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Navratri 2018

Navratri Dates 2018

When: Sharad Navratri:10th October 2018 - 19th October 2018

When: Vasant or Chaitra Navratri: 18th March 2018 - 26th April 2018

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 2018 Dates -

Ghatsthapana - Navratri Begins - October 10, 2018
Chandra Darshan, - October 11, 2018
Sindoor Tritiya - October 12, 2018
Varad Vinayak Chaturthi - October 13, 2018
Saraswati Awahan - October 14, 2018
Katyayani Puja - October 15, 2018
Saraswathi Balidan, Maha Lakshmi Puja - October 16, 2018
Mahashtami, Annapoorna Parikrama, Saraswati Visarjan, Mahanavami fasting - October 17, 2018
Mahanavami - October 18, 2018
Navratri Parana, Durga Visarjan, Vijyadashmi (Dussehra) - October 19, 2018

Vasant or Chaitra Navratri 2018 Dates -

Ghatsthapana - Navratri Day 1 - March 18, 2018
Sindhara Dooj, Dwitiya - March 19, 2018
Chaturthia, Kushmanda Pujan - March 20, 2018
Panchami , Naag Pujan, Lakshmi Panchami - March 21, 2018
Shashthi , Skanda Sashti, Katyayani Pujan - March 22, 2018
Saptami , Maha Saptami, Kalaratri Pujan - March 23, 2018
Ashtami , Durga Ashtami, Mahagauri Pujan - March 24, 2018
Navami , Rama Navami - March 25, 2018
Ekadashi - March 26, 2018


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