Navratri is a nine-nights festival celebrated in huge scale in India and many other countries where Hindu population is in large numbers.
Navratri festival falls in Ashwin Month (Ashwayuja Masam) as per Hindu calendar. Navratri is also called as Maha Navratri, Durga Navratri, Devi Sharan Navratri, Sharadiya Navratri, etc..
Durga Navratri 2021 starts with Kalash Puja on October 7 and ends with Vijaya Dashami on October 15. Navratri begins with Kalash sthapana (Ghatsthapana) and concludes with Durga visarjan or Udwasan (immersion).
This particular festival is largely dedicated to the Hindu deity Durga and worshipped with great devotion and dedication. According to the Sanskrit language, the term Navarathri means nava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights therefore nine nights. It is to be highly remembered that nine forms of Shakti/Devi are worshiped during this particular festivity.
The tenth day is usually referred to as “Dussehra” or Vijayadashami. This festival is celebrated in grand manner in western India in the state of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karnataka. The traditional dance of Gujarat, “Garba” is performed during this festivity. This festival is grandly celebrated with great zeal in Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar.
According to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, “Navaratri is celebrated five times a year. They are Vasanta Navaratri, Ashadha Navaratri, the Sharad Navaratri, and the Paush/Magha Navaratri. Of these, the Sharad Navaratri of the month of Puratashi and the Vasanta Navaratri of the Vasanta kala are the most important.” In some areas, Shravan Navratri is also celebrated.
It is to be highly noted that the beginning of autumn and the beginning of spring are regarded to be significant junctions of solar and climatic influences. It is to be remembered that for the worship of the Divine Mother Durga, these two periods are largely taken as really much sacred opportunities. According to the lunar calendar, the exact date of this festival is largely determined. These two periods are taken as sacred opportunities. The dates of the festival are determined. People participate in this particular festival with much joy and happiness.
Durga Navratri 2021 dates:
Sindhara Dooj, Preeti Dwitiya – 8 October 2021 – Brahmacharini Puja (Second day of Navratri)
Sindhur Tritiya, Gauri Teej, Sowbhagya Teej – 9 October 2021 – Chandraghanta Puja (Third day of Navratri) – Varad Vinayak Chaturthi, Mana Chaturthi
Lalita Panchami, Upang Lalita Vrat – 10 October 2021 – Kushmanda Pujan (Fourth day of Navratri) – Nath Panchami
Tap Shashti, Durga Shashti, Maha Shashti, Saraswati Avahan, Saraswati Pujan Arambh – 11 October 2021 – Skandamata Puja (Fifth day of Navratri)
Saraswati Puja, Maha Saptami, Mahalakshmi Pujan, Durga Puja begins in Bengal – 12 October 2021 – Katyayani Puja (Sixth day of Navratri)
Durgashtami, Maha Ashtami, Virashtami, Saraswati Balidaan, Ekratrotsav – 13 October 2021 – Kalratri Puja (Seventh day of Navratri)
Mahanavami, Navratri Udyapan, Mahanavami Upvaas, Saraswati Visarjan, Devi Ki Balidaan, Ayudh Pujan – 14 October 2021 – Mahagauri Puja (Eighth day of Navratri)
Siddhidhatri Puja – Vijayadashami in South India & North India – 15 October 2021 (Ninth day of Navratri)
Here is the list of 9 Colors for Navratri 2021