- Durga :goddess beyond reach;
- the auspicious power of time;
- Amba or Jagdamba: mother of the world;
- Annapurna: giver of food and plenty;
- Sarvamangala: auspicious goddess;
- Bhairavi: terrible, fearful, power of death;
- Chandika or Chandi: violent, wrathful, furious;
- Lalita: playful; and
- Bhavani: giver of existence.
On the first day of the Navaratras, grains of barley are planted in the puja room of the house. A small bed of mud is prepared in which barley seeds are sown after a small puja has been performed. Every day some water is sprinkled on it. On the tenth day, the shoots are about 3 - 5 inches in length. After the puja, these seedlings are pulled out and given to devotees as a blessing from god. The seedlings are placed on their caps, behind their ears, and inside books to bring good luck. This custom suggests a link to harvesting. The sowing and reaping of barley is symbolic of the "first fruit". Soon after this festival, the sugarcane crop is harvested and the winter crops are sown.