Navaratri, Durga Puja, or Durga Pujo, whatever you call it, the festival celebrated for 9 days leaves behind a trail of lessons valuable for our life.
Our Hindu mythology teaches many practical and valuable lessons of life; be it the Navaratri or stories like Mahabharata and Ramayana.
Do you know what valuable lessons you can teach your child from Mahabharata? My friend Anshu Bhojnagarwala has written about it here!
Today, when parents wonder how to inculcate and teach values and good habits to their kids, Navaratri offers one such occasion to do so.
The way we celebrate the festival, the goddess we worship and her different forms teach 8 valuable lessons to us, which we can further give to our kids.
So, are you ready to learn those 8 valuable lessons?
Let’s dive in8 Valuable Lessons Kids Can Learn from Navaratri Click To Tweet
#1 Health depends upon what you eat
As a devotee, we fast for 9 days during Navaratri. Fasting has a scientific purpose more than the religious goal. Meals during Navaratri comprise fruits like apples, pomegranate, kiwi, pears; vegetables like potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, spinach, bottle gourd, etc, and buckwheat or water chestnut flour.
All these items are in sync with the coming season and give you the best of health.
Lesson: Always choose food items according to the season and eat healthy to have a healthy body and mind.
#2 Fear no evil
Mahishasur, the deadly demon, set out on a battle with the Gods to capture the heaven. No god could hold in front of his deadly powers. It was then that the mystical power, “Durga” emerged and destroyed the evil face of the demon forever. She is shown riding a tiger which is a metaphor for fearlessness.
Lesson: A fearless person can tame situations as fierce as a tiger and come out a winner. Never fear the odds in your life. Confront them with courage and you will eventually be victorious.
#3 Spread love and affection
Besides victory of good over evil, Goddess Durga is also an epitome of love and affection. She always cares for her children and devotees. That’s why we call her “Maa Ambe” and worship her.
Lesson: With love and affection, you will attract good friends and well-wishers in your life and gain recognition, name, and fame.
#4 Have watchfulness with a composed mind
Goddess Durga has a beautiful, calm, and serene visage with big eyes. These big eyes symbolise watchfulness or a constant eye on your journey to your goal. However, along with watchfulness, equanimity is also essential.
Lesson: Always keep an eye on your goal in life, but also maintain a calm, composed mind to achieve it. A calm mind can achieve much more than an agitated one.
#5 Have faith in yourself
Goddess Durga not only killed Mahishasur, but many other demons like Chanda-Munda, Shumbh-Nishumbh, Madhu-Kaitabh, and Raktabeej. Each tale of her victory is loaded with faith upon herself and her powers.
Lesson: Whatever the circumstances be, never think you are weak or incapable of putting up a brave front.
#6 Always spread the light of positivity and happiness
Goddess Kushmanda is the fourth form of Goddess Durga, worshipped on the fourth day of the Navaratri. It is believed when the universe did not exist, there was complete darkness everywhere. Then, the Goddess smiled and eliminated the darkness.
Lesson: Always spread the light of positivity and happiness around you. Look how you can make poor and unhappy people smile.
#7 Knowledge is power
Mahagauri and Siddhidatri, the 8th and the 9th forms of Goddess Durga, are an epic of knowledge, intelligence, and wisdom. They teach us that knowledge is very important for a human to live. With knowledge, you can attain wealth, success, and peace in life.
Lesson: Knowledge and constant learning are essential to succeed in life.
#8 Respect all women
Navaratri is the festival of the Goddesses. Kanya Pooja is performed on the eighth day of Navaratri where nine young girls are worshipped like goddesses. Devotees wash their feet, offer them new clothes and other gifts. Thus, women hold an important place in our life.
Lesson: You must always respect every woman in your life, be your mother, sister, friend, or a wife.
So, here are the 8 valuable lessons to teach your kids this Navaratri.
Have any more lessons from Navaratri in your mind? Share in the comments and let other parents benefit from it too!