Chaitra Navratri or Vasant Navratri is an important Hindu festival, which is dedicated to Goddess Durga (NavDurga). This nine days long festival starts from the first day (pratipada) of the first month of the Hindu Lunar calendar “Chaitra”. In 2020, Chaitra Navratri starts from Wednesday, 25 March and ends on Friday, 03 April with Navratri Parana. It is also known as Vasant Navratri. Rama Navami, the birthday of Lord Rama usually falls on the ninth day during Chaitra Navratri. So, Chaitra Navratri is also known as Rama Navratri. Most of the rituals and customs are the same as followed during the ‘Shardiya Navratri’. All nine days during Navratri are dedicated to nine forms of Maa Durga. Here is 2020 Chaitra Navratri Calendar
Navratri Day 1 (Partipada) – Wednesday, 25 March: Ghatasthapana, Chandra Darshana, Shailputri Puja
Navratri Day 2 (Dwitiya) – Thursday, 26 March: Sindhara Dooj, Brahmacharini Puja
Navratri Day 3 (Tritiya) – Friday, 27 March: Gauri Puja, Saubhagya Teej, Chandraghanta Puja
Navratri Day 4 (Chaturthi) – Saturday, 28 March: Kushmanda Puja, Vinayaka Chaturthi, Lakshmi Panchami
Navratri Day 5 (Panchami) – Sunday, 29 March: Naag Puja, Skandamata Puja, Skanda Sashti
Navratri Day 6 (Shashthi) – Monday, 30 March: Yamuna Chhath, Katyayani Puja
Navratri Day 7 (Saptami) – Tuesday, 31 March: Maha Saptami, Kalaratri Puja
Navratri Day 8 (Ashtami) – Wednesday, 01 April: Durga Ashtami, Mahagauri Puja, Annapurna Ashtami, Sandhi Puja
Navratri Day 10 (Dashami) – Friday, 03 April: Navratri Parana
Navratri is one of the significant Hindu festivals which is devoted to the Goddess Durga or NavDurga. It is celebrated with much religious fervor among the Hindu community across distinct parts of the country. Chaitra Navratri holds a special importance in Hinduism, thus devotees of Goddess Durga, follow various set of rituals for the nine days of Navratri. They start the rituals by observing a strict fast for nine days, followed by singing devotional songs during these divine nine nights. People visit temples and other religious places and offer prayers to the mother deities to get their utter blessings. Feeding sweetmeats (bhog) to small girls is one of the pious rituals during Navratri (especially in the last three days).
For nine days, worshippers also install different idols of Goddess inside their home temples. Praying and fasting marks the Chaitra Navratri celebrations. Before the start of the celebrations, the house is cleaned for welcome the Goddess in their home. The devotees performing the puja observe a fast for all nine days. While fasting only ‘satvik’ food like potatoes, ‘kuttu ka aata’, curd and fruits are allowed. Consumption of non-vegetarian food and also use of onion and garlic should be strictly avoided. During the Navratri period, while maintaining strict discipline in food, a person should also monitor their behaviour. The devotees spend their day worshipping the Goddess and chanting the Navratri mantras. The fast is broken on the ninth day after the ‘havan’ and the Prasad, after offering to the Goddess, is eaten along with other members of the family.
Navratri Day 1: On this day the rituals performed are Ghatasthapana, Chandra Darshan and Shilputri Puja.
Navratri Day 2: the rituals of the day are Sindhara Dooj and Brahmacharini Puja.
Navratri Day 3: This day is celebrated as Gauri Teej or Sauhagya Teej and the main ritual of the day is Chandraghanta Puja.
Navratri Day 4: Also known as Varad Vinayaka Chauth, on this day the devotees observe the Kushmanda Puja.
Navratri Day 5: This day is also referred as Lakshmi Panchami and main puja observed on this day are Naag Puja and Skandamata Puja.
Navratri Day 6: It is known as Yamuna Chath or Skanda Sasthi and puja observed is Katyayani Puja.
Navratri Day 7: This day is celebrated as Maha Saptami and the Kalratri Puja is performed to invoke the blessings of the Goddess.
Navratri Day 8: It is the main day of Durga Ashtami and is also called as Annapurna Ashtami. On this day Mahagauri Puja and Sandhi Puja are performed.
Navratri Day 9: The last day of the Navratri festivity is observed as Rama Navami (on Chaitra Navratri) and on this day the Siddhidatri Puja is also performed.
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