The nine divine nights of Navratri, which are dedicated to the goddess Durga, are the most auspicious time of the year in the Vedic tradition. Goddess Mother Divine (shakti) is the decorated and celebrated in 9 different forms on each day of Navratri representing the celebration of feminine power. Navratri is celebrated four time per year, corresponding with the seasons. The Vedic calendar is as follows:
- Saradha Navratri (September – October)
- Ashada Navratri (July – August)
- Shyamala Navratri (January – February)
- Vasantha/Chaitra Navratri (March – April)
What Is Shyamala Navratri?
Like other Navratris, Shyamala Navratri also entails the divine nine nights to honor and celebrate the female shakti in in the form of Goddess Shyamala or Matangi. Shyamala Navratri is celebrated during the month of Magha (Jan-Feb) which starts after Amavasya day and continues for 9 days from Prathama to Navami. This Shyamala Navratri includes Vasanta Panchami (day 5) Radha Saptami (Lord Sun’s Birthday (day 7)), and Beshmashtami (day 8). These are special days during these Navaratri.
Who Is Goddess Shyamala Devi?
Shyamala Devi or Goddess Shyamala is also known as Devi Matangi, Raja Matangi, Sri Raja Shyamala, or Maha Mantirini. She is the 9th among 10 Dasa Mahavidyas (the 10 tantric divine forms of the Divine Mother). Shyamala Devi is believed to have originated from the sugarcane bow of goddess Sri Lalitha Tripura Sundari.
Shyamala Devi is the 9th Vaaghdevi and as the Veda Mata, she is represented as Adhi Devata. Matangi is the Maha Mantiri and adviser of Sri Lalitha Parameswari and the prime Mantri who wears the royal crest and is known as Mantreswari.
In addition to the Moola Mantram (hymn) Raja Shyamala, the Goddess is invoked with many special mantras, such as Hasanti Shyamala, Shuka Shayamala, Shaarika Shayamala, Veena Shayamala, Venu Shayamala, Laghu Shayamala.
Maa Shyamala Devi is one of the two deities that we see on either side of Lalita Tripura Sundari Devi. During the Upasana of Lalita Devi, Maa Shyamala Devi is invoked and worshipped as “Mantrini”.
Features Of Shyamala Devi:
Shyamala Devi or Goddess Matangi has a dark, emerald-green complexion with 8 hands holding the weapons: a noose, sword, goad, and club,along with a floral garland of white lotuses and kadamba flowers (hence called as KadambaVanaVasini), and 2 parrots. She is seen playing a Ruby stoned veena, wearing conch-shell earrings and wears a crescent moon as her crown while seated on the royal throne. Each of these items has a special meaning: The color green – knowledge; Veena – music; Parrot – speech; Floral bow- Art and success; Paasaam- Attractiveness; Ankusham- Control; Sugarcane- worldly desires.
Why Celebrate Shyamala Navratri?
Goddess Shyamala Devi is the 9th Vaaghdevi and hence provides her devotees with blessings to create a Prosperity.
Praying to goddess Shyamala during this Shyamala Navratri enhances our abilities and talents of arts, speech, knowledge, studies, etc. Shyamala Devi is the embodiment of thoughts, called the Jnana Shakti (Akarshana Shakthi) of Tripura Sundari. Worshipping Goddess Shyamala during Shyamala Navratri benefits us in our prayers and life.
Benefits Shyamala Navaratri:
By worshipping Maa Shyamala Devi during the “Shyamala Navaratri” days in Maagha Masam humankind will be relieved from all sorts of troubles, pains and agony caused by Navagraha dosha and other natural calamities. Included are pandemics such as COVID.
With the divine blessings of Maa Shyamala, students pursuing various course will prosper in their studies, employees will receive raises at work both financial and in status, businessmen will reap the benefits of flourishing business as they progress free from all hurdles. The long-sought goals of humanity at large will be realized. The divine intervention of the Maa Shyamala restores peace and prosperity throughout the Universe.
- She provides the blessings of Jnana (Knowledge) and fulfillment of all our wishes and desires
- Children or students benefit by becoming well versed in studies and all other undertakings.
- Enhances the relationship between husband and wife
- As she is the goddess of beauty, she provides us the blessings of marriage, happiness and material gain.
- Cures long-term disease and blesses with long life and progeny.
- She is the representation of 64 arts and bestows her grace on making a person attain proficiency in poetry, music, dance, all fine arts, and respective chosen field on an individual.
- Removes our old karmic sins, mistakes, errors, and bondage of past life
- Provides the boon for children for childless couples, jobs for the unemployed, marriage offers for the unmarried and joy and prosperity for all.