।। ॐ नमश्चण्डिकायै ।। 

The nine auspicious days of the Divine Mother, 1 

Seeing your enthusiasm for the Karthik Surya Sadhana I shared last year, I am mighty pleased to share the extremely beautiful and powerful Nav-Durga Sadhana with you. If you feel in your heart any devotion or reverence for Mother Divine or the feminine aspect of creation then you may enjoy and benefit from this sadhana a great deal. To understand the mechanics and dynamics of this sadhana, please patiently read the notes below.

There are two parts of this sadhana: morning and evening. You will need to set aside about thirty minutes in the morning and approximately forty-five minutes in the evening (anytime during or after sunset is okay) for nine days. I’ve provided details in the relevant sections below.

How to do Nav Durga Sadhana on your own:

I’ve provided all the required details in this writeup. You are welcome to do this sadhana on your own. You don’t require my initiation, permission or intervention. If you patiently read the notes, you’ll discover that it’s a simple sadhana. Every morning (for nine days) there is a new mantra and every evening you will do a yajna, fire offerings. There are standard ingredients for the yajna, but for each day, there’s an additional ingredient.  You will need rudraksha chanting beads for the morning session and yajna ingredients for the evening one.

What will you need for this sadhana?

  1. Asana, mat; a blanket is best. Plus a piece of red cloth to cover it. 
  2. Desi ghee (approx 100 gms everyday).
  3. A small lamp (oil can be ghee or sesame oil).
  4. Havan samagri (approx half a packet everyday). I’ve just found this product on Amazon. You can use any you like. 
  5. A Yajna kunda or you can make your own fire pit. Here’s a sample on Amazon for yajna-kunda. You can buy any you like. (Details on making your own fire-pit can be found in the PDF provided in the How to do Yajna section below).
  6. Special additional ingredient for yajna (it changes every day and is listed next to the day itself.
  7. Firewood  for your yajna. It can be Mango (aamra), Cedrus Deodara or Deodara Cedar (devdaru), Butea Monosperma (dhak or palasha), Sacred fig (peepal), Prosopis cineraria (shami), Banyan (bargad or vata). Or, if you can afford it, then red sandalwood (rakta chandan) is also a very royal way of offering. (Personally, I’ve never done any yajna with just sandalwood.) If neither of these is available, take any clean firewood. 
  8. Dakshina, a charitable offering. A small amount of material offering you set aside every morning and use for charity wherever you like at the completion of your sadhana. 

Morning Ingredients

Ingredients you will require every morning this navaratra sadhana:

  1. Rudraksha beads for chanting. If you did surya sadhana as well last year, you can use the same rosary. Or if you use rudraksha beads for any other japa, you can use the same chanting beads. You don’t need to buy a separate rosary.
  2. A ghee lamp. You will need to light a small lamp in the morning. The lamp can be an earthen lamp or made from any metal. The wick should be a cotton wick or made from the sacred red thread (mauli). The oil should either be sesame oil or desi ghee.
  3. A small pot of water. You will use this for purification. Once you are done with the morning pooja, you can offer this water either facing the sun or at the root of any plant or tree.
  4. Your asana, a prayer mat. Best to use a blanket. Or, if you don’t have a blanket, use whatever you have available. Place a red cloth on your asana.
  5. Fresh clothes every morning. Wearing red is ideal. Any other color will also do.
  6. Money-box. Mother represents opulence and material wealth. So every morning set aside whatever you can, it can be just a dollar or Rs. 10 or whatever you can reasonably afford. Keep a small box and put your money in there. At the end of nine days, you can offer this money at any shrine where Goddess is worshipped. If there’s no temple close by, just keep it with you and you can donate it whenever you have the opportunity to visit such a place over the next year. If neither of these is possible, donate it towards any noble cause for a girl child.

Morning Procedure

1. Get up whenever you conveniently can in the morning. Before sunrise is best. Try to stick to the same time every day for nine days.
2. Take a bath and wear fresh clothes. Ideally, red, but any color will do.
3. Sit on your asana, prayer mat, and take three sips of water to symbolize purification. (You can do the more elaborate steps of purification if you know them, but for now, this will do). Wash your hands with a few drops (once again, this is a symbolic gesture).
4. Follow the three japa steps of the day. These steps have been listed separately for each day as two of the three mantras change every day. Please refer to the notes below. 
5. Once done, you can wear the beads around your neck (or simply keep them at your altar, whatever is convenient for you) and pray for the well-being of everyone.
6. After completing the morning procedure, you can eat your breakfast etc. and get on with your day.

