In the situation when the magnitude of danger to the humanity is real, we all offer our sincere prayers to MOTHER DIVINE – MAA DURGA JI to bestow succor to the humanity at large and deliver it from this pandemic NOVEL CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19. Sure enough, she had obliterated evil by killing ferocious demons. This demonic and dangerous besides hitherto not known virus too requires some mystic power to deliver us. Therefore, our sincere PRAYER FOR DELIVERANCE.  Do celebrate PIOUS NAVRATRI FESTIVAL as a solemn occasion and keep healthy distance from each other since isolation is the only solution and remedy of this insidious virus. May these NINE DAYS WONDER called NAVRATRI delivers the humanity from unprecedented situation in the world of ours.


At the trying times
When the clouds of virus is so virulent
Which has engulfed the world at large
With its cruel and hideous tentacles
A sincere prayer to thee our Goddess Durge
Who always answers our sincere prayers
To our dearest Mother Durge Ji
To save the humanity from this pandemic Mahamari
This Navratri from 25th March we go ahead fervently
To celebrate the Nine Days Wonder Navratri
Nav means nine
Ratri stands for night
Navratri is the festival so very well-known
Wherein the devout
Of all hues celebrate this festival
Twice in a calendar year
First, it is in the March – April, as Chaitra Navratri
Thence October – November as the Shradha Navratri
This festival is related to Durga Goddess
Maa ‘Shakti’ with Her prowess so immense
Overpowered the ferocious Demons
Who maimed the hapless hermits – Sadhus
Even while performing their sacred Yajunas
And in the process defiled the sacredness of Yajna fires.
Goddess Durga in her red attires
Mounted on the lion so ferocious
With all the weapons in her custody
Which could inflict havoc on the adversary
Legends abound about Navratri
Demon king Maheshasura worships Lord Shiva
The penance was so severest
That Lord Shiva had to grant him a boon of invincibility
That nobody
Not even the Gods could kill him
Thence he starts killing innocents with impunity
Then forcefully
Conquered violentlybthe Seven Lokas
Including the throne of Lord Indra
To eliminate demon Maheshasura
Then there was confabulation between the Trinity
Along with Demi-Gods too in the company
To take stock of things jointly
To defeat and kill this demon turned killer so brutally
Created Maa Shakti
The Mother with a matchless energy
Or Durga, the Warrior Goddess
The war between Maheshasur and Mother Divine
Which lasted for Nine Days
On day Ninth she kills this evil demon
Navratri symbolizes the victory of good over wickedness
On day ninth which is termed as Mahanavami
Nine young girls are worshipped
Personifying Nine Forms of Durga Goddess
These venerated young girls’ feet are washed
With fresh water and given clothes and food
Navratri too is linked with fertility of land
On these days, the farmers observe the fitness of the earth
By testing seed germination in the earthen pots
Devotees observe fasts with rigidity
For keeping ourselves neat and tidy
During these days considered most holy
Which keep their mind and body pure.
There is another legend
King Daksha – the kind of Himalayan Kingdom
He was blessed with a daughter named Uma
A most beautiful one
With all the traits of a princess she possessed
She worshipped Lord Shiva most reverently
So that he may accept her in marriage so willingly
Having pleased the Lord Shiva
She married Uma
But against the wishes of King Dhaksha
One day King Dhaksha held a grant Yajna
With no invitation to Lord Shiva
Uma wanted to join the Yajna
And all accompanying celebrations
While Lord Shiva had his own reservations
She came to attend the Yajna
Being attended by Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma.
Besides all the deities
King Dhaksha did not like her daughter’s presence
She felt slighted at the treatment meted out to her in presence of all deities
In utter desperation and helplessness
She jumps into Agni Kund (Fire grate) and perishes
The reason why we call her Sati
Lord Mahadeva (As Virbadhara) punished King Dhaksha for this heartlessness.
ON REBIRTH (As Parvati) she marries Lord Shiva again
She comes to her parents’ house to stay for DAYS NINE
That is why we celebrate these Nine Days as Navratri.
Legend also has it that Lord Rama
Worshipped Goddess Durga’s Nine Forms
For Nine Days with deep reverence
On day 10th Lord Rama killed demon king Ravana
This way, 10th day is celebrated as Vijaydashami,.
First three days are dedicated to Durga Maa
In the form of child, young girl and mature woman
The three forms of womanhood
Symbolizing victory of evil over falsehood
Next three are dedicated to Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity
Her name is Lakshimi
Last three days are commemorated in the name of Goddess Saraswati
The Goddess of knowledge and wisdom
In snowy white dress
Mounted on a white swan
The Navratri is a sign of purity in all forms
Let these Nine Days be observed with great reference
For gaining blessings from Goddess Durga
Let this Nine Days wonder
Be the game-changer
And rid this world of ours from precarious state of affairs
Created by the Covid-19 virus
And engenders peace and prosperity
And adequate wellness for all and sundry
This is my sincerest prayers to thee, my Mother Divine
Maa Durga Ji, so benevolent Thee
Come to the succor of the humanity from Novel Coronavirus
Sure enough, we can bank on Thee my Divine Mother for succor.

