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Description & Dates of Navratri Festival

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Navratri is the 9-day festival dedicated to Devi Durga by Hindus all over India. The nine days represent the 9 manifestations of Goddess Durga. Navratri comes from the Sanskrit words "Nava" denoting nine and "Ratri" which means night. Throughout this festival of nine nights, the nine forms of Shakti (also known as Navdurga) are worshipped across the country. Devotees invoke Mother Goddess Durga, who symbolizes the Supreme Energy of the Universe. She is the natural force that drives the tasks of creation, preservation, and destruction.

When is Navratri this year?

Sharada (autumn) or Shardiya Navratri is the most popular and widely celebrated one. It begins on the first day (pratipada) of the light fortnight of the Ashvini lunar month. Sharada Navratri 2021 spans from 7th October to 15th October. Navratri dates are meant to have a duration of nine days dedicated to the nine divine expressions of Goddess Durga.

Following below on this article is a detailed description of what is Navratri, Navratri meaning, Navratri festival and why is Navratri celebrated, along with Navratri fasting rules, a description of different types of rituals and pujas from easy home-made to more formal and traditional ones, and all you need to know about Navratri 2021 celebrations all across India and the world.

History and Legends of Navratri festival

The ancient Brihat Dharma Purana narrates the story of how the ten forms of Devi (Dus Mahavidyas) first originated. According to this legend, Sati the daughter of the powerful Daksha, had married Shiva against her father's wish. In order to spite his son-in-law, Daksha organised a Yajna (fire sacrifice) to which he invited all the gods and divine personalities except Lord Shiva. Sati learned of her father's yajna through Narad Muni and requested permission from Shiva to participate. Shiva, seeing through Daksha's insult, told her she couldn't leave. Sati got enraged to the point that her body became black and she took the appearance of Goddess Kali. Sati took on various forms of the Divine Mother in order to demonstrate her true Self to Shiva. The universe trembled beneath the weight of her rage, and Shiva attempted to escape, but the ten forms of Divine Mother halted him in every direction. Das Mahavaidyas refers to these ten forms.

Navratri is consequently a significant holiday honoring the divine feminine. The nine-night celebration is devoted to the different aspects of the divine feminine force, or shakti. While the schedule varies somewhat by area, the first third of the festival usually concentrates on elements of the goddess Durga, the second third on aspects of the goddess Lakshmi, and the final third on features of the goddess Saraswati. Offerings are offered to the goddesses and their many manifestations, and ceremonies are held in their honor. Every day is devoted to one of the goddess Durga's nine avatars (Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri), and each day has a color significance.

Navratri festival commemorates the triumph of good over evil throughout the course of history. In legend, goddess Durga fought the demon Mahishasur (who represents egoism) for nine days and nights, until the demon was beheaded by her on the last day, which is known as Vijaya Dashmi or Dussehra. The festival of Navratri culminates with the celebration of Her victory every year through Durga Pooja, which is performed on the ninth day. Devi Mahatmya, an ancient Indian epic, describes this event.

In various areas of the country, the event is known by different names, and ceremonies and customs change from state to state. In many areas of Northeast India, Navratri is celebrated as Durga Puja. Devotees in the north and west of the nation commemorate the festival by fasting, performing ‘Ramlila,' and concluding with Dussehra, when the effigies of Ravana and his siblings are burned, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil. In Tamil Nadu, it is known as Golu, while in Gujurat, it is known for its dandiya evenings.

Navratri is a vibrant and colorful celebration. Navratri is celebrated with zeal across all the country, but in West Bengal, it is the largest and most significant festival of the year. In all cities of West Bengal (India) people celebrate Navratri as Durga Puja.

When is Navratri festival celebrated?

As per Hindu scriptures, such as the Shakta and Vaishnava Puranas, Navratri occurs four times a year and is popularly celebrated twice a year. The most celebrated of them is Sharada Navratri, which occurs around the fall equinox (September–October). Vasanta Navratri, which occurs around the spring equinox (March-April) is the second most popular celebrated.

There are many significant reasons why Navratri is observed for nine days twice a year. Spiritual, natural, and mythical causes are among them. All of these reasons help to make Navratri, which is celebrated twice a year, a success.

