Saturday, October 9, 2010

Benefits of reciting the verses of Durga Saptashati


The most popular work describing the supernatural elemental powers of the Universal Mother (Durga) is "Durga Saptashati" a collection of 700 verses singing Her glory and how to take Her refuge?

Most of Durga's devotees will recite some portion of Durga Saptashati every day of the 9 Divine Nights (Nav-Ratri that began yesterday according to the Hindu calendar, in order to obtain Her full grace and care. I have therefore, decided to tell you today what effects the recitation of Saptashati had on me over the last 28 years.

When I came to Canada in 1964 as a student at Queen's University, I had no vision of the future. After graduation and marriage in 1967, I was caught in the paradox of working to survive and surviving to work. Somehow a sense of boredom, frustration and futility had taken over my entire being. I kept changing my jobs until I safely landed a Governmental and secured job. However, I found myself avidly pursuing the highest position in the Government at the cost of remaining constantly in strife. A continual anxiety prevailed in which the vision of success or failure recurred to me day and night. Then, in 1982, I met a learned man on my vacation in India. He observed my restlessness and asked me some pointed questions:

Look at your past desires, how many of them were such transient and petty desires that you yourself could not remember after a few hours or a few days, not to speak in the context of your entire life? Aren't you possessed by your ego and hence, never sought the ways to get rid of this bondage?

In turn, I asked him what delusion has possessed me and how do I go about purifying my ego?
He gave me the
Durga Saptashati with English translation and asked me to read part of it every day of Vasanteeya Nav-Ratri and Shardeeya Nav-Ratri. I decided to follow his instruction religiously. Believe me or not, the continual recitation of this book showed me how to surrender all my actions and possessions to the Universal Mother and achieve lasting satisfaction, sustaining pleasure and all inclusive delight. Every character mentioned in this book is within us: the forces which impel us to realize our own divinity, filling our lives with love and joy, as well as the forces which incline to diminish that perception.

If you have not read the
Saptashati yet, you still have seven days of this Nav-Ratri left, start the new spiritual beginning. May the Divine Mother be your Guide!


78 comments:

  1. Namaskar Gyan Uncle,

    For those who haven't read Durga Saptashati yet... I encourage you to PLEASE do so as all of you do not know what you are missing. The story is very gripping and exciting (almost like a clean version of the action movies we get to enjoy in today's times) plus, we also get to take a lot of important & valuable lessons with us the more we read.

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  2. Dear Sameer:

    Thank you for re-enforcing my suggestions. As you know the English translation of Durga Saptashati is also available on line. All they have to do is google search "Durga Saptashati". Thanks again.

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  3. Hi Buddy

    i am too keen on reading Durga Saptashi , i have downloaded the audio too and the PDF too

    but i have one concern, as i am not a priest just a simple common man, if i do any mistake while recyting or litenin to it, it would be a fall back on me putting me in troubles

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  4. No, never, the Divine Mother is very compassionate. However, just for your own reassurance please recite or listen to the Kshama Prarthana ( Prayer for Forgiveness) after each recital. This is found at the end of the book.

    Thanks for reading my blog.

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  5. Hi 2 all,

    Really whatever is said abt durga saptashati is true...all i can say is its like a nuclear missile...if u sincerely do its parayan...it will surely help u...but if u mess up...it will screw ur life.i am telling this from personal experience...I did a weekly parayan of DS this navaratri...everyday 3 am to 7 am...living only on fruits...it generates immense power...but due to some mistake of mine(which i am ashamed to tell)...the power of DS shot back...my father who has never visited a doctor...suddenly landed up on his deathbed...due to some very rare blood disease,which then caused brain infection(Meningitis)....then I realised that doing DS is good,but we shud be very careful...then again I did DS for his recovery and to the surprise of everyone...he recovered from the disease in 25 days flat...still he is recovering slowly from the after effects...but at the same time i cud see how the same thing can be disastrous and helpful too...so plz do durga saptashati...maintain self control and dont do any mistake(ask some knowledgeable person abt how to do it)...rest all leave on mother ..she will take care ...

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  6. Dear all
    What sri gyan ji said is right. Reading Durga saptasati is good for us. It is my practical experience. My husband moved his job location and after moving to new work place, he came to know that he cannot survive there within 3 months. Then i realised and navarathri days came incidentally at that time and started reading durga saptasati then that year he worked in that new place finelly. When we thought we are going back to old place within 3 months, Durga Amma made me and my husband to stay for three and half years and still we are in the same place. From that reading , i am reading Durga saptasati on every navrathri without fail and with no demands to Goddess durga. Just Reading . So who are interested in doing do it with interest and sincere. She will guide us without any doubt.

