Auspicious Navratri 2023, see its date, schedule and significance

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Navratri 2023

Navratri 2023 will start from October 15 and continue till October 23. Navratri is a Hindu festival dedicated to the honor of Goddess Durga and is celebrated for nine days. Nine forms of Maa Durga are worshiped during this festival and it has great importance in Hindu religion. Navratri marks the victory of Maa Durga over the demon Mahishasura. Navratri is celebrated twice a year, the first Navratri is celebrated in the month of March, known as Chaitra Navratri, and the second falls in October, known as Sharad Navratri or Sharadiya Navratri. Devotees usually start preparations for Navratri well in advance and Garba nights are organized at many places to celebrate the occasion.

Navratri date and schedule 2023

Shardiya Navratri in 2023 will start from 15th October and end on 23rd October. Different forms of Maa Durga are worshiped for nine days every year in different parts of India. Navratri is originated from 2 words Nav which means nine and Ratri which means night. The tenth day after Navratri is called ‘Dussehra’ or ‘Vijayadashami’ and celebrates the victory of good over evil. In some parts of India, Dussehra also celebrates the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana.

Day date Forms of Maa Durga
sunday 15th October 2023 Shailaputri
monday 16th October 2023 Brahmacharini
Tuesday 17th October 2023 Chandraghanta
wednesday 18th October 2023 Kushmanda
thursday 19th October 2023 skandamata
Friday 20th October 2023 katyayani
saturday 21st October 2023 Kalratri
sunday 22nd October 2023 Mahagauri
monday 23rd October 2023 Siddhidatri

Sharadiya Navratri 2023

Shardiya Navratri 2023 starts from 15th October 2023 to 23rd October 2023. During Navratri, people fast and celebrate, and many follow a strict vegetarian diet. In many parts of India, people celebrate by organizing Garba Nights, Dandiya Raas etc. Everyone celebrates Navratri in their own different ways. Goddess Durga is worshiped by her devotees twice a day, in the morning and evening by chanting mantras and hymns, offering prayers and distributing prasad and sweets. On the ninth day of Navratri, people who fast for nine days invite girls to their homes and then worship them as symbols of the nine forms of Goddess Durga.

Importance of Navratri

The festivities of Navratri have begun and the nine-day festival is celebrated with great joy and happiness in many parts of India. Many programs are organized during Navratri and many people take part in different programs. Navratri is celebrated in different ways in different parts of the country according to their traditions and customs. People also perform Ramlila during the nine days of Navratri. The significance of each day of Navratri is explained below.

day 1 Shailputri: The first day of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Shailputri (daughter of the mountains) who is a symbol of strength and courage.

Day- 2 Brahmacharini: The second day of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Brahmacharini, who is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati who symbolizes loyalty, intelligence and wisdom.

Day- 3 Chandraghanta: Goddess Chandraghanta is worshiped on the third day of Navratri and is a symbol of forgiveness and peace.

Day- 4 Kushmanda: Goddess Kushmanda is worshiped on the fourth day of Navratri, which is an auspicious sign of Goddess Durga. It is believed that he is the creator of the universe.

Day- 5 Skandamata: Goddess Skandamata is worshiped on the fifth day of Navratri. Skandamata is considered the goddess of love and motherhood.

Day- 6 Katyani: Goddess Katyani is worshiped on the sixth day of Navratri, who is known as one of the most fierce forms of Maa Durga, the destroyer of all evil.

Day- 7 Kaalratri: People worship Goddess Kaalratri, who is considered as the destroyer of ignorance and darkness, on the seventh day of Navratri.

Day- 8 Mahagauri: Goddess Mahagauri has the power to fulfill all the wishes of her devotees.

Day- 9 Siddhidatri: On the last day of Navratri, people worship Goddess Siddhidatri. The word Siddhi means ‘perfection’ while the word Daatri means ‘the one who gives or grants’. She is also known as Goddess Lakshmi.

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