Know the date, significance and celebration of Shardiya Navratri


Happy Navratri 2023: Know Date, Significance and Celebration of Shardiya Navratri

Navratri 2023: The celebration of Shardiya Navratri will begin on October 15

Happy Navratri 2023: Shardiya Navratri, also known as Maha Navratri, is celebrated with great enthusiasm all over India. The nine-day Hindu festival celebrates the nine forms of the goddess Durga.

Date of Navratri 2023

This year, the celebrations for Shardiya Navratri begin on October 15 and end on October 24 with Durga Visarjan and Vijaydashami, also known as Dussehra.

Meaning of Navratri 2023

During these nine days, devotees worship each type of goddess and engage in various rituals, prayers and cultural celebrations. The tenth day, also known as Vijayadashami or Dussehra, marks the triumph of good over evil. It celebrates Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana.

Sharad Navratri has deep spiritual significance as it is believed that during these first nine days Goddess Durga descends to Earth to be with her devotees. Many devotees avoided consuming non-vegetarian food and alcohol during this period, symbolizing purity and devotion. Some devotees observe ritualistic Navratri fasts or vrat, which involve a strict vegetarian diet. A more intense version, known as nirjala vrat, forbids even a single drop of water during the day. Note, however, that this level of fasting is not recommended for pregnant women, the elderly, or children.

Celebrations

Each day of Navratri is dedicated to a form of Goddess Durga. Devotees observe fasts and pray for the well-being of their families.

Shardiya Navratri Calendar

  1. October 15, 2023 (Sunday) Ghatsthapana/Shailputri
  2. October 16, 2023 (Monday) Brahmacharini
  3. October 17, 2023 (Tuesday) Chandraghanta
  4. October 18, 2023 (Wednesday) Kushmanda
  5. October 19, 2023 (Thursday) Skandamata
  6. October 20, 2023 (Friday) Katyayani
  7. October 21, 2023 (Saturday) Kaalratri
  8. October 22, 2023 (Sunday) Mahagauri
  9. October 23, 2023 (Monday) Siddhidatri
  10. October 24, 2023 Durga Visarjan

Navratri is not just about fasting; it is also a time for joyous celebrations.

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