Navratri festival commences on 29th September and ends on 07th October this year. A festival that is celebrated throughout the Indian sub-continent backed with different stories and celebrations across various regions. Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day after Navarathri, the nine holy days observed during the monsoon-autumn season every year. Dussehra or Vijayadasami-as its popularly known marks the end to Navarathri.
Religious Significance of Navaratri Puja
East-West and North-South versions of Dussehra
In the eastern and northeastern states of India, Dussehra is associated with Durga puja. On nine holy days, devotees pray for the victory of goddess Durga over a demon, Mahishasura. On the final day demon gets beheaded, Vijayadasami is celebrated to signify this win of dharma over evil(adharma).
In the western and northern states, Dussera is celebrated to embrace the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana. The act known as Ramlila will be performed throughout various locations and all eyes will be on the final act of burning effigies of Ravana.
While in the south, all the above celebrations will be carried out in parallel.
Artifacts of the season
Colorfully decorated stages where idols of Goddess Durga in various forms of her transformations are placed, this symbolic view will fill in every street and corner during Navarathri. There will be art performances including plays that depict the war between goddess and Demon.
The drama playing the life of Lord Rama called Ramlila enlightens the crowd. The final act of burning effigies of Ravana happens to the most enthralling moment of all.
Air-filled with prayers, every home kept clean and holy, the arriving time will mint divinity in every aspect to remove the materialistic darkness blinding one’s mind through the light of ultimate truth or dharma. The victory of gods over demons symbolically signifies the assured re-establishment of truth and wisdom by the end no matter how deep evil blends in.
When can the Navaratri Puja be performed
Navaratri is a Hindu festival, it is celebrated for nine days. Navaratri is celebrated every year in the autumn. According to Hindu mythology, Navaratri is celebrated four times a year one is Magh Navaratri, Ashaadi Navaratri, Vasanta Navaratri, Sharad Navaratri. Vasant Navaratri falls on the March to April, and Sharad Navaratri falls on the September to October. Sharad Navaratri is the most celebrated festival.
Sharad Navaratri is celebrated in the lunar month of Ashvini or Post Monsoon, normally it falls in September and October month. This Navaratri puja is celebrated for nine days, This festival is observed according to the lunisolar calendar.
Advantages of Performing the Navaratri Puja
- By performing Navaratri puja many benefits are there, mainly one gets the blessings from goddess Durga Mata.
- Navarathri festival days are very auspicious if you perform puja during that time will get special and a lot of benefits. One can attain money, success in life, prosperity in business.
- By performing this puja one can become free from all sins in one’s life.
- It also aids the safety and bad spirits or evil spirits and to remove obstacles and problems in one’s life.
- It builds self-confidence and gets rid of diseases.
- This puja helps one to fulfill his desires and wishes.
Navaratri Puja FAQ’S
What is Navaratri?
Navaratri is a Hindu festival and is celebrated for nine nights and ten days, every year it is celebrated. In the northern and southern India, various forms of Durga Mata puja can be performed on Navaratri. This festival signifies the triumph of good over evil.
On which day we can celebrate Dussehra, during Navaratri festival?
On the tenth day of the Navaratri festival, we can celebrate Dussehra.
What are the nine forms of Goddess Durga Mata?
The goddess Durga Mata nine forms are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Maha Gauri, and Siddhidhatri.
What are the nine colors of the Navaratri?
Grey, Orange, White, Red, Sky blue, Pink, Royal blue, Yellow, and Green.
What are the Items to be required for Navaratri puja?
Goddess Durga photo frame, Sari for the goddess, Durga Saptashati book, Ganga Jal, Kalasha, Fresh mango leaves, Fresh grass, Sandalwood, Coconut, Roli, Kumkum, turmeric powder, Mouli sacred thread, rice, supari, Betel leaves, cloves, cardamom, Gulal.