Chaitra Navratri | New Beginnings with The Blessings of Goddess Durga

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Chaitra Navratri | New Beginnings with The Blessings of Goddess Durga

The Story of Chaitra Navratri

“Chaitra Navratri” also known as “Vasanth Navratri” is a Hindu festival that falls during the month of March or April and marks the first day of the Hindu calendar. This festival is celebrated for nine days in which all nine divine forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped with great devotion by people all over India.  According to the Hindu mythology, when Goddess Durga went to her maternal home for nine-days, with the permission of Lord Shiva, a battle took place between the demon ‘Mahishasura’ and Goddess Durga. The demon was defeated in this battle, and the festival is celebrated in honour of Goddess Durga, and the battle symbolizes the victory of good over evil. According to another legend, it is believed that Goddess Durga was assigned the task of creating the world, and thus Chaitra Navratri symbolizes a new beginning in the Hindu calendar.

Chaitra Navratri Vrat Rules That You Need to Know:

Here are some of the vrat rules that will help you cleanse your body, mind, and soul through fasting:

  • Drink plenty of water and follow a Sattvic diet
  • Do not consume foods that contain meat, garlic, wheat, lentils, semolina, or rice
  • Do not drink alcohol or smoke during the fasting period
  • Some devotees only eat fruits and drink milk for all nine days while observing the vrat
  • Table salt is replaced by sea salt while preparing meals
  • Vegetables including potatoes, arbi, pumpkins, spinach, carrots, and bottle guards are mostly consumed during the fasting period
  • Canned foods and spices that generate body heat like turmeric coriander, garam masala, etc., are avoided

Some Important Rituals of Chaitra Navratri -

  • The idols of the goddesses are set up and worshipped, along with offering sweets, flowers, and fruits to the goddesses, by all the members in the household
  • The entire house should be cleaned to welcome the divine energy, and devotes observe fast and offer prayers
  • The ‘Durga Mantra’ is chanted during the puja, and lamps and incense sticks are lighted
  • Each day is dedicated to a different divine form of Goddess Durga
  • Small girls are offered ‘bhog’ during the last three days of Navratri
  • Barley seeds are planted, signifying growth and prosperity
  • The Kanya Puja is performed on the ninth day where young girls are worshipped and offered food and new clothes

Chaitra Navratri Dates:

In this year, Chaitra Navratri will be celebrated from April 2ND 2022 to April 11TH 2022, where the nine avatars of Goddess Durga – Shailaputra, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Mahagauri, and Siddhidhatri are worshipped.

  • Day 1 (April 2) – Pratipada

On this day, Navratri Vrat begins, and Goddess Shailaputra is worhsipped and Ghatasthapana is done.

  • Day 2 (April 3) – Dwitiya

On this day, Goddess Brahmacharini is worshipped and Sindhara Dooj is performed

  • Day 3 (April 4) – Tritiya

On this day, Goddess Chandraghanta is worshipped

  • Day 4 (April 5) – Chaturthi

On this day, Goddess Kushmanda is worshipped.

  • Day 5 (April 6) – Panchami

On this day, Goddess Skandamata is worshipped.

  • Day 6 (April 7) – Shashti

On this day, Goddess Katyayani is worshipped, who is the symbol of power.

  • Day 7 (April 8) – Saptami

On this day, Goddess Kaalratri is worshipped

  • Day 8 (April 9) – Ashtami

On this day, Goddess Mahagauri is worshipped. This day is also known as ‘Annapoorna Ashtami’.

  • Day 9 (April 10) – Navami

On this day, Goddess Siddhidhatri is worshipped. This day is also known as ‘Ram Navami’ and is considered an auspicious day for starting something new.

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