Happy Sharad Navratri 2017: Navratri is a nine-day festival celebrating the victory of good over evil. The auspicious festival is going to start from 21st September and celebrated for nine days till September 30. 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 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 ( 21 September ) – Red
- Second Day – Dwitiya (22nd September 2017) – Royal Blue,
- Third Day – Tritiya (23rd September 2017) – Yellow
- Fourth Day – Chaturthi (24th September 2017) – Green,
- Fifth Day – Panchami (25th September 2017) – Grey,
- Sixth Day – Shashti (26th September 2017) – Orange,
- Seventh Day – Saptami (27th September 2017) – White,
- Eighth Day – Ashtami (28th September 2017 ) – Pink,
- Ninth Day – Navami (29th September 2017) – Sky Blue
- Tenth Day – Dashami Dussehra (30th September 2017)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finally, Vijayadashami or Dasara celebrated on the tenth day.