Navratris occurs on the eve of two seasons. The first is celebrated in the transition between winters and summers, and the second in autumn, which is also the transition between summer and winter. As a result, both Navratris are celebrated at the onset of seasonal changes. Mother Nature experiences a significant shift just before the start of summer and winter, which is celebrated by this festival to honor Goddess Shakti, who is an incarnation of Nature herself. Scientifically, the length of the day is almost equal to the length of the night between March and April, as well as September and October. It is scientific evidence that Navratri is celebrated precisely at the end of summer and beginning of winter. Both Navratris are celebrated during periods of good weather. During Navratri, you won't have to deal with the sweltering heat of the summers or the biting cold of the winters. Because the weather is so pleasant, these two times of year are ideal for festivities.

Previously, Navratri was only observed during the summer vacation. However, while Lord Ram was fighting Ravan, he did not wish to wait another 6 months to seek Maa Durga's blessings. As a result, He established the custom of celebrating Navratri shortly before winter. He performed a Durga Puja before departing for Lanka and returning triumphant. In all instances, the importance of Navratri stays the same. Nature and her mysterious ways are symbolized by the passage of time.

 

Types of Navratri

  • Sharada or Sharadiya Navratri, also known as Navdurga Puja or Durga Puja, is the most famous and is considered the major Navratri, and therefore also known as Maha Navratri. It lasts for nine nights and ten days. Shardiya Navratri, like all other kinds of Navratri, occurs just once a year, around the fall equinox in during the lunar month of Ashvin.
  • The next most important Navratri is Chaitra Navratri or Vasanta Navratri, also known as Basant Navratri, Nava Ratri, or Navratra, which occurs in March or April, around the spring equinox.
  • Ashadha Navratri, also known as Gayatri Navratra or Gupta Navratra, occurs in June or July, at the start of the Monsoon season.
  • During the winter season, Magha Navratri falls in January or February.

Though the days and ways of celebrating Navratri vary from season to season, these nine days are considered auspicious across the nation and are enjoyed with enthusiasm and joy. Nevertheless, it is on Maha Navratri (Sharada Navratri) only when it is believed that Goddess Durga comes down on earth every year while riding a lion and wielding an arsenal of weapons in her ten hands as a sign of Shakti, or feminine power.

Tradition of growing Khetri on Navratri

There is a tradition of growing Khetri or barley seeds during this period. People collect clean mud and keep in an earthen pot. Then they clean and wash the barley and soak them in water for 15-30 minutes and put these barleys or ‘jau’ on the top of mud. Then they make a thin layer of mud on top of barley in order to cover the same. Afterwards they tie a red string (moli or mauli) around the Khetri pot. Families consider this process auspicious and believe it is directly associated with the divinity of Goddess Shakti. It is believed that, the longer the plant grows in the period of 9 days, the more the fortune will shower on the family. On the last day of Navratri, people immerse the barley in moving water or place it under a Peepal tree.

The Importance and Rules of Fasting during Navratri

Fasting is the most important aspect of any cultural or religious festival of India. It is to be noted that the fasting is not observed to please the deity. It is completed to detoxify the body and cleanse the mind and spirit.

It is given in the Ayurveda scripture that when the abdomen is kept empty for a certain period, it gets re-energized and generates more jatharagni (fire required to digest food). This increased fire eliminates toxins from body. When toxins get out of the body, you actually become calm. In other words, your body recovers its natural strength. Mind becomes calm and senses become controlled with an increase in the mental ability of focus. Therefore, fasting is an effective method to detoxify the body and increase one’s spiritual strength.

There are two ways in which fast can be observed during Navaratri. Austere fast and partial fast. Below are Navratri fasting rules.

Full Fasting (austere fast) For Advanced Sadhakas

A person does not eat anything for the entire festival except for drinking water. The fast is broken at the end of the festival.