jai maa durget – navratri CELEBRATIONS

Different festivals provide the devout different lessons while the underlying message of all these festivals is to enlighten us humans to follow a path which helps us to have connectivity with Higher Self/Higher Intelligence, by following a spiritual oriented path through meditation, contemplation and prayers. The main purpose of celebration and observance of certain modes of behavior in such festivals is to keep ourselves chaste with our mind focused on God. The purpose is to focus on the special prayers and chants is to seek connectivity with God and dispel the thought of anxiety or disillusionment that pervades in our system. As there is purity of thoughts and actions during these festivals, there is every possibility for transformation and help in unfolding of spiritual life naturally.  

The main purpose of celebrating the religious festivals is to seek balance in our life at the altar of God while observing all immutable laws of nature and aspire for transformation and enlightenment – journeying from one festival to another one helps the devotees to learn social etiquettes, social adaptability and finally God’s connectivity.

The word NAVRATRI is composed of two syllabuses; NAV which means NINE and RATRI mean NIGHTS. Meditation/prayers and fasting are observed by devout during these nine days. A lighter refreshment of milk made products besides fruits, if taken at all, to keep light and pure in body and mind thus helping an individual to keep the body and mind pure. This also provides the devotees’ freedom from adulteration and contamination both in body and mind besides purifying still more the eternal soul along with keeping it taint-free.

Navratri is one of the most sacred festivals that the devout celebrate. It is not merely celebrated by observing some particular rituals but the devotees live a spiritually oriented life in all manifestations. The purpose is to follow the way of life which puts more stress on the subjective experience of sacred dimension. We undertake those karmic deeds during Navratri which transform some of the debit-karmic-deeds to credit-karmic-deeds which helps in personal growth and development individually and also collectively who celebrate it with religious fervor and enthusiasm. Moral and ethical values when followed sincerely could be imbibed as permanent habits to be followed in future too thus Navratri could prove to be a life-changer.

A lighter refreshment consisting of milk made product, fruits, and nuts, keeps the body light and the digestive system gets improved thus there is a spread of fragrance of Satoguna and alleviation of Tamoguna and Rajoguna traits. Freedom from contaminated thoughts purifies our mind. Thus observance of fast or vrat (also means resolve) continuously for nine days brings about the stability of our mind and helps in enhancement of our concentration. Besides these, we exercise maximum restraints in our thoughts and deeds and behave in a dignified manner by remaining within confines of decency. All these facilitate generation of the feeling of love and affection for others, enhances peace and tranquility, a feeling of compassion for others and above all a Godly feeling.

The devotees observe fasts during the duration of Narratri. All these traits enhance the credibility of an individual devotee who observes the fasts and also offers sincere prayers during these  days with utmost devotion. The fasts help us to purify our mind, provides lightness to our body provides us an opportunity to devotees for prayers to Goddess Durga Maa – an embodiment of SHAKTI or reservoir of energy.