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  7. Hi 2 all,

    I am the same person who wrote the comments abt DS and regarding my father's recovery. Due to goddess's grace, my father has recovered completely and has changed much...for good...thanx to goddess durga for that. While chanting saptashati....think yourself as durga who is slaying our own internal demons...bad tendencies etc...this would be beneficial as it will help in soul growth....DS is the top most prayer in Hindu Culture along with RudraAshtadhyaayi...do it sincerely...with immense faith...for liberation....

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    1. Thank you for the follow-up and sharing your experience about Durga Saptashati just in time before the Basanteeya Navaratri.

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  8. Respected Gyan Rajhans,
    Can we recite DS without sankalp?

    Regards.
    V.Ramam.
    Chennai T N
    India

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  9. Yes, you can providing you do not wish any desire to be fulfilled by reciting DS. In every Sankalp there is a sentence which means "I am doing this..for the fulfillment of certain desire." Thus, no need for Sankalp if no desire. But, I know very few people will recite DS just to thank Devi Durga for everything She had already given you. So, if you have a purpose for reciting DS other than thanksgiving then yes, Sankalp is needed.

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  10. Respected Gyan Rajhans,

    Can we recited DS during night also?

    Regards.
    V.Ramam

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    1. Night is better than the daytime. I believe Devi Durga likes night recitals and that is why "Nav-Ratri" rather than "Nav-divas".

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  11. Respected Shri Gyan Ji,

    I am preparing myself for the coming Nav-Rathri.Can I recite Siddha Kunjika Sthotram daily?What is to be offered to the Goddess after recitation of either Kunjika Sthotram or DS.

    Regards.
    V.Ramam

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  12. Yes you can as you will: Kawach, Argala and Keelak.

    I am not sure about the offering. I offer what I would like to eat after my recitation or after I break the fast if I have one.

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  13. respected sir,

    i would like to know whether we have to read the full book on one day or can we divide the book for 9 days.

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  14. I can only tell you what I do without any prejudice to anyone who does it differently. I recite Sapta Shloki Durga, Shri Durgashtottara Shatanama stotram, Devyah Kawacham, Argala Stotram, Keelkam, and one to two chapters every day Of Navaratri so that I can complete all 13 chapters by the 9th day. Sometimes I may not be able to recite more than one chapter as long as I complete the book by the 9th day. Again, I am not sure if It is the correct procedure but I think by reading the Kshmapan Stotram at the end each day I am forgiven by the compassionate Mother for any mistakes in the process or pronunciations.

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  15. Chandi Path is amazing Maa Bless us all :D

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  16. Are girls suppose to recite durga path? I've heard many people saying that girls should not read. Is it true?

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  17. No it is not true. This is a myth. All genders have the right and privilege to recite Chandi (Durga) path and derive the benefits.

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  18. Dear Gyanji

    Thanks for posting such a wonderful blog with your experience. would you recommend everyone to read on daily basis this Durga sapthasathi or only during Navarathri season?. My Guru from India, has given me the Durga Sapthasloki and durga Sapthasathi Parayan. Asked me to recite it daily. Kindly advise me. By the way, I am also in Toronto, Canada, living with survival jobs and not satisfied with the jobs. May Goddess MAA help me achieve my goals and give me peace and satisfaction.
    Thanks
    Ravi Subramaniam

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  19. I only recite it during Vasanteeya and Shardeeya Navaratries and that also only Durga Saptashloki, Durga Ashtottar Shatnam (108 Names of Durga), Devyah Kawacham, Argala Stotram,Keelak and Durga Dwatrin Shannamala (32 Names of Durga) ending with Kshma Prarthana and Durga Aarti. May Ma Durga bless you with better jobs!

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  20. Hi can anyone help me with english translation of Durga Saptshati.... Please tell me from where can I download the english version.

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    1. http://www.hindu-blog.com/2010/10/durga-saptashati-pdf-download-and-read.html (English)

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  21. Sir,
    I have downloaded the Durga Saptasati path from the link you provided. Now I am a bit confused about the sankalp and Kshama Prarthana. Are these part of the english version in the website above?
    Regards,
    Tapas

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  22. Sir,
    I came across this link today. I realized that I missed the April Navaratri by a few days. Can I start now? I will of course recite again in Oct Noavaratri period. Also please send me the link from where I can find the Sankalp in english. That you very much for enlighting us.
    Regards,
    Tapas

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    1. Should be but I must admit I have not checked it thoroughly. If not, try googling for Sankalp and Kshma Prarthana in Durga Saptashati and you may find them elsewhere.

