After the wide-scale celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi and chanting Ganpati Bappa Morya, we are now moving to put our best step forward to welcome Navratri 2017 (It’s Garba Time in Gujarat and Maharashtra while Durga Pujo in Kolkata) Navaratri is a significant multi-day Hindu festival which is observed for nine days followed by Vijaya Dashmi (when Dussehra is celebrated). Navratri translates to ‘nine nights’ is observed to worship the nine forms of Goddess Durga, the ultimate divine feminine power (Shakti). There are five Navratris but Sharad Navaratri falling in September-October is considered most important. Navratri dates in 2017 will start with Pratipada (first day) on September 21 (Thursday) and continue until Navami (ninth day) on September 29 (Friday). Dussehra or Vijayadashami will be celebrated on the tenth day on September 30, 2017. The traditional Ghatasthapana Puja to invoke Maa Shaktri will take place on Pratipada according to puja muhurat timings. Also Read - Kolkata's FD Block Durga Puja Pandal Gutted in Massive Fire Ahead of Idol Immersion
Shard Navaratri is widely popular Hindu festival celebrated across the country. Devotees worship Goddess Durga and her nine forms in the bright half of the Hindu calendar month Ashvin. The nine manifestation of Goddess Durga are – Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri. Also Read - West Bengal: 5 Killed as Boat Capsizes During Durga Idol Immersion in Murshidabad
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The celebrations vary from region to region. In West Bengali, Durga Puja is the main festival in Navaratri. The five-day long major festival of Bengalis is celebrated remembering the epic victory of Maa Durga over King of Demons, Mahishasura. The embodiment of Shakti or a symbol of feminine strength killed the devil to save the universe from his tyranny. Maa Durga is hence also called, Mahishasura Mardhini for freeing the world from his evil clutches.
Sharad Navratri is also famous for celebrating Lord Rama’s victory over demon king, Ravana on Dussehra also called Vijayadashami. Navratri is famously celebrated as the festival of victory of good over evil in the northern, southern and western states. Another interesting and highly popular tradition followed during Navratri is wearing colour coordinated clothes to please each avatar of Navdurga. This fun-filled ritual is followed in
As per Drik Panchang.com, muhurat of Ghatasthapana, a traditional ritual that symbolises the beginning of Navratri begins from 6:13 am to 8:10 am on September 21. The Pratipada Tithi will begin on September 20 at 10:59 am and end next day at 10:34 am. Ghatasthapana is one of the important rituals in Navratri as this puja means invocation of Maa Durga. Ghatasthapana Puja is not done during Amavasya or at night time. Below is the complete timetable of Navratri with complete daywise schedule, dates, colours to be worn to rever each avatar of Goddess Durga.
|Date||Day and Colour||Puja|
|Navratri Day 1||September 21||Pratipada, Yellow||Ghatasthapana, Chandra Darshan, Shailputri Puja|
|Navratri Day 2||September 22||Dwitiya, Green||Brahmacharini Puja|
|Navratri Day 3||September 23||Tritiya, Grey||Sindoor Tritiya, Chandraghanta Puja, Varad Vinayaka Chauth|
|Navratri Day 4||September 24||Chaturthi, Orange||Kushmanda Puja, Upang Lalita Vrat|
|Navratri Day 5||September 25||Panchami, White||Skandamata Puja|
|Navratri Day 6||September 26||Shashthi, Red||Katyayani Puja|
|Navratri Day 7||September 27||Saptami, Royal Blue||Saraswati Awahan, Kalaratri Puja|
|Navratri Day 8||September 28||Ashtami, Pink||Saraswati Puja, Durga Ashtami, Mahagauri Puja, Sandhi Puja|
|Navratri Day 9||September 29||Navami, Purple||Maha Navami, Ayudha Puja, Navami Homa|
Goddess Durga is described as the fierce form of the protective mother goddess, willing to unleash her anger against wrong, violence for liberation and destruction to empower the earth. She is fearless but does not lose her feminine personality. She is another form of Mata Parvati who is the Hindu Goddess of fertility, love and devotion. She is the consort of Lord Shiva and is well known for her divine strength and power. In the Navratri festival, Maa Durga followers observe fast, read scriptures and legends, worship the Devi keeping rituals and traditions in mind. They please Maa Durga, ultimate mother of the entire universe to seek her divine blessings. We wish all Maa Durga devotees, very happy and auspicious Sharad Navratri 2017.