September 21, 2017
|Last Year (2016)||October 1st – October 10th|
|Present Year (2017)||September 21st – September 29th|
|Next Year (2018)||October 10th – October 19th|
Navratri is a Hindu festival celebrated to worship goddess Durga. In Sanskrit it means nine nights. Nine forms of Goddess are worshipped during these nine days. The tenth day is celebrated as Dushehra or Vijayadashmi. Navratri is celebrated five times in a year as Vasanta Navaratri, Ashadha Navaratri, the Sharad Navaratri, the Paush/Magha Navaratri and the Magha Navaratri. Out of all the five Navratri, Sharad Navratri is popularly celebrated. Accept India, this festival is also celebrated in Nepal.
When It Is Celebrated?
Navratri is celebrated during the beginning of spring and the beginning of autumn. According to lunar calendar, the dates of the festival are determines. The festival of Navratri is considered as most auspicious and unique period to worship of Shakti and for devotional sadhanas. During these religious days, people gather in temples and perform pooja. They also sung religious folk songs, bhajans and chant mantras.
How It Is Celebrated?
The celebrations for the festival go on for nine days in which different forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped. On the first day, Maa Shailputri is worshiped on Ghatasthapana and Shailputri Pujan is performed. On the second day, Maa Bharmacharini is worshiped on Chandra Darshan and Brahmacharini Pujan is performed. On the third day, Maa Chandraghanta is worshiped on Sindoor Tritiya, Sowbhagya Teej and Chandraghanta Pujan is performed. On the fourth day, Maa Kushmanda is worshiped on Sindoor Varad Vinayaka Chauth and Bhouma Chaturthi is performed. On the fifth day, Maa Skandamata is worshiped on Lalita Panchami and Upang Lalita Vrat, Lalitha Gauri Vrat, Skandamata Pujan is performed. On the sixth day, Maa Katyayani is worshiped on Maha Shashti and Saraswati Awahan, Katyayani Pujan is performed. On the seventh day, Maa Kaalratri is worshiped on Maha Shashti and Saraswati Puja, Kalaratri Pujan, Utsava Puja is performed. On the sixth day, Maa Katyayani is worshiped on Maha Shashti and Saraswati Awahan, Katyayani Pujan is performed. On the eighth day, Maa Maha Gauri is worshiped on Durga Ashtami, Maha Ashtami and Saraswati Mata Pujan, Mahagauri Pujan, Sandhi Puja is performed. On the ninth day, Maa Siddhidatri is worshiped on Khande Navami, Durga Visarjan, Maha Navami and Ayudha Puja, Kanya puja is performed. Shardiya Navaratri is the most popular and significant Navaratri of all Navaratris. They are famously known as Maha Navaratri. In Gujrat, the popular Garba dance is performed during these auspicious days. In Himachal Pradesh, various melas mark the occasion of the festival.