\u015ar\u012bvidy\u0101 is the mystical science of San\u0101tana-dharma that eulogizes the Supreme as Lalit\u0101-tripurasundar\u012b. She is the embodiment of spiritual potency or \u015aakti, that animates all creation, including the manifestations of Godheads. \u0100di \u015aa\u1e45kara states, \u0936\u093f\u0935\u0903 \u0936\u0915\u094d\u0924\u094d\u092f\u093e \u092f\u0941\u0915\u094d\u0924\u094b \u092f\u0926\u093f \u092d\u0935\u0924\u093f \u0936\u0915\u094d\u0924\u0903 \u092a\u094d\u0930\u092d\u0935\u093f\u0924\u0941\u0902 \u0928 \u091a\u0947\u0926\u0947\u0935\u0902 \u0926\u0947\u0935\u094b \u0928 \u0916\u0932\u0941 \u0915\u0941\u0936\u0932\u0903 \u0938\u094d\u092a\u0928\u094d\u0926\u093f\u0924\u0941\u092e\u092a\u093f\u0964 \u0905\u0924\u0938\u094d\u0924\u094d\u0935\u093e\u092e\u093e\u0930\u093e\u0927\u094d\u092f\u093e\u0902 \u0939\u0930\u093f\u0939\u0930\u0935\u093f\u0930\u093f\u091e\u094d\u091a\u094d\u092f\u093e\u0926\u093f\u092d\u093f\u0930\u092a\u093f \u092a\u094d\u0930\u0923\u0928\u094d\u0924\u0941\u0902 \u0938\u094d\u0924\u094b\u0924\u0941\u0902 \u0935\u093e \u0915\u0925\u092e\u0915\u0943\u0924\u092a\u0941\u0923\u094d\u092f\u0903 \u092a\u094d\u0930\u092d\u0935\u0924\u093f\u0965 \u015biva\u1e25 \u015bakty\u0101 yukto yadi bhavati \u015bakta\u1e25 prabhavitu\u1e43 na cedeva\u1e43 devo na khalu ku\u015bala\u1e25 spanditumapi | atastv\u0101m\u0101r\u0101dhy\u0101\u1e43 hariharaviri\u00f1cy\u0101dibhirapi pra\u1e47antu\u1e43 stotu\u1e43 v\u0101 kathamak\u1e5btapu\u1e47ya\u1e25 prabhavati || Saundaryalahar\u012b \u015aiva, only if united with \u015aakti is empowered to act. Else, He remains, bereft of potency, even to stir. While so, how does one, devoid of any merit, endeavour to salute Thee or praise Thee, who art worthy of the adulation of the Gods, headed by the Trinity1? At the highest plane of awareness, the Supreme is an undivided triune of Being (sat), Consciousness (cit), and Bliss (\u0101nanda). At this state, no creation is possible. When the triune splits into distinct sections and unites with the potency (\u015aakti) of the Supreme, Kriy\u0101 (agency) is born, and creation evolves. Thus, the Supreme being too, devoid of potency, is inanimate. \u015aa\u1e45kara hints here, at this subtle truth behind creation, and glorifies the Dev\u012b, from whom proceeds all of creation. He argues to Her Absoluteness by stating it is She who lends \u015aiva animism, and it is in creation that liberation is found. The ten days of Navar\u0101tri are dedicated primarily, to the worship of this potency that animates creation and enables liberation2. The ten-day festival is informed by the Pur\u0101\u1e47ic episode of Goddess Ca\u1e47\u1e0d\u012b slaying the asuras, Madhu-Kai\u1e6dabha and \u015aumbha-Ni\u015bumbha. The Dev\u012b-m\u0101h\u0101tmyam3 describes in great detail, how the malevolent asuras were slain by the Dev\u012b. The anecdote is believed also to be, allegorical of the triumph of man over inner rajas and tamas. On this day, the first of the ten sacred days, may the Dev\u012b impel our intellect towards Divine knowledge, our hearts towards sacred thoughts, and our hands towards service to fellow man. \u092f\u093e \u0926\u0947\u0935\u0940 \u0938\u0930\u094d\u0935\u092d\u0942\u0924\u0947\u0937\u0941 \u092c\u0941\u0926\u094d\u0927\u093f\u0930\u0942\u092a\u0947\u0923 \u0938\u0902\u0938\u094d\u0925\u093f\u0924\u093e\u0964 \u0928\u092e\u0938\u094d\u0924\u0938\u094d\u092f\u0948 \u0928\u092e\u0938\u094d\u0924\u0938\u094d\u092f\u0948 \u0928\u092e\u0938\u094d\u0924\u0938\u094d\u092f\u0948 \u0928\u092e\u094b \u0928\u092e\u0903\u0965 y\u0101 dev\u012b sarvabh\u016bte\u1e63u buddhir\u016bpe\u1e47a sa\u1e41sthit\u0101 | namastasyai namastasyai namastasyai namo nama\u1e25 || My salutation to that Supreme one (Dev\u012b) who shines as the intellect in all creation. 1. \u0100di \u015aa\u1e45kara suggests, \u2018If Lord \u015aiva himself owes His ability to act to (the Potency that is) Dev\u012b, how then is he, a mere mortal, and that too, one devoid of any merit (pu\u1e47ya), to claim authorship of this laudatory verse?\u2019 After all, it is Dev\u012b alone, who has the power to act. 2. In some Northern states of India, Navar\u0101tri is also associated with the R\u0101ml\u012bl\u0101 festival. Amateur actors don the roles of various characters of the R\u0101m\u0101ya\u1e47a and enact the itih\u0101sa as related by Tulas\u012bd\u0101sa. 3. Chapters 81-93 of the M\u0101rka\u1e47\u1e0deya-pur\u0101\u1e47a are known as Dev\u012b-m\u0101h\u0101tmyam, and are ceremoniously chanted during Navar\u0101tri.