Shardiya Navratri: The Auspicious Festival of Nine Nights

Friday, October 16, 2020

One of the most important Hindu festivals - Navratri, is just around the corner. This nine days festival - Navratri, graces us with its presence twice in a year. The one observed during the autumn season in October- November is called Shardiya Navratri. 

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Shardiya Navratri 2020 Dates and Days

Every year for nine days, i.e., from the Pratipada date of Shukla Paksha of the Ashwina month, the auspicious festival of Navratri begins during which the nine forms of Goddess Durga is worshipped with tremendous spiritual fervour. The Shardiya Navratri will start from 17th October 2020 and end on 25th October 2020. Due to Adhik Maas, the Shardiya Navratri 2020 is beginning with a delay of a month. Adhik Maas is coming to an end on 16th October, and the Navratri will start from the next day, i.e., 17th October from Shukla Paksha's Pratipada. 

 

The following are the Shardiya Navratri 2020 dates.

  • 17th October, Saturday - Sarvarthasiddhi Yoga

  • 18th October, Sunday - Tripushkar and Sarvarthasiddhi Yoga

  • 19th October, Monday - Sarvarthasiddhi Yoga, Ravi Yoga 

  • 20th October, Tuesday - Saubhagya and Shobhan Yoga

  • 21st October, Wednesday - Ravi Yoga

  • 22nd October, Thursday - Sukarma and Prajapati Yoga

  • 23rd October, Friday - Dhriti and Anand Yoga

  • 24th October, Saturday - Sarvarthasiddhi Yoga

  • 25th October, Sunday - Ravi Yoga

After 58 years, this year's Navratri festival is bringing with itself special nine days like no other. This time on Navratri, an auspicious coincidence is occurring. According to the astrological calculations by Astroyogi, both the planets Saturn and Jupiter will be present in their own zodiac signs after 58 years, i.e., Saturn will be in its zodiac sign Capricorn, and Jupiter will be in Sagittarius. This is why the Shardiya Navratri 2020 is being touted as more propitious. Moreover, Chitra Nakshatra will also occur on the first day of Navratri. 

The remarkable thing about this Navratri is that there are 4 Sarvarthasiddhi Yoga, 1 Tripushkar Yoga, and 4 Ravi yoga, making it more favourable for everyone. This time Navratri is starting in Sarvaarthasiddhi Yoga. In astrology, the Sarvaarthasiddhi Yoga is considered incredibly auspicious as it is believed all your prayers will bear fruits if you worship wholeheartedly during this time. Also, Tripushkar, Saubhagya, and Ravi yoga are exceptionally favourable for shopping. These auspicious moments are perfect for purchasing new things such as vehicles, furniture, etc. and investing in property.

 

Know Which Form of Goddess Durga Should be Worshipped on Which Day
 

Navratri spans nine nights during which the nine divine forms of Goddess Durga are celebrated and worshipped.

  • 17th October- Maa Shailputri Puja and Ghata or Kalash sthapana

  • 18th October- Maa Brahmacharini Puja

  • 19th October- Maa Chandraghanta Puja

  • 20th October- Maa Kushmanda Puja

  • 21st October- Maa Skandamata Puja

  • 22nd October- Shashti Maa Katyayani Puja

  • 23rd October - Maa Kalratri Puja

  • 24th October - Maa Mahagauri Durga Puja

  • 25th October – Maa Siddhidatri Pujari

 

The Arrival and Departure of Goddess Durga

As you might know, every year on Navratri, Goddess Durga comes to the earth to grace us with her presence in a different Vahan or vehicle. According to the Devi Bhagwat Purana, the vehicle by which Goddess Durga comes to the earth is considered as a sign of future events. If Navratri begins on Monday or Sunday, the Goddess arrives on an elephant. If Navratri begins on Saturday or Tuesday, she comes riding a horse. The Goddess arrives in a doli or palanquin if Navratri begins on a Thursday and Friday. If Navratri falls on a Wednesday, the Goddess comes in a boat.

As Shardiya Navratri 2020 is starting from Saturday, Goddess Durga is coming to the earth on a horse. According to the Devi Bhagwat Purana, riding on a horse indicates a possibility of war with neighbouring countries, thunderstorms, and political upheaval and internal disturbances in some states.   

Furthermore, Goddess Durga will depart on an elephant, which is a sign of heavy rainfall in the coming year. This time around, Durganavami and Dussehra are falling on the same day.

 

Know Which Puja Samagri is Required for Shardiya Navratri 

The nine days of Navratri are filled with spiritual warmth. The devotees worship the different forms of Goddess Durga and seek her blessings. Here is a list of Puja Samagri needed for Navratri. 

  • Red chunri

  • Mango leaves

  • Red clothes

  • Mauli

  • Adornments

  • Diyas 

  • Ghee or oil

  • Cotton or long cloth for lighting incense

  • Incense sticks

  • Matchboxes

  • Chowki

  • Red cloth for chowki

  • Coconut

  • Durga Saptashati book

  • Kalash

  • Clean rice

  • Kumkum

  • Flowers,

  • Flower garlands

  • Chalisa and the aarti book

  • Goddess Durga's idol or a photograph 

  • Paan or betel leaves

  • Betel nut

  • Red flag

  • Cloves

  • Cardamom

  • Batasha or mishri

  • Camphor

  • Dung cakes or uple 

  • Fruits and sweets

  • Kalava

  • Dried fruits and mewa

 

Time for Ghatasthapana

The auspicious time of establishment or sthapana of the Kalash will be from 6:23 am to 10:11 am. 

Experienced Vedic Astrologers at Astroyogi can tell you how you can make the most out of these days based on the detailed horoscope analysis.

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