Navratri 2018: All You Need To Know About The Nine Holy days

Navratri 2018: All You Need To Know About The Nine Holy days

Navratri 2018: All You Need To Know About The Nine Holy days 

New Delhi: The word Navratri is made from two words,'Nav' and 'Ratri. 'Nav' means nine and 'Ratri' means night. That is why this festival is translated as 'nine nights'.

These nine nights are celebrated five times a year in the form of Vasanta Navaratri, Asha- dha Navaratri, the Sharada Navaratri, the Paush and the Magha Navaratri. Out of these, Sharada Navaratri celebrated in month of Puratashi and the Vasanta Navaratri in Vasanta kala are very important.

The five Navaratri's observed in India are as follow:

1.Vasant Navaratri

Vasant Navaratri, also known as Basanta Navaratri or Chaitra Navratri, is nine days festival dedicated to the nine forms of Shakti (Mother Goddess). Every year it's enjoyed in spring season (March–April). The nine nights are famously proclaimed as Raam Navmi.

2.Ashadha Navaratri
 
Ashadha Navaratri also referred as Gupta, Gayatri or Shakambhari Navaratri, is celebrated in the month of Ashadha (June–July). Ashadha Navaratri is observed during Ashadha Shukla Paksha i.e. waxing phase of the moon.

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3.Sharada Navaratri

One of the most important Navaratri celebrated in the month of Ashvinaor Sharad at the beginning of winter (September–October). It's also known as Maha Navaratri (the Great Navratri) or the Sharad Navaratri.

4.Paush Navaratri

These nine days are dedicated to the nine forms of Shakti (Mother Goddess) and is observed in the month of Paush (December–January). It's celebrated in the Paush Shukla Paksha i.e. waxing phase of the moon.

5.Magha Navaratri

Magha Navaratri, also known as Gupta Navaratri, is celebrated in the month of Magha (January–February). Generally, it is observed during the Magha Shukla Paksha.


But widely Navratri is celebrated twice a year. Between Vasant Navratri and Sharad Navratri, Sharada Navratri is given more importance. According to the Hindu calendar, the celebrations begin on the first day of the month of Ashvin which is Ashwin Shukla Paksha Pratipada.

In the first three days, the goddess is worshiped as a spiritual force called Durga is commonly known as Kali in order to destroy all our impurities. In the second three days, Maa Durga is adored as a giver of spiritual wealth. Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth is considered to have the power of bestowing inexhaustible wealth on her devotees.
And in the final three days, Saraswati, the goddess of wisdom is worshiped. Hence in the nine nights of worship, believers seek the blessings of the divine femininity in order to have all-round success in life.

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