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, 5 October 2013
As per North Indian beliefs, offering ‘ghee’ on Pratipada makes devotee free from all types of diseases and gets him great health.
Second day, 6 October 2013
In North India, Sugar is offered as Naivedya.
Third day, 7 October 2013
In North India, Milk is offered as Naivedya.
Fourth day, 8 October 2013
Kushmanda Navadurga is worshipped as Mahalakshmi Devi – Ksheerannam (rice boiled in milk), bellam (jaggery), and sugar are offered as naivedya. (Bhauma Chaturthi, Vinayak Chaturthi, Navratri Chaturthi).
North Indian devotees offer Malpua on Chaturthi day.
Fifth day, 9 October 2013
Skanda Mata Navadurga is worshipped as Lalitha Tripura Sundari Devi – Pulihorai and Pesara Boorelu (recipe of green grams) are offered as Naivedyam. (Lalita Panchami, Upang Lalita Vrata, Navratri Panchami)
On Panchami day, Bananas are offered as Naivedya.
Sixth day, 10 October 2013
In North India, offering honey on Sashti makes the devotee more confident and gets him ready to face any challenge in life.
Seventh day, 11 October 2013
On Maha Saptami day, North Indian people offer items made of jaggery are offered to Goddess Durga.
Eighth day, 12 October 2013
Mahagouri Navadurga is worshipped as Mahishasura Mardhini Devi – Chakra Pongali is offered as naivedyam. (Durga Ashtami, Maha Ashtami, Veerashtami, Navaratri Ashami). In some areas, on this day Mahagauri Navadurga is worshipped in the form of Sri Durga Devi.
On Ashtami day, coconuts are offered in North India.
Ninth day, 13 October 2013
In North India, on Mahanavami day food is offered to Goddess Durga and is distributed among needy people.
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 2013, Navratri is observed for nine days as some shuffle in tithis.
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