Sharad Navratri 2019: Date, Importance, & Navratri Pujan
By: Future Point | 03-Sep-2019Views : 1240
The word ‘Navratri ‘means ‘Nine Nights’ when translated literally. Navratri is one of the most important festivals celebrated by Hindus in India. The festival is celebrated with full pomp and show that reverberates happiness. In this festival, people worship the nine different forms of the Goddess Durga who symbolizes sincerity, power, and divinity. It is the longest and the most anticipated Hindu festival of the year, crossing over nine nights and ten days. In a whole year, Navratri comes four times-one each in the months of Chaitra, Aashadh, Ashwin, and Magha. The Navratri that comes in Chaitra or Basant months in March or April is celebrated with great vigor, however, Sharad Navratri earns the most importance.
During Navratri, the ninth day is celebrated as Ram Navami. (The birth of Shri Ram). During Navratri, the nine forms of Goddess Shakti are celebrated and the nine incarnations of Goddess Shakti are:
- Maa Shailputri,
- Maa Brahmacharini,
- Maa Chandrakanta,
- Maa Kushmanda,
- Maa Skandmata,
- Maa Katyayani,
- Maa Kaalratri,
- Maa Mahagauri, and
- Maa Siddhidatri
When is Navratri 2019?
Navratri 2019 will begin from 29th September, Sunday in the Pratipada tithi of Ashwin Shukla Paksha.
Importance of Sharad Navratri
Every Indian festival has a reason and importance behind its celebration. It is not only celebrated for fun and enjoyment but to commemorate the deity behind it. Sharad Navratri is considered as an auspicious festival and is also called Maha Navratri. It is celebrated during the Sharad maas (month) i.e. Beginning of wintertime so it is referred to as Sharad or Shardiya Navratri also. Of the four kinds of Navaratris – Chaitra Navratri, Paush Navaratri, Magha Navratri, Sharad Navratri, celebrated in India throughout the year, Maha Navratri or Sharad Navratri is considered as the most auspicious.
Like every other Indian festival, the core message of this festival remains the same – the victory of good over evil. It is believed that Goddess Durga battled with demon Mahishasura and defeated him. It signifies the faith and belief of people in the power of the goddess and that of the divinity. To celebrate her victory and Mahishasura’s defeat, the 9 days are earmarked to worship and honor the Goddess.
Navratri is a festival of an auspicious nine days in which 9 manifestations of goddess Durga are worshipped.
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Sharad Navratri 2019 Dates
- Day 1 (29th September)- The first day belongs to the Goddess Shailputri, the daughter of the Himalayas. She is a form of Shakti and the companion of Lord Shiva. Worshiping her can eliminate all the bad effects of the Moon. The Navratri Day 1 Color is Mustard Orange. One can recite this mantra while worshipping Goddess Shailputri on the first day of Navratri- (ॐ देवी शैलपुत्र्यै नमः॥)
- Day 2 (30th September)- The second day of Sharad Navratri belongs to the Goddess Brahmacharini. She notifies us in the magnificent embodiment of Durga with great powers and divine grace. She bestows the person with happiness, peace, and prosperity. Worshiping her can eliminate all the bad effects of planet Mars. The Navratri Day 2 Color is Pearl White. One can recite this mantra while worshipping Goddess Brahmacharini- "(ॐ देवी ब्रह्मचारिण्यै नमः॥)
- Day 3 (1st October)- The third day belongs to the Goddess Chandraghanta Mata, also known as Chandrakanta. This Goddess gives courage and valor to the worshippers. Worshiping her can reduce the ill effects of the planet Venus. The Navratri Day 3 Color is Mahogany Red. The native can chant this mantra while worshipping Goddess Chandraghanta- (ॐ देवी चन्द्रघण्टायै नमः॥)
- Day 4 (2nd October)- The fourth day belongs to the Goddess Khushmanda Mata. She bestows health, wealth, and strength. She is the Goddess who can stay inside the core of the Sun. Worshipping her can eliminate all the ill effects of the Astrological planet Sun. The Navratri Day 4 Color is Green. Mantra for this Goddess is (ॐ देवी कूष्माण्डायै नमः)
- Day 5 (3rd October)- The fifth day belongs to the Goddess Skandmata. She symbolizes power and prosperity. Also, she blesses her devotees with immense intelligence as well as salvation. She is also considered as the Goddess of fire. Worshipping her removes the ill effects of the planet Mercury. The Navratri Day 5 Color is Canary Yellow. One can chant this Mantra while worshipping her (ॐ देवी स्कन्दमातायै नमः॥ ).
