Navratri 2021 Start And End Date: We are inching close to Navratri 2021. The 10-day long festival is celebrated with much pomp and fervour across India. Goddess Durga is worshipped in this festival; she is a symbol of power. Navratri literally means ‘nine nights’ and it is one of the most significant Hindu festivals that will be observed from October 7th this year. This auspicious occasion will last till October 15th.Also Read - Assam Lockdown: State Relaxes Restrictions, Allows 200 People At Weddings, Religious Functions | Full Guidelines Here

On October 15/16, Vijayadashami also known as Dussehra will be celebrated. It marks the end of Navaratri every year. During Navaratri, devotees worship nine forms of Goddess Durga namely Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Mahagauri, and Siddhidatri. Also Read - Consumers Will Soon Get Small LPG Cylinders, Financial Services Through Ration Shops | Details Here

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  • On October 7, on Pratipada tithi, Ghatasthapana and Shailputri Puja will be performed.
  • On October 8 on Dwitiya tithi, Brahmacharini Puja should be performed.
  • On October 9 on Tritiya and Chaturthi, Chandraghanta Puja and Kushmanda Puja should be performed.
  • On October 10 for Panchami tithih Skandamata Puja should be performed.
  • On October 11, for Sashti tithi Katyayani Puja should be performed.
  • On October 12, Saptami tithi, perform Kalaratri Puja
  • On October 13, Ashtami tithi perform Maha Gauri Puja
  • On October 14, Navami tithi perform Siddhidhatri Puja
  • On October 15, Dashami tithi perform Navratri Parana/Durga Visarjan

Significance:

It is believed that Lord Shiva granted permission to his wife Goddess Durga for seeing her mother for just nine days. During that time, Goddess Durga demolished demon Mahishasura. Hence Goddess Durga aka Kali is represented as a symbol of shakti – the ultimate strength. It is also said that Maa Durga has eternal divine power, which can never be created nor destroyed.

Importance:

Throughout the nine nights, nine forms of the goddess are worshiped with much grandeur. On the 10th day, which is October 8 this year, people celebrate Vijayadashami means Dusshera by burning huge effigies of Ravana, Meghnad and Kumbhakarna. Thus, Navratri itself symbolises victory over evil.

Celebrations:

During these nine nights of Navratri, people observe fast. Cultural programs are organised, people depict the story of Lord Rama. On the eighth day, Kanya Pujan is observed in which minor girls are worshipped and offered prashad, food and sweets. All over the country Dandiya and Garba programmes are organised by community people.