Navratri Festival is celebrated twice in a year with great devotion and fervor in all over India. First time it is celebrated as Chaitra Navratri or Vasant Navratri in the month of March-April and second time as Sharad Navratri in the months of September-October. During Chaitra Navratri ninth day is celebrated as Ram Navami while after Sharad Navratri tenth day is celebrated as Dussehra or Vijayadashami, the victory of good over evil. One of the Navratri lies in the Hindu month of Magh, which is also known by the name “Magha Gupta navratri”.
In the four Navratri of the year, Chaitra and Sharad Navratri is the most famous but still Sharad Navratri has special significance that's why it is also known as Maha Navratri. The devotees celebrate Sharad navratri in all over India with huge devotion and great zeal.
According to Hindu calendar, Chaitra Navratri is celebrated in the month of Chaitra or Vasant, which is also the starting of the spring season. Second time it is celebrated in the Ashwin month with the name Sharad Navratri also known as Maha navratri. Below check the Sharad Navratri 2021 Dates and Chaitra Navratri 2022 Dates, worship nine goddess of Navratri to get the blessings.
On both the auspicious occasion during Chaitra Navratri and Sharad Navratri, nine forms of Goddess Maa Durga - Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kalratri, Maha Gauri and Siddhidatri are worshipped by the devotees. This year, Sharad Navratri festival will begin from 7th October 2021 (Thursday) and will be celebrated till 15th October 2021 (Friday).
For Navratri festival, Ghatasthapana is the most important ritual, which marks the beginning of the navratri. Navratri Ghatasthapana is observed during both navratris either it is Chaitra Navratri or Sharad Navratri. Ghatasthapana ritual is observed with pure heart & mind, in which devotees invoke the Goddess Aadi Shakti. Ghatasthapana must be done at the right muhurat, doing it at the wrong time will make the Goddess angry and will be harmful. The most auspicious time for Ghatasthapana is on Pratipada day (most sacred time during all day) or during the Abhijit muhurat. Check auspicious Navratri Ghatsthapana 2021 muhurat and time to start navratri puja.
According to Hindu lunar calendar, Chaitra is the first month and the first day of this month is celebrated as the Hindu New Year. Chaitra Navratri is the end of the winter season and begining of the summer in India. Chaitra Navaratri is also known as Vasant Navratri. Ninth day of Chaitra Navratri is celebrated as Rama Navami in India. Sharad Navratri also known as Maha Navratri begins in the month of September-October i.e. in the month of Ashwin according to Hindu Lunar Calendar. Navratri is celebrated more popularly with great pomp and devotion in the northern part of India.
The devotees worship these nine incarnations of goddess Durga till nine days to get blessing of Maa Durga. It is believed that People who worship Maa Bhagwati, do fasting and chanting mantras during Navratri will be blessed with prosperity, health and wisdom in their life. Jaagran has also been made by the devotees during navratri nights.
Navratri celebration and worshipping style is different in every state of India but the devotion is same for Navratri festival. It is celebrated widely in every part of India with great enthusiasm with a different name of Goddess, like in Gujarat devotees worship as Goddess Jagdamba while in West Bengal it is named as Durga Puja. In Kolkata people erected huge Pandals at various places for Durga Puja and set up great idols of Mata Durga for worship. In Gujarat, Dandiya and Garba are the two popular dance forms which are performed by the people during Navratri festival.
Chaitra Navratri is celebrated in the month of March or April every year. Next year, Chaitra Navratri festival will begin from 2nd April 2022 (Saturday) and will be celebrated till 11th April 2022 (Monday).
There are two more Navratris also, but these are not very popular and celebrated in some specific regions of India. Those two navratris are Magha Navratri and Ashadha Navratri (Gupt Navratri). Total four times navratri festival is celebrated in India but the most popular one is “SHARAD NAVRATRI” that is why it is also known as Maha Navratri. Most of the people do not know much about these two (Magha navratri and Ashadha Gupt navratri). Other two Navratri Dates in 2021 are..
"Ashadha Gupta Navratri" or Varahi Navratri celebration's time is in the month of June or July. The people who worships goddess Varahi, for them this navratri is an important navrati. The main deity of Gupt Navratri is goddess Gayatri so it is also known as Gayatri Navratri. In Himachal Pradesh, it is known as Guhya Navratri, celebrated with great fervour and devotion.
Magha Gupta Navratri is mainly observed in Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Magh Navratri also known as Gupta Navratri is celebrated in the month of January or February.
