Navratri is a long-lasting tradition to which enormous religious value is attached. We also know that it is undeniably one of the massive Hindu festivals that are celebrated across the country with great enthusiasm and excitement. However, not many people know that it is celebrated in different seasons, four times a year: Chaitra Navratri, Ashadha Navratri, Sharada Navratri and the Paush/Magha Navratri. Of these, the Chaitra Navratri in the spring is very important.
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Chaitra Navratri, also known as Vasant Navratri, is devoted to the goddess Durga. It usually falls in March or April and marks the first day of the Hindu calendar. This year Chaitra Navratri starts on Saturday 2 April and ends on Monday 11 April. During this period, devotees fast and worship the nine forms of Durga (Nava Durga).
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In Maharashtra, Chaitra Navratri begins with Gudi Padwa and similarly, in Andhra Pradesh, it begins with Ugadi.
Dates for Chaitra Navratri:
The festival continues with a ritual called Ghatasthapana on the first day (Pratipada Tithi of Chaitra), Shukla Paksha. Then it ends with Ram Navami, a day that marks the birth of Lord Rama on Dashami Tithi.
Day 1: April 2 (Saturday) Pratipada
Day 2: April 3 (Sunday) Dwitiya
Day 3: April 4 (Monday) Tritiya
Day 4: April 5 (Tuesday) Chaturthi
Day 5: April 6 (Wednesday) Panchami
Day 6: April 7 (Thursday) Shasthic
Day 7: April 8, 2021 (Friday) Saptami
Day 8: April 9 (Saturday) Ashtami
Day 9: April 10 (Sunday) Nabami
Navratri has a very important meaning in Hinduism. According to the belief, Lord Rama first ascended to Lanka by worshiping goddess Durga on the beach. Nine different forms of Maa Durga are Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandmata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri. Worshiping the goddess on all nine days fulfills the wishes of the devotee. And the blessings of the mother always remain on her devotees because it denotes the victory of good over evil.
According to mythological scriptures, goddess Durga appeared on the day of Chaitra Navratri and created the universe at the request of Lord Brahma.
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