Navratri 2016 - The nine day fast festival of Navratri is celebrated in the honor of Goddess Durga. Sharad Navratri will be celebrated from October 1 to October 11, 2016.
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.
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. Sharadiya Navratri 2016 is starting from October 01 and will continue till October 11.
Sharad Navratri 2016 Dates
Ghatsthapana, Navratri Day 1 - 1st October 2016
Chandra Darshan - 2nd October 2016
Dwitiya - 3rd October 2016
Tritiya, Sindoor Tritiya - 4th October 2016
Chaturthi, Kushmanda Puja - 5th October 2016
Panchami, Skandamata Puja - 6th October 2016
Shashthi, Katyayani Puja - 7th October 2016
Saptami, Kalaratri Puja - 8th October 2016
Ashtami, Sri Durga Mahaashtami, Saraswati Puja - 9th October 2016
Navami, Maha Navami, Navami Homa - 10th October 2016
Sharad Navratri ends, Navratri Parana - 11th October 2016
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.
Navratri Day 1 - Maa Shailaputri
Navratri Day 2 - Maa Brahmacharini
Navratri Day 3 - Maa Chandraghanta
Navratri Day 4 - Maa Kushmanda
Navratri Day 5 - Maa Skanda Mata
Navratri Day 6 - Maa Katyayani
Navratri Day 7 - Maa Kalaratri
Navratri Day 8 - Maa Mahagauri
Navratri Day 9 - Maa Siddhidatri
Chaitra Navratri 2017 Dates
Chaitra Navratri: March 28, 2017 to April 05, 2017