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Navratri 2016

Navratri Dates 2016

When: Sharad Navratri: 1st October 2016 - 10th October 2016

When: Vasant or Chaitra Navratri: 8th April 2016 - 16th April 2016

Where: Gujarat, West Bengal and other parts of India

Navratri’ meaning ‘nine nights’ is a significant Hindu festival, which is celebrated twice a year - ‘Chaitra’ or ‘Vasant Navratri’ (March-April), and ‘Sharad Navratri’ (October-November). Both the celebrations center on the worship of Goddess Shakti.

In Gujarat, Navratri festival celebrates the worship of Goddess Jagdamba, while in West Bengal, Durga Puja is the reason to rejoice. Though, every region in India celebrates this festival in its own way, Navratri Festival is dedicated to the 3 avatars of Goddess Shakti - Durga (the warrior Goddess), Lakshmi (the Goddess of wealth), and Saraswati (the Goddess of knowledge).

History of Navratri

The immemorial custom of goddess worship has been prevailing in India since ancient times. There are a number of beliefs and legends of Navratri festival which have been around for ages.


Fasting and Rituals of Navratri Festival

Fasting in Navratri follows a practice of cleansing, and purifying one’s body and soul, which is believed to result in blessing a person with virtue.


Navratri Festival Celebrations

In a country with a myriad of religions, customs and beliefs, blended expertly in colours of democracy, there is one festival that stands out for other, perhaps in part due to the vibrancy of its celebrations, or perhaps due to the diversity of it. The Navratri is in many ways a celebration of celebrations.


Navratri Recipes

Navratri being a nine-day long festival, a range of dishes are prepared during this occasion. Special navratri cuisine is a part of the multitude of culinary delights of the country.


Sharad Navratri 2016 dates -

Ghatsthapana - Navratri Begins - October 1, 2016
Chandra Darshan, - October 2, 2016
Sindoor Tritiya - October 3, 2016
Varad Vinayak Chaturthi - October 4, 2016
Upang Lalita Vrat, Lalitha Panchami - October 5, 2016
Saraswati Awahan - October 6, 2016
Saraswathi Puja - October 7, 2016
Saraswathi Balidan, Maha Lakshmi Puja - October 8, 2016
Mahashtami, Annapoorna Parikrama, Saraswati Visarjan, Mahanavami fasting - October 9, 2016
Mahanavami - October 10, 2016

Vasant or Chaitra Navratri 2016 dates -

Ghatsthapana - Navratri Day 1 - April 8, 2016
Sindhara Dooj, Dwitiya - April 9, 2016
Chaturthia, Kushmanda Pujan - April 10, 2016
Panchami , Naag Pujan, Lakshmi Panchami - April 11, 2016
Shashthi , Skanda Sashti, Katyayani Pujan - April 12, 2016
Saptami , Maha Saptami, Kalaratri Pujan - April 13, 2016
Ashtami , Durga Ashtami, Mahagauri Pujan - April 14, 2016
Navami , Rama Navami - April 15, 2016
Ekadashi - April 16, 2016


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