As per this blog , we have the following verses in reference to the Vāhana (vehicle - mount) of goddess Durgā on which she’s said to arrive and depart during the Navarātris.

  • Arrival

शशिसूर्ये गजारूढ़ा शनिभौमे तुरंगमे ।
गुरुशुक्रे च दोलायां बुधे नौका प्रकीर्तिता ॥
फलम् - गजे च जलदा देवी छत्रभङ्ग तुरंगमे ।
नौकायां सर्व सिद्धिस्यात् दोलायां मरणं धुव्रम् ॥

  • If the Navarātri begin on a Sunday or Monday, then goddess Durgā arrives on an elephant, prophesying rainfall.
  • On a Navarātri beginning on Saturday or Tuesday, the goddess arrives on a horse, prophesying a power transition.
  • If the Navarātri begin on a Thursday or Friday, the goddess arrives on a palanquin, prophesying war, people’s suffering and bloody massacre.
  • If the Navarātri begin on a Wednesday, the goddess arrives seated on a boat, prophesying overall prosperity and wellbeing of the devotees.

  • Departure

The 'departure day' is to be taken as the day on which the Dashmi tithi falls.

शशिसूर्यदिने यदि सा विजया महिषा गमनेरूज शोककरा ।
शनिभौमे यदि सा विजया चरणायुधयानकरी विकला ॥
बुधशुक्रे यदि सा विजया गजवाहनगा शुभवृष्टिकरा ।
सुरराजगुरौ यदि सा विजया नरवाहनगा शुभसौख्यकरा ॥

  • If the day of goddess’s departure, i.e., the Dashmi tithi, coincides with a Sunday or Monday, then the goddess departs seated on a Buffalo, prophesying grief and misery.
  • If the departure is on a Saturday or Tuesday, then the goddess departs on seated on a rooster, prophesying discomfort and perplexity
  • If the departure is on a Wednesday or Friday, then the mount is an elephant, prophesying prosperous rains.
  • If the departure coincides with a Thursday, the goddess departs on a Human, prophesying happiness & peace.

Question is, which texts contain these descriptions?

As per some sources of dubious accuracy, it's found in the Devī Bhāgavatapurāṇa, and/or a certain text called Medinī Jyotiṣa (or Muṇ‍ḍena Jyotiṣa), but I cannot locate it anywhere.

So, where are these verses found?

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    The Bengali Durga Puja which lasts for 4 days and takes place in October also follows the same rule. Bengali Panjika mentions the arrival and departure and the effect of each year. Eager to know the answer. Apr 11, 2022 at 7:18
  • I did not know such a simple rule decides the outcome! Apr 11, 2022 at 9:08
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    Haha, yes @AmritenduMukhopadhyay maybe something similar to the Butterfly effect!!
    – Vivikta
    Apr 12, 2022 at 13:01


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