulfilled.
Foods that are very difficult to digest and that are prone to cause indigestion will be easily digested. (e.g. Pizza and such other rich fatty foodstuff).
The problems that arise due to partition of property will be resolved.
At times, the construction of a house comes to a standstill midway and it becomes impossible to complete the construction. The structure stands incomplete despite all efforts of the owner for some reason or the other. Vana Durga is the Goddess who, by Her grace, enables the completion of construction of such stalled works.
In certain homes misunderstandings and fights occur on Tuesdays, Fridays, new moon days and full moon days. Such problems are solved. She bestows peace & harmony at home and also calms the mind. In other words domestic happiness reigns as She bestows peace of mind.
Whatever one desires will happen.
Difficulties or obstacles experienced while pursuing education will be removed.
Amongst Hindus, especially in South India, generally no one undertakes any new work or begins any work on Prathamai as it is considered inauspicious and brings undesirable or bad results. Recitation of this sloka will remedy this situation.
Some persons experience Nightmares i.e Bad dreams. This will cease.
SOOLINI DURGA: Litigation will be resolved favourably; Controls Anger, unnecessary bursts of anger will cease and peace will prevail; It brings happiness in the family.; Diseases related to blood will be cured; Diseases that do not respond to any treatment or medicine will be cured; Blood clots in the ears, nose, gums and the brain will be dissolved; Watery eyes will be cured; Itching of the male and female genitals will be cured; Problems and complications experienced during pregnancy and the problems related to the foetus i.e. swelling up of the feet due to accumulation of fluid, the entanglement of the child with the placenta etc, will all be set right; She saves us from ghosts, paisaasas (evil spirits), mantras employed by evil persons to cause harm, Tantra maanyam, Black magic etc, and saves us from atrocious deeds; Recitation of this sloka will keep one’s mind cool and composed.
JADHEVATHO DURGA: Jadhevatho Durga enables us to successfully complete building and construction works. Some people are unable to perform Grihapravesh (house warming ceremony) even after completing construction of their house or other buildings. She removes all obstacles thereto and performs the same for us.
In property disputes, She ensures that we receive the share that we are morally entitled to.
She cures piles, arthritis, fistula, & leprosy causing a white discolouration.
She cures dropsy of the belly, ascites and swelling of the abdominal region due to accumulation of fluid.
She cures leprosy that is caused due to the curse of forefathers.
Some people are afflicted by a disorder whereby their stomach region is pushed out, the back is pulled in and they move their hands and legs little by little while walking, in other words they walk like a robot. She cures this disorder.
Menstrual disorders that occur due to Agni dosham (agni means fire and dosham means defect or affliction therefore it means excessive build up of heat in the body or ushnam). Women often suffer from White discharge. This indicates that the uterus is malnourished and will eventually lead to removal of the uterus. This condition is cured. Some women discharge blood daily and this is cured only after they get married. The menstrual cycle of such women is corrected and normalised by Jadhevatho Durga.
She removes forgetfulness, and improves poor memory by increasing memory power. She rids one of the problems in education and removes obstacles thereto.
SHANTI DURGA: Peace and happiness will reign at home. The disrepute, shame and problems that may be caused to a family due to women will cease. Husband & wife will be understanding and affectionate towards each other. Alliances/Marriages will be solemnised favourably. Couples will beget beautiful children. She has the power to resolve litigation. Litigation relating to property will be favourably resolved. In certain households the peaceful and pleasant atmosphere will be disrupted on certain specified days, for instance, new moon day, Friday, Tuesday, Full moon day etc, In such situations when Goddess Shanti Durga is worshipped, tempers cool down and happiness is bestowed.
She cures constipation and related ailments. She blesses childless couples with children. In some males the sperm lacks potency. Similarly, in women, the ovum lacks potency. Goddess Shanti Durga gives power and potency thereto. Sometimes the sperm does not fertilise the ovum thogh they are potent. Goddess Shanti Durga is the Divine Mother Who fertilises the ovum with the sperm using the power of Lord Vishnu and injects life therein.
She cures white discharge in women and nocturnal emission (involuntary ejaculation while asleep) in men. She cures all menstrual ailments. She cures all itching skin ailments appearing below the waist such as psoriasis, rashes etc,
Children that are born by her grace and blessing will be very beautiful and also very intelligent and knowledgeable.
SABARI DURGA: Recitation of this sloka bestows Intelligence, removes jealousy, and cures forgetfulness, aptitude for education & acedemics improves. More importantly, the forgetfulness of women is cured. This sloka is of great significance for women because women who recite this with bhakti (devotion) give birth to great and enlightened souls.
