Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Fifth day or Maha Panchami of Navaratri 2011 – Dedicated to Goddess Lalita

Fifth day, Maha Panchami or Lalita Panchami, during Durga Navaratri is dedicated to Goddess Lalitha Tripura Sundari Devi. Lalita Panchami 2011 date is October 1st. Goddess Durga is decorated and worshipped in alankaram of Lalitha in South Indian temples, especially in Vijayawada Kanakadurga temple. In Maharashtra, on fifth day of Navratri, Goddess Upang Lalita is worshipped.

Goddess Skandamata is the fifth aspect of Navadurga, 9 forms of Mother Goddess. She is worshipped on this day. Lord Skanda or Kartikeya is worshipped on the next day, Muruga Sashti or Maha Shashti.


Goddess Lalita, also known as Lalitha Tripura Sundari devi and the red Goddess, is one of the most powerful manifestations of Goddess Shakti. Goddess Shakti incarnated as Lalita to demolish the demon called Bhandasura. Bhandasura was a demon formed from the ashes of Manmadha or Kama deva, the God of Love and seduction.

Legend of Lalita avatara – Significance of Lalitha Tripura Sundari incarnation:

When Lord Shiva was performing severe Tapas (penance), Manmadha tried to disturb him by aiming the arrows of seduction. Lord Shiva was disturbed greatly and with a deep anger opened his third eye and destroyed Manmadha into ashes. Shiva Gana Sevaks collected the ashes of Kama Deva and drew a portrait of a man. With a single glance of Lord Shiva on that portrait of ashes, it came alive. As we know, Lord Shiva is called as Bhola Shankar, blessed the live form of the ashes, which became demon called Bhandasura.

Blessed by Lord Shiva, Bhandasura started to show his real characteristics of a demon. He harassed Sadhus (saints) and occupied all the lokas including Swarga Loka (the Heaven). To get rid of demon Bhanda, Lord Indra (the King of Gods and Swarga Adhipathi) observed a Yagna (sacrifice) to please the Mother Goddess. Pleased with Indras Yagna, Goddess Shakti appeared as Sri Lalitha Devi sitting on Sri Chakra.

Sri Lalitha Devi demolished the demon Bhandasura and his original form of Manmadha or Kama was restored. The whole episode of Lalita and Bhandasura is explained as ‘Bhandasura Vadha in Puranas.

Importance of Lalita Tripura Sundari:

Goddess Lalita represents the Panchabhuta (five basic elements) of the Universe. Panchabhutas are – air, water, fire, earth and space (Vayu, Jala, Agni, Bhumi and Akasha). Lalitha Devi is also associated with Sri Chakra, the ultimate Chakra representing the origin and existence of the universe.

Goddess Lalita Tripurasundari is worshipped during Durga Navratri on the fifth day which is called as Lalita Panchami. Lalita Panchami 2010 date is October 12th.

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