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 2018 was on January 18 Thursday
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
|Sunrise||18-Jan-2018 07:14 AM|
|Sunset||18-Jan-2018 18:00 PM|
|Pratipada Tithi Starts||17-Jan-2018 07:47 AM|
|Pratipada Tithi Ends||18-Jan-2018 10:12 AM|
|Abhijit Muhurat Time||12:15 PM - 12:58 PM|
|Ghatasthapana Muhurta||07:14 AM - 10:49 AM|
|Goddess Shailputri(Daughter of Lord Himalaya) is worshipped on the first day of Navratri.|
|Place : Ujjain [ India ]|
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 2015 & 2025
|2015||Wednesday, 21st of January|
|2016||Tuesday, 9th of February|
|2017||Saturday, 28th of January|
|2018||Thursday, 18th of January|
|2019||Tuesday, 5th of February|
|2020||Saturday, 25th of January|
|2021||Friday, 12th of February|
|2022||Wednesday, 2nd of February|
|2023||Sunday, 22nd of January|
|2024||Saturday, 10th of February|
|2025||Thursday, 30th of January|