Chaitra Navratri (Photo Credit: Instagram@bhaktrosarovar)
Vasant Navratri, one of the most popular festivals in North India maybe not be celebrated with fervour and mass gathering at temples this year like every year but several devotees will observe fast and puja in self-solation. Ram Navami that begins on the ninth day of Chaitra marks union of the spring festival of Vasanta Navratri or Chaitra Navratri. This year Chaitra Navratri starts from March 25 and ends on April 2nd also called Ram Navami. Mahavir Jayanti this year will be celebrated on April 6th, four days after Ram Navami.
Rama Navami 2020: Date and puja timings
First day of Chaitra Navratri begins from 6:19 am
Rama Navami Madhyahna Muhurat - 11:57 AM to 02:35 PM
Chaitra Navratri 2020 and avatar of Goddess Durga worshipped each day:
Day 1: March 25, 2020: Worship Maa Shailputri
Day 2: March 26, 2020: Worship Maa Brahmacharini
Day 3: March 27, 2020: Worship Maa Chandraghanta
Day 4: March 28, 2020: Worship Maa Kushmanda
Day 5: March 29, 2020: Worship Maa Skandamata
Day 6: March 31, 2020: Worship Maa Katyayani
Day 7: March 31, 2020: Worship Maa Kalaratri
Chaitra Navratri 2020 Kalash Sthapana & Puja Vidhi
Vasant Navratri puja starts with Kalash Sthapana. Devotees observing a strict fast for nine days. Singing devotional songs, doing puja and feeding sweets to young girls dressed like goddesses is one of the pious rituals during Navratri(especially in the last three days).
Devotees fast day long and consume only fruits and 'satvik' food like potatoes, Sabu dana, kuttu ka atta. Onion or garlic in food is not allowed. At the day end after aarti, devotees recite the Navratri mantras and sing Maa Durga bhajans. The fast is broken on a ninth day after the ‘havan’. After Visarajan families unite to feast on traditional delicacies