Evening Ingredients

Ingredients you will require every evening for this navaratra sadhana:

  1. A readymade yajna kunda or a self-made firepit. You can buy a standard fire pit from the market or you can make one yourself. In the PDF provided on this page, I’ve shown the diagram.
  2. A wooden spoon to offer ghee in the fire pit. Traditionally, there are two kinds of yajna spoon, sruka, a ladle, and sruva, a spoon. To keep things simple, just use any wooden spoon (please make sure you buy a new one. Later you can use it in your kitchen).
  3. Ghee. Approx 50 – 100 gms of ghee every day.
  4. Firewood. As per the notes above.
  5. Havan-samagri. Half a packet every day should more than suffice. Empty half a packet in a bowl.
  6. An additional special ingredient. It’s listed next to each day in the notes below. Mix it with the havan-samagri. 
  7. One ingredient for purnaahuti. This is the last ahuti you’ll offer at the completion of every yajna. It’s listed next to each day in the notes below.

Evening Procedure

In the evening, you will need to perform a small yajna, fire-offerings. 2 

If you are unable to do the yajna, there’s an alternative. Refer to point no. 8 in the Relevant Notes section.

Following is the order of the mantras you have to chant while making fire-offerings:

  1. Optional preliminary offerings (please refer to the Yajna PDF in the section below.)
  2. 7 ahutis (offerings) of Om Gam Ganpataye Namah.
  3. 21 ahutis of the daily mantra (you can do more if you like).
  4. 1 round of ahutis (108 times or approx 10 min) of the navarna mantra.
  5. 1 round of ahutis (108 times or approx 10 min) of the tantric mantra (you can do more)
  6. Purna-ahuti, closing offering with the ingredient mentioned next to each day.

How to do a yajna (fire-offerings) in this Navaratra Sadhana

Download the file: How To Do Fire-Offerings (Yajna)

This PDF contains the Yajna chapter from my Gayatri Sadhana book. You just have to follow the same methodology, the only thing that will change are the three mantras. I’ve listed them next to each day in the following section.

Daywise Mantra and Yajna Details

Please click on the day below to see the mantra and yajna details of that particular day. Audio of all the mantras can be found on this page

Day 1


Day 1

ShailaputriCommon name: Shailaputri 3
Tantric invocation: Mahavidya 4, Jaya 5, or Chandika

Only on the very first day, you have to take a sankalpa, vow. This is your pact with the universal energy. Simply state something along the following lines:

I, so-and-so (your name), son/daughter/disciple of so-and-so, hereby vow to perform Nava Durga Sadhana over the next nine days with a view to obtaining grace of the Divine Mother. May her companion energies and the Universe help me see it through.

You can state whatever objective you like. So, you can say something like … with a view to xyz…abc…whatever your desired goal

Please note that this vow is taken only on the very first day. Once done, proceed to the steps below.

Step 1: 11 times chanting of the following mantra. This is the energy dominant on this day. 6

ॐ देवी शैलपुत्र्यै नमः ।।
Oṃ Devī Śailaputryai Namaḥ.

Step 2: 11 times chanting of the Navarna mantra given below. This is the all-encompassing energy of Mother Goddess. Please use Rudraksha beads for this chanting. I’m giving it here for your reference. This mantra remains the same on all nine days. 7 If you have the time, you can chant this mantra 108 times or more. Try to stick with the same number every day.

ऐं ह्रीं क्लीं चामुण्डायै विच्चे ।।
aiṃ hrīṃ klīṃ cāmuṇḍāyai vicce.

Step 3: 108 times chanting of the following mantra. This is the tantric worship of Mother Goddess on that day. Please use the same Rudraksha beads for this chanting.

ॐ नमश्चण्डिकायै ।।
oṃ namaścaṇḍikāyai.
Evening Yajna

Special yajna ingredient: White sesame seeds (100 gms)
Purna-ahuti with sandalwood (preferably white): One piece of any size.


Day 2


Day 2

Common name: BrahmachariniBrahmacharini
Tantric invocation: Mahatantri, Vijaya, or Chamunda

Step 1: 11 times chanting of the following mantra.

ॐ देवी ब्रह्मचारिण्यै नम:
Oṃ Devī Brahmacāriṇyai Namaḥ

Step 2: 11 times chanting of the Navarna mantra

ऐं ह्रीं क्लीं चामुण्डायै विच्चे ।।
aiṃ hrīṃ klīṃ cāmuṇḍāyai vicce.

