Why Is Chaitra Navratri Celebrated?

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Navratri has been a long-standing custom for us all with a lot of strict worth appended to it. We likewise realize that Navratri certainly is one of the greatest Hindu festivals celebrated in the country over with extraordinary intensity and excitement.

Anyway very few would know that it is praised in various seasons, five times each year. They are Chaitra Navratri, Ashadha Navratri, the Sharada Navratri, and the Paush/Magha Navratri. Of these, the Sharada Navratri in the Varsha Ritu (beginning of pre-winter) and the Chaitra Navratri in the Vasanta Ritu (spring) are vital.

Chaitra Navratri 2023 beings on
Wednesday, 22 March 2023
and ends on
Friday, 31 March 2023

Navratri is a 9-day long celebration in a year. The primary Navratri of the year, Chaitra Navratri is commended in the long periods of March-April. It is additionally called Vasant Navratri as it falls in the spring season. While the Navratri celebration celebrated in the pre-winter season is called Sharad Navratri.

Chaitra Navratri is a fantastic nine days celebration celebrated with incredible energy in Northern India. This Navratri is celebrated during the Shukla paksha of Chaitra masa (Hindu schedule month), which is between March and April. Maharashtrians praise the primary day of this Navratri as Gudi Padwa and in Kashmir, it is called Navreh. This Navratri is abundantly celebrated in Northern and Western India and makes the beautiful spring season all the more seriously captivating and divine.

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Chaitra” signifies the start of a New Year. So the New Year starts with nine days of turning inwards; supplication, contemplation, and reciting. Perceiving the Divinity in the entire creation, and breathing new life into that perspective.

Chaitra Navratri

History And Importance Of Chaitra Navratri

Chaitra Navratri marks the start of the Hindu New Year and it falls in the spring season. Enthusiasts love three principle indications of Goddess Shakti to be specific Durga, Saraswati and Lakshmi and look for their heavenly favours during this promising season. The nine types of Shakti which are praised, one on every day, are Durga, Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Maha Gauri and Siddhidatri. Each type of Goddess Durga is offered various contributions.

Navratri is tied in with asking, pondering, fasting and partaking in the nine days of celebrations. Enthusiasts try not to drink non-veggie lover food, liquor and tobacco. All things considered, they quickly and devour light food prepared without onion and garlic. This fasting has a more profound significance – Chaitra Navratri is praised around season change when summers start. During this time, our resistance and the stomach related framework will in general be powerless, thus it is encouraged to have quick bites during that time.

Day 1 – Shailaputri

Known as Pratipada (first day), this day is related to Shailaputri (“Daughter of Mountain”), a manifestation of Parvati. It is in this structure that Durga is venerated as the spouse of Shiva; she is portrayed as riding the bull, Nandi, with a trishula in her right hand and lotus in her left.

Shailaputri
Shailaputri (शैलपुत्री) (Image by wikipedia.org)

Day 2 – Brahmacharini

On Dwitiya (second day), Goddess Brahmacharini, one more manifestation of Parvati, is venerated. Here, Parvati became Yogini, her unmarried self. Brahmacharini is revered for liberation or moksha and the gift of harmony and flourishing.

Brahmacharini
Brahmacharini (ब्रह्मचारिणी) Image by wikipedia.org

Day 3 – Chandraghanta

Tritiya (third day) recognizes the love of Chandraghanta – the name got from the way that after wedding Shiva, Parvati enhanced her temple with the Ardha Chandra (lit. half-moon).

Chandraghanta
Chandraghanta (चंद्रघंटा) Image by wikipedia.org

Day 4 – Kushmanda

Goddess Kushmanda is adorned on Chaturthi (fourth day). Accepted to be the innovative force of the universe, Kushmanda is related to the gift of vegetation on the planet, and thus, the shade of the day is orange.

Kushmanda
Kushmanda (कूष्माण्डा) Image by wikipedia.org

Day 5 – Skandamata

Skandamata, the goddess adored on Panchami (fifth day), is the mother of Skanda (or Kartikeya). The white tone is representative of the changing strength of a mother when her kid is stood up to with risk.

