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Navratri 2014

Navratri Dates 2014 & 2015

When: Sharad Navratri: 25th Sep 2014 - 3rd October 2014

When: Vasant or Chaitra Navratri: 21st Mar 2014 - 31st March 2015

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Vasant or Chaitra Navratri 2015 dates -

Ghatsthapana - Navratri Day 1 - March 21, 2015
Sindhara Dooj, Dwitiya - March 22, 2015
Chaturthia, Kushmanda Pujan - March 23, 2015
Panchami , Naag Pujan, Lakshmi Panchami - March 24, 2015
Shashthi , Skanda Sashti, Katyayani Pujan - March 25, 2015
Saptami , Maha Saptami, Kalaratri Pujan - March 26, 2015
Ashtami , Durga Ashtami, Mahagauri Pujan - March 27, 2015
Navami , Rama Navami - March 29, 2015
Ekadashi - March 31, 2015

 



 
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