Partial Fasting for General People

Fruits and permitted foods like sabudana, rajgira, kutta kaatta, dairy and nuts in the day and one-time meal in the night.Keep drinking water during fast. You may also take coconut water, butter milk, lemon juice and other juices. It will keep you away from dehydration and weakness. Whatever food is prepared, offer it to the deities and then share it as Prasadam. Keep your home clean at all times possible because a clean home invites the Goddess. Avoid consumption of alcohol, drugs, eggs, non-vegetarian food, onions and garlic during this period.

Navratri festival is rich with colors, tradition, music, and dance, and is also a moment for us to unwind, look inside, and refresh ourselves with new vitality. Fasting during Navratri facilitates the inner path towards happiness and joy. It calms the mind and brings awareness and bliss into the world.

The environment is filled with sattvic guna, the mode of kindness, pleasant feelings, during the Navaratri festival. It makes your mind calmer and more attentive. While praying, the intentions become vivid, positive, and strong.Mentally, emotionally and physically our mind and body become nimble and active. When your body is detoxified, your body becomes filled with positive cosmic energy and with a purified mind, body, heart and soul your prayers become deep.Gentle yoga postures, stretches, twists, and bends help to break the fast at the end of the festival. It hastens the detoxification process and leaves you feeling elevated and energetic. After kanyaa pooja is done, the Navratri fast is generally broken, although some people keep the fast until the next morning after Navratri.

 

Celebrating Navratri 2021 at Home

Goddess Durga visits each home throughout the nine nights of festivity, therefore it's critical that the whole house be spotless. Begin cleaning before the festivity starts, then perform small cleanups every day until the celebration is over.

For Navratri 2021, paint your home in earthy colors and adorn it with flower garlands and colorful garments. Make rangolis in front of your home. Light diyas in the Puja area and add antiques and sculptures to the décor to make your house look more welcoming to the goddess.

Bring a statue or portrait of the Goddess Durga or a painted clay pot and fill it with flowers for the whole nine days. Gather your friends and loved ones for the festival, which represents togetherness and love.

During Navratri, religious and spiritual reflection is essential. It is a time when the atmosphere is sattvic and conducive to turn inwards and practice meditation and spiritual sadhana. Setting aside some time every day during the 9 days of Navratri for this purpose proves to be very beneficial in the long-term.

Light an Akhand Jyot in front of a statue or portrait of Goddess Durga. The Jyot is an oil lamp that, once lighted, burns for a long period. To respect Durga's image, keep the lamp burning in front of a portrait or statue of her during the nine nights of festivity. Once you light the Akhand Jyot, someone needs to be at home always as the flame has to burn continuously for 9 nights. According to the scriptures there must be at least one person at home.

Offer chants and prayers to Mother Durga in the morning, afternoon and evening, every day during the 9 days. This is one of the most widespread practices during this festival. Aarti should be performed in front of an image or statue of Goddess Durga as offering Aarti is a means to express reverence to the goddess.

What to Wear on Navratri 2021?

In order to appease Goddess Durga you can also wear the following: The powerful Nine Mukhi Rudraksha symbolises the Nine forms of the Goddess. You can install the Durga Yantra, Bisa Yantra or the Ambajiyan Yantra in your homes or offices and worship it regularly. You can read or chant the Durga Chalisa for stuti of Goddess Durga. You can wear the Rudraksha Durga Pendant and/or the Cats Eye Gemstone, too.

Durga Saptashati Path

This is the ideal moment to recite Durga Saptashati, an ancient Vedic text that holds Shakti (Durga) to be the ultimate force and Creative Energy of the Supreme Absolute. Durga Saptashati aka Devi Mahatmya (Mahatmayam) is a tale described in the ancient Markandeya Purana about the violent fight between good and evil, in which Shakti appears as Durga to slay demon Mahishasura. Lakshmi is the manifestation of the Goddess or Creative Energy, who also empowers riches production and pleasure.

It also sheds light on the philosophical foundation wherein the ultimate reality is female energy. Devi Mahatmya text stressed female is the elemental creator; she is also the Tridevi as the tributary creator, sustainer, and destroyer. She is represented, through a language of praise, as the one who resides in all creatures. She is realization of all living beings, she is intelligence, she is matter, and she is all that is form or emotion.

