Navratri 2018

 

About Navratri

The Indian festival of Navratri has been derived from two words—"Nav" + "Ratri", which means "nine nights" in English. This festival is prevalent throughout India, but it is more prominent in the state of Gujarat and Bengal. Hindus celebrate this festival to express their devotion to the goddess of power, Durga. The worship of the goddess Durga continues for nine days. Each day, a different form of the goddess is worshiped. Following the nine days of rituals and worship, the 10th day is celebrated as Dussehra, which is also known as Vijay- Dashmi. It is celebrated to mark the victory of mythical King Lord Rama over the King of Sri Lanka, Ravana.


Navratri Dates

Navratri Day 1

Pratipada

Ghatasthapana
Chandra Darshan
Shailputri Puja

1

18th
March 2018
(Sunday)


Navratri Day 2

Dwitiya

Sindhara Dooj
Brahmacharini Puja

2

19th
March 2018
(Monday)


Navratri Day 3

Tritiya

Gauri Teej
Saubhagya Teej
Chandraghanta Puja

3

20th
March 2018
(Tuesday)


Navratri Day 4

Chaturthi

Kushmanda Puja
Varad Vinayaka Chauth
Lakshmi Panchami

4

21st
March 2018
(Wednesday)


Navratri Day 5

Panchami

Naag Puja
Skandamata Puja
Skanda Sashti

5

22nd
March 2018
(Thursday)


Navratri Day 6

Shashthi

Yamuna Chhath
Katyayani Puja

6

23rd
March 2018
(Friday)


Navratri Day 7

Saptami

Maha Saptami
Kalaratri Puja
Durga Ashtami
Mahagauri Puja

7

24th
March 2018
(Saturday)


Navratri Day 8

Ashtami

Sandhi Puja Rama Navami

8

25th
March 2018
(Sunday)


Navratri Day 9

Navami

Navratri Parana

9

26th
March 2018
(Monday)


 

Dates of Navratri 2018

Name of Festivals Days Date of Festivals
Pratipada (Navratri Day 1) Sunday 18 March 2018
Dwitiya (Navratri Day 2) Monday 19 March 2018
Tritiya (Navratri Day 3) Tuesday 20 March 2018
Chaturthi (Navratri Day 4) Wednesday 21 March 2018
Panchami (Navratri Day 5) Thursday 22 March 2018
Sasthi (Navratri Day 6) Friday 23 March 2018
Saptami (Navratri Day 7) Saturday 24 March 2018
Ashtami (Navratri Day 8) Sunday 25 March 2018
Navami (Navratri Day 9) Monday 26 March 2018

Navratri Celebrations Events

Navratri Day Day Form of Goddess Pujan Colour
Navratri Day 1 Pratipada Shailaputri Maa Shailputri Pujan Red
Navratri Day 2 Dwitiya Bharmacharini Brahmacharini Pujan Royal Blue
Navratri Day 3 Tritiya Chandraghanta Chandraghanta Pujan Yellow
Navratri Day 4 Chaturthi Kushmanda Bhouma Chaturthi Green
Navratri Day 5 Panchami Skandamata Skandamata Pujan Gray
Navratri Day 6 Shashthi Katyayani Saraswati Awahan, Katyayani Pujan Orange
Navratri Day 7 Saptami Kaalratri Saraswati Puja, Kalaratri Pujan,
Utsava Puja
White
Navratri Day 8 Ashtami Maha Gauri Saraswati Mata Pujan, Mahagauri Pujan, Sandhi Puja Pink
Navratri Day 9 Navami Siddhidatri Ayudha Puja,
Kanya puja
Sky Blue

Shardiya Navratri

1) Mata Shailputri - माता शैलपुत्री
18 March 2018 (Sunday)

Rides: Bull
Hold: Trishul in the right hand and the lotus flower in the left hand.
Assigning Planet: Moon

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2) Mata Brahmacharinid - माता ब्रह्मचारिणी
19 March 2018 (Monday)

Rides: Walking on the bare feet
Hold: Jap Mala in the right hand and Kamandal in the left hand.
Assigning Planet: Mangal

