Gayathri Devi Navratri, Maa Shakambari Devi Navratra – Ashada Navrati or Gupt Navratra

Gayathri DeviNavratri and Maa Shakambari Navratra are observed in the month of Ashada in various parts of India. As this Navratri festival occurs in Ashad maas, this Navratri is also called as Ashada Navratri. Ashad Navratri and Magh Navratri are also called as Gupt Navratras. In 2016, Ashad Navratri festival starts on July 5 and ends on July 13.

Ashada Navratri – Dedicated to Goddess Varahi Devi

Ashada Navratri is very important festival for those who worship Goddess Varahi, one of the Saptha Matrukas (Seven Mothers) who helped Devi in slaying the demons Shumbha and Nishumbha.

During Ashad Navratri, Goddess Gayathri Devi is worshipped as the main deity in her Navdurga forms (9 avatars). In some regions Maa Shakambari Devi is worshipped for nine festive nights with utmost devotion. In Viajayawada Kanaka Durga Temple, Badrakali Temple in Warangal (Andhra Pradesh) Shakambari Navratras are celebrated jubilantly. Ashada Navratri are celebrated as Guhya Navratri in Himachal Pradesh.

Four Devi Navratra Festivals

Durga Navratri (Maha Navratri or Sharad Navratri oe Devi Sharan Navratri) is the major festival for Hindus which is observed in the Hindu month of Ashwayuja (Ashwin). All four Navratras (Ashwin Navratri, Vasant Navratra, Ashad Navratri and Magh Navratra) are dedicated to the Mother Goddess Shakti. During every Navratri festival, one thing is similar that Goddess Durga (Navdurga) is worshipped for nine days in her nine forms or manifestations, each day an avatar.

All the rituals and customs followed during Ashada Navratri are similar to that of Durga Navratri festival.

Gayathri Mantram – Sloka to worship Goddess Gayathri Devi

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13 Comments

  1. Pavitra says:

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  2. Turya says:

    When does navratra fall in the month of april 2013

  3. Vishal Patel says:

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  4. vvkura says:

    i wish to visit this holy place and wish to perform Gayatri-havana on Day today basis. please send me all the requisite information with details of expenditure .

    with regards .

  5. Namrata Shukla says:

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  6. Sanjay Sharma says:

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  7. Ganesh says:

    Please tell us more about Ashad Navratri celebrations in Vijaywada Kanaka Durga Temple. I heard somewhere that in Bhadrakali temple Navratri celebrations are held in Shravana masam. Explain the difference between Ashad NAvratri and Shravana masa celebrations held in Bhadrakali temple in Hanamkonda, Warangal.

    • NAVEEN KUMAR SANAGALA says:

      Hi Ganesh,
      In Hanamkonda (Warangal) Bhadrakali temple, celebrations or utsavam are held in Ashada masam. This Navratri festival is also known as Shakambari Mata Utsav. I will upload a post about Ashad Navratri celebratrations in Vijayawada Kanakadurga temple, that are going to be started from Ashada masa shukla paksha padyami, June 23, Tuesday.

  8. Krithi says:

    Nice post. I want to know more about Maa Shakambari. Please update the site with that infomation. Thank you.