Celebration of Mother Goddess in India
There are four different Navaratri festivals throughout India. However, Sharad Navaratri is the most popular. Sharad Navaratri, which is the focus of this article, usually occurs at the end of September or in the beginning of October each year. The dates of the festival are determined according to the lunar calendar. This is usually a nine-night festival, which ends with Dussehra on the day of Dussehra, the victory of good over evil.
However, in some years it decreased to eight nights or 10 nights. This is because, because astrologically, some days are on a single date or in two dates.
In 2018, Sharad Navaratri dates are 10-18 October. (See calendar)
In 2019, the dates of Sharad Navaratri are September 29-October 7.
In 2020, the dates of Sharad Navaratri are 17-25 October.
Other important Navaratri festivals, Chaitra Navratri, will begin from March 18-26, 2018. This new Hindu moon starts from the first day of the calendar, and on the ninth day, Ram is ninth. This Navaratri is celebrated most in northern India. In Maharashtra, this occasion is celebrated as Gudi, and is celebrated in the form of Ugadi in South India.
During Navaratri, Goddess Durga (Goddess Mother, who is an aspect of Goddess Parvati), is worshiped in every nine forms. A different ritual is associated with each day.
Apart from this, mainly in Gujarat and Maharashtra states, it is customary to wear different colors each day.
Day 1: Ephemeris and ducts (October 10, 2018). In order to mark the beginning of Navaratri, a ritual called a constitution is called to invoke the power of the Goddess. On Pratipada, the Goddess is worshiped as Shailputri, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati meaning “daughter of the mountain”. He represents nature and happiness. Astrologically, the second is also on this day in 2018. This is when the Goddess is worshiped as Goddess Parvati’s unmarried form of Brahmacharini. As it has done a lot of penance for Lord Shiva to marry her, she is associated with purity. The color worn on this day is royal blue.
Day 2: Thrietia (October 11, 2018), Goddess is worshiped as Chandraghanta, the married goddess is the form of Parvati. His name is taken from his half-moon on his forehead, which looks like a bell. He is depicted riding on a tigress, and is associated with bravery and courage to fight against evil. The color worn on this day is yellow.
Day 3: Chaturthi (October 12, 2018) is worshiped as Devi Kushmanda, who lives inside the Sun and is believed to have created the universe, it provides light and energy. He represents the form of Durga which is the source of all. The color worn on this day is green.
Day 4: Panchami (October 13, 2018), when the Goddess is worshiped as Skandmata, who is also the mother of Kartikeya (also known as Skand), Lord Shiva’s son and brother of Lord Ganesha. She represents selfless love and purity. The color that is worn on this day is gray.
Day 5: Panchami (October 14, 2018) Saraswati Avhan, when Goddess Saraswati is called, it is astrological in this year 2018. The color worn on this day is orange.
Day 6: Shastri (October 14, 2018), when the Goddess is worshiped as Katyayani, whom Goddess Parvati had prepared for fighting and destroying buffalo demon Mahishasur. He represents a warrior form of Goddess. The color to be worn on this day is white.
Day 7: Saptami (October 16, 2018) when the Goddess is worshiped as Black night, Kalratri. He appeared to destroy some particular evil monsters in battle against Mahishasura. She is a fiery form of Goddess and represents protection from all the troubles. Due to the astrological cycle, Saraswati Pooja should also be done on this day in 2018. The color worn on this day is red.
Day 8: The goddess is worshiped as Mahagauri on the Ashtami (17th of October, 2018), which is a small version of Shellpurutri, which was very reasonable and completely complex. He represents grace, cleanliness of sins and betterment of society. The color that is worn on this day is blue in blue.
Day 9: Navami (October 18, 2018) when the Goddess is worshiped as Siddhidatri, which is a symbol of all eight accomplishments (supernatural powers). It is believed that when he had worshiped them, he had given them to Lord Shiva and he bestowed them best wishes on his devotees. The color that is worn on this day is pink.
Note that in the South India, during the first three days of the Navaratri festival, the Goddess Durga is worshiped, then after the next three days, Goddess Lakshmi, and finally Goddess Saraswati is worshiped.
Find out more about Navaratri festival and how to experience festivities in this Navaratri Festival Essential Guide.
If you are going to stay in Delhi during Navratri, then try and catch one of these five popular Delhi Ramlila shows.