Navratri Festival

Navratri - The nine day fast festival of Navratri is celebrated in the honor of Goddess Durga. Sharad Navratri in 2022 will be celebrated from September 26 to October 4.

Navratri 2022

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 2022 Date

Chaitra Navratri 2022 Date
April 2 to April 11, 2022
Sharad Navratri 2022 Date
Sharad Navratri: September 26 (Monday) to October 4 (Tuesday), 2022

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 2022 is starting from October 7 and will continue till October 15.

Sharad Navratri 2022 Dates

Sharad Navratri Day Devi Worship / Puja / Significance Date
Navratri Day 1 (Pratipada) Ghatsthapana, Shailputri Puja September 26, 2022 (Monday)
Day 2 (Dwitiya) Chandra Darshan, Brahmacharini Puja September 27, 2022 (Tuesday)
Day 3 (Tritiya) Sindoor Tritiya, Chandraghanta Puja September 28, 2022 (Wednesday)
Day 4 (Chaturthi) Kushmanda Puja, Vinayaka Chaturthi September 29, 2022 (Thursday)
Day 5 (Panchami) Upang Lalita Vrat, Skandamata Puja September 30, 2022 (Friday)
Day 6 (Shashthi) Katyayani Puja October 1, 2022 (Saturday)
Day 7 (Saptami) Saraswati Avahan, Kalaratri Puja October 2, 2022 (Sunday)
Day 8 (Ashtami) Saraswati Puja, Durga Ashtami, Mahagauri Puja, Sandhi Puja October 3, 2022 (Monday)
Day 9 (Navami) Maha Navami, Ayudha Puja, Navami Homa, Navratri Parana October 4, 2022 (Tuesday)
Day 10 (Dashami) Durga Visarjan, Vijayadashami October 5, 2022 (Wednesday)

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.