Devi Mahatmyam - Navaham

Devi Mahatmyam, also known as Durga Saptashati or Chandi Path, is a sacred scripture in Hinduism that describes the glory and exploits of the goddess Devi, particularly her manifestation as Durga. Recital of the Devi Mahatmyam is a popular practice among devotees of the goddess, especially during Navaratri, a nine-night festival dedicated to Devi. The Devi Mahatmyam is composed of 700 verses or mantras divided into three sections or chapters called Charitras. Each Charitra narrates different episodes and stories related to the goddess Devi and her battles against various demons and evil forces.

The recital of Devi Mahatmyam can be performed in different ways, depending on individual preferences and traditions. It can be recited individually or in a group setting, either silently or aloud. Some devotees choose to recite the entire text in one sitting, while others prefer to recite a specific chapter or portion each day over a period of nine days. The Devi Mahatmyam recital is believed to be a potent spiritual practice that invokes the presence and blessings of the goddess Devi. It is considered a form of worship, meditation, and surrender to the divine feminine energy, and it is believed to bestow spiritual growth, protection, and empowerment to the devotee. The recital of Devi Mahatmyam is a significant aspect of Navaratri celebrations in many parts of India. During Navaratri, devotees often organize group recitals, known as Akhand Path, where the entire Devi Mahatmyam is recited continuously for 24 hours or over multiple days. Overall, the recital of Devi Mahatmyam is a cherished spiritual practice among devotees of the goddess Devi, allowing them to connect with her divine energy, seek her blessings, and deepen their devotion. It is considered a powerful means to invoke the grace and protection of the goddess in one's life.

Nerul Ayyappa Seva Samiti arranges Devi Mahatmyam - Navaham, around October-November every year under the guidance of a renowned spiritual guru.