Navratri 2021: Navratri, devoted to Goddess Durga, is one of the most important festivals of India and is widely celebrated throughout the country, this year Navratri starts on October 7.
Every year, Hindus around the world prepare whole – heartedly for this immensely significant festival celebrated every autumn. To be more specific about it, as the name suggests, ‘Navratri’ means ‘nine nights’, which usually falls between September and October and lasts for nine beautiful days.
Devotees of Goddess Durga observe a fast and worship according to the rituals with every day as a new beginning, which displays Durga’s feminine power to the world. People wear traditional, enjoy attending and participating into dandiya ( a traditional dance ) and dress in the colours which correspond to each day.
According to the Hindu Calendar, for the year 2021, Shardiya Navratri begins on Thursday, October 7, 2021 and ends on Friday, October 15, 2021.
Navratri 2021 dates:
As per the Hindu Calendar, this year the festival will last 8 days, with Tritiya and Chaturthi both falling on the same day, October 9.
Ashtami, Navami and Dashami Puja Timing:
Ashtami, October 12, from 9:47 pm to 8:07 pm, October 13.
Navami, October 13, from 8:07 pm to 6:53 pm, October 14.
On Dashami, October 15, Vijay Muhurat falls from 1:59 pm to 2:46 pm, on the other hand, Aparahna Puja falls between 1:12 pm and 3:33 pm.
Well, the most prominent story associated with Navratri is the battle between Goddess Durga and the demon Mahishasur ( signifying egotism ). Each of those nine days is dedicated to represent feminine power and grace, each day with a distinct and new avatar.
Navratri is celebrated twice a year.
The first one that falls in the month of March or April – Chaitra Navratri and the other one – Sharad Navratri.
The list of the colors with the dates and their importance are as follows:
|Day 1 ( October 7 )||Yellow
(Yellow signifies joy ad cheerfulness )
|Pratipada Ghatashapana||Goddess Maa Shailputri is worshipped.|
|Day 2 ( October 8 )||Green
( Green signifies new beginnings and growth )
|Dwitiya||Goddess Brahmacharini is worshipped.|
|Day 3 ( October 9 )||Grey
( Grey signifies the destruction of evil )
|Maa Chandraganta and Kushmanda are worshipped.|
|Day 4 ( October 10 )||Orange
( Orange signifies brightness, knowledge and tranquility )
|Panchami||Goddess Skandmata is worshipped.|
|Day 5 ( October 11 )||White
( White signifies purity, peace and mediation )
|Shashthi||Goddess Katyayani is worshipped.|
|Day 6 ( October 12 )||Red
( Red signifies beauty and fearlessness )
|Saptami||Goddess Kalaratri is worshipped.|
|Day 7 ( October 13 )||Royal Blue
( Royal Blue signifies divine energy )
|Ashtami||Goddess Mahagauri is worshipped.|
|Day 8 ( October 14 )||Pink
( Pink signifies compassion and purity )
|Navami||Goddess Siddhidatri is worshipped.|
|Day 9 ( October 15 )||Purple
( Purple signifies goal, ambition and energy )
|Dashami||A day of happily bidding farewell to Goddess Durga.|