Navadurga means the nine forms of Maa Durga. But few people know that there are nine herbs that represent the essence of Navadurga. In the Markandeya Purana, these nine herbs are mentioned as possessing the essential properties of Durga. Lord Brahma also called it Durga Kavacha. It means a shield that protects us from illness. What is the relationship between Navadurga and Ayurvedic herbs..? Which form of Goddess Durga should be worshipped to cure which illness..?
Medicinal plants play an important role in keeping our bodies healthy. There is much evidence of its use in authentic texts such as Indian Puranas, Upanishads, Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is called Durgakavaka in the teachings of Lord Brahma. Hanuman saved Lakshmana’s life through herbs obtained from herbs, which are still used by doctors to treat human ailments even today. What is the relationship between Navadurga and Ayurvedic herbs?
Haritaki is an important herb used in Ayurveda and is known as the king of medicines. Haritaki(Myrobalan) is a form of Shailaputri Devi and is a medicine used in many types of ailments. It is the main medicine of Ayurveda. It consists of seven types namely Pathaya, Haritika, Amrita, Hemavati, Kayastha, Chetaki and Shreyasi.
Brahmi enhances age and memory, removes blood disorders and mellows the voice. Hence it is also called Saraswati. It is known by various names in India like Safed Chamni in Hindi, Soumalata in Sanskrit, Varna in Malayalam, Nirabramhi, Ghol in Marathi, Jal Brahmi, Jal Newari in Gujarati and its scientific name is bacopa monnieri.
Petha sweet is prepared from this medicine. Hence this form is called Peth. Also known as Kumada, it helps cleanse the stomach by removing blood disorders. It is like an elixir for mental diseases. Kumada’s sacrifice is very dear to the mother. That is why she is called Kushmanda Devi.
Goddess Skandamata is present in the medicinal form of flax seed. It is a good remedy for Vata, pitta and Kapha diseases. Flaxseed is said to be nutritious, aphrodisiac, and relieves back pain and swelling.
Goddess Katyayani is known by many names in Ayurveda like Amba, Ambika, and Ambalika. Besides, she is also known as Moya. This medicine destroys phlegm, pitta and throat diseases.
This deity is known as Machipatre Amishti. She is known as Mahayogini, Mahayogishwari, who is beneficial in curing all kinds of diseases and is a medicine that gives victory everywhere, which removes disorders of the mind and brain.
There are seven types of Tulsi, White Tulsi, Black Tulsi, Maruta, Davana, Kudreka, Arjaka and Shatpatra. It purifies the blood and destroys heart diseases. The botanical name of basil is Ocimum sanctum. The Tulsi plant has religious and medicinal importance. Tulsi leaves are used for the prevention and treatment of cold, cough, liver disease, malaria, dental disease and respiratory diseases. Tulsi is also used as a liver tonic in many cases. It has scientific significance. Tulsi leaves are used daily in puja and consumed as prasad to get rid of serious diseases.
The ninth form of Durga is Siddhidatri, also known as Narayani Shatavari. It is useful for strength, intelligence and discernment. It is also known as Shatamooli and Satamooli. It is especially good for women. There are many varieties of Shatavari, among which green, white, and purple tri-colour Shatavari is very popular. It has vines and bushes.