Chaitra Navratri 2024: History, significance, celebrations and rituals

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | April 08, 2024 IST

Navratri, a significant Hindu festival, is celebrated with great fervor throughout the country

Navratri, a significant Hindu festival, is celebrated with great fervor throughout the country. This auspicious nine-day event occurs four times a year, yet Shardiya Navratri and Chaitra Navratri hold paramount importance. 

Commencing on the initial day of the Hindu Luni-Solar calendar, Chaitra Navratri entails devout worship of Maa Durga and her nine incarnations: Maa Shailputri, Maa Brahmacharini, Maa Chandraghanta, Maa Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Maa Katyayani, Maa Kaalratri, Maa Mahagauri, and Maa Siddhidatri. This year, Chaitra Navratri begins on April 9 and concludes on April 17.

History and Significance:

Chaitra Navratri marks the beginning of the Hindu lunar calendar's new year. It falls in the Hindu month of Chaitra, usually in March or April. The word "Navratri" translates to "nine nights" in Sanskrit, referring to the nine-day festival dedicated to the worship of various forms of the Goddess Durga. These nine days symbolize the triumph of good over evil.

Celebrations:

Worship and Fasting: Devotees observe strict fasting during Navratri and offer prayers to the goddess. Some people fast for all nine days, while others fast on specific days.

Goddess Durga's Worship: Each day of Navratri is dedicated to one of the nine forms of Goddess Durga, known as Navadurga. Devotees offer special prayers and rituals to each form on its respective day.

Temples and Pandals: Temples and community pandals are decorated with flowers and lights. Special pujas and aartis are performed, and devotees throng to these places for darshan (sight) of the goddess.

Garba and Dandiya Raas: In Gujarat and other parts of India, people celebrate Navratri by performing traditional dance forms like Garba and Dandiya Raas. These dances are performed in groups, with colorful attire and energetic music.

Ram Navami: The festival culminates with Ram Navami, the birth anniversary of Lord Rama, which usually falls on the ninth day of Chaitra Navratri. Devotees celebrate this day with special prayers and by visiting temples dedicated to Lord Rama.

Rituals:

Kalash Sthapana: At the beginning of Navratri, a Kalash (sacred pot) symbolizing the presence of the goddess is installed at home or in temples.

Puja and Aarti: Daily prayers, aartis, and offerings are made to the goddess during Navratri.

Kanya Puja: On the eighth or ninth day, young girls are worshipped as representatives of the goddess during Kanya Puja. They are offered gifts and meals as a mark of respect.

Chaitra Navratri is a significant festival in Hindu culture, celebrated with fervor and devotion across India. It signifies the triumph of good over evil and invokes blessings from the divine goddess for prosperity, happiness, and well-being.

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