Durga Saptashati is substantial structure to perform Chandi Homa that aims at attaining health and driving away the fear of enemies. The Brahmin or priest chants verses from Durga Saptashti while performing Chandi Homa, offering seven hundred Ahuti (oblations) into the sacred fire in order to invoke Durga Devi. The seven hundred verses (‘Sapta’ means ‘seven’ and ‘shata’ means ‘hundred’) are organized into thirteen chapters. Reading Durga Saptashati is part of the Navratri celebrations in praise of Goddess Durga.

 

How to do simple Navratri puja at Home

Step 1: Place the deity. To begin, place a Maa Durga statue on a chowki and maintain a clay plot nearby that has been planted with barley. This Ghata Sthapana marks the beginning of the whole pooja.

Step 2: Install the Kalash. Then you must pour holy water (Gangajal) over it and place flowers, mango leaves, and money on top. Close it with a lid, then add uncooked rice on top. Place a roli-wrapped coconut on top (the red clothing).

Step 3: Devotion to Goddess Durga. The worship of Durga begins with the lighting of a Diya in front of the goddess. Panchopchar is used to worship Kalash or Ghat. Panchopchar is the worship using five items: fragrance, flower, Deepak (with batti and ghee), incense sticks (dhoop) and Naivedya (food offerings).

Step 4: Chowki Sthpana. It is all about invoking Goddess Durga in this procedure. Spread the roli on the chowki and knot the moli across and around it. Then, put the Goddess Durga statue directly on the chowki.

Step 5: Navratri Puja. Chanting the prayers and invoking Durga Maa during Navratri Puja is regarded fortunate, and it is thought that Maa Durga enters your house, enlightens it, and blesses your family. To carry out the ceremony of Navratri puja, you must give flowers, bhog, diya, fruits, and so on.

Step 6: Aarti. Decorate a thali with all of the Navratri decorating objects you have while performing aarti. Carry a thali in one bag and a bell in the other. Sing the aarti song, ring the bells, and seek Maa Durga's blessings.

Step 7: Inviting and offerings. Invite nine girls aged 5 to 12 on the final or ninth day of Navratri and prepare meals for them. They are referred to as Goddesses, and the ceremony is known as Kanya puja (see below).

Panchopachara Puja

As the name suggests, Panchopachara Puja is a simplified procedure which can be done with the five puja items mentioned in above Step 3. For this you will require Scent, Flowers, Dhoop, Deepak and Naivedya.

First the lamp is showed to the Kalash and all the deities are invoked in it. After lamp offering, dhoop sticks are lit and offered to the Kalash, followed by flowers and scent. Finally, the Naivedhya, i.e. fruits and sweets are offered to the Kalash to conclude Panchopachara Puja.

You may enjoy the benefits of peace and prosperity for your family and dear ones by following the explained above and doing these easy Navratri pujas at home.

 

Nine Girls, Kanyaa (Kumari) Pooja and Navratri

Kanyaa Pooja is the most essential part of Navratri which pleases Goddess Durga the most. Nine girls (below the age of 13) are invited on the eighth day (Ashtami) and ninth day (Navami) of Navratri, then they are dressed and worshipped as goddesses, as they are contemplated to represent the nine goddesses or nine manifestations of Goddess Shakti.

Kanya puja is performed as part of Devi worship to acknowledge the feminine power bestowed in the female child. According to Hindu tradition, these girls are manifestations of the primordial energy of creation as it is considered that the cosmic creative energies to be of the feminine gender. This primeval energy is the very first force, whose inspiration produced the gods and the rest of the universe. The inspiration is the vital energy that drives everything of creation. Goddesses represent all of the main and minor energy and powers. The Navaratra goddess Durga and all of her incarnations are said to be expressions of the same fundamental inspiration or primeval force of creation.

In this pooja, the family invites the nine girls and washes their feet, ties one mauli (red color string) on their hands and applies tilak on their forehead. After this, the girls are worshiped and offered prasadam such as puri, dry black chana and halwa. It is to be noted some families also invite a boy of the same age and worship him as the form of Bhairava (Shiva).