For men, it cures forgetfulness, it improves their educational performance, and higher studies will be completed as desired.
Recitation of this sloka increases Knowledge, spiritual thoughts & contemplation and involvement in spirituality.
Persons whose speech is cavil, captious and perverse (kutharkam) are reformed. Such nature i.e. deviousness/crookedness/perversity of the mind is nothing but lack of bhakti (faith, devotion) in God. It is also the result of the lack of clarity with regard to spiritual matters and matters of faith.
The recitation of this sloka also bestows the following boons; The practice of regular prayer, recitation of God’s name and meditation, Divine visions, opportunities to do work related to temples and spiritual work, work related to sculpting idols related to God and spirituality (these boons are conferred on both men & women).
JWALAA DURGA: Leukaemia, menstrual problems ARE CURED. the effects of curses of sisters are alleviated. Worshipping Her will enable acquisition and ownership of land and plots. The problems caused by the place of residence will be solved. Unreasonable anger will be controlled & will reduce. She protects a woman’s womb.
Prior to the birth of Lord Krishna, 6 children of Devaki perished, the 7th born Kali, Yogamaya was Goddess Jwaala Durga. She protects the foetus in the womb. The 8th Child born to Devaki was Lord Shri Krishna.
LAVANA DURGA: Desires are controlled and they reduce; Diabetes, Blood Pressure and irregular functioning of the heart/ heart ailments are cured; Ailments of nerves of the brain, eyes, gums, anus, urinary tract, reproductive organs and the heart are all cured; Anger is reduced; Education, ability to study increases; One receives the grace & blessings of Guru & God; One can become conversant with the Vedas; One obtains Gyaana (enlightenment, wisdom, knowledge); (She will be present & will remain with us at the time of 1.meditation 2.receiving instruction/ discourse from a guru 3.at the time of being anointed as a disciple by a guru/ receiving a deeksha from a guru)
DEEPA DURGA: Financial problems are solved.
Relief from Termite infestation and from poisonous creatures such as rats, snakes, bugs etc.,
The face becomes beautiful as we worship Her.
The misunderstanding and friction between husband & wife ceases and harmony prevails in the relationship.
Disputes relating to property will be settled favourably.
Marriages never get solemnised in certain families, alliances for the members of such families of marriageable age never fructify; such problems get solved. Certain persons will obstinately refuse to get married; such problems will be solved. At times, some women foolishly and adamantly insist on marrying a groom with certain qualities stipulated by them, such stipulated qualities will be too idealistic, rigid and difficult to find in a single person; such problems will be overcome.
All diseases that women suffer from will be cured. Naagam, Thodai Naagam are ailments which afflict women where a mark of a snake and hooded snake appear on the thighs of women; this is due to the malefic effects of planets; Such afflictions are cured by Goddess Deepa Durga.
She facilitates the completion of stalled Temple works.
She grants wisdom, knowledge, enlightenment and education.
She is capable of granting the ashta siddhis & yoga siddhis.
She resides in the Moolaadhaara and She keeps the Sahasraara cool.
The ill and malefic effects caused by the planets Rahu & Ketu are removed.
The ill and malefic effects that are caused by the placement of Saturn in a horoscope viz, Ashtama Sani, Ganda Sani, Yelarai sani (sade saati), are all neutralised by Her.
ASOORI DURGA: Diseases that are caused due to sexual intercourse are cured.
Impotency or barren state where a couple is unable to conceive and beget children, will be cured and the couple will be blessed with children. At times couples will be medically fit i.e. medical investigation will not reveal any problem in either husband or wife in conceiving but will still be unable to conceive. Such couples will be blessed with children by Goddess Asoori Durga.
Irregularities in the menstrual cycle of women will be cured.
Blood clots in the brain; blood flow in the region of the nerves of the ear & nose will be regulated and normalised.
The evil or bad thoughts residing in One’s mind will be removed.
The problems caused by Durdevathas (malignant demigods) and Yakshinis will cease.
Lunacy will be cured.
Goddess Asoori Durga removes all false illusions or maya trapping the mind.
Goddess Asoori Durga’s workers are Lord Vishnu & Goddess Lakshmi; Lord Shiva & Goddess Shakti; Lord Brahma & Goddess Saraswati. She is One Who bestows Gyana with the help of these six deities.
Goddess Asoori Durga is very fond of Lord Sri Krishna of the Mahabharata war and the charioteer Lord Sri Krishna (Lord Parthasarathy).
