Navratri 2017 - The nine day fast festival of Navratri is celebrated in the honor of Goddess Durga. Sharad Navratri will be celebrated from September 21 to September 29, 2017.
During Navratri, people from villages and cities gather to perform 'puja' on small shrines representing different aspects of Goddess Durga, including Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati. Chanting of mantras and renditions of bhajans and folk songs usually accompany the puja rituals for nine consecutive days of Navratri.
Defining both the religious and cultural themes, Navratri celebrations are seeped in traditional music and dance. Gujarat is the focus of Navratri celebrations with all night-long dance and festivities. 'Garba' is a devotional dance form that derives from the folklore of Lord Krishna singing and dancing with the gopis using 'dandiya' or slim wooden sticks. 'Raas Garba' has also evolved to include steps like 'Dodhiyu', 'Trikoniya', 'Lehree' and several others. What's more, with time, Navratri festival has seen changes in celebrations with well-choreographed dance performances, high-end acoustics and people dressed in made-to-order, bright costumes. Tourists flock to Vadodara in Gujarat to enjoy a mix of high-energy band music performances, singing and dancing.
Navratri 2017 Dates
Sharad Navratri: September 21, 2017 to September 29, 2017
March 18 to March 26, 2018
In South India, during Navratri, people arrange idols in a step pattern and invoke the name of God. In Mysore, the nine-day Navratri festival coincides with 'Dasara' Festival involving folk music renditions and dance performances, wrestling tournaments and tableau participation. The procession of tableaux along with embellished elephants, camels and horses starting from the brightly-lit Mysore Palace is a famous one. 'Vijayadashami' is also an auspicious day in South India for performing puja for one's vehicle.
Goddess Durga is worshipped for the first three days of Navratri followed by Goddess Laxmi for the next three days. Last three days of Navratri are devoted to Goddess Saraswati. Celebrate Navratri with sacred devotion to get the blessings of Maa Durga. Sharad Navratri 2017 is starting from September 21 and will continue till September 29.
Sharad Navratri 2017 Dates
Day 2 (Dwitiya) - September 22, 2017 (Friday) - Chandra Darshan, Brahmacharini Puja
Day 3 (Tritiya) - September 23, 2017 (Saturday) - Chandraghanta Puja
Day 4 (Chaturthi) - September 24, 2017 (Sunday) - Kushmanda Puja
Day 5 (Panchami) - September 25, 2017 (Monday) - Lakshmi Panchami, Skandamata Puja
Day 6 (Shashthi) - September 26, 2017 (Tuesday) - Katyayani Puja
Day 7 (Saptami) - September 27, 2017 (Wednesday) - Saraswati Awahan, Kalaratri Puja
Day 8 (Ashtami) - September 28, 2017 (Thursday) - Sri Durga Ashtami, Saraswati Puja, Sandhi Puja
Day 9 (Navami) - September 29, 2017 (Friday) - Maha Navami, Ayudha Puja, Navami Homa
Day 10 (Dashami) - September 30, 2017 (Saturday) - Navratri Parana, Durga Visarjan, Vijayadashami
Sharadiya Navratri ends
Nine Goddess of Navratri
A religious fervor and excitement accompanies Navratri celebrations throughout India. While the formal displays and ceremonies may differ, the underlying sentiment and message is the same across communities and states. Today, the celebrations have acquired huge proportions in the UK, Canada, Singapore and USA, which have sizeable Indian population.