The coconut kept at the altar is cracked open during this Kanya Puja and shared as prasadam among those girls. Also, all the offerings made to the goddess during the nine days are offered to them.

This ceremony is also known as Maha Ashtami Kumari Puja.

Note: Those unable to find nine girls, still can perform this Kanya Pooja even with a minimum of two girls. Also, if living abroad, and to find such girls and any Durga temple around aren’t doable, you can prepare as many plates of prasad (poori, halwa, etc.) as there are members in your family including your children staying somewhere and offer it Goddess Durga (idol or image). You can then share it as prasadam among your family members staying with you.

 

Elaborated Navratri Puja Vidhi or Navratri Pooja Vidhi

During Navaratri, performing a Puja Vidhi for Goddess Durga is the most essential spiritual activity of all. In the Vedic scriptures such as Markandeya Purana, Goddess Durga is supremely glorified and Her worship is highly recommended. Durga is the epitome of changes, prosperity, fearlessness, victory and freedom from diseases. During Navratri time, Durga Pooja Vidhi can be performed in any auspicious time (shubh muhurta) but during Navratri period (nine-night festival) it is considered very special and rewarding.

To perform the Navaratri Puja, one needs to get up early in the morning, bathe and wear clean laundered clothes. Ensure that you perform the Puja with complete concentration and devotion.

Given below is the detailed process of performing the Puja.

  • The place where Navratri/Navdurga puja will be performed must be thoroughly cleaned.
  • The Aasan on which you will be sitting must be clean.
  • Arrange the Puja thali with all the Puja samagri (see below).
  • Spread a new cloth (Red cloth) on a raised platform.
  • Sprinkle Ganga jal (holy water) on each Prayer article in order to purify them.
  • Install the idol of Goddess Durga on the Red cloth.
  • Keep a handful of Akshata (Rice) in the centre and then place a Kalash (earthen or copper) filled with water. You may drop five betel nuts, sugar, rice and a five rupees coin. Keep this Kalash at the altar along with other ritual paraphernalia. Water from this Kalash is sprinkled in your home after Kanjak Puja is performed on 8th or 9th day.
  • Arrange Mango leaves (Aam ke Patte) in the Kalash.
  • Light a diya (Lamp) with Ghee and the Agarbatti (Incense sticks).
  • Place the lamp on the left side of the idol of Goddess Durga.
  • Place the incense sticks and other articles on the right-hand side of the idol of Goddess Durga.
  • Lit the fragrant Dhoop batti.
  • Sit in front of the deity idol in an upright posture.
  • Blow the ‘Shankh’ to invoke the Goddess.
  • Now, begin the Durga Puja by offering kumkum, haldi (Turmeric), and flowers to the idol of Durga.
  • Offer flower garland to the idol of goddess Durga.
  • Offer Sandalwood (Chandan) to the idol of goddess Durga.
  • Offer Vermilion (Sindoor) to the idol of goddess Durga.
  • Offer Scent (Attar) to the idol of goddess Durga.
  • Offer Sweets (Mithayi), Coconut (Nariyal) and fruits.
  • Offer Dry fruits (Mewa) to the idol of goddess Durga.
  • One all the preparations are done,
  • Read Durga Saptashati book Light 'agarbatti' or incense sticks.
  • Perform 'havan' using this mantra- "Om aing hreeng kleeng chamundaya vichche namah", 108 times
  • Give aahuti for 11 times. Fold your hands and pray.
  • At last, offer prasad and do Aarti of Goddess Durga. Sing the "Kshama Prarthana" of the 13th chapter of sacred Durga Saptshati and conclude the Puja.
  • Pray with whole heart. Finally, distribute the Prasad to all who are present.
 
