Navratri 2016

Navratri is a nine-day festival celebrating the victory of good over evil. The auspicious festival is going to start from 1st October and celebrated for nine days till October 11. On this day, devotees worship Goddess Durga with the utmost respect and devotion.

The Navratri festival comes twice in a year; one is Chaitra Navratri, and another one is known as Sharad Navaratri. Devotees worship the Goddess Durga, Goddess Saraswati, and Goddess Lakshmi in these nine Navaratri days. The Durga Puja festival celebrated by worshipping Goddess Durga and her nine different Avatars.

Navaratri 2016: Nine Forms of Goddess Durga

Navaratri derived from ‘Nav’ means nine and ‘Ratri’ means night in Sanskrit, hence Navaratri means nine nights of celebration. Navaratri puja starts with Shailaputri Maa (Bala Tripura Sundari Devi) puja and ends on a good note of Siddhidatri (Raja Rajeswari Devi) Puja.

In North India, Ramleela forms the highlight of Dussehra, while in South India and it is the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura that is celebrated. In the state of West Bengal has its story connected to the festival, and in Mysore, the concept of Shami tree is centered.

The tenth day of the Hindu lunar month of Ashwin is celebrated as Vijaya Dashami or Dussehra and marks the end of the Maha Navaratri or the nine days of Durga Puja. The nine Navaratri colours are as follows:

  • First Day – Ghatasthapana / Pratipada (1st October 2016) – Red
  • Second Day – Dwitiya (2nd Oct 2016) – Royal Blue,
  • Third Day – Tritiya (3rd Oct 2016) – Yellow
  • Fourth Day – Chaturthi (4th October 2016) – Green,
  • Fifth Day – Panchami (5th Oct 2016) – Grey,
  • Sixth Day – Shashti (6th October 2016) – Orange,
  • Seventh Day – Saptami (7th Oct 2016) – White,
  • Eighth Day – Ashtami (8th Oct 2016) – Pink,
  • Ninth Day/ Tenth Day – Navami / Dashami / Dussehra (9th Oct 2016) – Sky Blue

First Day-Pratipada (RED)

On the first day of Dussehra, the Shailaputri Maa (Bala Tripura Sundari Devi) idol done with bright red colour saree. She is the first avatar of Goddess Durga, the daughter of Mountains. On this day Ghatasthapana or the installation of the earthen pot is done.

First Day-Pratipada (RED)

Second Day- Dwitiya (ROYAL BLUE)

The second form of Goddess Durga is Bharmacharini (Annapurna Devi) the power, grace, and prosperity. The colour of this day is royal blue or peacock blue which is quite powerful.

Second Day- Dwitiya (ROYAL BLUE)

Third Day- Tritiya (YELLOW)

On the third day of Navaratri, the Goddess with half moon on her forehead Chandra Ghanta Maa (Gayatri Devi) devoted. She represents the symbol of peace, beauty, and bravery.

Third Day- Tritiya (YELLOW)

Fourth Day- Chaturthi (GREEN)

Kushmanda Maa (Lalitha Devi), the fourth avatar of Goddess Durga, and devotees worship her on this day. As per mythology, Lalitha Devi is believed to be the creator of the entire world.

Fourth Day- Chaturthi (GREEN)

Fifth Day- Panchami (GREY)

The Skanda Mata (Lakshmi Devi), the fifth avatar of Durga Maa, believed to be one who demolished the demons. The grey symbolizes the vulnerability.

Fifth Day- Panchami (GREY)

Sixth Day- Shashti (ORANGE)

This is the day the Durga puja kicks off with full joy in West Bengal and also most regions in the country. The Katyayani (Saraswathi Devi) Maa worshipped on this day. The orange colour indicates emotional strength, warm, and happiness.

Sixth Day- Shashti (ORANGE)

Seventh Day- Saptami (WHITE)

Goddess Durga worshipped as Kaal Ratri (Durga Devi) on the seventh of Navaratri. The colour white represents purity, perfection, and completeness.

Seventh Day- Saptami (WHITE)

Eighth Day- Ashtami (PINK)

The eighth avatar of Durga Maa, Maha Gauri (Mahishasura Mardini) is worshipped on this day. Pink is the colour of the day which signifies tenderness, compassion, and beauty.

Eighth Day- Ashtami (PINK)

Ninth Day/Tenth Day- Navami / Dashami (SKY BLUE)

Siddhidatri (Raja Rajeswari Devi) worshipped as the ninth avatar of Durga Maa on this day. Our ancestors believed that this avatar has abundant supernatural powers. The sky blue colour represents peace.

Ninth Day/Tenth Day- Navami / Dashami (SKY BLUE)

Finally, Vijayadashami or Dasara celebrated on the tenth day.

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