Magha Gupta Navratri is an auspicious 9-day period that is dedicated to worshipping the nine different forms of Goddess Shakti. It is observed from the ‘Pratipada’ (1st day) to the ‘Navami’ (9th day) during the Shukla Paksha (the waxing phase of moon) in the ‘Magha’ month of the traditional Hindu calendar. Magha Gupta Navratri is also known as ‘Shishir Navratri’ as it falls between the winter months of January-February. It is an important occurrence for Sadhaks, tantriks and any person desiring to resolve materialistic problems. The word ‘gupt’ is a Hindi word meaning ‘secret’ and therefore Magha Gupta Navratri is known to less people unlike the other prominent Navratris observed during the Hindu month of ‘Vasant’ and ‘Chaitra’. Magha Gupta Navratri is predominately celebrated in the northern states of India namely, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

Magha Gupta Navratri 2017 was on January 28 Saturday

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Goddess Durga

Goddess Durga

Rituals during Magha Gupta Navratri:

  • During Magha Gupta Navratri, Hindu devotees get up at the time of sunrise and take an early bath. After finishing the morning rituals they clean and decorate the place of worship and begin making preparations.
  • An idol of Goddess Durga is placed on a red cloth and worshipped with vermillion, rice, colourful flowers, dhoop and incense sticks. Devotees also offer chunri, bindi and bangles to the Goddess. This nine day ritual begins on Pratipada and ends on Navami, in which nine different forms of Goddess is worshipped on each day. The puja rituals for specific days are given below:
    • Navratri Day 1: Pratipada – Ghatasthapana and Shailputri Puja
    • Navratri Day 2: Dwitiya – Brahmacharini Puja
    • Navratri Day 3: Tritiya – Chandraghanta Puja
    • Navratri Day 4: Chaturthi – Kushmanda Puja
    • Navratri Day 5: Panchami – Skandamata Puja
    • Navratri Day 6: Sashthi – Katyayani Puja
    • Navratri Day 7: Saptami – Kaal Ratri Puja
    • Navratri Day 8: Ashtami – Mahagauri Puja and Sandhi Puja
    • Navratri Day 9: Navami – Siddhidatri Puja
  • The tenth day ‘dashami’ marks the end of the Navratri celebrations and is observed as Navratri Parana.
  • Devotees keep a strict fast during this 9-day long Magha Gupta Navratri. The observer of this vrat can eat only one meal after finishing the puja rituals of the day and offering food to a Brahmin. Some people can also observe partial fasting in which eating fruits and dairy products are allowed.
  • It is very auspicious to recite ‘Durga Mantra’ 108 times during the Magha Gupta Navratri. Also reading Durga Stotra during this period appeases Goddess Durga to shower Her love and affection on devotees.

Important Timings On Magha Gupta Navratri

Sunrise28-Jan-2017 07:12 AM
Sunset28-Jan-2017 18:07 PM
Pratipada Tithi Starts28-Jan-2017 05:37 AM
Pratipada Tithi Ends29-Jan-2017 05:44 AM
Abhijit Muhurat Time 12:18 PM - 13:01 PM
Ghatasthapana Muhurta 07:12 AM - 10:50 AM
Goddess Shailputri(Daughter of Lord Himalaya) is worshipped on the first day of Navratri.
Place : Ujjain [ India ] Time Zone : IST (+05:30)

Significance of Magha Gupta Navratri:

The Magha Gupta Navratri is one of the longest and pious Hindu festivals that are celebrated in honour of Goddess Shakti or Durga. As per the Hindu legends, Goddess Durga is known to be the alleviator of distress and devotees earnestly worship Her for showing kindness. It is believed that puja done during the auspicious Magha Gupta Navratri shields an individual from any injuries or danger and also helps in attainment of Riddhi & Siddhi. A person who sincerely fasts during the Magha Gupta Navratri receives the divine blessings of Goddess Durga in the form of knowledge, prosperity and wealth.

Magha Gupta Navratri festival dates between 2014 & 2024

YearDate
2014Friday, 31st of January
2015Wednesday, 21st of January
2016Tuesday, 9th of February
2017Saturday, 28th of January
2018Thursday, 18th of January
2019Tuesday, 5th of February
2020Saturday, 25th of January
2021Friday, 12th of February
2022Wednesday, 2nd of February
2023Sunday, 22nd of January
2024Saturday, 10th of February
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