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Navaratri Pooja Samagri

Navratri Puja Samagri which is used for Navratri Pooja Vidhi includes:

Ingredients: Navdurga Yantra, Madhurai Kumkum, Sindoor, Turmeric power, Camphor (Kapur), Honey (Shahad), Sandal Paste (Chandan), Black Abir, White Abir, Saffron (Kesar), Attar, Gomutra, Rose Water (Gulab Jal), Ganga Jal (Holy water of River Ganga), Akshat (Rice), Betel Nut (Supari), Navdhanya (Nine grains), (Yellow Mustard), Barley (Jau), Cardamom, Clove and Betel Nut (Elaichi, Laung and Supari), Turmeric (Haldi), Dry Dates (Kharik), Almond (Badam), Jaggery (Gur), Panchameva (5 Dry Fruits mix), Durga Shringar Kit with Chunri, Cotton Wicks (Batti), Janeu (Holy thread), Mauli Thread, Dhoop and Navratri Pujan book.

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Offerings to the Goddesses and their Significance

During the festival, after the aartis (morning and evening) are performed, a lot of offerings are made to the deities such as dry fruits (5 types), milk, bananas, mishri or other fruits, flowers and the like.
Bhog (offerings) for each day:
Day 1 of Navratri (Maa Shailaputri) – Cow ghee, it is believed to bring good health and keep the diseases away.
Day 2 of Navratri (Maa Brahmacharini) – Sugar and fruits, it is believed to give longevity to the dwellers.
Day 3 of Navratri (Maa Chandraghanta) – It is claimed that giving milk, kheer, or sweets to Maa Chandraghanta would provide you with respite from sorrow and agony.
Day 4 of Navratri (Maa Kushmanda) – Malpua (without fennel seeds), offering this delicacy to the Goddess is believed to improve decision-making and intelligence.
Day 5 of Navratri (Maa Skandamata) – Banana, it is believed that it appeases the goddess and keeps you physically fit and healthy.
Day 6 of Navratri (Maa Katyayani) – Honey, it is thought that giving honey appeases the goddess and she bestows beauty and good health upon you.
Day 7 of Navratri (Maa Kaalratri) – Jaggery. Offering this bhog to the goddess is believed to erase all ills and sorrows from your life. It also protects you from unforeseen disasters.
Day 8 of Navratri (Maa Mahagauri) – You may maintain one ripe coconut at your home's temple altar. It represents the realization of one's desires. Keep the coconut's thin edge towards the temple. On the final day, you must submerge this coconut. Coconut offering appeases the goddess, and she rewards you by removing all your sorrows and blessing you with prosperity. She bestows a kid on the childless couple.
Day 9 of Navratri (Maa Siddhidatri) – Flowers or Til (sesame). Offering sesame or flowers makes this goddess pleased, and she bestows many Siddhis on you.

 

Navatri 2021 Colors, Goddesses & Chakras

There are nine colours associated with Navratri, each representing a significant aspect of Mother Divine. Colours are phenomenal elements of the nature (material and spiritual). Each colour of the created manifestations influences us. They are associated with our outer and inner well-being. They also indicate the seven Chakras and how we are connected with Durga or Mother Divine. Let us see the nine colours of Navratri.

Date Color Significance
7th Oct 2021 Red

It is associated with Goddess Shailaputri. The Muladhara Chakra and Shailaputri, who is worshiped on the first day of Navaratri. Red represents the foundation, the grounding, the passion, and the blood. It is a hue of vitality and life energy. It symbolizes survival and helps you navigate change. It foretells of dread, danger, or anything unexpected. It tells us to pay attention or be attentive in that situation. It represents our connection to the Earth.

8th Oct 2021 Orange

It is associated with Goddess Brahmacharini who is worshiped on the second day of Navaratri, as well as the Swadhisthana Chakra Orange, a hue of energy and power, is a combination of red and yellow and is linked with serenity, tranquillity, and knowledge. It comes after our foundation (represented by red), indicating continuous development with lighter joys (yellow) and sorrows (red) along the way.

9th Oct 2021 Yellow

It is associated with Goddess Chandraghanta who is worshiped on the third day of Navaratri, as well as the Manipura Chakra Yellow, a hue of brightness, vitality, and power, dispels all dark aspects in the same way that the sun does. It is linked with your maturation, development, and optimism. It is the focal point for all of your energy in your body.

10h Oct 2021 Green

It is associated with Goddess Kushmanda who is worshiped on the fourth day of Navaratri, as well as the Anahata Chakra Green is likened to grass as a hue of love and compassion. Walking barefoot on the grass allows the freshness of nature and the touch of Mother Earth to penetrate your body via your feet. It calms your mind (mental), body (physical), heart (emotional), and soul (spiritual) all at the same time.

