Navaratra is a traditional festival in celebration of the Goddess energy within. We are deeply privileged to have Gurudev Nityananda visit Australia in April 2019 to lead the celebrations and deepen our understanding of the timeless teachings of the yoga tradition. Daily activities include recitation of the Chandi Path text that relates to the symbolic battle between the ego and the Self, chanting of auspicious mantras honouring aspects of the Goddess within, formal fire ceremonies and offerings symbolising purification and transformation.

For more videos about Navaratra by Gurudev scroll down this page.

As one starts internalising the process, one begins to see the beauty within oneself and then the entire external world becomes beautiful as well
— Gurudev Swami Nityananda
 

Daily chanting texts

 

The Lalitasahasranam

The Lalitasahasranam text is available in a book printed and published by Shanti Mandir called “Sri Lalitambika” and is available to buy now for US$20 from the USA on the Shanti Mandir US website, the button below will take you there. Alternately you can reserve a copy to pick up when you arrive at the retreat by paying AU$30 now using the button below.

 
 
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The Chandi Path  

The Chandi Path text is available in two different books.

The Shreemaa version is called “Chandi Path” and is the book Shanti Mandir has previously used and has very good translation into English. However, Shanti Mandir practices the chant in a different order than that shown in the book so occasionally you need to flick to different pages during certain sections of the chant. You can shop around online to find it using the title and publisher, the ISBN for the soft back edition is 978-18-777-9552-7 and is available to buy online but most stores will need to place a special order to the supplier. The Booktopia Australian online store can order it (at the time of posting this) from the supplier for AU$38, the button below will take you there. NB please be sure to order the 'Chandi Path' and not the 'Chandi Path Study of Chapters'.

The Pankaj version is a newer publication by Bhavana Pankaj called “Candipathah” and is published by Motilal Banarsidass. The text in this publication follows the same order in which Shanti Mandir practices the chant so the flow from page to page is straightforward, however, the translation into English is not included in this publication. You can shop around online to find it using the title and publisher, the ISBN for the soft back edition is 978-81-208-3619-8 but is sold out on many online outlets, but (at the time of posting this) is available for US$45 from the Ganges India Bookstore, the button below will take you there.

 
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Daily schedule

The Navaratra festival in Somers spans nine days of chanting, meditation and ceremonies to facilitate a direct experience of the glorious Goddess energy within.