Sharad Navratri 2023: Significance of All Days & Pujas
Sharad Navratri or Shardiya Navratri is the festival of Hindus that spans across 9 nine nights and 10 days. This festival is celebrated every year in the autumn season to mark the victory of divinity over the evil that prevails. It is celebrated differently according to different parts of the Indian subcontinent. As per Hindu Scriptures, there are 2 seasonal Navratri festivals that are celebrated in India. The Navratri that comes in the autumn season is also known by the name of Shardiya Navratri.
The festival of Sharad Navratri is celebrated in the honor of the divine feminine, Devi Durga. The festival ends on the 10th day after celebrating Dussehra or Vijayadashmi. As per the Hindu calendar, this festival of Sharad Navratri is celebrated on the bright half of the Ashwin month which means it falls in the month of September or October. The nine nights of the festival are dedicated to nine different aspects of the divine feminine Devi Durga. Devotees worship nine different forms of Devi Durga during this auspicious festival of Navratri.
Sharad Navratri 2023 is beginning from- October 15th
Importance of Sharad Navratri
The nine nights of Navratri is one of the most colorful and vibrant festivals that are celebrated in the Hindu faith. The word “Navratri” is made up of the two words “Nav '' means nine and “Ratri” signifies night. Thus, it is translated as “Nine Nights”. Navratri is considered as one of the most significant festivals of the Hindu faith. As per the Hindu Lunar Calendar, this festival is celebrated twice in a year. However, the most important Navratri is celebrated during the period of Sharad Ritu or before the Dusshera festival.
In India, the devotees of Devi celebrate the festival with complete devotion and dedication. In West Bengal, Durga Puja is celebrated in the last five days of this festival.
Navratri is considered as a significant festival in India because the devotees worship all the nine forms of Goddess Durga. These 9 days of the festival are recognized as very auspicious days because people generally start new events and buy new clothes and jewelry, vehicles, etc. During these 9 auspicious days, the devotees pray, observe fast, and offer donations to the needy.
9 Days of Sharad Navratri 2023 and Importance of Colors in Navratri
The nine days of the Sharad Navratri Festival are dedicated to the deity of feminine power, Goddess Durga. According to the holy Hindu scriptures, the Goddess incarnated in nine different ‘avatars’ for combating the evil and demonic forces that tried to threaten peace and prosperity of the Earth in ancient times.
The 9 days of Navratri defining the 9 different forms of Goddess Durga are:
Sharad Navratri Day 1 (15th October 2023)
Day 1 of the Sharad Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Shailputri, the first form of Devi Durga. Goddess Shailputri symbolizes the collective power of Lord Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh. This avatar of Goddess Durga is worshipped as the consort of Lord Shiva.
The Color for Sharad Navratri Day 1: Mustard Orange
Mantra to Chant While Worshipping Goddess Shailputri:
ॐ देवी शैलपुत्र्यै नमः॥
Om Devi Shailputraayye Namah
Sharad Navratri day 2 (16th October 2023)
The Day 2 of Shardiya Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Brahmcharini, the second form of Goddess Durga. Goddess Brahmcharini is blissful and blesses the devotees with happiness, peace, prosperity, and grace in their lives. This avatar of Goddess Durga is the way through which one can attain salvation or moksha.
The Color for Sharad Navratri Day 2: Pearl White
Mantra to Chant While Worshipping Goddess Brahmcharini:
ॐ देवी ब्रह्मचारिण्यै नमः॥
Om Devi Brahmchaarinyye Namah
Sharad Navratri Day 3 ( 17th October 2023)
The day 3 of this festival celebrates Goddess Chandraghanta, known to be the third form of Goddess Durga. She symbolizes beauty and grace and is praised for peace, calmness and prosperity in life. Goddess Chandraghanta is the symbol of bravery.
The Color for Sharad Navratri Day 3: Mahogany Red
Mantra to Chant While Worshipping Goddess Chandraghanta:
ॐ देवी चन्द्रघण्टायै नमः॥
Om Devi Chandraghantaayye Namah
Sharad Navratri Day 4 ( 18th October 2023)
The day 4 of Sharad Navratri represents Goddess Kushmanda. This form of Goddess Durga is considered the creator of the entire universe. According to the ancient scriptures, it is said that she created the universe.