Step 3: 108 times chanting of the following mantra.

ऐँ वाग्वादिनि मम जिह्वाग्रे स्थिरा भव सर्वसत्ववशंकरि स्वाहा ।।
aim̐ vāgvādini mama jihvāgre sthirā bhava sarvasatvavaśaṃkari svāhā ।।
Evening Yajna

Special yajna ingredient: Black sesame seeds (100 gms)
Purna-ahuti with sandalwood (preferably red)


Day 3


Day 3

Common name: ChandraghantaChandraghanta
Tantric invocation: Chandi, Bhadra, or Subhaga

Step 1: 11 times chanting of the following mantra.

ॐ देवी चन्द्रघण्टायै नम:
Oṃ Devī Candraghaṇṭāyai Namaḥ

Step 2: 11 times chanting of the Navarna mantra

ऐं ह्रीं क्लीं चामुण्डायै विच्चे ।।
aiṃ hrīṃ klīṃ cāmuṇḍāyai vicce.

Step 3: 108 times chanting of the following mantra.

ह्रीँ सुभगायै स्वाहा ।।
hrīm̐ subhagāyai svāhā ।।
Evening Yajna

Special ingredient: Kamal gatte (usually known as lotus seeds). I found them on Amazon too. 8

Alternatively, in case you can’t source kamal gatte, you can use grated dry coconut. Approx 50 gms should do.

Purna-ahuti  with sandalwood (preferably red. On day 2 & 3 it’s with red sandalwood.)


Day 4


Day 4

Common name: KushmandaKushmanda
Tantric invocation: Saptashati, Bhadrakali, or Kapalika

Step 1: 11 times chanting of the following mantra.

ॐ देवी कूष्माण्डायै नम:
Oṃ Devī Kūṣmāṇḍāyai Namaḥ

Step 2: 11 times chanting of the Navarna mantra.

ऐं ह्रीं क्लीं चामुण्डायै विच्चे ।।
aiṃ hrīṃ klīṃ cāmuṇḍāyai vicce.

Step 3: 108 times chanting of the following mantra.

क्लीँ कपालिके करालवदनायै स्वाहा ।।
klīm̐ kapālike karālavadanāyai svāhā ।।
Evening Yajna

Special yajna ingredient: Jaggery (whole or ground, 100 gms)
Purna-ahuti with sandalwood (preferably white)


Day 5


Day 5Skandmata

Common name: Skandamata
Tantric invocation: Mritsanjivani, Sumukhi, or Chamunda

Step 1: 11 times chanting of the following mantra.

ॐ देवी स्कन्दमातायै नम:
Oṃ Devī Skandamātāyai Namaḥ

Step 2: 11 times chanting of the Navarna mantra. 

ऐं ह्रीं क्लीं चामुण्डायै विच्चे ।।
aiṃ hrīṃ klīṃ cāmuṇḍāyai vicce.

Step 3: 108 times chanting of the following mantra.

ॐ चामुंडायै स्वाहा ।।
oṃ cāmuṃḍāyai svāhā ।।
Evening Yajna

Special yajna ingredient: Camphor (50 gms should be enough).
Purna-ahuti with sandalwood (preferably red)


Day 6


Day 6

Common name: KatyayaniKatyayani

Tantric invocation: Mahachandi, Durmukhi or Malini

Step 1: 11 times chanting of the following mantra.

ॐ देवी कात्यायन्यै नम:
Oṃ Devī Kātyāyanyai Namaḥ

Step 2: 11 times chanting of the Navarna mantra. 

ऐं ह्रीं क्लीं चामुण्डायै विच्चे ।।
aiṃ hrīṃ klīṃ cāmuṇḍāyai vicce.

Step 3: 108 times chanting of the following mantra.

ऐँ मालीन्यै स्वाहा ।।
aim̐ mālīnyai svāhā ।।
Evening Yajna

Special yajna ingredient: White sesame seeds (100 gms)
Purna-ahuti with sandalwood (preferably white)


Day 7


Day 7

Common name: KalaratriKalaratri
Tantric invocation: Roopdipika, Pragya, or Yakshini

Step 1: 11 times chanting of the following mantra.

ॐ देवी कालरात्र्यै नम:
Oṃ Devī Kālarātryai Namaḥ

Step 2: 11 times chanting of the Navarna mantra

ऐं ह्रीं क्लीं चामुण्डायै विच्चे ।।
aiṃ hrīṃ klīṃ cāmuṇḍāyai vicce.

