Maa Durga is the Goddess of strength and justice and has the power of bringing peace, calm, compassion and order to the world. She carries weapons and tools in her arms and sits on a tiger.
Navaratri is celebrated by Hindus all over the world to and worships all the forms of Devi Durga. These nine days are dedicated to one specific form of the Durga Mata.
Devotees offers flowers and foods which are favourite to each form of Shakti on a particular day.
1) Devotees fast for Goddess Shailputri and Hibiscus flower and pure ghee are offered to the deity in her feet. She blesses her bhakts with a disease free life.
2) Goddess Brahmacharini is worshipped on this day and devotees are blessed with purity, piousness and a long life if she is offered chrysanthemums or shevanti flowers.
3) The third day is dedicated to Chandraghanta and is worshipped with lotus flowers and milk or milk sweets.
4) Kushmanda Devi loves jasmine flowers and her favourite food is maal pua. She bestows her devotees with power, strength and intellect.
5) Skandamata is worshipped with yellow rose flowers and banana is her favourite bhog.
6) On the sixth day of Navaratri, devotees worship Goddess Katyayani in the form of Durga with jasmine flowers and offer her honey as bhog.
7) Kaalratri is the seventh avatar and offering her pass flora or Krishna kamal flower and jaggery will make you fearless, tension-free and calm.
8) Mahagauri is worshipped by offering her Arabian Jasmine or mogra flowers and coconut and it is known that she fulfills the wishes of childless couples with child.
9) Siddhidatri Devi loves to be worshipped by champa flowers and Sesame seeds are offered to please her.
Maa Durga has a stronger presence at this time and so she is worshipped in all her nine forms ritualistically and is also ultimately the great Shakti behind it all.