Paush Navratri, also spelt as Poush Navratras, is a nine-day festival celebrated from eighth day to Purnima day in Paush month or Pushya masam. In 2019, Paush Navratri begins on 14 January and ends on January 21.
Pushya masa Navratras are also called as Shakambari Navratri in some areas. In Shakambari mata temples, Navratri utsav is celebrated with lot of gusto during Poush month.
Shakambari Navratri in major temples of Goddess Shakambari:
Paush Navratri is celebrated in Shakambari temples located in Badami, Bangalore in Karnataka, in Nagewadi, Maharashtra, Kumbhoj near Satara, Sharanpur in Uttar Pradesh and Sambhar in Rajasthan.
In Badami Banashankari devi temple in Karnataka, Banashankari Jatra is celebrated during Shakambari Navaratri. Banadashtami or Banada Astami festival is also celebrated during Shakambari Navaratri in Badami region.
Paush Navratri is not much popular festive season dedicated to Goddess Durga. The famous Navratri are – Chaitra Navratri and Sharad Navratri. Gupt Navratri are Magh Navratras and Ashada Navaratras.
Apart from Navadurga Goddesses like Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, some other manifestations of the Goddess are also worshipped in some places.
1. Durga – First day is dedicated to Maa Durga
2. Bhadrakali – Second day is dedicated to Maa Bhadrakali
3. Jagadamba – Third day is dedicated to Maa Jagadamba
4. Annapurna – Fourth day is dedicated to Maa Annapurna
5. Sarvamangala – Fifth day is dedicated of Maa Savamangala
6. Bhairavi – Sixth day is dedicated to Maa Bhairavi
7. Chandika – Seventh day is dedicated ted to Maa Chandika
8. Lalita – Eighth day is dedicated to Maa Lalita
9. Bhavani / Mookambika – Ninth day is dedicated to Maa Bhavani and Mookambika
Poush Navratri in Previous Years
In 2017-2018, Paush Navratri begins on 26 December 2017 and ends on January 2, 2018.