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Navratri 2020

Navratri Dates 2020

When: Sharad Navratri:17 October 2020 - 25 October 2020

When: Vasant or Chaitra Navratri: 13 April 2021 - 22 April 2021

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 2020 Dates -

Ghatsthapana - Navratri Begins - October 17, 2020
Chandra Darshan - October 18, 2020
Chandraghanta Puja - October 19, 2020
Varad Vinayak Chaturthi - October 20, 2020
Saraswati Awahan - October 21, 2020
Katyayani Puja - October 22, 2020
Kalaratri Puja - October 23, 2020
Mahashtami, Annapoorna Parikrama, Saraswati Visarjan, Mahanavami, Mahanavami fasting - October 24, 2020
Navratri Parana, Durga Visarjan, Vijyadashmi (Dussehra) - October 25, 2020

Vasant or Chaitra Navratri 2021 Dates -

Ghatsthapana - Navratri Day 1 - April 13, 2021
Sindhara Dooj, Dwitiya - April 14, 2021
Chandraghanta Puja - April 15, 2021
Kushmanda Puja, Vinayaka Chaturthi - April 16, 2021
Panchami , Naag Pujan, Lakshmi Panchami - April 17, 2021
Shashthi , Skanda Sashti, Katyayani Pujan - April 18, 2021
Saptami , Maha Saptami, Kalaratri Pujan - April 19, 2021
Ashtami , Durga Ashtami, Mahagauri Pujan - April 20, 2021
Navami , Rama Navami - April 21, 2021
Ekadashi - April 22, 2021


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