One of the most vibrant festivals, Navaratri is all around the corner.
Indians across the country are all set to celebrate the 9-day festival with zeal and much fervour from Wednesday onwards.
This year Navaratri will begin on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 and end on Friday, 19 October 2018.
The nine days are dedicated to the nine forms of Goddess Durga.
In West Bengal, the last four days are celebrated as Durga Puja, and on a ninth day, the devotees bid farewell to Maa Durga.
The last day, 10th day is celebrated as Dussehra, to mark the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana.
Here’s all you need to know about the festival:
Nine days Schedule
Day 1: Pratipada (10 October)- Kalashsthapana, Chandra Darshan, Goddess Shailputri Puja is worshipped on Pratipada.
Auspicious time of Ghatasthapana Shubh Muhurt is 06:22 to 07:25. If you missed this mahurat, then the Kalash can be also placed between 11.51 am to 12.29 pm.
Day 2: Dwitiya (11 October)- Goddess Brahmacharini is worshipped on Dwitiya. She is the unmarried form of Maa Parvati born to Daksha Prajapati.
Day 3: Tritiya (12 October 2018)- Goddess Chandraghanta is worshipped on Tritiya. She is the married form of Goddess Parvati. While chanting puja mantra and stuti, people offer prayers to the Goddess with her favourite flower, jasmine.
Day 4: Chaturthi (13 October 2018)- Goddess Kushmanda is worshipped on Chathurti. She is the fourth avatar of Devi Durga who is believed to create the world with her divine smile, according to Hindu legends.
Day 5: Panchami (14 October 2018)- Goddess Skandamta is worshipped on Panchami. In this form, Devi Parvati is seen as the mother of Lord Skanda. People offer prayers with red coloured flowers such as hibiscus and roses.
Day 6: Shasthi (15 October 2018)- The sixth day is dedicated to Goddess Katyayani, who is considered to be the most aggressive and violent who is ready to go on war.
Day 7: Saptami (16 October 2018)- Goddess Kalaratri is worshipped on Saptami. She is one of the ferocious and fiercest avatars of Goddess Durga.
Day 8: Ashtami (17 October 2018)- Goddess Mahagauri, who is believed to the most beautiful form, is worshipped on Ashtami. Besides this people also be celebrates Durga Ashtami and Sandhi Puja.
Day 9: Navami (18 October 2018)- Devi Siddhidatri, who is the goddess of achievements and perfections, is worshipped on Navami.
Dashami and Durga Visarjan (19 October 2018)- On Dashami, Goddess Durga in her most divine and powerful form killed the evil buffalo demon, Mahishasura to restore Dharma in the universe. This day effigies of Ravana is also burnt to mark the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king and save Sita.
After taking bath on the day when Navratri commences, put the Kalash in front of Goddess Durga idol. Also, place an earthen pot with mud to grow Khetri. Add barley to it and pour some water, tie a red thread around the pot. It is believed that the more the barley grows in a duration of 9-days, the more fortune and harmony it brings to the house.
Read Durga Chalisa during the puja.
Durga Saptshati book and Chalisa
Ganga water or plain water in Kalash
Happy Navratri to all !!