Navratri 2017

Navratri festival is celebrated twice in a year with great devotion and fervor in all over India. First time it is celebrated as Chaitra Navratri or Vasant Navratri in the month of March-April and second time as Sharad Navratri in the months of September-October. During Chaitra Navratri ninth day is celebrated as Ram Navami while after Sharad Navratri tenth day is celebrated as Dussehra or Vijayadashami, the victory of good over evil. One of the Navratri lies in the Hindu month of Magh, thats why it is called by the name Magha Gupta navratri.

In the five Navratris of the year, Chaitra and Sharad Navratri is the most famous but still Sharad Navratri has special significance thats why it is also known as Maha Navratri. The devotees celebrate Sharad navratri in all over India with huge devotion and great zeal.

Navratri 2017 Dates:

There are two major Navratris, which are celebrated by devotees with huge devotion and all the rituals i.e. Chaitra Navratri and Sharad Navratri. According to Hindu calendar, Chaitra Navratri is celebrated in the month of Chaitra or Vasant, which is also the starting of the spring season. Second time it is celebrated in the Ashwin month with the name Sharad Navratri also known as Maha navratri. Below check the Chaitra Navratri 2017 and Sharad Navratri 2017 Dates and worship nine goddess of Navratri to get the blessings.

➧ Chaitra Navratri 2017 Dates
Chaitra Navratri Dates: March 28, 2017 (Tuesday) to April 5, 2017 (Wednesday)

➧ Sharad Navratri 2017 Dates
Sharad Navratri Dates: September 21, 2017 to September 29, 2017

On both the auspicious occasion during Chaitra Navratri and Sharad Navratri, nine forms of Goddess Maa Durga - Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kalratri, Maha Gauri and Siddhidatri are worshipped by the devotees. Sharad Navratri festival will start from 21st September 2017 (Thursday) and will be celebrated till 29th September 2017 (Friday) while for next year, Chaitra Navratri 2018 dates are from 18th March 2018 to 26th March 2018.

Navratri 2017

2017 Navratri Ghatasthapana:

For Navratri festival, Ghatasthapana is the most important ritual, which marks the beginning of the navratri. Navratri Ghatasthapana is observed during both navratris either it is Chaitra and Sharad Navratri. Ghatasthapana ritual is observed with pure heart & mind, in which devotees invoke the Goddess Aadi Shakti. Ghatasthapana must be done at the right muhurat, doing it at the wrong time will make the Goddess angry and will be harmful. The most auspicious time for Ghatasthapana is on Pratipada day (most sacred time during all day) or during the Abhijit muhurat.

➧ Sharad Navratri 2017 Ghatasthapana Muhurat
Ghatasthapana Tithi - September 21, 2017 (Thursday)
Time: 06:12 to 08:09 (Duration = 1 Hour 56 Minutes)

Sharad Navratri 2017 Dates and Goddess Information

The devotees worship these nine incarnations of goddess Durga till nine days to get blessing of Maa Durga. It is believed that People who worship Maa Bhagwati, do fasting and chanting mantras during Navratri will be blessed with prosperity, health and wisdom in their life. Jaagran has also been made by the devotees during navratri nights.

Navratri celebration and worshipping style is different in every state of India but the devotion is same for Navratri festival. It is celebrated widely in every part of India with great enthusiasm with a different name of Goddess, like in Gujarat devotees worship as Goddess Jagdamba while in West Bengal it is named as Durga Puja. In Kolkata people erected huge Pandals at various places for Durga Puja and set up great idols of Mata Durga for worship. In Gujarat, Dandiya and Garba are the two popular dance forms which are performed by the people during Navratri festival.

There are three more Navratris also, but these are not very popular and celebrated in some specific regions of India. Those three navratris are Magh Navratri, Ashad Navratri (Gupt Navratri) and Paush Navratri. Total five times navratri festival is celebrated in India but the most popular one is “SHARAD NAVRATRI” that is why it is also known as Maha Navratri. Most of the people do not know much about these three (Magha, Paush and Ashada navratri). Other three Navratri Dates in 2017 are..

➧ Ashad Navratri or Gupt Navratri 2017 Dates:
June 24, 2017 to July 2, 2017

➧ Paush Navratri 2017-2018 Dates:
December 26, 2017 to January 2, 2018

➧ Magh Navratri 2018 Dates:
January 17, 2018 to January 26, 2018

"Ashada Navratri" or Gupt Navratri or Varahi Navratri celebration's time is in the month of June or July. The people who worships goddess Varahi, for them this navratri is an important navrati. The main deity of Gupt Navratri is goddess Gayatri so it is also known as Gayatri Navratri. In Himachal Pradesh, it is known as Guhya Navratri, celebrated with great fervour and devotion.

