With the onset of the fall season everywhere in the world, nature will start changing its colors and prepare itself for the forthcoming festival season across countries and cultures. October is the busy festival season in India, with both Navratri/Dussehra and Diwali coming in sequence. This is the time of the year most families tend to get together and enjoy the festivities and enjoy being together. And it’s also the time of prayers and rituals at home.
But at any point in time, have you ever wondered what the underlying message these festivals are bringing to us is? As a Parenting Coach and Kid’s mental health blogger, I explained how Navratri is celebrated differently compared to North and one of my clients. That’s when a thought came to my mind to check whether there are any parenting lessons that we can learn from this festival, Navratri.
To my utter amazement, when I started digging deeper and deeper into Devi Bhagavatham and other stories, I learned so much, and some of those very same points are being talked about repeatedly in a new form by modern-day parenting coaches and child psychologists. In fact, while doing this research, I vaguely remembered some of the points which my grandparents used to share with us.
So here are those nine parenting pebbles from Navadurgas whom we worship during this Navratri. Let’s try to embrace them and start using them in our day-to-day lives.
Navaratri and Nine different Devi rupams:
During Navratri, Maa Durga is worshipped in nine different forms across India. Each day, we worship a different incarnation of the Maa Durga, and there is a special significance and associated color, prasadams we offer to the deity during this time. The following is the list of those different forms of Maa Durga worshipped across India.
Most of us would be busy doing the decorations and learning/relearning the chants associated with each incarnation. Elders in the house would be busy preparing the offerings and the puja rituals. But no one reminds us what each of these goddesses tells us from the parenting perspective. This blog tries to bridge that gap.
The following video talks about the nine different emotions that the nine different forms of Goddess Durga represent and what we can learn from them.
Parenting Pebbles from Navdurgas:
While reading this blog, some of you might have an objection to why I am referring only to the mother here and not to the father. Agreed parenting is a job for both parents; nowadays, even fathers are taking an active role in parenting.
But we need to understand how the society was in ancient India once before answering the questions above. In the ancient days, parenting was never considered as a job for a mother or father alone. They used to strongly believe that the village raises children. Everyone was actively involved in parenting. And now, coming to the parenting pebbles from Navadurgas, as we are worshipping the mother goddess in this festival, the lessons captured here are from the mother’s perspective alone. There is no other intention of undermining any parent’s role in rearing the child.
The actual parenting pebbles from Nava Durga have been captured in the next post under this series, as it will ease the reading for the readers. Please click on the links below to read parenting lessons from different days.