Navratri, one of the most auspicious festivals in the Hindu calendar, is celebrated twice a year, once in Chaitra (spring) and once in Ashwin (autumn). The Sharad Navratri, the autumnal Navratri, is the more popular of the two and is celebrated for nine days.
In 2023, Navratri will begin on October 15 and end on October 24. Durga Puja, the fifth day of Navratri, will be celebrated on October 20.
Significance of Navratri
Navratri is a nine-day festival dedicated to the worship of the nine forms of Goddess Durga. The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil and the triumph of dharma over adharma.
Colors of Navratri
Each day of Navratri is associated with a different color, which has its own significance. The colors for the nine days of Navratri 2023 are as follows:
- Day 1: Orange
- Day 2: White
- Day 3: Red
- Day 4: Royal Blue
- Day 5: Yellow
- Day 6: Green
- Day 7: Grey
- Day 8: Purple
- Day 9: Pink
Navratri is celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm all over India. People fast, offer prayers and perform devotional songs and dances during the festival. On the ninth day of Navratri, the idol of Goddess Durga is immersed in water, marking the end of the festival.
Tips for celebrating Navratri
- Fasting is not mandatory but is considered auspicious during Navratri. If you are fasting, avoid eating meat, onion, garlic, and alcohol.
- Offer prayers to Goddess Durga and chant her mantras.
- Perform devotional songs and dances.
- Attend Navratri celebrations at temples and community centers.
- Wear the color of the day.
- Distribute prasad (sweet offerings) to your friends and family.
Navratri is a time for spiritual reflection and celebration. It is a time to come together with loved ones and worship the divine.