Importence of navratri

Navratri 2015: 9 Sacred Nights

Navratri 2015 Dates:

Navratri Day 1 –Ghatasthapana, Shailputri Puja    13th October 2015 (Tuesday)

Navratri Day 2-         Chandra Darshan                    14th October 2015 (Wednesday)

Navratri Day 3        Brahmacharini Puja                 15th October 2015 (Thursday)

Navratri Day 4    Sindoor Tritiya, Chandraghanta Puja    16th October 2015 (Friday)

Navratri Day 5     Kushmanda Puja, Varad Vinayaka Chauth   17th October 2015 (Saturday)

Upang Lalita Vrat

Navratri Day 6   Skandamata Puja, Saraswati Awahan          18th October 2015 (Sunday)

Navratri Day 7   Katyayani Puja, Saraswati Puja                     19th October 2015 (Monday)

Navratri Day 8   Kalaratri Puja                                                    20th October 2015 (Tuesday)

Navratri Day 9   Durga Ashtami, Mahagauri Puja,                 21st October 2015 (Wednesday)

Sandhi Puja, Maha Navami

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These are the dates for Navratri 2015. Navratri is complete nine days festival. Each day and night is divine that has great significance in our life. These divine nights represents Maa Durgas’ different Roops (forms). If you want to know about it then read the complete article.

On Navratri days Maa Durga who is also known as universal mother is worshipped. Maa Durga is known as the saver from all troubles and suffering of life. As per the Hindu beliefs, Maa Durga has supreme energy to carry out the dynamic cycle of creation, preservation and destruction of universe.  You can worship all nine forms of Maa Durga in 2015 year by celebrating Navratri festival and attain her blessings.

So observe Navratri vrats on complete nine Navratri days in 2015 and fulfil all your wishes.

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Navratri 2015: Kinds of Navratri

According to Hindu Panchang, 5 types of Navratri are celebrated in India.

  • Paush Gupt Navratri
  • Ashadha Gupt Navratri
  • Magha Gupt Navratri
  • Chaitra Navratri
  • Sharada Navratri

Let’s know about these types of Navratri briefly.

Paush Gupta Navratri

Paush Gupta Navratri has other name which is Shakambhari Navratri, this navratri comes in Paush Shukla Paksh. Paush Gupta navratri is completely dedicated to the Maa Shakambari. This navratri festival is mainly celebrated in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. So keep Paush Navratri fasts during this period and get blessings.

Ashadha Gupta Navratri (July 17, 2015 to July 25, 2015)

Gayatri Navratri or Gupta Navratri is another name of Ashadha Gupta Navratri. It falls during the Ashadha Shukla Paksha and mainly observed by women of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Ashadha Gupta Navratri is also observed in Himachal Pradesh with the Guhya Navratri name. So, keep fast during Ashadha Gupta Nvaratri in 2015 and get blessed.

Magha Gupta Navratri (January 21, 2015 to January 28, 2015)

Magh Gupta Navratri comes in Magh Shukla Paksha time period and it is called by other name also which is Shishir Navratri. As per the Hindu belief, this Magha Navratri is very sacred for Tantrik and Sadhus. You can also take supreme blessings from Maa by performing pujas in Magh Gupta Navratri in 2015.

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Vasant or Chaitra Navratri (March 21, 2015 to March 28, 2015)

Vasant or Chaitra Navratri comes in the spring season. This Vasant Navratri is one of the most celebrated Navratris. On the ninth day of Chaitra Navratri, the Ram Navmi is also celebrated. This Ram Navmi is celebrated in the remembrances of Lord Rama. Vasant Navratri is mostly celebrated in Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh area.

Let’s know about Chaitra Navratri in detail:

Chaitra or Vasant Navratri Festival Celebrations

Goddess of Each Day

  1. Goddess Shailputri:

First day of Navratri starts with worshipping Maa Shailputri. Shailputri is the first Roop of Maa Durga. She rides on Bull with a lotus and trident in her hand.

Mantra: “Om aim hring kleem chamundaye vichche”

  1. Goddess Brahmacharini:

Goddess Brahmacharini signifies care, love and loyalty. Maa Brahmachrini also known as the compilation of knowledge and wisdom. She has rosary and kumbha in her hand. She also wears ornaments which are made of sacred beads of Rudraksha.

Mantra: “Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Maa Brahmacharini Rupen Sansthita |
Namastasye Namastasye Namastasye Namoh Namah”

  1. Maa Chandraghanta:

On Maa Chandragrahantas’ forehead, the half circular moon is presented that’s why she is known as Chandraghanta. Maa has three eyes and ten hands, her looks present in golden color. Maa Chandraghanta is mostly worshipped by the people of Tamil Nadu and she is known for peace and tranquillity.

