This tradition stems from the notion that God is neither male nor female. According to Hinduism, God is a spirit without a body and part of everything within existence. Hindus believe God can take the form of a variety of Gods and Goddesses, each one symbolising a significant characteristic. Navaratri is a time to reflect upon the power of the Mother Goddess and the gift of life. We all depend on the ability of women to give new life through birth, and this tradition reflects such gratitude. In Hinduism, all forms of God depend on Shakti, the female side of God’s personality. There are many forms of Shakti, each one symbolising a different, yet important female characteristic. Durga, the warrior incarnation of the supreme mother is particularly worshipped in this tradition. The protective, caring, loving and strong aspects of the female personality are emphasised through the rituals, beliefs and underlining story.
TrueTube has provided an assembly script which highlights the key elements of this Hindu tradition. It includes the story of the Goddes Durga, key features about the religion itself, and suggested activities. The accompanying film explores the life of a young Hindu called Jai and his personal religious journey. The colour and passion underlining Navaratri does not have to be limited to the Hindu world, let it come to life in your early morning assembly.