Devotees of Goddess Durga celebrate the homecoming of Durga with much celebration. Durga Puja is held in the autumn months and is celebrated by Hindus all over the World. Durga Puja is the most prominent festival in the State of West Bengal in India and is also celebrated in different ways all over the India.
Durga Stuti is chanted by the devotees at the time of praying to the Goddess to invoke her blessings. It is a way to please the Goddess and invite her help and blessing in times of distress. The meaning of Durga Stuti is elaborated in the following paragraphs.
In Durga Stuti, Goddess is described as the power behind Shiva, who grants wishes to her devotees and is also the creator, preserver as well as the destroyer of all. Devotees believe that submitting themselves to the Goddess is a form of meditation that makes the mind ‘holy’ just as the body becomes holy by bathing in the Holy River Ganges.
By praying to Goddess Durga, the devotees ask for the strength to overcome their obstacles and pray that good things come to them.
Be concentrating on Maa Durga, devotees ask her to listen to their problems and give them her blessings.
Devotees promise to pray to Goddess Durga with full devotion – and light a lamp with pure ghee in the hope that the Goddess blesses them with the light of wisdom and puts an end to their darkness. They also praise the Goddess.
Devotees request the Goddess to look after them in time of difficulty and drive away all their worries and problems. They also promise that they will always sing her qualities and revere her throughout their lives.
Devotees also admit that they are ignorant beings who are not aware of the proper rituals and have many faults and vices. With this realization, they ask Mother Durga, who rides a lion to bless them with good fortune and always be with them.
The worship of Goddess Durga is revered in different ways in different parts of India. In Bengal, Durga Puja involves intense rituals and gaiety for 6 days. In other parts of the country, Goddess Durga is revered for nine days (Navratra) and celebrated with much dance (Garba) and celebration that continues for all nine days. In other parts of India, individuals also observe a fast on these nine days as a form of prayer to the Goddess.