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3) Mata Chandraghanta - माता चंद्रघंटा
20 March 2018 (Tuesday)

Rides: Tigress
Hold: Trishul, Gada, Sword and Kamandal in her four right hands and lotus flower, Arrow, Dhanush and Japa Mala in her four left hands.
Assigning Planet: Shukra

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4) Mata Kushmanda - माता कूष्माण्डा
21 March 2018 (Wednesday)

Rides:Loness
Hold: Kamandal, Dhanush, Bada and Kamal in the right hands and Amrit Kalash, Jap Mala, Gada and Chakra in the left hands.
Assigning Planet: Sun

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5) Mata Skandamata - माता स्कन्दमाता
22 March 2018 (Thursday)

Rides:Ferocious Lion
Hold: Lotus flowers in her upper two hands. She holds baby Murugan in one of her right hand.
Assigning Planet: Budha

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6) Mata Katyayani - माता कात्यायनी
23 March 2018 (Friday)

Rides: Magnificent Lion
Hold: Lotus flower and sword in her left hands and keeps her right hands.
Assigning Planet: Brihaspati

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7) Mata Kalratri - माता कालरात्रि
24 March 2018 (Saturday)

Rides: Donkey
Hold: Right hands are in Abhaya and Varada Mudra and carries sword and the deadly iron hook in her left hands.
Assigning Planet: Shani

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8) Mata Mahagauri - माता महागौरी
25 March 2018 (Sunday)

Rides: Bull
Hold: Trishul in one right hand and keeps the second right hand, adorns Damaru in the one left hand.
Assigning Planet: Rahu

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9) Mata Siddhidatri - माता सिद्धिदात्री
26 March 2018 (Monday)

Rides: Lion
Hold: Gada in the one right hand, chakra in the other right hand, lotus flower in the one left hand and shankh in the other left hand.
Assigning Planet: Ketu

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Types of Navratri:

 

4 Different Navratris
Navratri Timing
Vasanta Navaratri March–April
Ashad Navaratri June–July
Sharad Navaratri September–October
Pausha/Magha Navaratri December–January

Rituals:

  • The two famous rituals are called as "Paath" and "Durga Aarti." An Aarti is an ancient practice of singing hymns as part of the worship of the goddess.
  • The ninth day is also marked as Raam Navmi, a famous Festival, when stage shows and plays are organized throughout India to depict the story of Lord Rama. On ninth day, the worshipers bid farewell to the goddess Durga. It is followed by the ritual of "kanya-pujan," when the little girls are worshiped, and offered food and sweets.
  • The Festival is celebrated differently according to the region. For example in North India, the festival continues for nine long days, when fasting and worshiping continues almost every day. However, in the state of West Bengal, only the last four days are celebrated as Durga- Pooja.
  • In the western state of Gujarat, it is celebrated with much fun and fervor, where the most popular local dances Garba and Dandiya- Raas are performed by both men and women.
  • Men and women get dressed in colorful clothes and perform the dance together in open areas all night long. In the other states such as Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, the rituals vary greatly.

Puja Samagri for the Navratri Puja

  • Picture or Idol of Goddess Durga in the Pooja room
  • Chunri
  • Durga Saptshati book
  • Moli, red sacred thread
  • Ganga water or plain water in Kalash (pitcher)
  • Fresh mango leaves
  • Rice
  • Sandalwood
  • One coconut
  • Roli, red sacred powder for tilak
  • Fresh grass
  • Gulal
  • Supari
  • Paan
  • Cloves
  • Cardamom
  • Kumkum

Navratri Puja Procedure

  • Every devotee is supposed to get up early in the morning. After taking bath, he is supposed to wear clean clothes.
  • Then he is supposed to bring along the items necessary to perform the worship of the goddess.
  • He then has to perform "pooja" according to the traditional methods. Once your thaali is arranged for pooja, you can apply kum-kum with some rice on the idol of the goddess. Then you can chant the mantras meant for the pooja followed by "Aarti" (hymns).

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Last Updated: 15th March, 2018