Category: Prayer for the Nations
Last Updated: Mon, September 29, 2014
Navratri (meaning “nine nights” in Sanskrit) is a Hindu festival that celebrates the triumph of good over evil. It’s dedicated to the worship of Shakti, the “mother goddess” or female divine power, and each day focuses on a different form of this goddess.
Navratri is actually three festivals in one: Navratri, Durga Puja (which is observed during the last several days) and Dusshera (the 10th and last day). Many observe fasts, perform rituals in their homes and celebrate with specials dances. While these festivals are celebrated in different ways in different regions, for many they are most important time of worship in the entire year.
This time of spiritual focus can provide unique opportunities for cross-cultural workers and local believers to share the gospel, but it is also a time of great spiritual darkness, despite the celebratory atmosphere. Here’s how you can pray for Hindus, Hindu-background believers and workers seeking to plant churches among Hindus—during Navratri and beyond!