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Durga Aarti

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Jai ambe Gauri maiyaa, jai shyaamaa Gauri
Nishadina tumako dhyaavata, hari brahma shivji,
Bolo Jai Ambe Gauri.

Maang sindur viraajat, tiko mriga madako
Ujjvalase dho nainaa, chandravadaniko
Bolo Jai Ambe Gauri.
Kanaka samaan kalevar, raktaambar raaje,
Raktapushpa galamaalaa, kantan par saaje,
Bolo Jai Ambe Gauri.

Kehari vaahana raajata, khadaga khappara dhaari,
Sura nara muni jana sevata, tinake dukha haari,
Bolo Jai Ambe Gauri.

Kaanana kundala shobhita, naasaagre moti
Kotika chandra divaakara, sam raajata jyoti,
Bolo Jai Ambe Gauri.

Shumbha Nishumbha vidaare, Mahishaasura ghaati
Dhuumra vilochana nainaa, nishidina madamaati
Bolo Jai Ambe Gauri. Chanda munda samharo sonitha bheeja hare,
Madhu kaidabha dhou maare, sura bhaya heen kare,
Bolo Jai Ambe Gauri.

Brahmaanii rudraanii, tuma kamalaa raani
Aagama-nigama bakhaanii, tuma shiva pataraani,
Bolo Jai Ambe Gauri.

Chausatha yoginii gaavat, nritya karata bhairon,
Baajata taala mridanga, aur baajata damaruu,
Bolo Jai Ambe Gauri.

Tuma ho jaga kii maataa, tuma hii ho bhartaa,
Bhaktan ki dukha hartaa, sukha sampati kartaa,
Bolo Jai Ambe Gauri.

Bhujaa chaara ati shobhita, vara mudraa dhaari,
Mana vaanchita phala paavat, sevata nara naari,
Bolo Jai Ambe Gauri.

Kanchana thaala viraajata, agaru kapuura baatii
Mala ketu mein raajat, kotiratana jyotii
Bolo Jai Ambe Gauri.

Maa ambe ki aarti jo koi nar gawe,
Kahath Shivananda Swami, sukha sampathi pawe.
Bolo Jai Ambe Gauri.

The translation of the above Durga aarti in English is given below:

Victory to mother Gauri,
Victory to the dark colored Gauri
who is being daily meditated by
Vishnu, Brahma, and Lord Shiva.
Say victory to mother Gauri.

With vermillion in your parting of hair,
made with musk from the deer…
You have two shining eyes
in your moon-like face.
Say victory to mother Gauri.

With the golden body color,
wearing blood-red silks…
Your neck is decorated by a necklace and
a garland of blood-red color flowers.
Say victory to mother Gauri.

You ride on the splendid lion,
and hold a sword and a skull in your hands…
And are served by devas, men, and sages
whose sorrows you drive away.
Say victory to mother Gauri.

You shine with ear studs on your ears,
and a pearl on the tip of your nose,
and shine like billions of suns and moons,
and create a great halo of radiance,
Say victory to mother Gauri.

Oh killer of Shumbha and Nishumbha,
Oh slayer of Mahishasura,
your eyes are dark with rage
on killing of Dhoomralochana.
Say victory to mother Gauri.
Oh killer of Chanda and Munda,
Oh killer of Raktha Bheeja,
you killed the twins, Madu and Kaidaba,
and drove away the fear of devas.
Say victory to mother Gauri.

You are Brahmani and Rudrani,
you are Goddess Lakshmi living on a lotus.
You are praised by Vedas and Shastras,
and you are the queen of Lord Shiva.
Say victory to mother Gauri.

Sixty four yoginis are singing…
Lord Bhairava is dancing…
The mrudanga is playing…
And also the big drum is playing.
Say victory to mother Gauri.

You are the mother of universe,
and you are the one who takes care of it.
You put an end to the sorrow of devotees,
and you are the one who gives pleasure and wealth.
Say victory to mother Gauri.

You have four glowing hands…
With one hand raised in blessing,
you fulfill all the desires of the mind
of those men and women who do your service.
Say victory to mother Gauri.

In the decorated plate which shines…
Are kept incenses like camphor and agarbattis.
When they are lit and placed before you,
they shine like billions of gems.
Say victory to mother Gauri.

Shivananda Swami tells you
that the man who sings this offering to mother
would get all pleasures and wealth.
Say victory to mother Gauri.

Vedas describe “Aarti” as a wondrous way to invoke the primordial energy and the supreme Lord. Performed during the Godhuli hours (the time when husky rays of the sun create a golden aura in the sky), or during the evening, when the sun is setting in and moon rising to its glory, Durga Aarti (better known as Sandhya Aarti) is an integral of Durga Puja. It is a beautiful way to honor and commemorate the Devi as she bestows her blessings on the devotees. According to the traditional Bengali custom, Durga Puja is incomplete without this Aarti and the subsequent homa (Sacred Fire ritual). The scene during the Sandhya Aarti is simply splendid and marvelous. Enormous drumbeats produce a unique musical rhythm, which resemble the ancient beat of Mahadeva and his Tandav dance.

These beats create an aura, which fills the heart of every listener with divine passion and lively ardor. Little children and married ladies the can be seen dancing to this beautiful Pagan beats played in honor of the Goddess.

Amidst this hullabaloos and orderly chaos, the priest reads the Sanskrit hymns and shlokas from Devi Mahatmya or Durga Saptashati. These immortal verses invoke the Goddess and her divine spirit as she dawns in this mortal world, re-establishing the victory of Good over Evil. The Aarti is peformed with the fragrant smoke of Holy Fire (Dhuni) and with incense sticks. The priest and the dancing woman, carry the small earthen vessels from where the holy fire is lighted and dance to the tune of drumbeats in front of Devi’s idol.

The Aarti goes on for about an hour. Several families and devotees line up in front of the Maa Durga’s idol celebrating the spirit of Durga Puja. It is a beautiful Holy way to invoke the Goddess and her blessings.

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