The preparations are in full swing to welcome the Navratri festival of nine goddesses. Even though this festival is celebrated 2 times a year, there are still many things which people still do not know about.

The word ‘Navratri’ means nine nights in Sanskrit, and each day is dedicated to one of the nine goddesses.

All the 9 goddesses — Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Mahagauri, and Siddhidatri — have their own significance, chants and also their own governing planets.

What is Shardiya Navratri

The second time ‘Navratris’ are celebrated is just before the festival of ‘Dusshera’. Soon after the Navratri ends, the people find them covered in the joys of the win of good over evil.

In this ‘Navratrs’ people worship Maa Durga and fast throughout the day.

Navratri 2017 Puja Muhurat Date & Time

Navratri begins on September 21 and will end on September 29. Dussehra falls on September 30. The muhurat will begin from 6:13am to 8:10am on September 21.

Popular Rituals

As everyone say, a prayer is not answered until done in a proper manner.

There are some rituals which are kept in mind while performing ‘Navratras’. A few of the rituals are as follows:

  1. An urn is filled with water, covered with mango tree leaves and is placed in front of Godess Durga’s idol.
  2. People keep fast throughout the 9-day period and end it after feeding girls (under age of 9) the process is also known as ‘Kanya pujan’.

Navaratri 2017 Calendar

  • September 21 (Thursday)

Day: Pratipada

Puja: Ghatasthapana, Chandra Darshan, Shailputri Puja

Colour: Yellow

  • September 22 (Friday)

Day: Dwitiya

Puja: Brahmacharini Puja

Colour: Green

  • September 23 (Saturday)

Day: Tritiya

Puja: Chandraghanta Puja

Colour: Grey

  • September 24 (Sunday)

Day: Chaturthi

Puja: Kushmanda Puja

Colour: Orange

  • September 25 (Monday)

Day: Panchami

Puja: Skanda Mata Puja

Colour: White

  • September 26 (Tuesday)

Day: Shashthi

Puja: Katyayani Puja

Colour: Red

  • September 27 (Wednesday)

Day: Saptami

Puja: Kalaratri Puja

Colour: Royal Blue

  • September 28 (Thursday)

Day: Ashtami