Step 3: 108 times chanting of the following mantra.

ह्रीँ यक्षिण्यै स्वाहा ।।
hrīm̐ yakṣiṇyai svāhā ।।
Evening Yajna

Special yajna ingredient: Black sesame seeds 
Purna-ahuti with sandalwood (preferably red)


Day 8


Day 8

Common name: MahagauriMahagauri
Tantric invocation: Chatuh-shashta-yogini, Vyaghramukhi or Vashatkarini

Step 1: 11 times chanting of the following mantra.

ॐ देवी महागौर्यै नम
Oṃ Devi Mahagauryai Namah

Step 2: 11 times chanting of the Navarna mantra

ऐं ह्रीं क्लीं चामुण्डायै विच्चे ।।
aiṃ hrīṃ klīṃ cāmuṇḍāyai vicce.

Step 3: 108 times chanting of the following mantra.

क्लीँ वषटकारीण्यै महाघोरायै स्वाहा ।।
klīm̐ vaṣaṭakārīṇyai mahāghorāyai svāhā ।।
Evening Yajna

Special yajna ingredient:  Jaggery (whole pieces or ground, 100 gms)
Purna-ahuti with sandalwood (preferably white)


Day 9


Day 9

Common name: SiddhidhatriSiddhidhatri
Tantric invocation: Parachandi, Simhamukhi, or Narayani

Step 1: 11 times chanting of the following mantra.

ॐ देवी सिद्धिदात्र्यै नम
Oṃ Devi Siddhidatryai Namah

Step 2: 11 times chanting of the Navarna mantra

ऐं ह्रीं क्लीं चामुण्डायै विच्चे ।।
aiṃ hrīṃ klīṃ cāmuṇḍāyai vicce.

Step 3: 108 times chanting of the following mantra.

ॐ ऐँ ह्रीँ क्लीँ सर्वमङ्गलमाङ्गल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थसाधिके । शरण्ये त्र्यम्बके गौरि नारायणि नमोऽस्तुते क्लीँ ह्रीँ ऐँ ॐ ॥ 
oṃ aim̐ hrīm̐ klīm̐ sarvamaṅgalamāṅgalye śive sarvārthasādhike । śaraṇye tryambake gauri nārāyaṇi namo'stute klīm̐ hrīm̐ aim̐ oṃ ॥
Evening Yajna

Special yajna ingredient: White + black sesame seeds (mixed in equal parts, 100 gms)
Purna-ahuti with dry whole coconut (with or without the cover) + red sandalwood

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Relevant Notes

Click here to expand this section and see the frequently asked questions as well as other important information.

1. Although I’m only recommending it to the people I’ve initiated, you are Durga ma mahishasur mardiniwelcome to do it this sadhana even if you have never been initiated, follow some other guru,  or don’t follow anyone. 
2. The audio of all the mantras has been recorded, edited and uploaded. You can find them here.
3. Anyone over the age of 12 can do it, men, women (including menstruating women — mentioning it here in anticipation because I always get asked this question), girls, boys, old, young anyone at all. 
4.Yes, you can travel if you have to as long as you can maintain your morning and evening routine.
5. A vegetarian diet is mandatory during this navaratri sadhana. Dairy is okay. Eggs, seafood, meat, no.
6. It’s best to face North, East or Northeast while doing the yajna.
7.The pots can be of any metal. Best if they are copper but any metal will do. Don’t let the material of the pots stop you from doing this sadhana. You can even use stainless steel or ceramic for all I care. 
8.If you miss any day, the nav durga sadhana is compromised. You will then have to wait for the next Navaratras to do this sadhana. 
9.If you have any questions regarding the performance of this sadhana, please read my notes again. 
10.Though, yajna is an important part, in case, you can’t do yajna, just repeat the morning routine in the evening too. It’s not ideal, but let not your inability to do the yajna stop you from doing this sadhana. Either don’t do yajna at all or do it every day for the nine days. But yes, you can consider doing the yajna just on the last day if you can only manage to do it once. If you choose to do that, simply just do it like any other day.
11. If you derive joy in this sadhana, you can repeat it, if you like. This means that you finish it over nine days and then start another round of nine days and then another for as long as you like. Doing it three times will take you 27 days, for example. In the Puranic text of Durga Saptashati, Surath and Samadhi did it for three years. 
12. There were a number of questions asked in comments, I’ve gone through your questions and answered them in the comments below. All in one place. 32 answers.


May Divine Grace awaken the fire within you. 

Peace.
Swami

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