Nine Types of Naivedyam for Navaratri in South India, North India

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.

Navadurga – Nine aspects of Goddess Durga

Nine Colours of Navaratri 2014

Here we are giving the list of naivedyams for Navratri (as per the standard procedure):

First day, 25 September 2014

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.
Kalasha Sthapana Vidhi

Second day, 26 September 2014

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, 27 September 2014

Chandraghanta Navadurga is worshipped as Annapurna Devi – Pongali naivedyam. (Maha Tritiya, Sindhura Tritiya, Navaratri Tritiya).

In North India, Milk is offered as Naivedya.

Fourth day, 28 September 2014

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, 29 September 2014

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, 30 September 2014

Katyayani 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.

Seventh day, 1 October 2014

Kalaratri Mata is worshipped as Sri Durga Devi – Garelu and lemon juice are offered. (Durga Saptami, Maha Saptami & Navaratri Saptami).

On Maha Saptami day, North Indian people offer items made of jaggery are offered to Goddess Durga.

Eighth day, 2 October 2014

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, 3 October 2014

Siddhidhatri Navadurga is decorated and worshipped as Sri Rajarajeshwari Devi – Pulihora and garelu are offered. (Mahanavami, Durga Navami). (Vijaya Dashami, Aparajita Puja).

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 2014, Navratri is observed for nine days as some shuffle in tithis.

Read here about the preparation of Navratri recipes (Durga Puja recipes): Aloo Posto, Aamer Chutney, Aloo Potol, Baingan Bhaja, Navratri Recipes and many more…,

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  1. Nine days of Prakrithi Worship is a subtle symbolism of the three stages, struggle, harmonization and maturity,through which "atman" passes through in its life cycle. The vibrant dance of God mother regimented for human worship. On the tenth day the victory over maya; and the salvation is celebrate. What a wonderful rhythmic annual arrangement for soul searching. I salute our sagacious elders and prostate before them.

  2. iam very glad to see the information provided in the site for nine days very significantly. thanks for the post

  3. Thank you Sir for Information.My prayers are Starting from tomorrow.happy navaratri to all.may goddess Kaali kill all evils from existance and wicked thoughts from human’s mind.