Navratri Festival

Navratri - The nine day fast festival of Navratri is celebrated in the honor of Goddess Durga. Sharad Navratri in 2021 will be celebrated from October 7 to 15.

Navratri 2021

Navratri Navratri - As one of the auspicious festivals of Hindus, Navratri is celebrated with utmost reverence and is one of the earliest festivals dating back to the immemorial eras. It is widely celebrated in India and other parts of the world over nine consecutive days and nights. However, Navratri holds different significance across India and follows the lunar calendar, which is why it’s celebrated in March/April as Chaitra Navratri and in September/October as Sharad Navratri.

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.

Navratri Celebrations
Navratri is obtained from two Sanskrit words; ‘nava’ means nine, and ‘ratri’ means night. The popular legend connected to Navratri highlights the notable battle between the powerful demon Mahishasura and Goddess Durga.

Navratri 2021 Dates

Chaitra Navratri 2022 Dates
April 2 to April 11, 2022
Sharad Navratri 2021 Dates
Sharad Navratri: October 7 (Thurs) to October 15 (Fri), 2021

Navratri in India witnesses myriad forms of devotion across the country while retaining the common underlying theme of good over evil. In Jammu, the Vaishno Devi shrine sees a huge rise in the number of devotees making their way to the pilgrimage during Navratri. In Himachal Pradesh, the Navratri Mela marks the auspicious occasion of Navratri. In West Bengal, men and women celebrate 'Durga Puja' with great devotion and reverence and worship Goddess Durga destroying the demon 'Mahishasura'. 'Ramlila', wherein people enact scenes from Ramayana is performed in big grounds. 'Dussehra' which coincides with the tenth day of Ashwin (Sharad) Navratri sees nation-wide celebration.

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 2021 is starting from October 7 and will continue till October 15.

Sharad Navratri 2021 Dates

Sharad Navratri Day Devi Worship / Puja / Significance Date
Navratri Day 1 (Pratipada) Ghatsthapana, Chandra Darshan, Shailputri Puja October 7, 2021 (Thursday)
Day 2 (Dwitiya) Brahmacharini Puja October 8, 2021 (Friday)
Day 3 (Tritiya) Kushmanda Puja, Chandraghanta Puja, Vinayaka Chaturthi October 9, 2021 (Saturday)
Day 4 (Panchami) Skandamata Puja October 10, 2021 (Sunday)
Day 5 (Shashthi) Saraswati Avahan, Katyayani Puja October 11, 2021 (Monday)
Day 6 (Saptami) Saraswati Puja, Kalaratri Puja October 12, 2021 (Tuesday)
Day 7 (Ashtami) Sandhi Puja, Sri Durga Ashtami October 13, 2021 (Wednesday)
Day 8 (Navami) Ayudha Puja, Navami Homa, Maha Navami October 14, 2021 (Thursday)
Day 9 (Dashami) Navratri Parana, Durga Visarjan, Vijayadashami October 15, 2021 (Friday)
Day 10 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.