Mention of Goddess Durga has been found in Vedas and Puranas. Durg was a ferocious demon and Durga, the invincible warrior who killed Durg with her immense prowess. She is the warrior Goddess since she fought evil and forces which spread death and destruction. She works for demolishing demonic forces who want to establish their writ and establish the reign of terror and mayhem amongst the society besides spreading prosperity and goodwill in general masses. She defeats mythical buffalo demon – Meheshasura who had obtained a boon of invincibility from Lord Maheshwara. She is Goddess Parvati, also termed as Durga Saptashati – the consort of Lord Shiva. With her prowess, she proved herself to be unbeatable with limitless mystical powers.

Besides observing fasts, devotees organize congregations in the form of fairs and also enact programs and cultural functions in the form of group dances and devotional songs in praise of Goddess Durga and beseech her blessings.and she being such a benevolent Mother comes to their succor.

Different states celebrate Navratri differently but the spirit of all the celebrations is similar in nature. For example, famous ‘garva dance’ is organized in the state of Gujarat and devotional songs and dance competitions are organized in West Bengal besides prayers in the specially erected and decorated pandals is a usual phone. People visit the famous temples of Vaishno Devi in Katra (in Jammu province) besides all the temples of Goddess Durga in its different forms/manifestations attract devotees in these nine days.

The main driving force of the Navratri is to purify our thoughts and deeds thereof. In these nine days devout observe strict fasts; remain chaste and desist from telling lies. Wish that people always behave like this all the days!

The first three days are celebrated on the name of Durga Mata – Goddess with immense power. For next three days she is worshipped as spiritual wealth – Mata Lakshmi.

Subsequently, for next three days, she is Goddess of wisdom – the Goddess Saraswati. It bestows spiritual enlightenment besides showering an individual with all-around success.

It is useful for our benefit to know the importance of each day.

  1. First Day. On the first day, Mata Durga is termed as Shailputri – the daughter of Himalaya and the consort of Lord Shiva. This is the unmarried saroop of Gauri Maa.
  2. Second Day. Mata Durga on the second day is called as Brahmacharini which represents worship. She is the embodiment of huge reserve of power – Shakti.
  3. Third Day. On the third day, the Goddess is venerated as Chandraghanta. She is the embodiment of power and beauty.
  4. Fourth Day. On the fourth day, Maan Durga is worshipped in the form of Kushmanda – the creator of the whole universe by the power of her laughter.
  5. Fifth Day. Here on this day, Skandha – the main warrior of Gods’ army.
  6. Sixth Day. On the sixth day, Mataji takes the form of Katyayani with three eyes and four hands – all powerful and with immense grace.
  7. Seventh Day. On this day, Maan Durga takes the form of Kalratri – she is shown as black as dark night with four hands and makes the evil doers fearless.
  8. Eighth Day. On the eighth day, the Mata Durga takes the form of Maha Gauri – with beauty besides having calmness and exhibits immense wisdom.
  9. Ninth Day. On a ninth day, Maan Durga is worshipped as Siddidatri – with all the eight siddhis. In this form, she is worshiped by all.

Benefits of Navratri:-

  • Strict observance of fasts keep our digestive system in order and helps maintain our body healthy.
  • Fasts help in purifying our mind because we pray Goddess continuously for nine days/nights. It also enhances our focus on the subject we contemplate for completion.
  • Purification of body and mind means spiritually directed conscious mind thus a shift from negativity to positivity
  • Congregations in melas and group processions help the people to people contacts thus animosity, if any, gets obliterated and a feeling of fellow feeling and cooperation sprouts. Contact with each other enhances our outreach in the society.
  • Group dances and spiritual song competitions enhance competitive spirits in the youth and also help them direct their latent energies to productive use.
  • Devotees, in their zeal to show earnest desire to have total connectivity with Goddess Durgaji, offer singular devotion to Her during these auspicious days, reap the harvest of getting their problems solved and get ETERNAL PEACE  in their lives as a reward of this worship.




