Navratri:To Seek the Blessings of the Nine Goddesses: What to Offer to Ma Durga


Navratri, Maa Durga,

To Seek the Blessings of the Nine Goddesses: What to Offer to Ma Durga

The worship of Maa Durga is always beneficial, but during Navratri, her veneration becomes even more fruitful and auspicious. This is because the nine days of Navratri are dedicated to adoring the nine forms of the Devi. Devotees please the Devi by offering her a variety of bhog (offerings). According to religious beliefs, offering bhog to the nine goddesses during the nine days of Navratri according to their preferences immensely pleases the Devi, fulfills all desires, and brings prosperity and happiness to the home. Let's explore what offerings should be made to the nine goddesses during puja to ensure a meaningful and auspicious puja.

Maa Shailputri:

The first form of Durgaji, Maa Shailputri, favors white and pure bhog items. Therefore, on the first Navratri, white offerings are made to please Maa Shailputri. If you seek a healthy and disease-free life for your family, offer white bhog made from pure cow's ghee.

Maa Brahmachari:

On the second day of Navratri, during the puja and archana of Maa Brahmachari, offer her mishri (rock sugar), sugar, and panchamrit (a mixture of milk, curd, honey, ghee, and sugar). The Devi relishes pure sweetness like mishri, and by offering this bhog, she blesses the devotee with longevity and a healthy life.

Maa Chandraghanta:

The third form, Maa Chandraghanta, loves milk and milk products. Therefore, during puja, offer her milk and milk-based items as bhog. After offering the bhog, distribute these items as prasad (sacred food). Pleased, the Devi will eliminate long-standing problems and bring prosperity and happiness to the home.

Maa Kushmanda:

Maa Kushmanda favors malpua (a sweet pancake). Offer her malpua made in pure desi ghee (clarified butter) as bhog, and after puja, donate it as prasad to a Brahmin. Consume it yourself and feed it to your family members as well. Pleased, the Devi enhances the intellect and decision-making abilities of the household and family members. Students, in particular, reap immense benefits from puja on this day.

Maa Skandmata:

The goddess of the fifth day, Maa Skandmata, loves bananas as prasad. Therefore, worship her on this day and offer her bananas as bhog. You can also offer other fruits if you wish. After the puja, distribute the prasad among everyone. Doing so will bestow upon you excellent health and a disease-free body.

Maa Katyayani:

The goddess of the sixth day, Maa Katyayani, favors honey as bhog. On this day, worship the Devi by offering her pure honey. Do consume honey in some form yourself as well. Pleased, the Devi grants devotees beautiful skin, a healthy body, and increased happiness and prosperity.

Maa Kalaratri:

On the seventh day, offer jaggery (unrefined cane sugar) as bhog to Maa Kalaratri. After puja, donate the jaggery to a Brahmin and distribute the prasad made from jaggery. This will alleviate long-standing grief and protect from adversities.

Maa MahaGauri:

The eighth day is dedicated to the puja and archana of Maa MahaGauri. Many people also perform kanya puja (worship of young girls) on this day. Offer a coconut as bhog to the Devi. Doing so will fulfill all your desires.

Maa Siddhidatri:

On the ninth day, Mahnavami, offer halwa (a sweet pudding), chana (chickpeas), and puri (fried bread) as bhog. During kanya puja, distribute the same prasad to the kanya (girls). Durga Maa is fond of halwa puri prasad, and the parayan (religious recitation) performed on Navami blesses the devotee with all forms of prosperity and happiness.

In brief what to offer-



Maa Shailputri

White foods (milk, curd, paneer, mishri, sugar, rice)

Maa Brahmachari

Mishri, sugar, panchamrit

Maa Chandraghanta

Milk and milk-based items (kheer, rabri, milk laddoos)

Maa Kushmanda


Maa Skandmata

Banana (other fruits optional)

Maa Katyayani


Maa Kalaratri


Maa MahaGauri


Maa Siddhidatri

Halwa, chana, puri

Additional Points to Keep in Mind:

  • The bhog should always be clean and delicious.

  • Before offering the bhog, bathe Maa Durga and adorn her with decorations.

  • After offering the bhog, leave it for an hour, then distribute it as prasad.

  • You can offer other bhog items as well according to your wishes.

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