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  23. Respected Gyanji,
    My neighbour encouraged me to read DS on navaratri. I started with only Sidha Kunjika Stotram and Devimahatmiyashlok jap. Later I read DS (full) in 9 days’ time, with an intention to learn the sanskrit pronunciation and read it well during Navaratri. Though I am reading DS now during Nvaratri, with shapoodhwaar and utkeelana mantra, my Sanskrit pronunciation has not improved well. I ask for kshama in the end, I hope I am not doing any mistake. I did take sankalp, but gave up the thought that very day and now I am simply enjoying my readings. I wish to continue reading DS every day, can you please advise me how to go about it. Also while reading I am unable to sit down for long, so some time I sit on the settee placing a mat on it. Is it ok to shift your position in between your readings. Lastly I am not keeping any fast, since I am on steroids, but I do eat satvik bhojan. Please advise me if I am doing anything wrong, all I want is maa Durga’s love and to engage myself in her bhakti forever.

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    1. Every thing you are doing is fine. Believe in the Merciful Mother who forgives everything. I can't sit on the floor any more either but I recite DS sitting in a chair.

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  24. Should be but I must admit I have not checked it thoroughly. If not, try googling for Sankalp and Kshma Prarthana in Durga Saptashati and you may find them elsewhere.

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  25. Dear Sir,
    I was able to find the Kshmaa praarthanna in english from the link below:
    http://www.stutimandal.com/gif_devi/kshamaa_praarthanaa.htm
    But I was not able to find the Sankalp in english. I would highly appreciate if you could send it to me. I am going to start from tomorrow as I read somewhere that Tuesday is a good day to start.
    Regards,
    Tapas

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    1. Hi Tapas, Here is the Sankalpa Mantra in Roman letters with the English Translation. I hope it helps:

      Vishnuh Om tat sat. Om adya jumbudwipe ( or Country, you reside in) deshe
      (State or province) pradeshe (City) nagare (Name of house or My house)
      mandire (month) maase (Shukla or krishna) pakshe (name of day) tithau (name of) gotra (if not passed on from your parents, say Kashyap or Amuk Gotre) Shri (your name) kritaitat Shri Chandikaa Kaamah pujaakarmaaham Shri Durga Saptashati paatham Karishye

      English Transliteration :

      Vishnuh, Om That is Truth,
      Presently, on the Planet Earth, Country of (Name), State of(Name), City of (Name), in the Temple of (eg., my house), (Name
      of Month) Month, (Bright or Dark) fortnight, (Name of Day) Day, (Name of Gotra), Shri (Your Name) is performing the worship for the satisfaction of my desires or pleasing Ma Durga by reciting the Durga Saptashati.

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  26. I started reciting durga saptshati path in hindi few days before navratri to understand its meaning and then navrati came on 11th April 2013 then i started DS path with given instructions explained by a pandit i experienced some kind of power in me which is gradually increases day by day first i thought it is just my thinking but when people said to me that i am becoming better in appearance they say that i am glowing like never before and my short temper nature is also improving then i realized this is all maa durga blessings ,now i encourage everyone to recite this magical and powerful ds path .

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  27. Respected Gyan Rajhans Uncle,

    I am Ranjini Joshi, I am really in need of amma's blessings towards personal life and professional life too.

    incidently I saw your site, hopw has opened eyes on me.

    I am not able to find the Durgs saptashati to download in the above provided link.

    I have question, can we recite Durgs saptashati in English ?
    Navaratri is far so can we start on other normal days if so when like days ashtami or friday ?
    Please let me know the timing to DS parayana in the night ?
    Procedure that you follow ?

    please mail Durga Shaptashati english document that you read to this Email ID's
    ranju.joshi@gmail.com and saiakshayam@gmail.com.

    waiting for your response and mail.

    My Pranama to you.

    Durga Amma ki Jai.
    Ranjini

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    1. Dear Ranjini:
      1. Yes you can read in Roman letters and recite DS but the sound has to be Sanskrit. Because it is the vibration created by the words of DS that eradicate problems.

      2. Friday is Devi day
      3. I recite Saptashloki Durga, Durgashtottar Shatnama (108 names of Durga), Kawach, Argala, Keelak, Durga Dvatrimshannamala (Rosary of 32 names of Durga) and Kshama Prarthana

      4. I think you should buy a paperback Chandi Path (DS) by Swami Satyananda Saraswati. It has Sanskrit, Roman letter spellings and English Translation. It is available :
      http://www.amazon.com/Chandi-Path-Swami-Satyananda-Saraswati/dp/1877795003

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  28. Hello Rajini,

    I am Ranjini, Can you please tell me the procedure, i want to start as soon as possible.

    mail me to ranju.joshi@gmail.com

    Thankyou.

