Navratri (21st of September to 29th of September 2017)

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Navratri

Also known as Shardiya Navratri, this is the most popular Hindu festivals in India and also the most prominent Navratri among all other Navratris. It is celebrated over a stretch of nine days, hence, the name ‘’Navratri’’ as ‘’Nav’’ denotes the number nine. This year in 2017, it will be observed from the 21st of September, Thursday till the 29th of September, Friday. Due to being the most popular Navratri, it is also commonly referred to as ‘’Maha Navratri.’’ According to the traditional Hindu calendar, Navratri annually falls in the month of Ashwin during the time of Sharad Ritu, which as per the Gregorian calendar falls in the month of September or October. All these nine days of Navratri are dedicated to the different avatars of Goddess Shakti. The nine days finally reach their culmination on the 10th day, which is celebrated in the whole of India as Dussehra or Vijaya Dashami.

As per Hindu traditions, on each day of Navratri one colour is chosen to be worn, making it nine different colours, for nine different days of Navratri. The colours are chosen on weekday, with each weekday being ruled by different planets from the navagrahas (the nine planets in the solar system), and it is mainly the women in the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra who religiously follow this tradition during Navratri.

Devotees celebrate the Navratri festival by fasting, offering prayers, performing rituals for Goddess Shakti. They also enjoy the festivities with dance and music, two of the most popular of which are: Garba and Raas Dandiya, both traditional folk dances from the state of Gujarat. The schedule of the Navratri days is below:

Pratipada
-Ghatasthapna
-Chandra Darshan
-Shailputri Puja

Dwitiya
Brahmacharini Puja

Tritiya
-Sindoor Tritiya
-Chandraganta Puja
-Varad Vinayaka Chauth

Chaturthi
-Kushmanda Puja
-Upand Lalita Vrat

Panchami
Skandamata Puja

Shashti
Katyayani Puja

Saptami
-Saraswati Awahan
-Kalaratri Puja

Ashtami
-Saraswati Puja
-Durga Ashtami
-Mahagauri Puja
-Sandhi Puja

Navami
-Maha Navami
-Ayudha Puja
-Navami Homa

Dashami
-Navratri Parana
-Durga Visarjan
-Vijayadashami

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