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[START of 9 DAY] Vasanta [SPRING] Navaratri - Hindu** (Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.)

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Time: 
Sun, 18/03/2018 (All day)
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EVERYWHERE.

Navratri is a nine-day festival which holds immense significance for the Hindus. Moreover, it is also one of the most ancient festivals. The festival was held in its most elemental form even in prehistoric times as Maa Shakti was worshipped. In order to have the blessings of Maa Shakti in human life, Hindus worship Maa Durga and all her feminine aspects of divine femininity over nine days and nine nights. The essence of the festival has found its way into the collective consciousness of the devotees.

As most festivals are intertwined with their seasonal aspect, Navratri is hardly an exception. Navratri is held at the two most important junctions of the year - during the onset of spring season and again during the commencement of the winter season. Navratri is celebrated four times in a year, but the most significant in terms of public celebration and elaborate rituals are Chaitra and Sharad Navratri. Chaitra Navratri marks the first day of Luni-Solar calendar of the Hindus, which generally falls in March or April. Similarly, Sharad Navratri marks the glorious period starting during the months of September-October. The ninth day during Chaitra Navaratri is celebrated as Ram Navami as the birthday of Lord Rama while Sharad Navratri culminates in Dussehra or 'Vijayadashmi'.

Navratri 2018 Dates Information

Chaitra Navratri 2018 Dates

Chaitra Navratri: March 18, 2018 to March 26, 2018

Sharad Navratri 2018 Dates

Sharad Navratri: October 10, 2018 to October 18, 2018

 

In both Chaitra and Vasant Navratri, all nine days are dedicated to the worship of the nine forms of Maa Shakti with the elaborate customs and rituals. Chaitra Navratri is also known as ‘Vasant Navratri’ and is rooted in the legend of prince Sudarsana, who emerged victorious in war with the blessings of Maa Shakti and performed ‘havan’ in her honour during Vasanta Navratri. Sri Ram and Lakshman, during their ordeal to save Mata Sita from her captivity, performed a simiar 'havan' and emerged victorious in their task. Both Chaitra Navratri and Sharad Navratri are dedicated to nine forms of Maa Shakti - Durga, Bhadrakali, Jagadamba, Annapurna, Sarvamangala, Bhairavi, Chandika, Lalita, Bhavani and Mookambika and honour the nine forms of Maa Durga. During Sharad Navratri, VijayaDashmi is celebrated to mark Shri Rama’s victory over Ravana, creating an exhilarating mood.

The devotees sincerely worship the nine incarnations of Goddess Durga for nine days to overcome the effect of negative forces through her blessings and protection. Each day has its own significance as it is dedicated to one of her forms: Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri. Devotees observe fasting, chant mantras, sing hymns, recite chapters from Markandeya Purana and sing devotional songs during Navratri to be blessed with prosperity, health and wisdom in their life. While fasting and praying is a strong practice, it is believed abstinence from alcoholic drinks, grains, wheat and onion help seekers to be better able to imbibe the traits that Maa Durga in her different forms represent. 'Jaagran' and 'Mata ki Chowki' are an integral part of the tradition to invoke the goddess name and to be in harmony with the divine energy of Maa Durga.

Chaitra Navratri 2018 Dates and Days Information

 

Navratri Day 1 - March 18, 2018 (Sunday) - Ghatsthapana, Shailputri Puja

Day 2 - March 19, 2018 (Monday) - Dwitiya, Brahmacharini Puja

Day 3 - March 20, 2018 (Tuesday) - Tritiya, Chandraghanta Puja

Day 4 - March 21, 2018 (Wednesday) - Chaturthi, Kushmanda Puja

Day 5 - March 22, 2018 (Thursday) - Panchami, Skandamata Puja

Day 6 - March 23, 2018 (Friday) - Shashthi, Katyayani Puja

Day 7 - March 24, 2018 (Saturday) - Saptami, Kalaratri Puja

Day 8 - March 25, 2018 (Sunday) - Ashtami, Sandhi Puja, Navami, Ram Navratri

Day 9 (Chaitra Navratri ends) - March 26, 2018 (Monday) - Dashami, Navratri Parana