Nine days nine offerings: ‘Navatra’ is celebrated by Hindus with great enthusiasm and faith. Some people fasts during the nine days of the festival. Some offer food to Goddess Durga to show their devotion. Navratri is one of the ancient festival.
Hindus worship Maa Durga and all her feminine aspects of divine femininity over nine days and nine nights. Navratri is held at the two most important junctions of the year- during the onset of spring season and again during the commencement of the winter season.
According to Hindu calendar Navratri is celebrated four times in a year, but the most significant in terms of public celebration are Chaitra and Sharad Navratri.
Chaitra Navratri marks the first day of Luni-Solar calendar of the Hindus, which generally falls in March or April. This year Chaitra navratri will begin from March 28.
Similarly, Sharad Navratri starts during the months of September-October. The ninth day during Chaitra Navaratri is celebrated as Ram Navami as the birthday of Lord Rama while Sharad Navratri culminates in Dussehra or 'Vijayadashmi'.
In the Northern part of India, Chaitra Navratri is known as Vasant Navratri is celebrated with full energy. Celebrate Chaitra Navratri 2017 by observing fast and chanting ‘shlokas’ to have the eternal blessings from Maa Durga.
The first day of Chaitra or Vasant Navratri also coincides with Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra and Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh.
Chaitra Navratri 2017 Dates and Days Information
Day 1 - March 28, 2017 (Tuesday) - Ghatsthapana, Shailputri Puja
Day 2 - March 29, 2017 (Wednesday) - Dwitiya, Chandra Darshan, Brahmacharini Puja
Day 3 - March 30, 2017 (Thursday) - Tritiya, Chandraghanta Puja
Day 4 - March 31, 2017 (Friday) - Chaturthi, Kushmanda Puja
Day 5 - April 01, 2017 (Saturday) - Panchami, Skandamata Puja
Day 6 - April 02, 2017 (Sunday) - Shashthi, Katyayani Puja
Day 7 - April 03, 2017 (Monday) - Saptami, Kalaratri Puja
Day 8 - April 04, 2017 (Tuesday) - Ashtami, Sri Durga Ashtami, Sandhi Puja
Day 9 (Chaitra Navratri ends) - April 05, 2017 (Wednesday) - Navami,