CHAMUNDI DURGA: She makes us successful in Litigation. The defendants in litigation will quit and will not return. Even if the opponents are strong & powerful due to wealth or political influence, it will be impossible for them to defeat the One who is blessed with Goddess Chamundi Durga’s protection and grace. She gives success all the way from the lower court up to the Apex Court of the land.
She makes one victorious in archery, pole fighting, sword fighting/ fencing, wrestling, etc, and She provides the weapons therefor. (warriors in such disciplines should recite this sloka daily to shine in their art).
She is Vanishree (another name of Goddess Saraswati, the consort of Lord Brahma). She therefore grants learning & education. She makes one successful in writing and composing. She is the preceptor of the primordial syllable OM for Gyaanis (great enlightened souls). She blesses those who perform long and rigorous austerities, with children. She’s One Who obtains very exalted trophies and awards of recognition for Her devotees. She secures the true love and affection of the wife for the Husband in a family, thereby bringing happiness & harmony. She is the Mother Goddess of Men and secures all their prayers for them and ensures that they are fulfilled.
IMPORTANT INSTRUCTION BY SWAMIJI, THE AUTHOR OF THE ORIGINAL TAMIL WORK
After recitation of this sloka Guru Haarati has to be performed. In Tamil its called Aarati. Now why is it called Haarati here? The flame that is shown to God is called Haarati. Haarati has to be performed to the the Guru, i.e, Swamiji who is the author of this sloka and whose picture appears herein. In so far as this sloka is concerned, it may become committed to memory by constant recitation. Then one’s mind would concentrate, dwell on it. However one may not be attracted to Swamiji and may find it difficult to accept Him as a Guru. In such circumstances where one does not like Swamiji’s appearance and where one finds it difficult or impossible to concentrate on Swamiji’s picture or accept Him as a Guru, then such person should perform Aarathi to the picture/ image of any Guru whom such person likes. Such person should continue doing this for 3 to 6 months. During this period of 3 to 6 months water with tulsi leaves & sweetened raw unboiled milk or candied sugar (kalkandu) & raisins should be offered as Naivedya while performing the Aarati. When this is done then that person will eventually lose the initial aversion and start accepting Swamiji whom he/ she did not like earlier, as a Guru. This has to be done because one will not like the face of a new person especially if asked to accept Him as a Guru. Doing this is very important because only when Swamiji is accepted as the Guru while reading this sloka and performing Haarati to His photo thereafter, the readers prayers be granted soon. One can obtain the benefits of recitation and the grace of The Mother Goddess only when He regards Swamiji, the author as the Guru and performs Haarati to Him. The above method is suggested for persons who find it difficult or impossible to accept Swamiji as a Guru or who dislike His appearance. Swamiji cites His own experience as an example. Swamiji has read several lakhs of granthas. He got the opportunity to read such spiritual manuscripts. He was made to read such works relating to spirituality. Certain texts were written by great enlightened souls (Mahaans) themselves. He has read the original handwritten texts of great Mahaans. The 6th Thirumurai of Vallalaar was published only after He read it. He read it in the year 1975, about 35 years ago and it is only thereafter that it was published. He has seen the original handwritten manuscript written by Vallalaar Himself. It can be seen at Vadalur. One Mahaan Whom He was not attracted to initially is Shri Ramana Maharishi; He did like His appearance. Now, when He Himself had such trouble, most of the lesser mortals like ourselves who live in a modern world, dress fashionably as per modern trends & style, have imbibed the so called `modern’ culture. Therefore it would not be surprising if a great many people dislike Swamiji’s photograph. For long Swamiji disliked the great enlightened soul Shri Ramanamaharishi. Now, there is no necessity that Swamiji should like Him nor is there a necessity that He should like Swamiji. One day Swamiji read His writings on the Samadhi – Sahaja Samadhi, Jeeva Samadhi; Vikalpa Samadhi, Nirvikalpa Samadhi etc. At the time, Swamiji was well versed in all this. Shri Ramana Maharishi had defined these states of Samadi in merely 10 lines. But the texts that Swamiji had read ran to 1000’s of lines. Swamiji had read a lot of texts, English, Tamil & mostly Sanskritsed Tamil. Its been about 30 years since Swamiji read all this. But Swamiji was attracted to Shri Ramana Maharishi when He read His sayings on this subject. Swamiji was attracted to Shri Ramana Maharishi only at the age of 24. Swamiji had no cause for such misunderstanding or aversion , its just that He did not like His appearance. The state of Samadhi can be understood only when a person attains such a state and no amount of explanation or teaching can convey such an experience. Swamiji, having experienced the state of Samadhi could appreciate the lucid and simple teachings of Ramana Maharishi on this subject. Therefore only after appreciating the depth of His teachings did Swamiji begin liking Him. After this The One Who attracted Swamiji the most among all Mahaans was Ramana Maharishi. Therefore when a great soul Mahaan like Swamiji Himself could have such aversion for a great Mahaan like Ramana Maharishi, there’s nothing surprising or blasphemous in an ordinary uninitiated devotee disliking Swamijis countenance when He sees Him or His picture for the first time or aversion to accepting Him as a Guru.
