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 2020, Varahi Navratri begins on 22 June and ends on 29 June.
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.
Auspicious Days in Varahi Navratri 2020
22 June 2020 – Chandra Darshan, Mahakavi Kalidas Diwas, Manorath Dwitiya Vrat
23 June 2020 – Jagannath Rathyatra in Puri
24 June 2020 – Vinayak Chaturthi
26 June 2020 – Kumar Shashti, Kasumba Shashti, Hera Panchami, Dwarkadhish Patotsav
27 June 2020 – Vivaswat Saptami, Surya Pujan, Sai Teuram Jayanti
28 June 2020 – Durgashtami, Parashuram Ashtami in Odisha, Kharchi Puja in Tripura
29 June 2020 – Bhadli Navami, Mela Sharif Bhawani – Kashmir
Varaha Navaratri in Previous Years
In 2019, Varahi Navratri begins on 3 July and ends on 10 July.
In 2018, Varahi Navratri begins on 14 July and ends on 21 July.
In 2017, Varahi Navratri begins on June 24 and ends on July 2.
In 2016, Varahi Navratri begins on July 5 and ends on July 13.
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.