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  29. Hello Uncle,

    Thankyou for clearing doubts.

    Ranjini

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  30. Hello Rajni,

    Cna you please tell us the instructions explained by a pandit to you.

    Thankyou.
    Ranjini

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  31. I heard from a priest that Durga sapthashati has to be chanted with utmost care, if any minor mistakes also she cannot bear and it will have negative effects. I was doing durga sapthashati since my childhood, but now i stopped. pls give your opinion on this.

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    1. Care ? Yes but adverse effects from mispronunciation etc. No! As long as you recite Kshma Prarthna at the end. If u read the meaning of Kshma Prarthna it asks the Devi to forgive for any mistakes in recitation. She is our universal Mother. How can she be cruel & punish us?

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    2. Respected Sir, Thank you very much for your quick response but still I have some doubts. please clarify my confusions related to DS, in keelakam, it is mentioned that one should perform DS with knowledge of keelana and nishkeelana, please enlighten in this regard.
      When I was chanting DS even negative thinkings also become true. so we should be careful and always think positively.please reply.

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    3. First, I must reiterate as I have done before in answers to other questions above. I am not an expert on DS. I just let you know the benefits I derived by reciting the DS. By profession I am an engineer but I try to remove the doubts about DS by relating my experiences. Having said that let me try to answer your query.

      First, I agree with you about positive thinking.
      Second, Do not worry about not understanding everything about DS. The one who understands it completely is Lord Shiva. That is where the recitation of "Keelakam" becomes important. "Keelakam" means the praise of Lord Shiva which removes the Pin (Secret) of DS mantras and "Nishkeelan" means lifting the curse which opens the door to the secret. Lord Shiva did it for us. That is why we read "Keelakam" praying to Him repeatedly so that we are not influenced by the curse.

      Third, if you are reciting the DS for fulfilling certain desire, then you must find a Guru who will show you the way to properly reciting the DS Mantras including the Keelak Stotram because there is a significant mystical tradition associated with the "Keelakam", which only your Guru can reveal. These are part of that body of doctrine of the Tantra which I have no knowledge of.

      In the final analysis I must re-emphasize I recite the DS verses for offering all my troubles, afflictions and my Ego to the Goddess. May She help you as well!

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  32. Sir is it true that while chanting if we have negative thinking than it becomes true even if we ask for kshma from maa. Please reply sir.

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    1. No, it is not true. The Divine Mother is the most compassionate and forgiving. Your negative thoughts have no meanings for Her. Rest assured.

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    2. Namastey Gyan Ji,
      I have been reading DS for the last 3 years on navratri, but I read the Hindi one because I don't understand Sanskrit and I feel I enjoy more when I understand and read. My confusion is, there are two parts in the book, first part the devikawach and all the chapters that follow and after that durgasaptdasi. Now when they say read chapter 1 on day 1 and later break the rest of the chapters in 9 days, when do we read the first part which has the Devi kavach and all the reast chapters. I generally start reading from Devi kawach and then move onto the next chapters and try to finish all the chapters in 9 days. Please can you explain this to me.
      Thank you

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  33. Hindi is okay. Devi Ma would like us to read what we can understand. Each DS is published in different way. The only common thing is 1st part containing Saptshloki Durga, Durgashtottar Shatnam, Devi Kawach, Argala , Keelak and 13 chapters and the second part containing Devisuktam,Durga Dwatrnshannam mala and Devi apradh kshama prarthana. I suggest you continue doing exactly what you are doing except each day of your recital must read Devi Apradh kshma stotra, which I am sure you do.

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  34. Hindi is okay. Devi Ma would like us to read what we can understand. Each DS is published in different way. The only common thing is 1st part containing Saptshloki Durga, Durgashtottar Shatnam, Devi Kawach, Argala , Keelak and 13 chapters and the second part containing Devisuktam,Durga Dwatrnshannam mala and Devi apradh kshama prarthana. I suggest you continue doing exactly what you are doing except each day of your recital must read Devi Apradh kshma stotra, which I am sure you do.

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  35. Hindi is okay. Devi Ma would like us to read what we can understand. Each DS is published in different way. The only common thing is 1st part containing Saptshloki Durga, Durgashtottar Shatnam, Devi Kawach, Argala , Keelak and 13 chapters and the second part containing Devisuktam,Durga Dwatrnshannam mala and Devi apradh kshama prarthana. I suggest you continue doing exactly what you are doing except each day of your recital must read Devi Apradh kshma stotra, which I am sure you do.