 Sambrani: Lobhan; Benzoin resin or styrax resin is a balsamic resin obtained from the bark of several species of trees in the genus Styrax. When called sambrani or sambraani, it is a popular Indian incense used to scent and treat hair and prevent infections. Its powder is sprinkled on glowing embers of coal causing it to let out a dense and fragrant clouds of incense. It is used in perfumes, some kinds of incense, and medicine.
 Attathotta: Botanical Name: Adhatoda vasica, A medicinal kind of shrub; Malabar nut,
 Ushnam: It means build up of heat in the body. Though, externally, the body temperature remains normal. Ushnam cannot be diagnosed using a thermometer. Ushnam is caused by various reasons including lack of sleep, spicy and other foods known to cause ushnam, etc, Ushnam is prevented by having regular oil baths, good sleep, consuming a balanced diet of food that offsets ushnam. If the body is afflicted by ushnam it causes a variety of disorders and diseases.
 Vallalar: a great saint, enlightened soul who lived in Tamilnadu.
Talzhampoo: Tamil for the flower Pandanus odoratissimus. Common name: Hindi: Kewra, Marati: Ketaki, Oriya: Kiya, English: Fragrant screw pine, Umbrella Tree, German : Schraubenbaum, French: Pandanus, Assamese: Ketakiphul, Keteki, Bengali: Keora, Burmese: Tsatthapu, Chinese: (Cantonese) Louh dau syuh Chinese: (Mandarin) Lu dou shu, Danish: Skruepalme, Dutch: Schroefpalm, Pandan, Gujarati: Kevda, Hebrew: Ha-pandanus Japanese: Adan, Takonoki, Kannada: Kedige, Ketake, Tale hu, Malayalam Kaitha Marathi: Ketaki, Kewda Oriya: Kia, Kiya Punjabi: Kiora Sanskrit: Ketaka Sinhala: Mudukeyiya Tamil: Tazhai, Talai Telugu: Mogheli, Mogil Urdu: Kiora Yiddish: Shroyfnboym.
Erukam poo or arukam poo: CALOTROPIS GIGANTEA (botanically) from the family ASCLEPIADACEAE. It is popularly used in the worship of Lord Ganesha & Lord Shiva. This species is probably native of Indian Subcontinent and is medicinal in value through its Roots, Leaves. Grows on waste lands, rubbish heaps or at sandy barren lands. It is poisonous
Sangupushpam: Botanical name: Clitoria ternate, Common name: White Butterfly Pea, Aparajita (Hindi), Aparajita angouba (Manipuri), Kannikkodi (Tamil), Sangu pushpam (Malayalam/Tamil). Literally it means conch flower.
Note: The original work in Tamil, Navadurga Slokam contains the entire slokas, the commentary manner of recitation & Naivedya. It contains 108 slokas/ namavalis for Ganapati, Vana Durga, Soolini Durga, Jadevatho Durga, Shanti Durga, Sabari Durga, Jwaala Durga, Lavana Durga, Deepa Durga, Asoori Durga, Jaya Durga, Saraswati Durga, Chamundi Durga & Moogambika. This book was printed & published in the year 2008 & distributed at various temples free of cost across Tamilnadu as directed by Guruji. The other works authored & published by Guruji are Bhagavan Shri Krishna Sloka, Andal’s Thiruppavai, a commentary, Mahishasuramardhini Sloka, Adiparashakti Sloka, Ayyappan Sloka, Guruvayoorappan Sloka. Innumerable people have recited these slokas with devotion and obtained divine grace. The magnum opus, The Mahalakshmi Sloka, is now being composed & is expected to be released in a few months time. The experience of devotees of Guruji shall be posted shortly.
THE BOOKLET IN TAMIL FOR DISTRIBUTION TO DEVOTEES AT THE KAPALEESWARAR TEMPLE, MYLAPORE
© 2008 The copyright in the Navadurga Sloka and the commentary thereof in Tamil is owned by Guru Mararaj Shri Hari Swamiji who is the author thereof.© 2008-2011 The copyright in the English translation & transliteration of the original work Navadurga Slokam is owned by K.Harish.