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Chaitra Navratri – 2017

Chaitra Navratri starts 28th of March (Tuesday) onwards till 5th of April (Wednesday). The Hindu Lunar calendar starts with its first month Chaitra (March/April) therefore it is called Chaitra Navratri. It is also known as Vastant Navratri. The last day of this nine-day festival is celebrated as Ram Navami, the birth of Lord Rama. Chaitra Navratri, in Maharashtra begins with Gudi Padwa which is in Andhra Pradesh known as Ugadi. People of northern Indian celebrate Chaitra Navaratri with much excitement. As per Hindu calendar, the festival of Navratri happens twice a year; first at the start of summer (March-April) and the other called Shardiya Navratri in the beginning of winter (Sep-Oct). The customs and rituals observed during Chaitra Navratri are similar to the ones observed during the Shardiya Navratri in the month of September or October. Shardiya Navratri and Chaitra Navratri have the same Ghatasthapana Puja Vidhi.

Significance of Chaitra Navratri:

The entire festival that last for nine days devoted to the worship of Durga, the Shakti aspect of the Powerful Supreme. The Vedas consider Her to be the controlling agency of this material world of manifestations. Dur means ‘jail’ and ga means ‘to go’. This material world is like a jail wherein everyone is pushed in to enjoy, suffer and get punished by the laws of nature acting under Her superintendence. Durga manifests Herself in different forms. All the forms are absolutely divine and worshipped. Navratri means nine nights and it is a festival dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga. These nine nights are considered auspicious to worship and perform sadhanas dedicated to Her. The first three days of Navratri are dedicated to Goddess Durga, the next three to Goddess Lakshmi and the last three to Goddess Saraswati.

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Puja Timings and Rituals of Chaitra Navratri:

The rituals of Navratri include fasting for the nine days and performing Kanya Puja. This puja is done on the ninth day in which nine pre-puberty attained young girls symbolizing nine forms of Goddess Durga are fed and worshipped.

Chaitra Navratri Ghatasthapana Muhrat:

Ghatasthapana Muhurta = 08:26 to 10:24
Duration = 1 hr 57 Mins
Pratipada Tithi begins 08:26 on March 28, 2017
Pratipada Tithi ends 05:44 on March 29, 2017
On each day, a particular aspect of Devil is worshipped.

Day Date Deity To Be Worshipped Description of Deity
Day One 28th March 2017 Maa Shailputri The daughter of Parvatraj Himalaya (King of the Mountain), Shail means mountains and Putri means daughter.
Day Two 29th March 2017 Maa Brahmachaarini She personifies love, knowledge and wisdom. Brahmachaarini means the one who performs Tapas (penance).
Day Three 30th March 2017 Maa Chandraghanta Maa Chandraghanta is the Goddess of peace and serenity; She symbolizes supreme bliss and knowledge. She has a crescent moon on her forehead.
Day Four 31st March 2017 Maa Kushmaanda Maa Kushmaanda is the provider. She mounts a tiger and has eight arms which possess various weapons.
Day Five 1St April 2017 Maa Skand Mata She is the provider of knowledge. She is the one who gives the gift of differentiation of right from wrong to the world.
Day Six 2nd April 2017 Maa Kaatyayini She is the daughter of Rishi Kaytyayan. She is the one who persistently battles against the evil and deceitful entities.
Day Seven 3rd April 2017 Maa Kaalratri Kaalratri is the destroyer of darkness, evil and ignorance. She is the one who annihilated the demon Raktabeej.
Day Eight 4th April 2017 Maa Maha Gauri She has a fair completion and radiates peace and compassion. Her vehicle is a bull and She holds a trident and a drum.
Day Nine 5th April 2017 Maa Sidhidaarti She is regarded as the treasure house of Mystic Powers (Yantra and Tantra) and Knowledge (Gyaan).
Day Ten 6th April 2017 Rama Navami : The appearance day of Lord Rama

Mantra for Goddess Durga (Durga Stuti):

"Ya Devi SarvaBhutesu, Shakti RupenaSansitha,
Namastasyai, Namastasyai, Manastasyai, NamoNamaha!"
Meaning: The mantra helps in praising Goddess Durga who is omnipresent as the embodiment of power.

Durga Gayatri Mantra:

"Om Girijayai Cha Vidmahe,
Sivapriyayai Cha Dhimahi,
Tanno Durgih Prachodayat"
Meaning: This mantra helps the devotees to meditate on Devi, the wife of Lord Shiva and the origination of power behind Goddess Durga.

Shakti Mantra:

"Om Sarwa Swarupey Sareshey Sarwa Shakti Samanwithey
Bhaybhya traahino Devi Durgey Devi Namostuthey"
Meaning: The mantra offers salutation to the divine Mother Durga and offers Her with a prayer to bless the worshippers with unlimited power and strength to overcome all evil in life.

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