Navratri in Sanskrit translates to nine nights. The nine days are dedicated to the nine avatars of the goddess Durga who is believed to come from heaven to stay with their devotees for these nine auspicious days. People pray the deity with offerings of flowers, fruits, and Prasad. Early morning poojas are also performed and houses are clean.
The nine forms of Durga, Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandmata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Maha Gauri and Siddhidatri are worshipped and different offerings are made to them on the 9 days dedicated to each avatar.
This year Chaitra Navratri will conclude on 14th April that is Ram Navami. After a full week of worshipping the goddess let’s look at the date, time, significance of Ashtami and Navami that is the 8th and the 9th day of the auspicious festival of Navratri.
Durga Ashtami Date & Muharat:
The eighth day of the Hindu festival known as Durga Ashtami or Maha Ashtami will be celebrated on April 12.
Sandhi Puja Muharat begins at 11:17 am
Sandhi Puja Muharat ends at 12:05 pm
Durga Ashtami Kanya Puja Time:
According to religious texts, Kanya Puja is suggested on all nine days of Navratri. But on two days – Ashtami and Navami Tithi, it holds much importance with devotees inviting nine girls to worship and offer food and Prasad and seeks their blessings. Navratri, which is one of the most important periods in Hinduism, witnesses this age-old tradition for hundreds of years.
This year there are three timings for the Kanya Pujan on April 13, 2019.
- 06: 41 am to 08:13 am
- 11:56 to 12:47 am
- 02:28 to 03:19 pm
Significance of Durga Ashtami
The eighth day of Chaitra Navratri 2018 is dedicated to Goddess Mahagauri, where worshipping this avatar of Goddess Durga is considered auspicious. On this day, coconut is offered in the form of bhog to please the deity. For Prasad, you can also make coconut ladoo or barfi. Apart from this, traditional fare of poori, chana and halwa are prepared on this day.
Sandhi puja is done at a point of time when Ashtami tithi ends and Navmi tithi starts. This puja has a special significance during the festival of Navratri.
Navami Muhurata timings:
According to drikpanchang.com, Rama Navami Puja Muhurata is from 11:13 AM to 1:43 PM. The duration of the Puja Muhurta will be 2 hours and 30 minutes. Rama Navami Madhyahna Moment will be 12:28 PM.
Navami Tithi Begins = 11:41 AM on April 13
Navami Tithi Ends = 09:35 AM on April 14
Significance of Ram Navami
Ram Navami or Rama Navami is celebrated to mark the descent of Lord Vishnu in the avatar of Lord Ram, who was born in the kingdom of Ayodhya to Queen Kausalya and King Dasharatha. Ayodhya was the capital of the Kingdom of Kosala in Avadha (known as Awadh in Uttar Pradesh). Ram Navami is celebrated on the ninth day of Shukla Paksha (or bright phase of the lunar fortnight) in the month of Chaitra (mid-march) of the Hindu or Lunar calendar. This occurs in the Gregorian months (the most commonly used calendar worldwide) of March or April every year. Ram Navami falls on a different day and date every year because it is based on the Hindu or Lunar calendar, in which every month is 28 days (based on the lunar cycle).