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Navratri 2014

Navratri Dates 2014

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

When: Vasant or Chaitra Navratri: 31st Mar 2014 - 7th April 2014

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 2014 dates -

Ghatsthapana - Navratri Day 1 - March 31, 2014
Sindhara Dooj, Dwitiya - April 1, 2014
Gaur Teej, Saubhagya Teej, Tritiya - April 2, 2014
Varadvinayak Chaturthi - April 3, 2014
Sri Laxmi Panchami Vrat, Naag Vrat Pujan - April 4, 2014
Skand Shashthi, Yamuna Jayanti - April 5, 2014
Mahasaptami Vrat, Chaiti Chath, Vijaya Saptami - April 6, 2014
Chaitra Navratri ends - Ram Navratri Day 9 - April 7, 2014

 



 
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