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.
Navratri 2016 Dates
When: Chaitra Navratri - April 08, 2016 to April 16, 2016
When: Sharad Navratri - October 01, 2016 to October 10, 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.
Chaitra Navratri 2016 Dates
Navratri Day 1
Ghatsthapana, Chandra Darshan, Shailputri Puja - 08 April 2016 (Friday)
Navratri Day 2
Dwitiya, Brahmacharini Puja, Chandraghanta Puja - 09 April 2016 (Saturday)
Navratri Day 3
Chaturthi, Varadvinayak Chaturthi - 10 April 2016 (Sunday)
Navratri Day 4
Panchami, Skandamata Puja - 11 April 2016 (Monday)
Navratri Day 5
Katyayani Puja, Shashthi - 12 April 2016 (Tuesday)
Navratri Day 6
Saptami, Kalaratri Puja - 13 April 2016 (Wednesday)
Navratri Day 7
Sri Durga Mahaashtami, Saraswati Puja - 14 April 2016 (Thursday)
Navratri Day 8
Navami, Ram Navratri - 15 April 2016 (Friday)
Navratri Day 9
Dashami, Navratri Parana - 16 April 2016 (Saturday)