Navami Navratri, also known as Durga Navami, is the ninth and final day of the nine-day Hindu festival of Navratri. It is a day of great celebration and devotion, as Hindus celebrate the goddess Durga’s victory over the demon Mahishasura.
Navami Navratri is one of the most important days of Navratri, as it marks the day of Durga’s victory over evil. It is also a day of great spiritual significance, as it is believed that the goddess Durga is most powerful on this day.
Navami Navratri 2023 will be celebrated on Monday, October 23, 2023. The Navami Tithi will begin at 7:58 PM on October 22 and end at 5:44 PM on October 23.
On Navami Navratri, Hindus perform a variety of rituals and celebrations to honor the goddess Durga. Some of the most common rituals include:
- Kanya Puja (Kanjak): On Navami Navratri, Hindus worship nine young girls, representing the nine forms of the goddess Durga. This ritual is believed to bring good luck and prosperity.
- Havan: Hindus also perform a havan, or fire ceremony, on Navami Navratri. This ritual is believed to purify the atmosphere and invoke the blessings of the goddess Durga.
- Fasting: Many Hindus fast on Navami Navratri as a way to show their devotion to the goddess Durga.
- Wearing the color purple: Purple is the color associated with Navami Navratri. Hindus often wear purple clothing on this day to honor the goddess Durga.
If you are unable to visit a temple on Navami Navratri, you can still celebrate the holiday at home. Here are a few ideas:
- Set up a small altar with a picture or statue of the goddess Durga. You can also decorate your altar with flowers, fruits, and other offerings.
- Perform a simple puja by offering the goddess Durga flowers, fruits, and incense. You can also recite mantras or prayers to the goddess Durga.
- If you are fasting, you can eat a simple meal of fruits, vegetables, and dairy products.
- Wear purple clothing to honor the goddess Durga.
- Spend time with your family and friends and share stories about the goddess Durga.
In addition to the rituals and celebrations mentioned above, there are a number of other traditions and customs associated with Navami Navratri. Some of the most common ones include:
- Garba and dandiya raas: Garba and dandiya raas are traditional folk dances that are performed during Navratri. These dances are a way to celebrate the goddess Durga and to seek her blessings.
- Decorating homes and temples: Hindus often decorate their homes and temples during Navratri. This is a way to show their devotion to the goddess Durga and to create a festive atmosphere.
- Sharing sweets: It is customary to share sweets with friends and family during Navratri. This is a way to spread joy and to celebrate the festival together.
Navami Navratri is a special day to celebrate the goddess Durga and her victory over evil. It is a time to reflect on the goddess’s teachings and to seek her blessings.