Mantra: “Ya Devi Sarvbhoote Shumaa Chandra-Ghanta-Rupen Sansthita|

Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah||”

  1. Goddess Kushmanda:

Bhima Parvat is the residence of Kushanda and she glitters like the sun rays. She mounts on tiger and has eight hands.

Mantra: “Sura Sampurna Kalasam Rudhira Plutmev Cha |
Dadhana Hastpad Mabhyam Kushmanda Shubh Dastu Me ||”


  1. Goddess Skanda:

Maa Skanda is the ocean of wisdom who sits with her son (Skanda) in her lap, that’s why she known as Skanda Mata. She has three eyes and four hands.

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Mantra: “Sinhasan Gata Nityam Padmashrit Kardvaya |
Shubhdastu Sada Devi Skanda Mata Yashashvini ||”

  1. Goddess Katyayani:

Maa Katyayani is the sixth form of Maa Durga which is known to fulfil the desire of unmarried girl for good husband. Girls who observe fast for Maa and worship her, get blessed with desired husband and also girls who are getting late in marriage due to some unknown reason Maa Katyayani blessed them and they get married early.

Mantra: “Chandra Hasojvalakara Shardul Var Vahna |
Katyayini Shubham Dadhya Devi Dan Vaghatini ||”



  1. Maa Kaalratri:

Goddess Kaalratri is the destroyer of ignorance and darkness. She brings light in her devotees’ life. She resembles in black or blue colour. Her vehicle is donkey.

Mantra: “Ekveni  Japakarnapura  Nagna  Kharastitha |
Lamboshthi Karnikakarni Tailabhyakta Sharirani ||
Vaampadolla Salloh Lata Kanthak Bhushna |
Vardhan Murdha Dhvaja Krishna Kalratri Bhayankari ||”

  1. Maa Gauri

Maha Gauri appears in white like the Moon. She is the Goddess of compassion and harmony. She holds a drum in one hand and in other a trident.

Mantra: “Shwete Vrishe Maha Rudha Shwetambardhara Shuchih |
Maha Gauri Shubham Dadhyanmahadev Pramodada ||”

  1. Goddess Siddhidatri:

Siddhatri is the Goddess of Shakti (power), who gives power to God Shiva. She the reason behind that Lord Shiva becomes Ardhanarishvara (half man and half woman).


Mantra:Sidhha Gandharvay khshadher Surair Marair Api |
Sevya Mana Sada Bhooyat Siddhida Siddhidayini ||


Sharada Navratri (October 13, 2015 to October 21, 2015)

The most important and widely celebrated Navratri is Sharada Navratri. Sharada Navratri is commonly known as ‘Garba Navratri’. Garba is a dance form which is mainly played by Gujrati people but nowadays this Garba dance is popular all over the India. This Navratri is known with other names also such as ‘Ashwin Navratri’ and ‘Maha Navratri’. This Navratri comes in the starting of winter season. The last day of this Navratri is observed as ‘Vijaya Dashmi’. During this Navratri people worship nine forms of Maa Durga.

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  • Durga
  • Bhadrakali
  • Amba/Jagdamba
  • Annapoorna Devi
  • Sarvamangala
  • Bhairavi
  • Chandika/Chandi
  • Lalita
  • Bhavani
  • Mookambika

Thus, worship the all nine forms of Maa Durgain 2015 year and get blessings.

9 Devis of Navratri

  1. Devi Shailputri – First Day
  2. Devi Brahmacharini – Second Day
  3. Devi Chandraghanta – Third Day
  4. Devi Kushmanda – Fourth Day
  5. Devi Skanda Mata – Fifth Day
  6. Devi Katyayani – Sixth Day
  7. Devi Kalratri – Seventh Day
  8. Devi Maha Gauri – Eighth Day
  9. Devi Siddhidatri – Ninth Day

Navratri 2015: 9 days and nights of Navrartri

Each day of Navratri celebrates with rituals and customs by the devotees of Maa Durga. Here are points by which you know the impact of each day.

  • 1st – 3rd day: these starting days are dedicated to Goddess Durga. On the first day, devotees prepare a bowl or bed of mud and grow the barley seeds into the mud.
  • 4th – 6th day: these days is dedicated to Maa Lakshmi who is the Goddess of Knowledge and prosperity.
  • 7th – 8th day: Saraswati Maa is worshipped on these two days. She is the Devi of wisdom and knowledge. Yagya puja is performed on the eighth day.
  • 9th day- Mahanavmi: mahanavmi day is the end of the Navratri. Kanya puja is accomplished on this day in which devotees worship nine young girls who considered as the Kanya Roop of Maa Durga.

Attractions of Navratri Festival

Navratri time is the celebration time and it is celebrated all over the India with slightly changed traditions and other names. But two things follow by every devotee are ‘Garba’ and ‘Durga Puja’.

