Among all the numbers, the number 9 has its own significance among various aspects of knowledge, be it math or science. However, this importance is not invented in the 20th century at all, it’s an ancient yet highly proven ideal of knowledge. Number nine is found everywhere in Ancient India. Be it Mahabharata, which has 18 chapters, which is total 9. Even when we look at the Navavidha Bhakti Margas – 9 paths to enlightenment.
And most prominently, the nine form of Shakti – The Nava Durga. The festival of Dussehra signifies the power of 9 where it show the infinite potential embedded in everything in the universe, in the forms of energy i.e Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Shakti Roopena Samsthitah. This means the mother goddess can be found in everything in the form of energy. This festival is also a direct anecdote for self-conquest.
When we clearly study the 9 forms of The Divine Mother, the stages of self-conquest, which are, Siddhidatri – the primeval formless energy, Kushmanda – The Radiant power within, Brahmacharini – The Eternal Virgin, Shailaputri – Daughter of Mountain, Mahagauri – The Heavenly Fair, Chandraghanta – Bearer of the crescent moon, Skandamata – The Divine Mother, Katyayani – The Warrior, and Kalaratri – The Self Conqueror.
This significance has also been reaffirmed in the world of Science by Sir Nikola Tesla, he said ‘If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.’ He also gave much importance to Number 9 and considered it as one of the three divine numbers which are 3,6,9. Instead of looking at Dussehra as a festival limited to a couple of concrete cities, we have to look beyond and understand that its the festival of self conquest. The one who contemplates it, and apply that knowledge in one life, will be victorious over his/her limitations, habits, dogmas and illusions.