Navratri Day 1 - October 7, 2021 (Tuesday) - Color of the Day - "Yellow"
Navratri Day 2 - October 8, 2021 (Wednesday) - Color of the Day - "Green"
Navratri Day 3 - October 9, 2021 (Thursday) - Color of the Day - "Grey"
Navratri Day 4 - October 10, 2021 (Friday) - Color of the Day - "Orange"
Navratri Day 5 - October 11, 2021 (Saturday) - Color of the Day - "White"
Navratri Day 6 - October 12, 2021 (Sunday) - Color of the Day - "Red"
Navratri Day 7 - October 13, 2021 (Monday) - Color of the Day - "Royal Blue"
Navratri Day 8 - October 14, 2021 (Tuesday) - Color of the Day - "Pink"
Navratri Day 9 - October 15, 2021 (Wednesday) - Color of the Day - "Purple"
Last four days of Navratri, i.e. Saptmi, Ashtami, Navami and Dashmi are dedicated to Goddess Durga Puja in West Bengal, Bihar and Assam. In which people, worship Maa Durga with deep devotion and great zeal.
In Gujarat, during the nine days of Ashvin navratri, one can easily hear the devotional songs in most of the streets. In Gujarat “garbi” - eartern pot with diyas, is used for worshiping Maa Shakti. People can enjoy the traditional dance with dandiya sticks on the rhythm of dhol and music and also enjoy the garba dance. Navratri celebration in Gujarat is one of the biggest and most awaited events of the year.
In Tamil Nadu, Kolu is an unique and interesting ritual, which has been organised with great zeal in every home. Goddess Durga, Laxmi and Saraswati are the main goddess for Tamil people. People invite their relatives at home, worshipped these three goddess and exchanged gifts. Married women get bangles, bindi, sarees and other ornaments as gifts.
In Andhra Pradesha, Bathukamma Panduga is an amazing festival dedicated to goddess Mahagauri, held during nine days of navratri. Bathukamma is a floral festival celebrated by Telangana women and starts on the day of Mahalaya Amavasya. In Telugu, ‘Bathukamma' means ‘Mother Goddess come Alive’. During the week women make Boddemma (mother Durga deity with mud), worship whole week and finally immerse in the river. Bathukamma shows the cultural and traditional rituals of Telengana.
In Maharashtra, people celebrate this festival with great zeal. It is considered an auspicious time to start a new business, making big deals and buying property & homes. People exchange the gifts with their friends and family on this occasion. Sure, Dandiya and Garba are the best thing to enjoy during Navratri in Maharashtra.
People of Himachal Pradesh involve in some special rituals and celebrations. Generally, when in the other parts of the India, the spirit of devotion and enthusiasm will reach to high on the eighth and the ninth day of navratri. In Karnataka, the spirit and zeal become high on the tenth day when people celebrate the Kullu Dussehra festival. During Kullu Dussehra, Hindu families meet with each other, share sweets and special dishes.
Karnataka people also called Navratri with the name “Nadahabba”. Generally, the navratri rituals are same for worshipping Maa Shakti’s nine forms. After Sharad navratri, on the tenth day Dusshera is celebrated which is the biggest celebration in Mysore, Karnataka.
In Punjab, devotees perform the Kanjak ritual by worshipping nine little girls then break the fast on the eighth or ninth day of navratri. Every night, Jagran has been organized where people sing devotional songs.
In Kerala, Navratri is the time to learn new things and start something new work. Goddess Saraswati is the main Goddess in Kerala during Navratri. At the last three days people worship Maa Saraswati and keep the books near to Goddess statue.
In West Bengal, Navratri is one of the biggest festivals for the people of Hindu community. It is celebrated as Durga Puja with huge enthusiasm in the all parts of the state. During the Navratri celebration in West Bengal, Durga puja is started from the sixth day of Navratri while on the ninth day Ayudha puja is performed.
During nine days of navratri puja devotees chant slokas & mantras, sing aarti and lit the diyas. During worship, devotees should offer different types of Prasad to different Goddess day by day till nine days, to get the blessings of each goddess. We are showing nine days list with Prasads to offer..
On the 1st Day of Navratri Offer - "Ghee" - The devotees, who offer Ghee, Goddess blesses them with “Good Health”.
Navratri 2nd Day - "Sugar" - The devotees, who offer Sugar, Goddess blesses devotees with “Long Life”
Navratri 3rd Day - "Milk" - The devotees, who offer Milk, Goddess blesses devotees with “Freedom from Miseries”
Navratri 4th Day - "Malpua" - The devotees, who offer Malpua, Goddess blesses devotees with “Destruction of Obstacles”
Navratri 5th Day - "Banana" - The devotees, who offer Banana, Goddess blesses devotees with “Development of Intellect”
Navratri 6th Day - "Honey" - The devotees, who offer Honey, Goddess blesses with “A beautiful Personality”
Navratri 7th Day - "Jaggery Dishes" - The devotees, who offer Jaggery Dishes, Goddess blesses devotees with “Freedom from Grief”
Navratri 8th Day - "Coconut" - The devotees, who offer Coconut, Goddess blesses devotees with “Freedom from Misery”
Navratri 9th Day - "Grains" - The devotees, who offer Grains, Goddess blesses devotees with “Happiness”
Dashami - "Black Sesame" - The devotees, who offer Black Seasame, Goddess blesses devotees and makes them “Fearless from Death”
Ekadashi - "Curd" - The devotees, who offer Curd, Goddess blesses devotees with “Appeasing the Goddess”
Nine days of Navratri are auspicious days, on which, nine goddess are worshipped and special Prasads has been offered to each Goddess during 9 days. People also keep fast for nine days and worship nine small girls before breaking fast on the last day of navratri. During each different day of Navratri, devotees should do Daan and offer specific items to the small girls, to complete the puja procedure of Navratri. Below you can get more information on Navratri dates and Daan item to offer.
