Navratri - a time to celebrate the divine power of Goddess Durga. Goddess Durga symbolizes divine feminine energy/shakti. In some parts of India, Navratri is also known as Durga Puja. It is a celebration of the triumph of good over evil. The 10th day is celebrated as Dussehra, which is also known as Vijay-Dashmi.
Maa Durga in all her majesty
Navratri has a peculiarity when compared to other festivals. All 9 days of Navratri is celebrated in different colors. The different colours symbolize the nine avatars of Goddess Durga. The first colour of the Navratri is decided based on the week day when the festival begins. In this dangerously fast world, everyone is hooked up to their devices or engrossed with their cyber life on social media. Work and life demands so much from us. Here is where Navratri is significant.
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Navratri is the time that you withdraw yourself from all distractions and stress and to just be at peace with yourself and the world. Withdraw from the mind, and rest in the spirit. It is the time to rejuvenate your mind and body. Practicing abstinence and fasting help slow down bodily functions. Taking part in pujas, meditation and chanting mantras helps slow down the mind. It helps attract positive energy to you. Navratri is also a time to wear colorful clothes, look your best and let your hair down.
Navratri Day 1 is celebrated to honour Goddess Shailaputri.
Maa Shailaputri is the absolute form of Mother Nature. She is also known as Goddess Parvati. The designated color of the day is Royal Blue.
Rituals: Ghatasthapana, Chandra Darshan, Shailputri Puja
Goddess Durga in one of her avatars
Navratri Day 2 is celebrated to honour Goddess Brahmacharini
Brahmacharini refers to a celibate female who lives in an Ashrama with her Guru along with other brahmacharini students. She is depicted wearing white clothes and holding a japa mala and a Kamandal. The designated color of the day is Yellow.
Rituals: Brahmacharini Puja
Deities galore for all your wishes
Navratri Day 3 is celebrated to honour Goddess Chandraghanta
Chandraghanta's third eye is always opened and she always ready for war against demons to eradicate sins, distresses, physical sufferings and mental tribulations. The designated color of the day is Green.
Rituals: Sindoor Tritiya, Chandraghanta Puja, Varad Vinayaka Chauth
Seeking blessings of goddess Durga
Navratri Day 4 is celebrated to honour Goddess Kushmanda
She is believed to have created the world with her divine smile. Ku means "a little", Ushma means "warmth" or "energy" and Anda means "cosmic egg". The designated color of the day is Grey.
Rituals: Kushmanda Puja, Upang Lalita Vrat
Maa Durga wins over the evil in this world
Navratri Day 5 is celebrated to honour Goddess Skandamata
Skanda is another name for war god Kartikeya and Mata is the term for mother. The designated color of the day is Orange.
Rituals: Skandamata Puja
Sculpted to perfection
Navratri Day 6 is celebrated to honour Goddess Katyayani. She is known for her strength, knowledge and wisdom. She is known to bless devotees with an inherent strength to face life's tribulations.
The designated color of the day is White
Rituals: Katyayani Puja
Navratri Day 7 is celebrated to honour Goddess Kalaratri
Goddess Kalaratri is widely regarded as one of the many destructive forms of Mother Goddess Durga.The seventh day of Navratri is dedicated to her and she is considered the fiercest form of the Mother Goddess. The designated color of the day is
Rituals: Saraswati Awahan, Kalaratri Puja
The ultimate defeat of demon Mahishasura by Durga devi
Navratri Day 8 is celebrated to honour Goddess Mahagauri
Mahagauri is worshipped on the eighth day of Navratri. It is believed that the one who worships the goddess gets relief from all the sufferings in ones life. The designated color of the day is Sky blue.
Rituals: Saraswati Puja, Durga Ashtami, Mahagauri Puja, Sandhi Puja
In the fight of good over evil, good wins!
Navratri Day 9 is celebrated to honour Goddess Siddhidatri
Goddess Siddhidarti is believed to grants wisdom and insight to those who appeal to her. She is associated with all achievements and perfections. The designated color of the day is Pink.
Rituals: Maha Navami, Ayudha Puja, Navami Homa
Durga Puja sculptures at their finest
Navratri Day 10
The 10th day is celebrated as Dussehra, which is also known as Vijay- Dashmi. It is celebrated to mark the victory of mythical King Lord Rama over the King of Sri Lanka, Ravana.
Rituals: Navratri Parana Durga Visarjan, Vijayadashami