A response so overwhelming
And applauding
By hands clapping
With high pitch conch blowing
Utensils fervently clanging
With rhythmic chanting
Factually warm tributes
With respect in general masses hearts
For expressing
For taking care of those afflicted
With the pandemic Coronavirus
Or Covid-19
Need is to break the chain
Through home self-isolation
Or formal hospitalization
For needful quarantine
As per the condition
Of the person
So inflicted
For strict medical attention
Need is to take this virus so virulent
Seriously and fight it out
And keep it out
Before it infects our system.



Keeping a safe distance
From the crowded places
Impose self-quarantine at our own residences
And not get infected by others
Since this biological infection spreads
Through personal contacts
With the person so infected willy-nilly
And if infected
Do not get unnecessarily scared
And let thy internal defenses get depleted
Just remain calm and composed
While taking healthy diet
Along with doing routine exercises
Especially Yoga will prove crucial
For infusing immunity to fight viruses
Bedeviling our health system
Since prevention is better than getting cured
In a way so time consuming
And difficult to be treated
Since there is no vaccine so proven
To affect cure
Remaining confined at home
Or any medical facilities
Already stretched to the maximum.
Do not go out
If not required
Washing hands properly
With soap or with sanitizer
After touching anything
Not touching face – mouth and nose
If done washing hands
And parts so touched
Could prove counterproductive.
A sincere message for our senior citizens
Do do not go to the crowded places
Thee have seen the world at large already
Do not become a cause of spreading the virus
As has been done by one of the infected dancers
An act so irresponsible
Who acted indifferent to wellness of others
Who got into her contact
In social gatherings etc.
An act so condemnable & cobtemtible
Done with ill-conceived intent
Will earn her Karmic debt.

Staying away from the crowded places
Observing the discipline
Of remaining at home
Away from the hustle and bustle
Especially on 22nd March 2020
As espoused by our Prime Minister
Should be followed with sincerity by all of us
For our own well-being
And for the wellness of our love ones.
As the virus is taking its toll
More and more people are being infected
Through personal contacts
My sincere plea to you all
Please observe the self-discipline
So that this vicious circle of virus
Is curbed
And not become another victim of this virus
Self-isolation is the possible key
For the cure of the infected person
Keeping neat and clean
Self and the environment around
Is also essential to escape from this dreaded and pandemic virus.
My heart is aching hugely
For those who has lost their loved ones
In any part of the world
May be Asia
Or in Europe
Lives are the precious gifts of Almighty God
Therefore my sincere prayer to Thee the Omnipotent and Omniscient
Pray save the humanity from this death dance so cruel.

This is my sincere request to all that as far as possible, we should not be the cause of infection to others but should observe self-discipline and restraint by self-isolation.  




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In essence, while living in the world of ours, we may face ups and downs. We should maintain a healthy balance while performing our duty as a Dharma. Every unsavory incidence, man-made or natural disasters gives us practical experience and a lesson that we should not play with the Laws of Nature as it too has got its limits. It may create a situation desperate calling for desperate solutions. It may be result of spoiling the balance of Nature or disturbance in food-chain – the results of which we are experience presently.  

The question is most relevant at the present moment when whole of the world is under the spell of Coronavirus/Covid-19 but one thing should never be forgotten that ‘desperate’ measures should be adopted when malaise is about to engulf. Here the situation is different. The malaise has already engulfed the humanity. Now, at the present moment, we require to have humane touch by adopting slew of measures which could ameliorate the situation and stop the death dance by this vicious virus. My sincere prayer to our Lord is to bestow strength and forbearance to those who have lost their love ones and provide the succor to the ones who are living by way of providing medical help, where required urgently, by meeting their food and other requirements at this critical juncture.

I am of the view that it is though a ‘desperate time’ as the virus has been declared as pandemic but the measures adopted should be as given below:-

(a) As this virus spreads through respiratory system or personal contact with the infected person, it is in the fitness of things to not to hand shake but warm NAMASTE from a distance will suffice. The other person should also realize the need to keep distance – no offense intended indeed in these critical times.

