Varahi Navratri, also known as Ashada Navaratri, is a nine-day festival dedicated to Goddess Varahi Devi, one of the Saptamatrikas (seven divine mothers). In 2016, Varahi Navratri begins on July 5 and ends on July 13.
Varahi Devi is also one of the manifestations of Maa Shakti.
This festival is celebrated in Ashad month hence it is also known as Ashad Navratri. Varahi Devi is not much popular among the Hindu devotees since the festival is popular as Guhya Navratri or Gupt Navratri in many places.
Varahi Navratri is celebrated with lot of fervor in Varahi Temple in Chaurasi of Orissa and MahaVarahi Temple in Ulsoor, Bangalore. Goddess Varahi Devi appears with the face of a boar and worshipped as Tantric Goddess. Varahi Nigrahastakam and Varahi Anugrahastakam are the popular prayers dedicated to Goddess Varahi Devi.
In 2015, Varahi Navratri begins on July 17 and ends on July 25.
In 2014, Varahi Navratri begins on June 28 and ends on July 6. In 2013, Varahi Navratri begins on July 9 and ends on July 17.