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.
Navratri 2015: Kinds of Navratri
According to Hindu Panchang, 5 types of Navratri are celebrated in India.
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
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”
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”
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||”
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 ||”
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.
Mantra: “Sinhasan Gata Nityam Padmashrit Kardvaya |
Shubhdastu Sada Devi Skanda Mata Yashashvini ||”
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 ||”
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 ||”
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 ||”
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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Thus, worship the all nine forms of Maa Durgain 2015 year and get blessings.
9 Devis of Navratri
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.
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’.
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.
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-
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