Navratri is a nine-night Hindu festival that is celebrated in the autumn every year. It is observed in different parts of the Indian subcontinent for different reasons and celebrated differently. There are four seasonal Navratri, theoretically.
In practice, however, it is the post-monsoon autumn festival called Sharada Navratri which is the most celebrated in honor of the divine female Amba / AmbeDevi (Durga). The festival is held in the bright half of Ashvins Hindu calendar month, which typically falls in September and October’s Gregorian months.
The Durga Puja is synonymous with Navratri in India’s eastern and northeastern states, where goddess Durga is fighting and emerging victorious over the buffalo demon to help restore Dharma. The festival is synonymous in the northern and western states with “Rama Lila” and Dussehra celebrating god Rama’s battle and victory over the demon king Ravana.
The victory of various goddesses, of Rama or Saraswati, is celebrated in southern states. The common theme in all cases is Good over Evil’s battle and victory based on a regionally famous epic or legends like the Ramayana or the Devi Mahatmya.
Celebrations include stage decorations, legend recital, story enactment, and Hindu scripture chanting. Also, the nine days are major cultural events in the crop season, such as competitive design and pandal staging, a family visits these pandals and a public celebration of Hindu culture classical and folk dances.
On the last day, called the Vijayadashami or Dussehra, the statues are either immersed in a body of water like the river and ocean, or the statue symbolizing the evil is burned with fireworks marking the destruction of evil. The festival also starts preparing for one of the most important and widely celebrated holidays, Diwali, the lights festival that takes place twenty days after the Vijayadashami or Dussehra.
Navratri 2019 Date:
Navratri 2019 Start Date: 29th September 2019 (Sunday)
Navratri 2019 End Date: 7th October 2019
Navratri 2019 Puja Samagri List:
- An idol of the Goddess Durga
- Red or yellow-colored cloth for laying on the outpost
- Red chunni of Maa Durga, since red is her favorite color
- An urn (Kalash)
- Fresh mango leaves
- Flowers and flower garland
- A coconut
- Betel leaves
- Betel nut
- Mauli (Kalava)
- Ganga Jal
- Rui or batti for diya
- Havan material
- Earthen pot for sowing jowar
Navratri 2019 Puja Vidhi:
Devotees should take a bath during the Brahma Muhurta (4:30 AM) before setting the Kalash on the first day of Navratri. After this, clean the place of worship in the house. Sow barley and wheat in the altar. The establish the Kalash on or near the altar.
Then add leaves of green mango, panchamrit, durva in the Kalash and attach the sutra to it. Pray to Lord Ganesha after the kalash is established and then install the idol of Goddess Durga on the side of the altar.Maa Durga workshop and offer her flowers, incense, lamps, etc. and then the devotees are able to distribute the offerings to everyone.
The most popular mantra chanted by devotees during Navratri is “Aim Hrim Klim Chamundayai Vicche.”