Navratri is celebrated with great zeal across Northern and Eastern India. It is symbolic of the celebration of nine nights of battle of the good against the evil with the result of victory of the good on the tenth day. During this period, Mother Durga is worshipped as the deity of power, energy and wisdom.

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When is Navarathri celebrated?

Navratri is usually celebrated twice in a year—once during spring and once during autumn. Both these times during the year witness marked planetary changes as per the lunar calendar. Sharad Navratri or Maha Navratri is commonly celebrated during the Indian month of Ashvina that commences from the first day of the lunar fortnight. As per the English calendar, it usually falls in the months of September and October.

Spiritual Significance of Navrathri

According to mythology, there are different tales behind the inception of Navratri.

  • Mahishashur, the king of demons had started a war against the Gods in heaven. To combat him, all Gods including the trinity of Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu pooled in their divine powers to give birth to the mother of power and 'Shakti'. Thus Goddess Durga was created and she with her power and wisdom killed Mahishasur after nine nights of furious battle against him. The tenth day of victory is thus celebrated as Vijaya Dashami, the day of victory of good over the evil.
  • Lord Rama was about to enter a war against Ravana to save Sita from his imprisonment in Lanka. Before starting the battle, Rama worshipped Goddess Durga seeking her blessings. For the puja, he required 108 lotuses. To complete the count, when Rama was about to remove one of his eyes, Goddess Durga emerged and blessed him with her divine 'shakti'. Rama won the battle on that day.
  • Uma, the daughter of Daksh—the king of the Himalayas is said to come home for ten days during Navratri. Uma married Lord Shiva and this festival celebrates her home coming on earth.

Rituals of Navarathri

  • During the nine nights of worship, Goddess Durga is worshipped as 'Shakti'—the deity of power for the first three days; the next three days she is worshipped as Lakshmi—the deity of wealth and the last three days, she is worshipped as Saraswati—the deity of knowledge and wisdom.
  • During this period, devotees keep fasts and usually avoid grains, onions, meat and alcohol in their meals. Special Navratri food is prepared in North India for such devotees keeping a fast.
  • In Eastern India, Navratri is celebrated as Durga Puja and is the biggest festival throughout the year. Big pandals are set up, illuminated with light and different cultural activities are held during this time.
  • In Gujarat and Maharashtra, Navratri is known as Garba or Dandiya where local people dance wearing traditional clothes and dandiya sticks in hand.
  • In Goa, special zatras start during Navratri and the Saraswat Brahmin temples are decorated for the festival. Devotees worship the Dasha Maitrikas with sandalwood paste, kumkum and new clothes & ornaments.

Important Timings On Navratri

Sunrise21-Sep-2017 06:18 AM
Sunset21-Sep-2017 18:20 PM
Pratipada Tithi Starts20-Sep-2017 10:59 AM
Pratipada Tithi Ends21-Sep-2017 10:34 AM
Abhijit Muhurat Time 11:55 AM - 12:43 PM
Ghatasthapana Muhurta 06:18 AM - 10:19 AM
Place : Ujjain [ India ] Time Zone : IST (+05:30)

Navratri festival dates between 2014 & 2024

2014Thursday, 25th of September
2015Tuesday, 13th of October
2016Saturday, 1st of October
2017Thursday, 21st of September
2018Wednesday, 10th of October
2019Sunday, 29th of September
2020Saturday, 17th of October
2021Thursday, 7th of October
2022Monday, 26th of September
2023Sunday, 15th of October
2024Thursday, 3rd of October
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