Be it ‘navaratri’ or ‘navagrahas’, number nine is a significant part of the Indian psyche from time immemorial.
The number nine is often associated with a divine connotation in the mystical thought and religions across the globe from ancient times. There is both, negativity and positivity in this mysterious nine! Not to talk of the numeral 9, which is often cited as a ‘lucky number’ for many these days!
The ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ comprises nine graces: love, peace, suffering, gentle, good, faith, meek and temperance. The ‘gifts of the Spirit’ are 9 in number: the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, tongues, and interpretation of tongues. And if the English saying that a cat has nine lives is to be believed, well the West is not far behind!
These nine moods or ‘navarasa’ came to be associated with artistic expression in ancient Indian dance, music, drama, sculpture, painting and any mode of expression in art. If Bharata Muni’s Natyasastra comes clear on the navarasa denoting nine bhavas or emotions, similar emotions were also defined and expressed in certain ragas (musical notes) or lyrics (kritis) as in sculptures or picture paintings.
My Analysis based on NO 9
Number 9 is the number of magic.
Nine is a sacred number.
Nine is the number of completion and fulfillment.
Nine is a symbol of wisdom and good leadership.
Nine is the number of heaven.
In Hinduism nine is the number of Brahma, the Creator.
The Pythagoreans called the number nine the “Ennead”.
They thought of nine as unlucky as it is one short of ten. The Pythagoreans considered ten to be Perfect.
In October 2016, Dubai-based realtor and chairman of RSG Group of Companies, Balvinder Sahni, also known as Abu Saba, forked out 33 million dirhams (₹60 crore) for a special vehicle number plate that was auctioned by the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority. Reason: The special number plate, D5, adds up to nine [D(4) + 5 = 9], which Sahni considers auspicious. He is not the only one to think like this.
For many Indians, the number nine plays an important role in their lives, especially while buying property and jewellery as well as registering vehicles. As per Hindu astrology, the number is ruled by the planet Mars, which is associated with power, energy and movement.
Number 9 – Fun Facts
November comes from the Latin word “novem”, meaning nine.
The atomic number for nine is fluorine.
In Japan the number nine may be considered unlucky. When number nine is pronounced, it sounds like the word for “pain”.
A nine-sided polygon is called a nonagon and also an enneagon.
Norwegian runner, Grete Waitz won the New York Marathon nine times.
For the Hebrews nine is a symbol of truth.
When multiplied number 9 always reproduces itself.