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If this is the case for you, please refer to your personal purohit for the exact time to suit your needs.

Many thanks,

Thakur Bhim Singh

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Navaratri

9 October - 18 October

Navaratri

The word “Navaratri” is a conjunction of two words “nava” (meaning “nine”) and “ratri” (meaning “night”). Spread over 9 nights and 10 days, it is one of the most sacred festivals in Hinduism where we worship Goddess Durga or Shakti, which represents the energy of the universe, in her 9 beautiful forms with great reverence.

There are various reasons why Navratri is celebrated, and each has its own significance in different parts of India. Let’s discuss two of these.

  • Killing of Mahishasura

One of the fiercest daemons, Mahishasura undertook severe penance to obtain a boon that he cannot be killed by a male, underestimating at his own cost the power of the female form, and started creating havoc everywhere. To stop him, Shakti took a very beautiful form of Durga and told him that she would marry him if he defeats her in a battle. It is believed that they battled for 9 days, and on the 10th day, Durga killed Mahishasura.

Therefore the 10th day is called Vijayadashmi, day of the victory. One of the most famous idols that you see in temples depicts this scene where Mahishasura, in the form of a half bull, is being slayed by Mother Durga.

Another legend has it that Lord Rama fasted and prayed for 9 days to seek Goddess’ blessings to kill Ravana. He kills him on the 10th day, and this day is called Dusshera, the day when the 10-headed Ravana was killed.

During the period of 9 days of navratri, 9 forms of Durga, called nav-durga, are worshiped in the following order:

  1. Shailaputri: She is the primal energy of the trident Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, and was born as daughter (putri) to Himalayas (shaila – mountains)
  2. Bhrahmacharini: This form represents penance and austerity leading to blissfulness and moksha
  3. Chandraghanta: Represented as 10-armed mother riding a lion, she adores a bell-shaped (ghanta) moon (chandra), and is slayer of evil forces.
  4. Kushmanda: Literally meaning “little warmth cosmic egg”, she is the creator of the universe
  5. Skandamata: She is the mother of Skanda, or Karthikeya, the chief warrior of Gods.
  6. Katyayani: As daughter of sage Katyayan, she is a fierce form of Durga.
  7. Kaalratri: As death of Kaal (time), she showcases the other side of life – death. She is the most terrible and ruthless form of Durga.
  8. Maha Gauri: She represents calmness and grants wisdom to her devotees.
  9. Siddhidatri: The fulfiller of all the wishes and giver of boons.

During the 9 days, there is a feeling of festivity in the air. Many people fast during the entire period, there are different forms of prayers and lots and lots of varieties of sweets are prepared. Different parts of India celebrate navratri in different styles, the thing that is common is its grandeur and auspiciousness. The two most famous styles are below:
In Gujarat, people do dandiya and garba, a beautiful folk dance, wearing colorful dresses.

Details

Start:
9 October
End:
18 October

This Calendar is viewed by people all over the globe and therefore cannot accommodate different date and time of each country or position.  Hence the dates here refer to the Hindu festivals according to Punchaang as celebrated in North India.  Dates and time may be slightly different in other countries.

If this is the case for you, please refer to your personal purohit for the exact time to suit your needs.

Many thanks,

Thakur Bhim Singh