Navaratri Reads – 9 Books that Celebrate Goddesses

Navratri – a nine-day festival dedicated to Goddesses 

The word Navaratri literally means nine nights in Sanskrit, Nava meaning nine and Ratri meaning nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Goddess Shakti or Devi are worshiped. The beginning of spring and autumn are considered to be significant confluences of climatic and solar influences. That is why these two periods are taken as sacred opportunities for the worship of the Divine Mother Durga.

Durga Puja, Navaratri, Dusshera, and Diwali are important Hindu festivals that celebrate feminine divine powers. The central belief of Hinduism is that the Supreme Being is embodied through both male and female representations and these are depicted as Gods and Goddesses. “Shakti” which means power, is the driving force behind the Supreme Being and is considered to be feminine.

Hindu Goddesses

Goddesses are venerated for their powers of creativity as well as the destruction of evil.

Goddesses Saraswati symbolizes knowledge, music and all arts.

Goddess Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and well-being.

Goddess Parvati embodies the power that destroys all negative energy in the world, strength, and courage to annihilate evil.

Here is a list of books that introduces children to Hindu Goddesses and celebrates feminine power and strength.

9 Books that celebrate Goddesses

Three Indian Goddesses by Jamila Gavin

Three contemporary stories inspired by Hindu tales Shanta and the Goddess Kali, Amrita and the Goddess Lakshmi and Anil and Kiki and the Goddess Durga.

Amma Tell Me About Durga Puja

Celebrate the homecoming of a loving daughter,
Victory of the goddess and a demon’s defeat,
See how Ma Durga outshone even the mighty gods
How a woman achieved an impossible feat!

Tales of Durga (Amar Chitra Katha)

Goddess Durga is the fierce form of Devi who, as Shakti, is considered the personification of Universal energy. According to the Devi Bhagavata, the universe is but her manifestation. The worship of Durga is believed to be more than 4,000 years old in India.

Little Monk’s Series by Gauri Kelkar

Introduces the goddess Parvati, Lakshmi, Durga and Saraswati in beautifully illustrated picture story format.

Sita’s Ramayana by Samhita Arni

Sitas Ramayana

Sita’s Ramayana shifts the point of view of the Ramayana – the saga of a heroic war – to bring a woman’s perspective to this timeless epic. Narrated by the heroine Sita, it is a powerful meditation on the fate of women, as they become pawns in the wars between men and kingdoms. But Sita is not just a patient victim of events – she endures her fate with fortitude, until the moment she decides to challenge it.

Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of Ramayana by Devdutt Pattanaik

Sita - Devdutt Pattanaik

This book shows Sita’s childhood in a more detailed manner. Her relationship with her father, King Janaka, who was a very sober and spiritual person, Sita’s forest stay with her husband and after that her lone stay, her connection and conversations with the women in Lanka, at the ‘Ashoka Vatika’, the sentiments that were shared amongst them. Also, depicted is her attachment with her sisters, with the trees in the forest, as she loved her life in forest, her bond with the mother earth. This book has portrayed Sita in a fair and magnanimous way, along with restating the whole story of Ramayana.

The Girl Who Chose: A New Way of Narrating the Ramayana by Devdutt Pattanaik

The Girl Who chose

Over the centuries, hundreds have retold the tale in different languages, adding new twists and turns. But few have noticed that the tale always depends on the five choices made by Sita. What were Sita’s five choices? India’s favourite mythologist brings you this charmingly illustrated retelling of the Ramayana that is sure to empower and entertain the new generation readers.

Devis – The Mother Goddesses

Devis The Mother Goddesses

This book has five beautifully illustrated, traditional stories of the Hindu goddesses – Durga, Kali, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. Read how Durga destroyed the demon Mahisha, how Kali was born from the frown of the goddess, Ambika, how Lakshmi brings fortune and prosperity and how Saraswati – goddess of wisdom – saved the world from Ravana’s evil brother, Kumbhakarna. Retold in a simple and entertaining style, these fascinating stories are a wonderful source of introduction to the world of Hindu mythology.

Om Books – Mythology Series Books by Mitali Sengupta

Illustrated, short stories for very young kids. Explained in simple language

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