11th Oct 2021 Blue

It is associated with Goddess Skandamata who is worshiped on the fifth day of Navaratri, as well as the Vishuddha Chakra Blue is associated with the element of sky and is a hue of calm, clarity, grandeur, and eternity. It is linked to anything other than your mental conjecture. Blue is all-encompassing, and it is also one of the element colors of fire. Lord Shiva and Sri Krishna are blue because they are all-encompassing. It is the pinnacle of a pure, peaceful, quiet, and serene mind in Buddhism.

12th Oct 2021 Indigo

It is associated with Goddess Katyayani who is worshiped on the sixth day of Navaratri, as well as the Ajna Chakra Indigo is a regal hue that symbolizes deeper and inner understanding connected with your ideas. It symbolizes your clarity of thinking and understanding. It links you to everything by providing a bigger picture. It is the devastating power of all your mental delusions.

13th Oct 2021 Violet

It is associated with Goddess Kaalratri. Indigo is a royal color that represents deeper and inner knowledge linked with your thoughts and is adored on the sixth day of Navaratri. It represents your clarity of thought and comprehension. It connects you to everything by showing you the broader picture. It has the destructive power of all your mental illusions.

14th Oct 2021 White

It is associated with Goddess Saraswati and Mahagauri. Goddess Saraswati is worshipped on 7th day of Navratri whereas Mahagauri on 8th day. White is the absence of other natural. It contains all the seven colors in their brightest luminosity. It indicates your detachment of colorful opulence and material comforts and attachment to the path of Spiritual Light.

15th Oct 2021 Pink

It is associated with Goddess Siddhidatri. She is praised for giving Siddhis (perfections) to Yogis and Sadhaks. The conclusion of Navratri Poojan is marked by the worship of Goddess Siddhidatri on the last day of Navratri.

Which Devi Mantras & Goddesses to Worship?

Navratri festival starts with the first three days dedicated to Durga and Her three forms. The next 3 days are dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and Her three forms and the last three days to Goddess Saraswati and Her three forms. Each of these main deities gave rise to three divine forms and hence in all, these nine forms together are known as Nav-Durga.

1st DAY

Goddess Shailaputri Maa
Date - 7th October 2021 Thursday
Tithi – Pratipada
Offerings - Ghee
Color - Red
Chakra - Muladhara (Root)
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2nd DAY

Goddess Bharmacharini Maa
Date - 8th October 2021 Friday
Tithi – Dwitiya
Offerings - Sugar
Color - Orange
Chakra - Swathisthana (Sacral)
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3rd DAY

Goddess Chandraghanta Maa
Date - 9th October 2021 Saturday
Tithi – Tritiya
Offerings - Milk
Color - Yellow
Chakra - Manipura (Solar Plexus)
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4th DAY

Goddess Kushmanda Maa
Date - 10th October 2021 Sunday
Tithi – Chaturthi
Offerings - Malpua
Color - Green
Chakra - Anahata (Heart)
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5th DAY

Goddess Skandamata Maa
Date- 11th October 2021 Monday
Tithi – Panchami
Offerings - Bananas
Color - Blue
Chakra - Vishuddha (Throat)
Mantra - Om Hreem Saha Skandmatryai Namah Book your puja now Read More

6th DAY

Goddess Katyayani Maa
Date - 11th October 2021 Monday
Tithi – Shashthi
Offerings - Honey
Color - Indigo
Chakra - Ajna (Third eye)
Mantra - Om Hreem Shreem Katyayanyai Namah Book your puja now Read More

7th DAY

Goddess Kaalratri Maa
Date- 13th October 2021 Wednesday
Tithi – Saptami
Offerings - Ripe Coconut
Color - Violet
Chakra - Sahasrara (Crown)
Mantra - Om Aim Hreem Shreem Kaalratryai Namah Book your puja now Read More

