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All About Navratri Festival: 9 Navdurga Puja Days and Dates

Navratri is one of the most awaited religious events among the Hindus, especially for the devotees of Goddess Durga.

Normally people offer worships to please their deity but during Navratri, people also dance, offer food to nine girls, perform plays on Devi Durga, and keep 9 days long fasts for impressing their Maa Durga.

In short, they leave no stone unturned to seek the blessings of Devi Durga, serving her 9 different forms (incarnations) day and night during Navratri.

Elders or kids, rich or poor, no one leaves behind in participating and celebrating this Hindu festival of Navratri that signifies the restoration of Dharma by Durga after the good vs evil fight.

Navratri Festival: Overview in Quick Look
Also Known As
Durga Puja, Navdurga Puja
Also Spelled As
Navaratri or Navarathri
Festive celebration on incarnation of nine forms of Devi Durga for restoring Dharma
Event Type
Religious (Also observed as the seasonal and cultural event)
Observed By
Idol Worship, prayers, stage setting, plays, bonfire, image immersion, dance, cultural programs
Goddess of the Day
Navdurga or Devi Durga
Durga Worship, Dance performances (Garba)
Date and Time
Ashwin, Chaitra, Ashadha, Magha month's Shukla Pratipada to Shukla Navami (First to ninth dates as per Panchang Hindi Calendar)
Nine nights and ten days
occurrence/ Frequency
Annual (The main Navratri falls in Ashvin, other three are lesser significance)
Other Correlated Events (Popular Successive Events)
Dussehra (Dushehra)

About Navratri Puja Days & Dates


What is Navratri?

Navratri is an auspicious nine days long festival that is dedicated to nine forms of Hindu Goddess Durga. In honor of divine feminine Devi Durga, the Navratri events are celebrated with enthusiasm and dedication.

Literal Meaning of Navratri

Navratri term is made of two Sanskrit words ‘Nav’ and ‘Ratri’. Nav means ‘9 or nine’, Ratri means ‘night’, and the meaning of Navratri is “Nine Nights”. Thus the festival runs for ten days and nine nights, and so it is called Navratri.

Navratri: Popular Names among Followers

Navratri is also spelled as Navaratri and Navarathri.

Many people call this festive nine days event ‘Durga Puja’.

When Does Navratri Fall?

It falls four times in four different Hindu Lunar months in a year: Ashwin, Chaitra, Ashadha, and Magha.

Among these four, Ashwin Navratri is the most popular one which is famous as Sharadiya Navratra or Maha Navratri.

This is the main and most celebrated Navratri and event which is dedicated to Goddess Durga. There are three more times in a year when Navaratri is observed, but they are lesser significant comparatively.

Chaitra Navratri is also one of the main ones which are observed as Annual Navratra.

Other two: Ashadha Navratri and Magha Navratri are celebrated as Gupta Navratra and less significantly celebrated in comparison to Sharadiya and Chaitra Navrata.

Why Navratri is Celebrated with Great Joy?

It is believed that those who worship Durga during Navratri, Devi takes away the evils from their lives and free them from all their adverse situations by the end of the 10 days and 9 nights of Navratri festival.

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