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  36. Dear Sir,

    I want to start reading Durgaji Saptashati and after reading your above comments and experiences I am more motivated to start reading. Do we have to fast during the Navratri when we are reading Durgaji Saptashati or we can have our normally food which we have other than Navratri days. I will try to avoid onion and garlic. Thank you.

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    1. No you don't have to fast whole day. Just fast until you have finished reading a part of DS that day. Taking Sattvik food helps to concentrate on Devi Ma.

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  37. Thanks so much Sir.

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  38. Dear Sir,

    I have taken three printouts of the below links for Kavach Argala and Keelam. Are these the ones you mention above:

    http://microastrology.com/remedial-astrology/durga-saptshati-argala-stotra.html

    http://microastrology.com/remedial-astrology/durga-saptshati-keelak-stotram.html

    http://microastrology.com/remedial-astrology/durga-saptshati-chandi-kavacham.html

    Thank you.

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  39. Sir,
    I havent started reading durga saptshati yet and the navrathri is almost over. But I want to read it now. I have 2 questions.

    1. Can I sit and read the whole saptshati on one day? Is Navami or Dashami a good day for it?
    2. Should I fast until I finish the entire script? Am asking this because I have to finish the whole script on one day.

    Could you please provide me with the above details.

    Thanks in Advance!

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    1. Honestly, I don't have the answers for you. I am sorry. May Ma Durga help you to find someone who can answer your questions! Jai Mata Di!!

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  40. Namaste every one
    Gyan Ji Thank you for the open forum
    It is not how and when you are reciting matters. It is your faith in Devi- the atmost surrendering devotion. Some one stated above that he/she did do something wrong while recitng and his dad was sick. No way. His dad was destined to be sick and the tragedy was averted because you were reciting the devi mantra. Durga can't punish you for chanting her mantra, right or wrong way. SHE IS YOURS all the time.

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  41. Cool topic but no experts around for comment

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  42. Can I read Durga saptashati other than navaratri days ... as I cant wait till navaratri to get its benifits and maa kripa ...kindly suggest .. jai maa !

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  43. please Guruji , Can I read Ds other than navaratri days ...as i can not wait till navaratri to get its benifits and maa kripa ...jai maa !

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  44. Yes, you can. I do it every Friday. You can do it every day if you so wish and be worthy of "Maa Kripa". May Mata Rani bless you!

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  45. namaste gyan ji
    i always thinking negative .so it effects on my married life.i was short tempered also.but when i read durga saptshati paath .i feel positive energy and lot of courage.it is all because of durga paath.
    durga maa made my life easy and hopefull.jai mata di

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  46. Namaste Gyan ji.. I am reading Durga Saptashati everyday from the last two months and really its too powerful.. But I dont know about the Sankalp Vidhi so I just tell the Durga Maa whatever my wish is and after that I start reading Durga Saptashati.. Is it ok or I have to do the Sankalp Vidhi for my wish to be fullfilled?

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    1. It is okay. You don't need a Sankalp providing after expressing your wish you also say that you will accept whatever Maa gives you as the best for you.

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  48. Namaste Gyan ji.. 2 weeks ago I saw a dream in which i saw clouds gathered in the sky and it forms the image of the Durga maa and I was standing on my roof watching all this and thinking why this durga maa image is not so clear then all of a sudden that image starts shining and Durga maa was sitting on a loin and looking at me with a smiling face.. what does that mean..?

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  49. I don't know how to interpret your dream. I hope it indicates good times in the offing.

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  50. i am chanting mahatmiyam whenever i like from your answers night is best i found shall i read after 9 o clock because i will get undistrubed time only in early morning after noon and after 9 at night please reply

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  51. Again, you can chant or read DS any time providing you do not have any specific desire to be fulfilled by reciting DS in part or as a whole. I hope you will not pursue this matter any more. I have given all the answers I can on DS. Please read them once again. Thanks! Jai Mata Di!

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  52. Namaste Gyan ji , I am planning to read DS from tomorrow. Just wanted to check if we can read in any other languages (marathi, hindi etc)? Does reading DS in non sanskrit script will be ineffective ? .................best Rupali

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    1. Since DS contains Ma Durga's glory and triumph, reading it in any language is effective during Navratri However, DS also contains some "Veej Mantras" whose effects are felt in their sound when recited in Sanskrit.

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