Ashadha Gupta Navratri is an auspicious 9-day observance that is dedicated to worshipping nine different forms of Goddess Shakti or Durga. It is one of the important festivities observed by Hindus with utmost devotion and enthusiasm. Ashadha Navratri is observed from the ‘Pratipada’ (1st day) till the ‘Navami’ (9th day) of the Shukla Paksha (the waxing phase of moon) in the ‘Ashadha’ month of the traditional Hindu calendar. In the English calendar, this observance falls between the months of June-July. In the Hindu observance, there are four Navratris observed in a year. Of these, the Chaitra Navratri and Ashwin Navratri are known to all while the Navratri during the month of Ashadha and Magha are observed as ‘Gupta’ (not known to all) Navratris. Ashadha Navratri is also popularly known as ‘Shakambhari Navratri’ or ‘Gayatri Navratri’ and is celebrated with immense gaiety and reverence in all parts of India, especially the northern states.

Ashadha Gupta Navratri 2018 was on July 13 Friday

Rituals during Ashadha Gupta Navratri:

During the 9-day period of Ashadha Gupta Navratri, Hindu devotees pray to Goddess Durga with full dedication. Devotees get up early during this period. Each of these 9 days is unique in its observance and different forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped on each day. The Ashadha Gupta Navratri schedule is as follows:

  • Day 1: Pratipada Tithi – Ghatasthapana and Shailpurti Puja
  • Day 2: Dwitia Tithi – Brahmacharini Puja
  • Day 3: Tritiya Tithi – Chandraghanta Puja
  • Day 4: Chaturthi Tithi – Kushmanda Puja
  • Day 5: Panchami Tithi – Skandamata Puja
  • Day 6: Shasthi Tithi – Katyayani Puja
  • Day 7: Saptami Tithi – Kalaratri Puja
  • Day 8: Ashtami Tithi – Maha Gauri Puja
  • Day 9: Navami Tithi – Siddhidatri Puja
  • The 10th day is observed as Vijaya Dashami Puja and brings an end to the Navratri festivities.
  • Some of the devotees also observe strict fasting during the 9-day Ashadha Gupta Navratri. They eat only pure, Saatvik food once during the day. If due to some health reasons, devotees cannot keep strict fast, partial fasting is also allowed. During this time eating ‘Phalahaar’ food, along with fruits and milk is also allowed.
  • During the Ashadha Gupta Navratri period, Hindu devotees chant mantras dedicated to Goddess Durga to invoke Her divine blessings. Reciting religious scriptures like ‘Durga Saptshati’, ‘Devi Mahaatmya’ and ‘Shrimad-Devi Bhagwat’ is considered very auspicious.
  • Hindu devotees also chant ‘Durga Battissi’ or 32 different names of Goddess Shakti during the Ashadha Gupta Navratri. It is believed that this practice ends all the problems and helps the devotees to achieve peace in life.

Important Timings On Ashadha Gupta Navratri

Sunrise13-Jul-2018 08:17 AM
Sunset13-Jul-2018 19:12 PM
Pratipada Tithi Starts13-Jul-2018 08:17 AM
Pratipada Tithi Ends14-Jul-2018 04:32 AM
Abhijit Muhurat Time 12:05 PM - 12:59 PM
Ghatasthapana Muhurta 08:17 AM - 11:55 AM
Place : Ujjain [ India ] Time Zone : IST (+05:30)

Ashadha Gupta Navratri is one of the significant festivals of Hindus. Devotees offer prayers to Goddess Shakti to seek Her divine blessings for a prosperous life. The Ashadha Gupta Navratri holds special importance for Tantriks and Sadhaks. During the ancient Vedic age, this Gupta Navratri was only known to few accomplished ‘Sadhaks’ or Sages. It is believed that by performing ‘Saadhna’ for Goddess Durga during this period will put an end to all materialistic problems. Hence Ashadha Gupta Navratri is mostly popular for Tantrik Puja. During this period, the Sadhaks invoke Goddess Durga to be bestowed with knowledge, wealth and success.

Ashadha Gupta Navratri festival dates between 2015 & 2025

2015Friday, 17th of July
2016Tuesday, 5th of July
2017Saturday, 24th of June
2018Friday, 13th of July
2019Wednesday, 3rd of July
2020Monday, 22nd of June
2021Sunday, 11th of July
2022Thursday, 30th of June
2023Monday, 19th of June
2024Saturday, 6th of July
2025Thursday, 26th of June

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