Navratri 2015 and its Significance

Navratri Festival

Navratri, the word is formed using two words 'Nava' and 'Ratri'. Nava means nine and Ratri means nights hence Navratri literally means nine nights. During the festival of Navratri, Maa Durga is worshipped and revered in Her various forms for ten days and nine nights. Navratri is celebrated four times a year, during the Navratri Festival the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga are revered and worshipped for nine nights and ten days. The four different Navratri that are celebrated are Magh Navratri, also known as Gupt Navratri (January – February), Vasant Navratri, also known as Chaitra Navratri (March - April), Ashad Navratri, also known as Gupt Navratri (June – July) and Shardiya Navratri, also known as Maha Navratri (September - October).

Out of these four Navratris the Vasant Navratri and Shardiya Navratri are especially considered important and auspicious by devotees. In 2015, Vasant Navratri Festival will be celebrated from 21st March to 29th March, 2015 and Shardiya Navratri will be celebrated from 13th October to 23rd October 2015. the nine nights of Navratri are considered as most auspicious period to perform devotional sadhanas, worship Goddess Durga and perform Navratri Puja. The nine manifestations of Goddess Durga are worshipped each day of Navratri these incarnations are Goddess Shailputri, Brahmcharni, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri. Worshipping the nine Goddess is the primary ritual of any Navratri Puja.

Rituals of Navratri Festival 2015

• First 3 days (1st - 3rd day of Navratri): The first three days of the nine days are dedicated to Goddess Durga, the Goddess of power. On the first day, barley seeds are sown in a mud pot and the pot is kept on the Puja Altar.
• Second 3 days (4th – 6th day of Navratri): The second three days of the nine days are dedicated to Goddess Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity.
• Third 3 days (7th – 9th day of Navratri): The next three days of the nine days are dedicated to Goddess Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge and learning.

Mahanavami : Navratri culminates with Mahanavami. Kanya Puja is performed on Mahanavami in which nine young girls (pre-puberty) representing the nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshiped and fed.

Navratri Puja Vidhi and Puja Samagri

Puja Samagri which is used for Navratri Puja includes:
• Photo or Idol of Goddess Durga of Navdurga • A clay pot with soil • Barley seeds • Kalash • Coconut
• Red cloth • Five Leaves from Mango tree • Flower garland • 10 Coins • Chowki
• Sacred Thread (Moli) •  Akshat (raw colored rice) • Incense • Chunri • Oil Lamp
• Naivedya • Roli for Tilak • Puja Plate • Bell • Flour
• Durga Saptshati book • Ganga Jal • Supari (Areca nuts) • Paan (Betel leaves) • Cloves
• Cardamom • Kumkum (vermilion) • Gulal    

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During nine days of Navratri Festival Goddess Durga is worshipped for all nine days. It’s best to conduct the Puja at a particular time each day, sunrise is considered as the best time. On the first day Sthapana of idol of Goddess Durga and the Kalash with mango leaves and coconut is done on the chowki. Also barley seeds are sown in the clay pot and watered. Offer the prayers to Maa Durga and conduct Aarti. To worship Goddess Durga one may recite the Durga Saptshati each day of the Navratri. On the ninth day of Navratri, Kanya Puja is done in which 9 girls (who haven’t attained puberty) symbolizing nine manifestations of Maa Durga are worshipped and fed.

Nav Durga – The nine manifestations of Maa Durga

Goddess Shailputri 21st March 2015 Day 1st Read More
Goddess Brahmacharini 22nd March 2015 Day 2ndRead More
Goddess Chandraghanta 22nd March 2015 Day 3rdRead More
Goddess Kushmanda 23rd March 2015 Day 4thRead More
Goddess Skanda Mata 24th March 2015 Day 5thRead More
Goddess Katyayani 25th March 2015 Day 6thRead More
Goddess Kaalratri 26th March 2015 Day 7thRead More
Goddess Maha Gauri 27th March 2015 Day 8th Read More
Goddess Siddhidatri 28th March 2015 Day 9th Read More

Legends of Navratri Festival in India

There are different legends associated with Navratri in different parts of India :
• North India: In North India it is believed that once there was a might demon Mahishasura who performed penance for Lord Shiva and gained unlimited power. Drunk with power he started terrorizing heaven and earth, terrified Gods asked Lord Shiva for help. Lord Shiva asked all Gods to combine their powers and create a divine female warrior Goddess Durga. Goddess Durga fought demon Mahishasura for nine days and nights and at the end of the ninth night She beheaded the demon. Thus the tenth day of Navratri is also celebrated as Vijayadashami.
     Another legend is that Lord Ram worshipped Maa Durga in Her nine manifestations for nine nights before the war with demon king Ravana. On the tenth day Lord Ram slayed the demon king Ravana. Thus the nine nights are celebrated as Navratri and the tenth day as Vijayadashami or Dusshera.

• East India: In East India it is believed that Maa Uma, the daughter of king Daksha, the king of the Himalayas was a devotee of Lord Shiva and wanted to marry Him. To win over Lord Shiva Maa Uma performed severe penance and managed to please Lord Shiva. But king Daksha wasn't pleased with his daughter choice and once when he organized a Yajna he didn't invite Lord Shiva. Angered with Her husband's insult Maa Uma ended Her life by jumping into the agnikund of the Yagna. Thus Maa Uma came to be known as Goddess Sati, Maa Uma took re-birth and again won Lord Shiva as her groom. It is believed that during Navratri, Maa Uma comes down to earth every year with Ganesh, Kartik, Saraswati and Laxmi and two of her best friends Jaya and Bijaya.

Chaitra Navratri 2015 Puja Date & Vidhi

21st March 2015 Navratri Day 1 22nd March 2015 Navratri Day 2, 3
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Pratipada

Ghatasthapana
Chandra Darshan
Shailputri Puja

Description: Chandraghanta

Dwitiya

Sindhara Dooj
Brahmacharini Puja



Gauri Teej

Saubhagya Teej
Chandraghanta Puja

23rd March 2015 Navratri Day 4 24th March 2015 Navratri Day 5
Description: Kushmanda

Chaturthi

Kushmanda Puja
Varad Vinayaka Chauth

Description: Skanda Mata

Panchami

Naag Puja
Lakshmi Panchami
Skandamata Puja

25th March 2015 Navratri Day 6 26th March 2015 Navratri Day 7
Description: Kaalratri

Shashthi

Skanda Sashti
Yamuna Chhath
Katyayani Puja

Description: Kaalratri

Saptami

Maha Saptami
Kalaratri Puja

27th March 2015 Navratri Day 8 28th March 2015 Navratri Day 9
Description: Maha Gauri

Durga Ashtami

Mahagauri Puja
Annapurna Ashtami
Sandhi Puja

Description: Siddhidatri

Navami

Rama Navami
Siddhidatri Maha Puja

29th March 2015 Navratri Day 10
Description: Siddhidatri

Dashami

Navratri Parana

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