Customs, Traditions and Rituals of Navratri

Navratri is the most powerful period in existence. It celebrates the existence of the ultimate source of power that is the Nine Goddesses. In the auspicious and awe-inspiring occasion, divine love pervades through all the devotees who indulge in the rituals and customs. These feminine divine energies bring in the positivity’s to the universe during this period.

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1. The auspicious Hindu festival of Navratri celebrates the power of the nine Goddesses.

2. The idols of the goddesses are set in the respective houses. All the family members worship them following the step by step traditional rituals.

3. The first three days of Navratri are devoted exclusively to the worship of Goddess Durga, when her energy and power are worshipped. Each day is dedicated to a different appearance of Durga, namely Kumari, Parvati and Kali.

4. The fourth and sixth day is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi and the fifth to Goddess Saraswati known as Lalita Panchami.

5. The seventh day is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati, while the Goddess of Art and Knowledge is worshipped on the eight day and a yagna is also performed.

6. The ninth day is dedicated to Goddess Siddhidatri and then comes the great 'Vijaya Dashami'.

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7. On the ninth day Kanya puja is performed, where nine young girls who have not yet reached the stage of puberty, are worshipped. These 9 girls are believed to symbolize the nine goddesses. These girls are offered delicious delicacies and new clothes to wear.

8. In some northern parts of the country enjoyments like Dandiya and Garba are performed.

9. The nine days are dedicated to different incarnations of Goddess Durga. People follow the custom of wearing the respective colors symbolizing the deity of the day.
- On the first day Shailputri Devi is worshipped hence red clothes are worn.
- The second day is dedicated to Brahmacharini Devi for which blue colored clothes are worn.
- On the third day, Chandraghanta Devi is worshipped and
- On the fourth day, Kushmanda Devi is worshipped where yellow color is worn.
- The fifth day is in the honor of Skandamata Devi which demands the wearing of grey color.
- The sixth day and is dedicated to Katyayani Devi where orange is the color.
- The seventh day stands for Kalratri Devi where pink clothes are worn and then comes the eighth day which honors Mahagauri Devi. And the ninth day is dedicated to Goddess Siddhidatri.

10. Certain other rituals like burning of lamps reduces negative energies and helps in increasing divine consciousness. People also sow Barley which signifies growth, prosperity and abundance.

11. There are many other rituals as well followed by people depending on the region they stay. So, the celebration of Navratri is done by all but in different methods.

Click here to learn Maa Durga mantras for all nine days of the navratri.