"Paush Navratri" is celebrated only for eight days in the month of December or January. It is started on Paush Shukla Ashtami and celebrated till Paush Purnima. This navratri is dedicated to goddess Shakambari. Shakambari navratri is popular in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Karnataka and in some other parts of India.

"Magha Navratri", also known as Gupta navratri is mainly observed in Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Magh Navratri also known as Gupta Navratri is celebrated in the month of January or February.

According to Hindu lunar calendar, Chaitra is the first month and the first day of this month is celebrated as the Hindu New Year. Chaitra Navratri is the end of the winter season and begining of the summer in India. Chaitra Navaratri is also known as Vasant Navratri, celebrated more popularly with great pomp and devotion in the northern part of India. Sharad Navratri also known as Maha Navratri begins in the month of September-October i.e. in the month of Ashwin according to Hindu Lunar Calendar. Ninth day of Chaitra Navratri is celebrated as Rama Navami in India.

Navratri 2018 Dates

Devotees eagirly wait for the Navratri season every year to welcome Maa Durga incarnations. People from all around the world worship nine forms of Maa Durga during Navratri festival. During the year - 2018, Chaitra Navratri will be celebrated in the month of March for 9 days while the Sharad Navratri will be celebrated in the month of October by the devotees.

Chaitra Navratri Dates: 18 March, 2018 (Sunday) to 26 March, 2018 (Monday)

Sharad Navratri Dates: 10 October, 2018 (Wednesday) to 19 October, 2018 (Friday)

Navratri Celebrations in India:

Last four days of Navratri, i.e. Saptmi, Ashtami, Navami and Dashmi are dedicated to Goddess Durga Puja in West Bengal, Bihar and Assam. In which people, worship Maa Durga with deep devotion and great zeal.

In Gujarat, during the nine days of Ashvin navratri, one can easily hear the devotional songs in most of the streets. In Gujarat “garbi” - eartern pot with diyas, is used for worshiping Maa Shakti. People can enjoy the traditional dance with dandiya sticks on the rhythm of dhol and music and also enjoy the garba dance.

In Tamil Nadu, Kolu is an unique and interesting ritual, which has been organised with great zeal in every home. Goddess Durga, Laxmi and Saraswati are the main goddess for Tamil people. People invite their relatives at home, worshipped these three goddess and exchanged gifts. Married women get bangles, bindi, sarees and other ornaments as gifts.

In Andhra Pradesha, Bathukamma Panduga is an amazing festival dedicated to goddess Mahagauri, held during nine days of navratri. Bathukamma is a floral festival celebrated by Telangana women and starts on the day of Mahalaya Amavasya. In Telugu, ‘Bathukamma' means ‘Mother Goddess come Alive’. During the week women make Boddemma (mother Durga deity with mud), worship whole week and finally immerse in the river. Bathukamma shows the cultural and traditional rituals of Telengana.

In Maharashtra, people celebrate this festival with great zeal. It is considered an auspicious time to start a new business, making big deals and buying property & homes. People exchange the gifts with their friends and family on this occasion. Sure, Dandiya and Garba are the best thing to enjoy during Navratri in Maharashtra.

People of Himachal Pradesh involve in some special rituals and celebrations. Generally, when in the other parts of the India, the spirit of devotion and enthusiasm will reach to high on the eighth and the ninth day of navratri. In Karnataka, the spirit and zeal become high on the tenth day when people celebrate the Kullu Dussehra festival. During Kullu Dussehra, Hindu families meet with each other, share sweets and special dishes.

Karnataka people also called Navratri with the name “Nadahabba”. Generally, the navratri rituals are same for worshipping Maa Shakti’s nine forms. After Sharad navratri, on the tenth day Dusshera is celebrated which is the biggest celebration in Mysore, Karnataka.

In Punjab, devotees perform the Kanjak ritual by worshipping nine little girls then break the fast on the eighth or ninth day of navratri. Every night, Jagran has been organized where people sing devotional songs.

In Kerala, Navratri is the time to learn new things and start something new work. Goddess Saraswati is the main Goddess in Kerala during Navratri. At the last three days people worship Maa Saraswati and keep the books near to Goddess statue.

This year, Sharad Navratri 2017 date is on 21st September. Celebrate Sharad navratri 2017 with your family, do fasting till nine days, sing hymns and do Kanjak puja to get the good health, wisdom and blessing of Maa Durga..