In South India, nine types of Naivedyam (food offerings) are offered to Goddess Durga during Navaratri.
As the nine Goddesses to worship differ from place to place and state to state, naivedyam also differs.
Usually, Navadurga are worshipped as Navadevi in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and some temples in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Here we are giving the list of naivedyams for Navratri (as per the standard procedure):
First day (16 October 2012):
Shailaputri Navadurga is worshipped as Sri Balatripura Sundari Devi –Sweet boondi and chickpeas are offered as naivedyam. (Navratri Pratipada).
As per North Indian beliefs, offering ‘ghee’ on Pratipada makes devotee free from all types of diseases and gets him great health.
Second day (17 October 2012):
Brahmacharini Navadurga is worshipped as Gayathri Devi – Ravva kesari and pulihora naivedyam. (Navaratri Dvitiya, Sthana Vriddhi Gauri Vratham).
In North India, Sugar is offered as Naivedya.
Third day (18 October 2012):
Chandraghanta Navadurga is worshipped as Annapurna Devi – Pongali naivedyam. (Maha Tritiya, Sindhura Tritiya, Navaratri Tritiya & Chaturthi).
In North India, Milk is offered as Naivedya.
Fourth day (19 October 2012):
Kushmanda Navadurga is worshipped as Mahalakshmi Devi – Ksheerannam (rice boiled in milk), bellam (jaggery), and sugar are offered as naivedya. (Lalita Panchami, Upanag Lalitha Vrata, Navaratri Panchami).
North Indian devotees offer Malpua on Chaturthi day. On Panchami day, Bananas are offered as Naivedya.
Fifth day (20 October 2012):
Skanda Mata Navadurga is worshipped as Saraswati Devi – Atukulu, bellam (jaggery), Senaga pappu (Bengal gram), and coconut are offered as naivedyam. (Durga Shashti, Navaratri Sashti).
In North India, offering honey on Sashti makes the devotee more confident and gets him ready to face any challenge in life.
Sixth day (21 October 2012):
Katyayani Navadurga is worshipped as Lalitha Tripura Sundari Devi – Pulihorai and Pesara Boorelu (recipe of green grams) are offered as Naivedyam. (Durga Saptami, Navaratri Saptami).
On Maha Saptami day, North Indian people offer items made of jaggery are offered to Goddess Durga.
Seventh day (22 October 2012):
Kalaratri Mata is worshipped as Sri Durga Devi – Garelu and lemon juice are offered. (Durga Ashtami, Maha Ashtami, Veerashtami, Navaratri Ashami).
On Ashtami day, coconuts are offered in North India.
Eighth day (23 October 2012):
Mahagouri Navadurga is worshipped asMahishasura Mardhini Devi – Chakra Pongali is offered as naivedyam. (Mahanavami, Durga Navami).
In North India, on Mahanavami day food is offered to Goddess Durga and is distributed among needy people.
Ninth day (24 October 2012):
Siddhidhatri Navadurga is decorated and worshipped as Sri Rajarajeshwari Devi – Pulihora and garelu are offered. (Vijaya Dashami, Aparajita Puja).
Please note that Nine Goddesses to worship during Navratri, nine types of colours, and nine types of naivedyams (food offerings) may differ as per the particular temple’s Agama Shasthra and their owned rituals. This can also change according to the nakshatram, thithi, and year. In 2012, Navratri is observed for nine days as some shuffle in tithis.