Chaitra Navratri by Kashmiri Pandits. Vasant Navratri in Kashmir. How Vasant Navratri is celebrated by Kashmir Pandits?
Chaitra Navratri or Vasant Navratri is celebrated with utmost pomp and gaiety in Kashmir by Kashmiri Pandits. In 2017, Chaitra Navratri begins on March 28 and ends on April 5.
The first day of Navratri is called Navreh and it marks the beginning of the Kashmiri Hindu New Year and heralds the onset of the spring season.
The two prominent Shakti Peethas in Kashmir – Goddess Kheer Bhavani Temple and Vaishno Devi Temple – host Navratri celebration in a grand manner. Devottes observe fast for nine days and break their fast on the last day of Navratri after visiting the temples.
At various temples dedicated to Goddess Shakti, big havans are performed. At Durga Nag near Shankaracharya hill and Baramulla Shailputri Devi Mandir, Chaitra Navratri is celebrated with utmost gaiety. A large number of devotees throng the temples to participate and thus get the blessings of the Goddess.
Goddess Durga is worshipped in a great manner in Srinagar Hari Parbat fort and Jammu Bahu fort. In some places, Dash Mahavidya and Ashtamatrika Goddess are worshipped during Chaitra Navaratras.
This article is based on a comment posted by Hira K Baju.