Navratri 2016

 

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 Date


Navratri Begins

8

th

April 2016,
Friday

 

Chaitra Navratri 2016 Dates

Chaitra Navratri: April 8, 2016 to April 16, 2016


 

Sharad Navratri Dates
Day Date Weekday Occasion
Navratri Day 1 8th April 2016 Friday Ghatasthapana
Dwitiya 9th April 2016 Saturday Sindhara Dooj
Tritiya 10th April 2016 Sunday Kushmanda Puja, Varad Vinayaka Chauth
Chaturthi 11th April 2016 Monday Kushmanda Puja
Panchami 12th April 2016 Tuesday Naag Puja
Shashthi 13th April 2016 Wednesday Skanda Sashti
Saptami 14th April 2016 Thursday Maha Saptami Kalaratri Puja
Durga Mahaashtami 15th April 2016 Friday Annapurna Ashtami
Navratri Day 9 16th April 2016 Saturday Rama Navami

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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.

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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

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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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9 colours to wear on each day of Navratri

Navratri is the festival of nine nights in veneration of Goddess Durga, a form of the Supreme Being Shakti or Devi. A very important festival for the Hindus, this festival is symbolic of gaining victory over the evils residing within one, and thus obtaining a superior state of existence. Apart from the rituals of fasting, there is also a custom of wearing specific colours of attires on the nine days of the festival. As per tradition, the nine nights are dedicated to the nine avatars of Goddess Durga. A unique aspect of the worship is that the idol is draped with a dress of a specific colour to symbolise a specific avatar. The tradition of dressing in the same colour as that of the avatar has evolved over the years.
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Navratri Images

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Navrarti Recipes

Navratri is the time to fast for Maa Shakti. Find below few relishing recipes of the traditional Navratri dishes -

Aloo Pulao

Ingredients :
  • Rice
  • Potato
  • Ghee
  • Cloves
  • Cumin Seeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Red Chili Powder
  • Cardamoms
  • Water
  • Green Coriander

Method :

Firstly heat ghee in a pan, and then add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and cumin seeds to it. After it starts to give off a fragrance, then add rice and potato (cut into small pieces) to the oil.

Stir and fry it until the color changes to light brown. Add water, salt and chili powder and cover the pan, reduce the heat and let it simmer for around 20 minutes. Your Aloo Pulao is ready to be served. Before serving garnish it with green coriander.

Aloo Pulao Navrarti Recipes
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Navratri Messages

Maa ka parv aaya
Hazaaron khushiyan laaya
Shubh navratri!
Maa Durga aapko
Bal, buddhi, sukh, aishwarya aur sampannta pradaan karen!
Jai mata di!
Navratri ki hardik shubhkamnayen!
Nav deep jalen
Nav phool khilen
Roz maa ka ashirvaad mile
Is navratri aapko wo sab mile jo aapka dil chaahta hai!
Shubhkamnaayen!
Kabhi na ho dukhon se saamna
Pug pug Maa Durga ka ashirvaad mile!
yahi hai hamaari taraf se Navratri ki shubhkaamna !
Jagat paalanhari hai
Bhakti ka adhaar hai
Hamara mukti dhaam hai
Maa !
Navratri ki Shubhkamnaayen!
Maa shakti ka vaas ho
Sankton ka naash ho
Har ghar me sukh-shaanti ka vaas ho
Jai Mata Di!
Happy Navratri!
Sheron wali maiya ke darbaar me
Dukh dard mitaaye jaate hain
Jo bhi dar par aate hain
Sharan me le liye jaate hain
Jai Mata Di!
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Navratri Aarti

Jai Ambe Gauri Arti

Jai Ambe Gauri maiyaa, jai Shyaama Gauri
Nishdin tumko dhyaavat, Hari Brahmaa Shivji,
Jai Ambe Gauri maiyaa, jai Shyaama Gauri

Maang sindur biraajat, tiko mrigmadko,
Ujjvalse do naina, chandravadan niko,
Jai Ambe Gauri maiyaa, jai Shyaama Gauri

Kanak saman kalevar, raktaambar raje,
Raktapushp galmaala, kanthhaar saje,
Jai Ambe Gauri maiyaa, jai Shyaama Gauri

Kehari vaahan rajat, khadg khappar dhari
sur nar munijan sevat, tinke dukhahaari,
Jai Ambe Gauri maiyaa, jai Shyaama Gauri

Kaanan kundal shobhit, naasagre moti
Kotik chandra divaakar, samraajat jyoti,
Jai Ambe Gauri maiyaa, jai Shyaama Gauri

Shumbh- nishumbh vidaare, MahishaaSur ghatia
Dhumra-vilochan naina, nishdin madmati
Jai Ambe Gauri maiyaa, jai Shyaama Gauri

Brahmaani, Rudraani tum Kamalaa Raani,
Agam-nigam bakhaani. tum Shiv patraani,
Jai Ambe Gauri maiyaa, jai Shyaama Gauri

Chaunsath yogini gaavat, nritya karat Bhairon,
Baajat tab mridanga, aur bajat damru,
Jai Ambe Gauri maiyaa, jai Shyaama Gauri

Tum ho jag ki maataa, tum hi ho bhartaa,
Bhaktan ki dukh hartaa, sukh sampati kartaa,
Jai Ambe Gauri maiyaa, jai Shyaama Gauri

Bhujaa char ati shobhit, var mudraa dhaari,
Manvaanchhit phal paavat, sevak nar naari,
Jai Ambe Gauri maiyaa, jai Shyaama Gauri

Kanchan thaal virajat, agaru kapur baati
Malketu men rajat, kotiratan jyoti,
Jai Ambe Gauri maiyaa, jai Shyaama Gauri

 

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