8th DAY

Goddess Mahagauri Maa
Date- 14th October 2021 Thursday
Tithi – Ashtami
Offerings - Jaggery Dishes
Color - White
Chakra - Sahasrara (Crown)
Mantra - Om Hreem Shreem Glaum Gam Gauri Geem Namah Book your puja now Read More

9th DAY

Goddess Siddhidatri Maa
Date - 15th October 2021 Friday
Tithi - Dashami
Offerings - Flowers or Til (sesame)
Color - White
Chakra - Sahasrara (Crown)
Mantra - Om Hreem Saha Siddhidatryai Namah

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9th DAY

Vijaya Dashami (Dussehra), Navaratri Parana
Date - 15th October 2021 Friday
Tithi – Navami
Color - Pink
Offerings - Ram



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How is Navratri Celebrated Across India?

In North India, Navratri commemorates Lord Rama's triumph over the wicked king Ravana. It culminates in the Ramlila festivities, which are performed ceremoniously on Dussehra. On the day of 'Vijaya Dashami,' effigies of Ravana and Kumbhakarna are burned to commemorate the triumph of good (Rama) over evil forces. The nine days are spent with special pujas, yagnas, homas, abstinence, meditations, silence, singing, and dancing to celebrate Mother Divine and her whole creation - all kinds of life, art, music, and wisdom. She is revered as the liberator of humanity from ignorance and all kinds of wickedness.

Navratri is celebrated throughout Western India, especially in the state of Gujarat, with the renowned Garba and Dandiya-Raas dances. Garba is a beautiful type of dance in which ladies move in rounds around a pot holding a light. The term 'Garba' or 'Garbha' means womb, and the light in the pot represents life inside a womb in this context. Aside from the Garba, there is the Dandiya dance, in which men and women perform in couples while holding tiny, decorated bamboo sticks called dandiyas. Tiny bells called ghungroos are attached to the ends of these dandiyas, which create a whistling sound when the sticks touch each other. The rhythm of the dance is complex. The dancers start slowly and work their way up to frenetic movements, so that each member of a circle not only performs a single dance but also strikes his partner's dandiyas stylishness.

Durga Puja is celebrated on the final five days of Sharad Navratri in West Bengal, India's northeastern region. Goddess Durga is exposed riding on a lion, holding different weapons in her hands. The lion represents dharma, or willpower, while the weapons represent the concentration and severity required to eliminate the negativity in our thoughts. Durgashtami is traditionally celebrated on the eighth day of the eighth month of the eighth year of the eighth year of the eighth year of in temples and other locations, life-size clay idols of the Goddess Durga portraying her killing the demon Mahishasura are exquisitely made and adorned. The idols are then worshiped for five days before being submerged in a river on the fifth.

In South India, Navratri is a time to gather friends, family, and neighbors to see the Kolu, which is basically an exhibition of different dolls and miniatures. In Karnataka, Navratri is known as Dasara. During the nine nights of Navratri, a night-long dance in the style of epic plays from the puranas is performed. Mysore Dasara is celebrated with tremendous pomp and display symbolizing the victory of good over evil. The royal family of Mysore and their Jumbo savari lead the celebrations as the state event.

How is Navratri Celebrated Around the World?

Dance nights have already taken place in places such as Brisbane, Australia, with more planned. Navratri is celebrated in Melbourne in the same way as it is in India. There are many events to select from in London (UK), with many locations requiring specific attire for the occasion. From California to New York (US), there is a wide range of celebrations celebrated throughout the course of the nine-day holiday, most of which are carried out by Hindu temples. It should be mentioned that Navratri festivities in New Jersey vary from those in India, where they last until late at night. Canada is another nation where Navratri has been celebrated for a long time, predominantly in Toronto, in the province of Ontario. Navratri celebrations are more casual but present and little by little increasing throughout continental Europe, particularly in the Netherlands and neighboring countries.

Wherever in touch with the Goddess all around the globe, Navratri is about reconnecting with something much larger than ourselves, and these rituals are instruments to help us do so. Furthermore, these nine days have been provided to us in order for us to relax, revitalize, and reconnect with ourselves, which in turn lets us connect with our loved ones and celebrate life to its fullest.

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