The Color for Sharad Navratri Day 4: Green
Mantra to Chant While Worshipping Goddess Kushmanda:
ॐ देवी कूष्माण्डायै नमः॥
Om Devi Kushmaandaayye Namah
Sharad Navratri Day 5 ( 19th October 2023)
The 5th day of Sharad Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Skand Mata. She is known to be the mother of the Skand or Kartikeya. Lord Kartikeya was chosen as their ruler by the gods in the war against the demons. This form of Goddess Durga represents the motherhood who can fight with anyone in order to protect her child.
The Color for Sharad Navratri Day 5: Canary Yellow
Mantra to Chant While Worshipping Goddess Skand Mata:
ॐ देवी स्कन्दमातायै नमः॥
Om Devi Skandmaataayye Namah
Sharad Navratri day 6 ( 20th October 2023)
The day 6 of this festival belongs to the 6th form of Goddess Durga, Devi Katyayani. It is believed that Devi Katyayani was born to a great sage named Kata, as an avatar of Durga. This form of Goddess Durga exhibits immense courage and bravery.
The Color for Sharad Navratri Day 6: Green
Mantra to Chant While Worshipping Goddess Katyayani:
ॐ देवी कात्यायन्यै नमः॥
Om Devi Katyaayanyae Namah
Sharad Navratri Day 7 ( 21st October 2023)
The 7th day of this festival is dedicated to Goddess Kalratri, the 7th form of Goddess Durga. This avatar of Her is known for her dark complexion, bedraggled hair and a fearless posture. She is considered as the strongest form of Goddess Durga.
The Color for Sharad Navratri day 7: Canary Yellow
Mantra to Chant While Worshipping Goddess Kalratri
ॐ देवी कालरात्र्यै नमः॥
Om Devi Kaalraatrayye Namah
Sharad Navratri Day 8 ( 22nd October 2023)
On the day 8th of the festival, Navratri celebrates the 8th form of Goddess Durga, Devi Mahagauri. This avatar of Maa Durga signifies and blesses the devotees with intelligence, peace, prosperity, and calm in their lives.
The Color for Sharad Navratri Day 8: Lavender
Mantra to Chant While Worshipping Goddess Mahagauri:
ॐ देवी महागौर्यै नमः॥
Om Devi Mahaagauryye Namah
Sharad Navratri day 9 ( 23rd October 2023)
Goddess Siddhi Datri, the 9th avatar of Goddess Durga is celebrated on the 9th day of Sharad Navratri. This avatar of Goddess Durga blesses the devotees with the supernatural healing powers. Goddess Siddhi Datri represents a clear state of mind, just like the sky on a clear day.
The Color for Sharad Navratri Day 9: Black and Grey
Mantra to Chant While Worshipping Goddess Siddhi Datri
ॐ देवी सिद्धिदात्र्यै नमः॥
Om Devi Siddhidaatrayye Namah
Vijayadashami on Day 10
Day 10 marks the festival of Vijayadashami, which means the “triumph on the tenth”. It is believed that Goddess Durga defeated and killed the demon named Mahishasura on this day. This auspicious day is also marked as the day when Lord Rama defeated Ravana and returned to His home Ayodhya. So, the tenth day of this festival is the day to worship Goddess Durga and Lord Rama. Royal blue is the suggested color for this festival.
Kalash Sthapna on Navratri:
The nine days festival of Navratri always begins with the ritual of Ghat Sthapna. The very first day of the Sharad Navratri marks the invocation of Goddess Durga. Devotees seek the blessings of Goddess Durga or Adishakti from the first day of the festival as they perform the ritual of Ghat Sthapna. This ritual is done according to the suitable muhurat abiding by the rules to perform this ritual.
Pujas for Sharad Navratri
There are many phenomenally powerful pujas that are prescribed for receiving the blessings of Goddess Durga during Navratri. One of the many Navratri Pujas is the 9 days Durga Saptashati Path with Hawan.
Performing 9 days Durga Saptashati Path with Hawan during the days of Navratri is considered as highly auspicious. Performing the puja would help the person to succeed in all the domains of life. The puja continues for 9 days during Navratri.
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