  • Gujarat– Gujarat shine in Navratri days, every corner of Gujarat is decorated on these complete nine days. Every one performs and enjoys the all traditions, traditional dance and famous folk dance which are Garba. Community of Gujrat welcome the Navratri with happiness, laughter, get- together and full festive mood. People dressed in full traditional wear and Dandiya (colourful sticks) in hands, they perform Garba dance. Garba dance is the part of worship. The whole Gujarat states completely involve in the celebration of Navratri for whole nine days with great enthusiasm. So, get engaged in the celebration of joy and happiness in 2015 and prepare the Maa Durga Puja function.
  • Durga Puja– Maa Durga Puja is widely celebrated in Kolkata and observes Navratri. Grand puja and celebration is performed in the honour of Goddess Durga. Big Pandals and idols or statues of Devi Durga are arranged for the worship and many people assemble in these pandals for Maha aarti. Small or big idol of Maa Durga is installed in homes’ of devotees. Every person no matter from which age and cast he or she is enjoy these nine days of Maa.
  • Puja Materials– get blessings of Maa Durga this year by performing all the rituals and traditions. There are some important materials for puja-
  1. Shringar (accessories) items for Maa Durga- red bangles, sindoor, bindi, red churni, kajal, mehndi, red lipstick, payal, mirror and nail paint.
  2. ‘Akhand jyot’ is burns. A lamp or diya is burn during the all nine days of Navratri which finish all the ills and evils spirits.
  3. Kalash- kalash is kept in the puja room. In kalash some items put which is five Suparis (beetal nuts), rice, a coin, water and sugar. Mauli is also tied on the neck part of Kalsh.
  4. A coconut placed in puja room, thin edge of coconut is towards the temple.
  • Navratri Vrat/ Fast

Devotees who perform the fast takes shower early in the morning and wear clean clothes. Then start the aarti and other puja rituals. Bhog is offered to Maa which includes 5 types of dry fruits, seasonal fruits, mishri and milk. After the puja devotees have falahar (food for fast). The puja is performed again in evening time. Rituals and aarti performed by devotees in front of Maa. Light immense sticks which fill the sweet fragrance all over. It is good to perform the fast with great enthusiasm for getting blessings from Maa Durga in 2015 year.

  • Bhoga for the Puja– during these nine days of Navratri, nine different forms of Maa is worshipped and devotees offer different Bhogs (food) to Maa. the Bhogs-
  1. First Day- Ghee is presented to Maa Shailputri.
  2. Second Day- Sugar is offered to Goddess Brahmacharinin.
  3. Third Day- Milk or sweets prepared by milk is offered
  4. Fourth Day- Malpua sweet
  5. Fifth Day- Banana
  6. Sixth Day- Honey is offered
  7. Seventh Day- Gur (Jaggery) is offered to Maa.
  8. Eighth Day- coconut is offered.
  9. Ninth Day- Til (sesames seeds) is offered.
  • Navratri Delicacies

Navratri is celebration, and no celebration is left without the sweets and other food items. All devotees during the Navratri perform the puja and observe fast to please Maa Durga. Fast observer only takes fruits and milk and other falahar items. In falhar food, devotees consume-

  1. Rajasi Aaloo
  1. Sabudana Kheer/Vada/Tikki
  2. Fruit raita/ fruits
  3. Arbi Laziz
  4. Kutu Paratha/ Pakora
  5. Vrat ke chawal
  6. Makhana/ Dry fruits
  7. Coconut/ coconut milk
  8. Milk and milk goods prepared at home
  • Foods which is Prohibited during the Nine days- Some food items should be avoided by people who observe fast-
  1. Onion and garlic
  1. Legumes and lentils ordinary salt is not used and instead of it rock salt (sendha namak) is used.
  2. Turmeric powder (haldi), fenugreek seeds (methi dana), asafoetida (hing), mustard (sarson or rai), dhania powder (coriander powder) and garam masala
  3. Alcohol and non-vegetarian food

·         Popular Navratri Songs

  • Aaja Maa Ghar Mere
  • Ambe Tu Hai Jagdambe Kali
  • Aao Meri Sherawali Maa
  • Aaja Maa Ghar Mere

Colors for Each day to wear

During these nine days of Navratri colors also has importance, time to wear different colours and make this 2015 Navratri more colorful.

Day 1: Grey
Day 2: Orange
Day 3: White
Day 4: Red
Day 5: Blue
Day 6: Yellow
Day 7: Green
Day 8: Peacock green
Day 9: Purple

We hope these informations will help you to perform the Navratri with all the traditions and rituals. Celebrate Navratri 2015 with great enthusiasm and get the blessings from the Maa and make this year for you great. Happy Navratri 2015 and enjoy!

We wish you all a very Happy Navratri 2014!

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Category: Festival 2015

Created: Wednesday, March 11 2015
Author: Lokesh Jagirdar

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