One of the greatest festival Navratri is a nine-day festival. This festival is dedicated to the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga. This festival is celebrated twice in a year with great devotion and fervor in all over India As per the Hindu calendar, Chaitra Navratri 2017 is from 28th March to 5th April. The most important Navratri in a year is the Sharadiya Navratra which begins on the first day of the bright half of Ashvin or Ashwayuja 21th September 2017 to 30th September 2017 as per traditional Hindu calendar. You can share this dates and calendars with everyone you care about and elevate the festive mood.
Vasant or Chaitra Navratri March - April 2017 dates
Chaitra Navratri Dates
- First Navratri (Pratham) - 28th March 2017, Tuesday
- Second Navratri (Dwitiya) - 29th March 2017, Wednesday
- Third Navratri (Trithya) - 30th March 2017, Thursday
- Fourth Navratri (Chaturthi) - 31st March 2017, Friday
- Fifth Navratri (Panchami) - 1st April 2017, Saturday
- Sixth Navratri (Shashthi) - 2nd April 2017, Sunday
- Seventh Navratri (Saptami) - 3rd April 2017, Monday
- Eight Navratri (Ashtami) - 4th April 2017, Tuesday
- Ninth Navratri (Navami) - 5th April 2017, Wednesday
During Chaitra Navratri ninth day is celebrated as Ram Navami while after Sharad Navratri next day is celebrated as Dussehera or Vijayadashami, the victory of good over evil.
Sharad Navratri is the most famous between these two Navratris. On both the auspicious occasion during Chaitra 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.
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.Chaitra Navaratri is also known as Vasant Navratri, celebrated more popularly with great pomp and devotion in the northern part of India,specifically in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand. Devotees all across the country do fasting till nine days, sing hymns and do Kanjak puja to get the good health, wisdom and blessing of Maa Durga.
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.