(b) As the virus spread through personal contacts, therefore, as far as possible, those who have symptoms of virus; dry cough, sneezing, fever, pneumonia symptoms should first of all get themselves tested. After having tested such people should not panic but remain either at the isolated place organised by the Governmental hospitals or quarantine themselves at homes itself. One thing positive about this virus is that it dies its natural death after some days (say 14 or so) but if it spreads to our fellow beings, then it will have a ripple effects and may take a dangerous proportion where deaths and noting else can result. WHY THEN TO BE SELFISH with the thought; ‘if I am having why I think about others’.

(c) As this virus has been declared as pandemic, the best remedy is to take into consideration: Safety saves. Here the safety is to keep away from the crowds, gatherings, etc.

(d) As far as practicable, personal contacts with materials or any person should be avoided.

(e) Hand hygiene is a must because it is the hand(s) which we touch with our nose or mouth or respiratory system, therefore, we should be cautious that hands remain neat and clean, free of any germs.

(f) Personal hygiene is a must for keeping safe from this virus. Daily dose of instruction by the medical fraternity should be followed to the book so as to wriggle out of precarious situation with no sign of abetting.  

(g) In case of having Covid-19 virus, we should not panic as being panic we trigger a dangerous situation to prevail as it will impair our internal defences; if this happens, then, sure enough, we shall be inviting trouble for ourselves. Our belief system be stubborn enough to ward off any negative feeling and remain in solitary confinements if at home for at least 14 days or when amongst other patients remain cool but remain praying God for quick recovery. As there is no medicine or vaccine available for cure of this virus, therefore, it is our own internal system of our body which could ensure quick recovery.

It should be kept in mind that there are so many people who have completely recovered after having this virus then why not me or any other person could have recovery if having this virus. This question should always be in our mind. It should never be forgotten that solution is hidden in the problem itself – the symptoms of this virus give us enough evidence that the virus spread through personal contact or through respiratory system therefore we humans should remain aloof or remain self-quarantined, for at least 14 days or till such time we are fully cured. No panic should be created if and when we observe anybody having symptoms (the mortality rate is not as high as observed in other viruses that this world had faced earlier on too) – the person concerned should be instructed to take medical advice and get himself/herself tested and then observe all the instructions given by the medical experts. No desperate steps in any event.




Viruses are the biological infectious agents or virus infected cells attacking the system of a person who is virus free. It is observed that those people who are having symptoms of hypertension, asthmatic symptoms or any other diseases infections whose bodies do not have strong immune system or which have little or no virus killing capacity. The aged and the ailing especially with pneumonia related symptoms could fall victim to this deadly virus since they have less or depleted immunity system for fighting these viruses.


It has been well said: Prevention is better than cure, therefore, precautionary measures if followed delectably could prevent the onslaught of this vicious virus:-

•If the symptoms of pneumonia – dry cough, cold, fever, sneezing accompanied with shortness or difficulty in breathing or asthmatic symptom even sometimes leading to kidney failure.

• Spreading awareness about the potent methodology how to avoid spread of the virus. Not to go to the places which are over-crowded. We have to curtail the spread-effect. PM Modi Ji’s effort to spread the awareness through video-conferencing for stopping the spread of amongst the countries of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation is laudable. This has been appreciated by the countries of the region. This is just a beginning for a noble cause to limit the spread of virus.

• As far as possible we have to keep our hands hygiene by washing it with soap or with sanitizer , use of face-mask could be one of the preventives but if not available self-isolation at home is the best preventive till the coronavirus pandemic lasts.

• It is the responsibility of the infected people to keep themselves quarantined at the governmental hospitals and do not flee from these places and become a cause of spread of this vicious virus. This has happened in many places..

• We should not panic for any influenza or cough and cold but the same one is accompanied with fever and other symptoms then we should get it tested in the lab in the hospital.

• As the virus is spread through personal contact, therefore, as far as possible, we should avoid traveling or meeting people unless until most essential.

• As the aged people with the history of diabetics, hypertension, asthma etc. could become victim if they come in close contact with the person(s) with Covit-19 infection. There is a case of of 68 year old woman who developed coronavirus infection from his son who had returned from Italy and other countries having history of Covid-19 history.

