Ashada Navratri, also known as Gupt Navratri or Varahi Navratri, is a 9-day festival dedicated to Goddess Varahi Devi. In 2016, Ashada Navratri begins on July 5 and ends on July 13.
It is observed in Shukla paksha of Ashad month (June – July). This Navratri festival is also known as Guhya Navratri in Himachal Pradesh. Gupt or Guhya means the hidden or not much popular.
Ashada Navratri is celebrated as Shakambari Utsavam or Shakambari festival in Vijayawada Kanakadurga temple. It is celebrated for three days during when Goddess Kanakadurga is decorated and worshipped as Shakambari Mata. It is also celebrated as Varahi Navratri in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and some parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Goddess Varahi Devi is one of the Saptamatrukas mentioned in Devi Mahatyam.
In Ashada masam, Shakambari Navratri or Bhadrakali Navratri is also held in Bhadrakali temple, Hanamkonda, Warangal in Andhra Pradesh.
Ashada Navratri in Previous Years
In 2015, Ashada Navratri begins on July 17 and ends on July 25.
In 2014, Ashada Navratri begins on June 28 and ends on July 6.
In 2013, Ashada Navratri begins on July 9 and ends on July 17.
Ashad Navratri 2012 dates – it starts on June 20 and ends on June 28.