Skandamata
Skandamata (स्कन्दमाता) Image by wikipedia.org

Day 6 – Katyayani

Brought into the world to sage Katyayana, she is a manifestation of Durga and is displayed to show boldness which is represented by red. Known as the champion goddess, she is viewed as one of the most incredibly rough types of Devi. Katyayani rides a lion and has four hands in this symbol. She is a type of Parvati, Mahalakshmi, Mahasaraswati. She is commended on Shashtami (6th day).

Katyayani
Katyayani (कात्यायनी) Image by wikipedia.org

Day 7 – Kaalratri

Considered the most fierce type of Goddess Durga, Kaalratri is venerated on Saptami. It is accepted that Parvati eliminated her fair skin to kill the evil presences Sumbha and Nisumbha.

Kaalratri
Kaalratri (कालरात्रि) Image by wikipedia.org

Day 8 – Mahagauri

Mahagauri represents knowledge and harmony. It is accepted that when Kaalaratri cleaned up in the Ganga waterway, she acquired a hotter tone. The shading related to this day is Pink which portrays hopefulness. She is commended on Ashtami (eighth day).

Mahagauri
Mahagauri (महागौरी) Image by wikipedia.org

Day 9 – Siddhidatri

On the last day of the celebration otherwise called Navami (10th day), individuals go to Siddhidhatri. She is accepted to have a wide range of Siddhis which she offers and she sits on a lotus. Here she has four hands. Otherwise called Mahalakshmi, The purple shade of the day depicts a reverence towards nature’s magnificence. Siddhidatri is Parvati, the spouse of Lord Shiva. Siddhidhatri is likewise considered to be the Ardhanarishvara type of Shiva and Shakti.

Siddhidatri
Siddhidatri (सिद्धिदात्री) Image by wikipedia.org

Navaratri is commended in various ways all through India. Certain individuals respect various parts of Durga and certain individuals quick while others feast. The Chaitra Navaratri finishes in Ram Navami and the Sharada Navaratri comes full circle in Durga Puja and Vijayadashami

Previously, Shakta Hindus used to recount Durga’s legends during the Chaitra Navratri, yet this training around the spring equinox has been declining. For most contemporary Hindus, the Navaratri around the fall equinox is a significant celebration and the one noticed. To Bengali Hindus and Shakta Hindus outside of eastern and northeastern provinces of India, the term Navaratri suggests Durga Puja in the champion goddess part of Devi. In different customs of Hinduism, the term Navaratri suggests the festival of Durga however in her more quiet structures, like Saraswati – the Hindu goddess of information, learning, music, and different expressions. In Nepal, Navaratri is called Dashain and is a significant yearly homecoming and family occasion that praises the connections among older folks and adolescents with Tika Puja, as well as across family and local area individuals.

Chaitra Navratri Dates 2023

Date
Colour of the Day
Pooja
22 March 2023 (Wednesday) 
Grey
Ghatasthapana
Chandra Darshan
Shailputri Puja
23 March 2023 (Thursday) 
Orange
Brahmacharini Puja
Sindhara Dooj
24 March 2023 (Friday) 
White
Gauri Puja
Saubhagya Teej
Chandraghanta Puja
25 March 2023 (Saturday) 
Red
Kushmanda Puja
Lakshmi Panchami
Vinayaka Chaturthi
26 March 2023 (Sunday) 
Royal Blue
Skandamata Puja
Naag Puja
Skanda Sashti
27 March 2023 (Monday) 
Yellow
Yamuna Chhath
Katyayani Puja
28 March 2023 (Tuesday) 
Green
Maha Saptami
Kalaratri Puja
29 March 2023 (Wednesday) 
Peacock Green
Durga Ashtami
Mahagauri Puja
Annapurna Ashtami
Sandhi Puja
30 March 2023 (Thursday) 
Purple
Rama Navami
31 March 2023 (Friday) 
Navratri Parana Day
Dashmi Pooja
Navratri Parana
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