Navratri Facts

 



One of the most auspicious Hindu festival is Navratri and it is is dedicated to the worship of ‘Durga Maa’.Dgreetings offers a great collection of interesting facts about the holy Navratri festival to acquaint to enhance your knowledge about it.

1- "Navaratri" - The word is a combination of two words- nava (meaning nine) and ratri (meaning night).i.e. Nine nights and is observed for nine days.


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2- Navaratri or Durga Pooja is observed twice a year for nine days each.


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3- Each of nine days signify one of the nine forms of Goddess Shakti: Durga, Bhadrakali, Jagadamba, Annapurna, Sarvamangala, Bhairavi, Chandika, Lalita, Bhavani and Mookambika.



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4- Sharad navratri devotes three days each for the worship of three different forms of Maa Shakti - Goddess Durga (first three days), Goddess Lakshmi (fourth to sixth day) and Goddess Saraswati (last three days).


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5- The three main Navratri that are celebrated in India are: Sharad Navratri, Vasant Navratri and Ashada Navratri.


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6- Sharad Navratri is most important of the Navratri festivals. It is celebrated at the start of winters i.e. Sharad season (month of September/October), and celebrates the slaying of Mahishasura by Goddess Durga.



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7- The dates of the Navratri are set as per the lunar calendar. Observerd at the start of summers and onset of winters.


8- The tenth day of Sharad Navratri , which is Vijayadashami is celebrated as Dusshera festival.


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9- Vasant Navratri is celebrated during the start of summers i.e. Vasant season (months of March/ April), and is celebrated in North India.


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10- A shada Navratri is celebrated in the state of Himachal Pradesh during the Ashada season (i.e. Months of July-August)



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