Navratri is a 9 day long, auspicious holy festival celebrated all over India for various reasons each year. It is culturally devoted to Goddess Durga, an example of Shakti or the cosmic energy. Among all the five auspicious Navratras (Chaitra, Aashad, Ashwin, Paush, and Magh) that fall in a year, Sharad Navratri is the most important one. Apart from that, Ashadha, Magh, and Paush are known as Gupt Navratris. Every day of Navaratri is dedicated to a manifestation of Durga. Maa Durga is known as the universal protector and wards off negative energy and devils from one's life. Individuals worship Durga Puja and wish for happier life, empathy, wisdom and success.
Importance Of Navratri Pooja
Navratri is a combination of two words: Nav+Ratri, which fundamentally implies 9 nights in English. This auspicious festival is celebrated all through India with loads of energy and bliss. It is a predominant festival seen on major parts of Gujarat, West Bengal and Delhi. Devotees from all over the India express their thankfulness towards Maa Durga. After ninth day, 10th day is celebrated as Dussehra, otherwise called Vijayadashmi, which denotes the triumph of Lord Ram over King Ravana. The celebration of goddess Durga Navratri holds an extraordinary centrality in Hinduism as it denotes the victory of good over evil. These nine days are viewed as consecrated and devout, and consumption of liquor, meat, onion and garlic is strictly prohibited. Individuals abstain from doing any unlawful activity and perform the functions, customs, yagnas and significantly more.
Navaratri 2020: Sharad Navratri Dates And Rituals To Be Conducted
This year Navratri begins on 17th October 2020, here's the list of significant Navratri dates:
1. 17th October: Maa Shailputri Puja- The first form of Goddess Durga, Maa Shailputri represents to the planet Moon. Worshipping her can assist to eliminate any terrible impacts or signs.
2. 18th October: Maa Brahmacharini Puja- According to astrology Maa Brahmacharini controls the planet Mars and decreases any awful impacts if worshipped with a pure heart.
3. 19th October: Maa Chandraghanta Puja- The third form of Maa Durga, Maa Chandraghata represents the planet Venus and offers boldness and bravery.
4. 20th October: Maa Kushmanda Puja- Maa Kushmanda describes to the planet Sun and wipes out any evil impacts in the close by future.
5. 21st October: Maa Skandamata Puja- Maa Skandamata represents to the planet Mercury and is sympathetic towards her devotee.
6. 22nd October: Maa Katyayani Puja- Jupiter planet is controlled by Maa Katyayani. She gives fortitude and ability to her worshippers.
7. 23rd October: Maa Kalratri Puja- Maa Kalratri controls the Saturn planet and represents bravery.
8. 24th October: Maa Mahagauri Puja- Maa Mahagauri is the perfect regulator of planet Rahu and pacify destructive impacts.
9. 25th October: Maa Siddhidatri Puja- Maa Siddhidatri overwhelms the planet Ketu and offers intelligence and knowledge.
Significance Of Colours In Navratri
Aside from this, each Navratri is identified with a specific colour. The Navratri Colour are listed underneath. It is believed that utilizing these colours during Navratri festival will bring you good luck and prosperity:
1. Pratipada - Yellow
2. Dwitiya - Green
3. Tritiya - Grey
4. Chaturthi - Orange
5. Panchami - White
6. Shashthi - Red
7. Saptami - Royal Blue
8. Ashtami - Pink
9. Navmi - Purple
The chanting, prayer, and meditation performed at the time of Navratri connected us with our soul. Connecting with the soul invokes positive characteristics inside us and destroys laziness, pride, obsession, aversions, and cravings. Alongside Navratri, the 5-day long Durga Puja festivity which is generally celebrated over the globe, and is a significant celebration of Bengalis is celebrated in autumn. This year it starts from October 22 to 26 respectively.