The nine day fast festival of Navratri is celebrated in the honor of Goddess Durga. Know more on Chaitra Navratri 2016 dates and its celebrations.
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.
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
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. Chaitra Navratri 2016 is starting from April 8, 2016
Chaitra Navratri 2016 Dates
Ghatsthapana - Navratri Day 1 - April 08, 2016
Dwitiya - April 09, 2016
Tritiya, Kushmanda Puja - April 10, 2016
Chaturthi, Skandamata Puja - April 11, 2016
Katyayani Puja - April 12, 2016
Shashthi - April 13, 2016
Saptami, Sri Durga Mahaashtami, Saraswati Puja - April 14, 2016
Ram Navratri - April 15, 2016
Sharad Navratri ends, Navratri Parana - April 16, 2016
Sharad Navratri 2016 Dates
Sharad Navratri: October 1, 2016 to October 9, 2016