The nine day fast festival of Navratri is celebrated in the honor of Goddess Durga. Know more on Shardiya Navratri 2015 dates and its celebrations.
Navratri 2015 Dates
When: Sharad Navratri - October 13, 2015 to October 22, 2015
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.
Sharad Navratri 2015 Dates
Ghatsthapana - Navratri Day 1 - October 14, 2015
Chandra Darshan, Dwitiya - October 15, 2015
Sindoor Tritiya, Chandraghanta Puja, Tritiya - October 16, 2015
Varadvinayak Chaturthi - October 17, 2015
Panchami, Skandamata Puja - October 18, 2015
Katyayani Puja, Shashthi - October 19, 2015
Saraswati Awahan, Kalaratri Puja, Saptami - October 20, 2015
Sri Durga Mahaashtami, Saraswati Puja - October 21, 2015
Sharad Navratri ends - Ram Navratri Day 9 - October 22, 2015