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Chaitra Navratri 2018: Dates, Puja Muhurat Time, Devi Mantras

Chaitra Navratri (18th March – 26th March 2018) starts as per the Hindu Lunar calendar 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.

How is Chaitra Navratri different from Sharad Navratri?

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 (September-October). 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.

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Chaitra Navratri 2018: Days and Goddesses

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.

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.

Particular Date & Day Time starts Time ends
Pratipada Tithi March 17, Saturday 06:41 PM  
Ghatasthapana Muhurta March 18, Sunday 06:48 AM 08:11 AM
Pratipada Tithi March 18, Sunday   06:31 PM

 

Day Date Deity To Be Worshipped Description of Deity
Day One 18th  March 2018 Maa Shailputri The daughter of Parvatraj Himalaya (King of the Mountain), Shail means mountains and Putri means daughter.
Day Two 19th March 2018 Maa Brahmachaarini She personifies love, knowledge and wisdom. Brahmachaarini means the one who performs Tapas (penance).
Day Three 20th  March 2018 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 21st  March 2018 Maa Kushmaanda Maa Kushmaanda is the provider. She mounts a tiger and has eight arms which possess various weapons.
Day Five 22nd
March 2018
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 23rd  March 2018 Maa Kaatyayini She is the daughter of Rishi Kaytyayan. She is the one who persistently battles against the evil and deceitful entities.
Day Seven 24th March 2018 Maa Kaalratri & Maa Maha Gauri Kaalratri is the destroyer of darkness, evil and ignorance. She is the one who annihilated the demon Raktabeej. She has a fair completion and radiates peace and compassion. Her vehicle is a bull and She holds a trident and a drum.
Day Eight 25th March 2018 Maa Sidhidaarti and Rama Navami Last day sees the worship of  Sidhidaarti the goddess of Mystic Powers (Yantra and Tantra) and Knowledge (Gyaan) and the appearance day of Lord Rama.
Day Nine 26th March  2018 Parana Time Day For Breaking your Fast


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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