Navratri 2018 - The nine day fast festival of Navratri is celebrated in the honor of Goddess Durga. Sharad Navratri will be celebrated from October 10 to October 18, 2018.
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 2018 Dates
March 18 to March 26, 2018
Sharad Navratri: October 10, 2018 to October 18, 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 2018 is starting from September 21 and will continue till September 29.
Sharad Navratri 2018 Dates
Day 2 (Tritiya) - October 11, 2018 (Thursday) - Chandraghanta Puja
Day 3 (Chaturthi) - October 12, 2018 (Friday) - Kushmanda Puja
Day 4 () - October 13, 2018 (Saturday) - Skandamata Puja
Day 5 (Panchami) - October 14, 2018 (Sunday) - Saraswati Awahan
Day 6 (Shashthi) - October 15, 2018 (Monday) - Katyayani Puja
Day 7 (Saptami) - October 16, 2018 (Tuesday) - Kalaratri Puja
Day 8 (Ashtami) - October 17, 2018 (Wednesday) - Sri Durga Ashtami, Sandhi Puja, Maha Navami
Day 9 (Navami) - October 18, 2018 (Thursday) - Ayudha Puja, Navami Homa
Day 10 (Dashami) - October 19, 2018 (Friday) - 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.