Chaitra Navratri, Chait Navratras, is the nine-day festival observed in Chaitra month. Navratri 2018 dates during Chaitra month in March 2020 are – from March 25 to April 2. Chaitra Navratras starts on the first day in Chaitra month and ends on Sri Rama Navami, the ninth day of the month.
The first of Chaitra month is celebrated as Ugadi or Yugadi. This is the Hindu New Year day as per the calendars of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Maharashtra. Chaitra Navratri is very popular festive season in North Indian states like Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, etc.
Durgashtami or Durga Ashtami in Navratri is the most auspicious day for Durga puja. Durga Ashtami 2020 date in this Navratri is April 1.
As per the legends mentioned in the Puranas and other Hindu scriptures, Chaitra Navratri is the actual Navratri during which Goddess Durga was worshipped. But during the time of Ramayan war, Lord Sri Ram worshipped Durga at the time of Ashwin month. Since then, Ashwin Navratri or Durga Navratri has become the main festive season to worship the Goddess. Here is the Durga Navratri 2019 dates. Read this article for Durga Puja 2019 dates in Bengal.
Chaitra Navratri is also called as Vasant Navratri or Basant Navratri. This festival marks the beginning of Vasant ruthu (spring season). It is also called as Sri Rama Navratras. Sri Ram Navratri ends on Ram Navami festival.
Chaitra Navratri 2020 Schedule
25 March 2020 – Chaitra Navaratri begins, Ghatasthapana (Kalasha Sthapana), Pratipada Navratri, Chandra Darshanam
26 March 2020 – Dwitiya Navratri, Sindhara Dooj
27 March 2020 – Tritiya Navratri, Sindhur Tritiya
28 March 2020 – Chaturthi Navratri, Varad Vinayak Chaturthi
29 March 2020 – Lakshmi Panchami, Nagaradhana, Matsya Jayanti, Panchami Navratri
30 March 2020 – Shashti Navratri
31 March 2020 – Navratri Saptami
1 April 2020 – Bhavani Ashtami, Ashokashtami
2 April 2020 – Navratri Parana, Madhva Sri Ramanavami, Smarta Sriramanavami, Vaishnava Sriramanavami
Chaitra Navratri in Previous Years
Navratri 2018 dates during Chaitra month in March 2019 are – from April 6 to April 14.
In 2018, Chaitra Navratri begins on March 18 and ends on March 26.
In 2017, Chaitra Navratri begins on March 28 and ends on April 5.
In 2016, Chaitra Navratri begins on April 8 and ends on April 15.
In 2015, Chaitra Navratri begins on March 21, ends on March 28, Sri Ramnavami.
In 2014, Chaitra Navratri begins on March 31 and ends on April 8.
In 2013, Chaitra Navratri begins on April 11, ends on April 20, Sri Ramnavami.
Chaitra Navaratri 2012 starts on March 23 and ends on 1 April 2012.