Navratri 2021 starts from October 7, by marking the beginning of Hindu festivals this year. It is a 9-10 days long festival that is very important for all religious Hindus. They celebrate this festival with great fervor. In this blog, we discuss the significance, history, and facts behind this festival.
Significance of Navratri Festival
The festival of Navratri is generally celebrated for 9 nights that will begin from October 7 to October 15, this year. Navratri is also called Sharda Navratri that comes in the Hindu Lunar month, Ashwin. In Bengal, people it as Durga Puja for 9 days and pay respect to nine incarnations of Durga.
- On Navratri’s first day, is to devote the worship to Goddess Shailputri, daughter of the mountain.
- On Navratri’s second day, people worship Brahmacharini, who is Goddess Parvati’s unmarried avatar.
- Third Navratri day is dedicated to avatar Chandraghanta.
- On the fourth Navratri day, devotees worship the creative power of the universe, Goddess Kushmanda.
- Navratri’s fifth day is to pray to Goddess Skandamata.
- On the sixth day of Navratri, is to worship Goddess Katyayani.
- On Navratri’s seventh day, devotees worship the Goddess Kaalratri.
- Navratri’s eighth day is dedicated to worship Goddess Mahagauri.
- Navratri’s ninth day is to worship Goddess Siddhidatri.
The last day is said as Vijaya Dashmi. It is celebrated when idols are carried in processions and immersed in water.
Do You Know the Facts About Navratri?
- In a year, this festival is generally celebrated nine times. But most importantly, it is celebrated in October, called Maha Navratri.
- Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after 20 days to kill Ravana. So, Diwali is celebrated 20 days after when Navratri ends.
- Various forms of Shakti worship by the Hindu religion during the festival. It includes Durga, Amba, Bhadrakali, Annapoorna Devi, Bhairavi, Sarvamangala, Chandika, Bhavani, Lalita, and Mookambika, respectively.
- Garba dancing during the celebration is generally performed which meant a great. According to customs and traditions, a lantern made up of clay is placed in the center of a circle that represents the Devi.
- Fast keeping during the festival keeps devotees mentally strong. It is also believed that it fastens the system strength and helps keeps fit.
History Behind The Festival
In Eastern India, there is a folktale. Goddess Parvati, daughter of Daksha married Lord Shiva and went to Mount Kailasa. She comes to earth which is also called her parental home during the festival of Navratri. She visits with her four children named Saraswati, Lakshmi, Ganesha, Kartik, and her best friends Bijaya and Jaya. That’s why in India, Navratri signifies the homecoming for all married women.
Amongst Bengalis, Goddess Durga defeats Mahishasura in a battle for 9 days. She was beheaded on the 10th day.
In North India, the story behind the Navratri festival is different. They believe more about the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana.
For some sages, the festival of Navratra is time to thank the divine. Accordingly, this is when powers give energy to the Earth that makes it easily revolve around Sun and keep climate changes by balancing the universe.