Donation (Daan) to do on the First Day of Navratri: October 7, 2021
On the first day of Navratri, devotees should offer fresh & scented flower and Shringar Items to the small girls. People should offer white flower to small girl to please Goddess Saraswati for wisdom. By giving red flower, one can please goddess for Wealth.
Donation (Daan) to do on the Second Day of Navratri:
Daan Fruits to small girls and worship them. The people who offer fruits they get blessings of health and wealth. The one thing you should keep remember that the fruits should be “sweet” in taste not sour.
Donation (Daan) to do on the Third Day of Navratri:
During Navratri third day, Devotees should offer delicious sweets to the small girls on the third day of Navratri. You can also offer Kheer, Halwa or kesariya rice made at home.
Donation (Daan) to do on the Fourth Day of Navratri:
On the fourth day of Navratri, people should offer beautiful cloths to the girls. According to your financial condition, you can offer handkerchiefs or colourful ribbons too.
Donation (Daan) to do on the Fifth Day of Navratri:
On this day, offering five types of Shringar is considered auspicious. You can offer items items like Bindi, Chudi, Mehndi, Hair Clips, Kajal, Scent, Ribbons and Scented Soap etc. The people who offer five Shringar items get the blessing of baby and prosperity.
Donation (Daan) to do on the Sixth Day of Navratri:
On the sixth day of Navratri, devotees should offer toys to small girls. According to financial condition, one can also offer specific sports items to the girls.
Donation (Daan) to do on the Seventh Day of Navratri:
Navratri Seventh Day is to seek the blessings of Maa Saraswati. On this day, devotees should offer educational items like pen, sketch pen, pencil, copy, textbook, drawing book, water bottle, box and school bag to the small girls.
Donation (Daan) to do on the Eighth Day of Navratri:
On the eighth day, devotees should do whole Shringar of a small girl and worship her. On this day, people should do Pujan of small girl’s feet through milk and then offer kumkum, rice and flower on girl’s feet. After this, offer some delicious food to the girl and give some gift to her according to your wish.
Donation (Daan) to do on the Ninth Day of Navratri:
On the last day of Navratri, you should offer kheer to the small girls and Puri made from milk & flour. By putting the Mahavar around the feet of the small girls and make Mehndi designs on girl’s hand, the Navratri worship is completed. At the end of whole worship procedure, give a red chunari to her as gift.
The people, who worship during nine days of Navratri and give daan. They do not have to suffer much in life and go through sadness. Keep remember, you should always keep away from irreligious and evil works during Navratri time and on other days also.
There are twelve zodiac sign (sun sign) in the world. To make your zodiac sign more powerful & effective and get the maximum results and blessing of navratri puja, devotees should worship Goddess according to their zodiac sign (Rashi). Below check the Goddess name to worship in Navratri according to sun sign (Rashi). During Navratri 2021, get the best blessings of Maa Durga by worshipping nine goddess according to Sun Sign.
Navratri Nine Goddess to worship according to Sun Sign:
Aries Zodiac Sign (Mesha Rashi) - Skand Mata
Taurus Zodiac Sign (Vrishabha Rashi) - Goddess Mahagauri
Gemini Zodiac Sign (Mithun Rashi) - Goddess Brahmacharini
Cancer Zodiac Sign (Karka Rashi) - Maa Shailputri
Leo Sun Sign (Simha/Sinh Rashi) - Goddess Kushmanda
Virgo Sun Sign (Kanya Rashi) - Goddess Brahmacharini
Libra Sun Sign (Tula Rashi) - Goddess Mahagauri
Scorpio Sun Sign (Vrischika Rashi) - Goddess Skand Mata
Sagittarius Sun Sign (Dhanu Rashi) - Goddess Chandraghanta
Capricorn Zodiac Sign (Makar Rashi) - Maa Kalaratri
Aquarius Zodiac Sign (Kumbha Rashi) - Goddess Kalaratri
Pisces Zodiac Sign (Meen Rashi) - Maa Chandraghanta
Hope, you know your sun sign. Check the goddess name related to your zodiac sign and worship with pure heart to remove obstacles, hard time, issues coming in the way of marriage and fears. Get the blessings of good fortune, health, wealth and success by Maa Durga.
This year, Sharad Navratri 2021 date is starting from 7th October, 2021. Celebrate this navratri with your family, do fasting till nine days, sing hymns, bhakti songs and do Kanjak puja to get the blessing of good health, wisdom and happiness from Maa Durga.