Durga Puja and Navratri festival is celebrated by worshiping Goddess Durga and her different avatars. The nine day festival Navratri 2015 will soon begin from October 13. On this auspicious festival devotees worship nine Devi’s and also fast for all the nine days. Navratri Puja starts with Shailputri Maa and Goddess of Navadurga. The festival ends on a good note with Siddhidatri Mata’s puja. (Read: Navratri 2015: Significance of the 9-day Indian festival)
Dussehra falls on the 10th day and is celebrated with lot of zeal and enthusiasm. Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated 20 days after Dussehra. Navrati is not just about playing Dandiya and Garba Raas but it’s also about the excitement of wearing those nine bright colors which are to be worn to worship Goddess Durga.
Here we have noted down the list of nine different colours which people are supposed to wear during the nine days of festivity. We provide you with 9 different shades of happiness and their importance. Happy Navratri to everyone out there, hope the Goddess showers her blessings and fulfills your wishes.
First Day – Ghatasthapana / Pratipada (13th October, 2015) – Red
Devotees worship Shailaputri Maa, the first form of Goddess Durga on the first day of Navadurga. The idol of Goddess is dressed in a bright red saree while the Ghatasthapana setup of earthen pot is being done. The colour to wear around the initial day for devotees is bright Red.
Second Day – Dwitiya (14th October, 2015) – Royal Blue
Bharmacharini is the second form of Goddess which is worshipped on the second day. There is a mythological story which says that this goddess enlightens elegant forms with power, divine and spiritual grace. The colour of the day for devotees to wear on this auspicious day is Royal Blue.
Third Day – Tritiya (15th October, 2015) – Yellow
The third appearance of the goddess is Chandraghanta, which symbolises peace, serenity, beauty and bravery in one’s life. The Goddess is dressed in White attire. Yellow is the colour of the day and Sindhoor Tritiya Sowbhagya Teej is also observed on this day.
Fourth Day – Chaturthi (16th October, 2015) – Green
Kushmanda is the fourth form of goddess worshipped on the fourth day of Navratri. She is considered as the creator of the entire universe. The goddess is draped in Red saree and on this day Bhouma Chaturthi is followed. The colour for the fourth day to be worn is Green.
Fifth Day – Panchami (17th October, 2015) – Grey
Skandamata the fourth avatar of Maa Durga who is has been known for demolishing the demons. Upang Lalitha Gauri Vrata is observed on this day. On the fifth day of Navratri that is known as Panchami, devotees are supposed to wear Grey as the goddess is dressed in a Blue saree.
Sixth Day – Shashti (18th October, 2015) – Orange
Katyayani another avatar of Goddess Durga worshipped on the sixth day of Navratri. She is dressed in Yellow saree on the sixth day of Navratri and Maha Shashti is celebrated. People are supposed to wear Orange attire on this day.
Seventh Day – Saptami – (19th October, 2015) – White
Kaalratri the seventh figure of Goddess Durga who is known to protect all her devotees from trouble and negative powers. People say that she grants her devotees with freedom and happiness. The goddess on this day is supposed to be adorned with a Green coloured saree. It is the beginning of Maha Saptami wherein Utsava Puja is performed. The colour of the day is White.
Eighth Day – Ashtami (20th October, 2015) – Pink
Maha Gauri eighth avatar of Goddess Durga who is worshipped on this day. She is regarded for forgiving the sins of her devotees and also helping them to get purified. The goddess is dressed in Peacock Green colour on Durga Ashtami. On this day, Saraswati Mata Puja is conducted whole-heartedly and Pink is regarded as the colour of the day for all the devotees.
Ninth Day/ Tenth Day – Navami / Dashmi / Dussehra (21th October, 2015) – Sky Blue
Siddhidatri is the last form of Maa Durga who is known to have great supernatural powers. The goddess is dressed in Purple attire and Maha Navami puja is done. Kanya puja is also done on this auspicious day. Sky Blue is the colour for the last day.
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