Skip Navigation Links
Chaitra Navratri


Chaitra Navratri

India worships the nine-forms of Goddess Shakti twice a year with much devotion and fervour for nine continuous days. These days are called ‘Navratris’. Although there are four Navratris that fall in a year, it is the Chaitra/Vasant Navratri (which falls in March/April of the Gregorian calendar) and the Sharad Navratri (which falls in September/October of the Gregorian calendar) that have more importance.

These two ‘Navratris' are more significant because the ninth day of Chaitra Navratri is celebrated as Ram Navami ( Birthday of Lord Ram), while the tenth day of Sharad Navratri is celebrated as Dussehra or Vijayadashami (When Lord Ram kills the Demon Ravana).

This year, Chaitra Navratri begins on April 6th, 2019 (Saturday) and ends on April 14, 2019, (Sunday). The first month of the Hindu-Lunar calendar is Chaitra and Navratris start on its first day. This day is also celebrated as Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra and Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh.

Nine-forms of Goddess are worshipped on the nine days of Navratri: Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandmata, Katyayini, Kaalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri.

The festival of Navratri signifies the victory of good over evil and positivity over negativity as according to mythology, the Goddess Shakti, kills the demon, Mahishasur. In our life, the Goddess represents our divine inner self. This is often taken over by the Demon, Mahishasur, which represents us being engrossed only in enjoying life and indulging in pleasurable things. Devotees worship the Goddess in these nine days in the hope of being free from the trap of Mahishasur.

Consult India’s best Astrologers on Astroyogi for knowing more about Chaitra Navaratri Pooja methodologies and rituals. Click here to consult now!

The growth of the plants from the seeds that are sown for the worshipping of the deity, signifies the prosperity and abundance the family will have in the coming months.

The nine forms of Goddess Durga are as follows:

Shailputri : 6th April, 2019

Brahmacharini : 7th April, 2019

Chandraghanta : 8th April, 2019

Kushmanda : 9th April, 2019

Skandamata : 10th April, 2019

Katyayani : 11th April, 2019

Kalratri :12th April, 2019

Mahagauri : 13th April, 2019

Siddhidatri : 14th April, 2019

On the first day of Navratri, the room in which the ‘Kalash’ and the deity are to be placed for worship, is cleaned thoroughly. The deity is adorned with new clothes and beautiful jewellery. A new red ‘chunni’ (decorative scarf)is placed on the Goddess. The ‘Kalash’ is filled with ‘gangajal’ and placed on a wide clay pot, in which some seeds are sown. This is worshipped along with the deity. A clarified butter lamp is lit for the entire nine days(Akhand Jyot). The goddess is offered flowers, fruits and sweetmeats every day, which is later distributed to other devotees. Everyday, a different form of the Goddess is worshipped. The seeds sprout into plants and start growing in the nine days. Ardent devotees change the attire of the Goddess daily.

Even the most fanatical non-vegetarians and hard-core drinkers, stop eating non-vegetarian food on these nine days and abstain from drinking. Such is the belief in the power of the Goddess that no devotee would ever indulge in such foods till Navratri is over.

Feast

On the day of Durga Ashtami, (Day 8), house holds prepare an elaborate meal of ‘halwa-poori-channa’ . Girls who haven't attained puberty, are worshipped as a form of Goddess. The meal is first offered to the Goddess, in the form of ‘Prasad’ and then it is offered to the girls. The rest of the family partakes this ‘prasad’ after the girls have eaten.

Many families follow this ritual on the ninth day instead of the eighth. The seeds that become young plants in the nine days, are carefully taken and placed in the ground someplace where no one steps on it.



More

Sun Transit in Libra and Its Impact on Your Sign

Sun Transit in Lib...

The sun would transit to Libra on 17th October 2018 at 19:00 hrs. Libra happens to be the sign of debilitation (Neecha) for the sun and it is going to deliver varyin...

Read more
Jupiter Transit in Scorpio and Its Impact on Your Sign

Jupiter Transit in...

Jupiter would be transiting to Scorpio on 11th October 2018 at 20:39 p.m. Jupiter stays in a particular zodiac for around 360 days (almost one year) and its transit ...

Read more
Durga Puja 2018 - Rituals and Significance

Durga Puja 2018 - ...

Durga Puja is celebrated in honour of Goddess Durga. This much-awaited festival is celebrated in the Hindu calendar month of Ashvin that typically falls in the month...

Read more
Maa Siddhidatri - 9th Day of Navratri

Maa Siddhidatri - ...

On the ninth day of Navratri, Goddess Siddhidatri is worshiped. Siddhi means meditative ability and Dhatri means giver. She is seated on a lotus and has four arms wh...

Read more
Kanya Pujan  - Significance and Vidhi of Kanya Puja

Kanya Pujan - Sig...

As per Hindu mythology, Kanya Puja has great importance. Although Hinduism says that God resides in every child but young girls are specially believed to be a form o...

Read more