• Those people who come from the foreign countries which has the history of cronavirus should be tested. If any one of them are found to have the symptoms of Covid-19 should be quarantined at least for 14 days or as far as possible. Or alternatively home quarantining will do.

• We should avoid going to crowded places to avoid being infected with this virus.

• As coronavirus spreads with personal contact or have its spread-effect by sneezing or touching an infected person, it is in the fitness of things if handshake or other personal contact could be avoided. Mere ‘NAMASTE’ with folded hands will do and that too from a considerable distance lest we ourselves are affected.

• As far as possible follow the advisories and awareness campaign of W.H.O. and the advisories of the health ministries of individual countries in order to limit and reduce the effect of coronavirus and also to avoid lock-down state altogether.

• All hospitals should do their maximum in order to cure those who are infected with this vicious virus so that it may not become uncontrolled one with drastic ramifications.

• As quarantining is the potent remedy, therefore, we should all have the duty to do so and help contain the Coronavirus.


Viruses of different forms
Have been infecting humans
And other living beings
Since the time
Life came in its existence
As the man undergoes evolution
So the viruses too
In different forms and formulations
Virus is a biological infectious agent
Which thrives in the living organism
No living being could remain immune
To its ill-effects
To and from animals
To plants
Including microorganism or bacteria.
Triggering health problems
Going from bad to worst
If care and caution is not taken
But fear psychosis could also be dangerous
For these viruses have sucked in many a lives
You call this virus
Some of these viruses have moved
Between cells of living beings
Others may travel from bacteria to bacteria
Carrying genetic material
Which reproduce and evolve
Through natural selection
And then replicate
In varieties of ways
From infected humans
To disease-ridden organisms
Attacking the aged
Who’ve already lost their immunity
Due to the age and ailing health.
Wearing masks
Or keep a healthy distance
From the person infected with coronavirus
As this virus is spread through
The respiratory system
Sneezing and coughing
From this vicious virus
Along with keeping hands neat and clean with sanitizers
Not touching anything if not considered essential
And also by mutual dissemination of information
To enhance awareness of coronavirus transmission
Of the plausible path-way for the spread of this vicious virus
The virus most villain of a piece
Which is wrecking vengeance the world over
The symptoms of which are
Having fever, cold and cough
Thence failure of kidneys
Could be tested
These viruses are spread through coughing and sneezing
And through contacts with the infected person
So best way is to keep a healthy distance
From the persons have symptoms of this virus
Since it can spread from one to thousands
As has been hitherto observed
It spread from Wuhan in China
To all the world over
Spreading like a wild-fire
Putting the lives of the human beings
Taking the total count is more than 5000!
With no respite from the dangerous virus
With Europe being the epi-centre of this virus
Animals may ward off the virus
Due to its robust immunity system
The virus fortunately is not being transmitted
Through food and water as has been observed
Till such time proper medicine or vaccine is made available
To destroy the germs of the Covid-19
The best way is to act on the wisdom in the dictum
Prevention is better than cure
Getting the test if symptoms are felt
In the recognized hospitals
Having the requisite testing facilities
Finally personal hygiene is of prime importance
Along with sanitation of places and public transports
Along with putting on face masks
To prevent the spread of coronavirus
To avoid spread this most dangerous virus
My prayer to God Almighty
To come to the succor of humanity
To contain the spike in the Coronavirus
Which has taken a dangerous turn.




Follow some laid down norms
To be pursued diligently
With regularity and punctuality
To play important role
For living a disciplined existence
Based on rock-solid system
And sticking with them
Come what may
Keeping in view
The importance of ‘time’
Every minute of which is going into the pages of history
Without waiting for anybody
Leaving only a few tell-tale scars
On the memory lanes of ours
Of not using it
When it was hugely needed.
Those who manage their time schedule closely
Use their present moment judiciously
Thus changing their scars so created willy-nilly
Into significant outcomes
So tangible
Without any hurt burns
To anybody
Since discipline is very vital
To keep the mind and body
To work in sync
To realize the purpose of life
Working with utmost serenity
With the grace of God Almighty.