Significance of number 9 in Indian Culture.
Nava-patrika (नव पत्रिका)
The 9 leaves, herbs plants that
correspond to one of the nine Durgas (Navadurga):
rambha the banana stem, the jute plant,
turmeric, jayanti, vilva or wood apple fruits, dalim or
pomegranate, asoka, manaka or arum and dhanyam
or rice paddy is used in Bengal during Durga Puja.
Read the Nava and Navaratri Part 2 here
Nava-kundalini or the nine psychic centres.
- ABSOLUTE CHAKRA. in the brain area
- BROW CHAKRA, sometimes called the third eye, in the region of the pineal gland.
- THROAT CHAKRA that becomes soundless speech.
- HEART CHAKRA that promotes enduring devotion.
- NAVEL CHAKRA in the abdomen that gives contentment.
- GENITAL CHAKRA behind the pubic region that represents creation.
- BASE CHAKRA of inertia in the anus region.
- The two chakras in the centre and near the back of the left and right hands that are associated with touch sensitivity and guide the hand in sleep and in darkness.
The nine planets. Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu (Snake’s head) and Ketu (Snake’s tail) give us pleasure and serenity and remove obstacles from our way.
Nine gems that symbolically and astrologically represent the nine astrological bodies:
- Ruby (Manikyam or Padmarag): Sun
- Natural pearl (Mukta or Moti):Moon
- Red coral (Moonga or Pravalam):Mars
- Emerald (Marakatam or Panna):Mercury
- Yellow sapphire (Pushparagam):Jupiter
- Diamond (Hira or Vajram): Venus
- Blue sapphire (Indra-neelam):Saturn
- Hessonite (Gomedakam): Rahu
- Cat’s eye (Vaiduryam): Ketu