- Day 6 ( 4th October)- The sixth day belongs to the Goddess Katyayani Mata. She is an Avatar of Goddess Shakti and got this beautiful name because Rishi Katyayana was the first one to worship her. Maa Katyayani is also recognized as the warrior goddess. Worshipping her helps in rectifying the ill effects of the planet Jupiter. The Navratri Day 6 Color is Lavender. One can chant this mantra for goddess Katyayani ( ॐ देवी कात्यायन्यै नमः॥)
- Day 7 ( 5th October)- The seventh day belongs to the Goddess Kalratri Mata. She is considered as the destroyer of darkness. Her sign of protection assures us of freedom from fear and troubles. Worshipping her helps in pacifying the ill effects of the planet Saturn. The Navratri Day 7 Color is Black and grey. One can chant this Mantra for Goddess Kalratri Mata ( ॐ देवी कालरात्र्यै नमः॥)
- Day 8 (6th October)- The eight-day belongs to the Goddess Maa Mahagauri, who is known for fulfilling all the wishes of her devotees. Her power is unfailing and instantly fruitful to the worshippers. Worshipping her helps in pacifying the ill effects of the planet Rahu. The Navratri Day 8 Color is Purple. One can chant this Mantra for Goddess Mahagauri ( ॐ देवी महागौर्यै नमः॥)
- Day 9 ( 7th October)- The ninth day belongs to the Goddess Siddhidatri Mata. This goddess is known for removing ignorance and enhances knowledge to realize eternal power. Siddhidatri Mata is considered as the Goddess who holds all the Siddhis. Worshipping her helps in pacifying the ill effects of the planet Ketu. One can chant this Mantra for Goddess Siddhidatri ( ॐ देवी सिद्धिदात्र्यै नमः॥)
- Day 10 ( 8th October)- The Tenth day of Sharad Navratri is Vijay Dashmi. This day is celebrated to remark the victory of good over evil because, on this day, Lord Rama killed Ravan. At some places, this day is also known as Vijayadashami, as it is believed to be associated with the Goddess Vijaya. Some people also know this festival as Ayudha Pooja.
Importance of Colors in Navratri
Apart from this, each day of Navratri is related to a particular color. The Navratri colours 2019 during Navratri will fetch you good luck and harmony in life.
Durga Puja Date in 2019 is (4th October- 8th October)
Durga Puja/ Durga Pujo is celebrated during the last five days of Sharad Navratri and Dussehra. It is celebrated in West Bengal, particularly in the city of Kolkata. It's the biggest and most auspicious occasion of the year there. Goddess Durga is the most widely worshiped deity of Shakti. Maa Durga's divine characterization includes entire Devi Bhagavatam being dedicated to her.
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Kalash Sthapana On Navratri
The Ghat Sthapana or Kalash is meant to represent Goddess Durga. This process is known as Avahana. Avahana is a Sanskrit word, which in this context means to stay in the Kalash or Ghata. In the morning of the pratipada tithi of Ashwin Shukla paksha, the devotee determines to fast followed by building an altar of soil himself or by the priest and planting barley over it. Then the Kalash is established on the raised platform made of mud along with an idol of the goddess placed on it. Durga Saptashti is recited after the establishment ritual while performing the puja.
During the Navaratri Puja ceremony, the lamp should be lit day and night for the entire nine days. Some people establish the idol of Lord Ram and recite Ramayana during this period.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED PUJAS FOR SHARAD NAVRATRI
- 9 Days Saptashati Path with Hawan- It is believed to be the most auspicious Puja to be performed on the 9th day of Navratri. it brings good health, wealth, success, and bestows the blessings of the Divine Mother, Maa Parvati on the native. It is believed that chanting Durga Saptashati Path, especially during Navratri brings the native out of all types of troubles and bad luck which is all done in the name of you and your family.
- Dasha Mahavidya Puja- Dasha Mahavidya is also termed as ten great knowledge or wisdom. The worshiping of Dasamahavidya puja is mainly done for destroying negative tendencies. The puja is very beneficial for the individuals who are having problems that are related to court as it helps in attaining victory in court cases.
- Nav Durga Pujan- The major purpose of the Nav Durga Puja is to receive the blessings from all the nine avatars of Maa Durga. With her blessings, one can attain an abundance of wealth, sound health, and protection from all the enemies in their life. The puja removes all hurdles or obstacles from their lives.
- Durga Saptashti with Samput- Durga Saptashati Path with Samput Puja aims at removing all obstacles and troubles from one’s life. The Puja will have a samput mantra for problems as specified by him/her.
- Maha Baglamukhi Puja- Baglamukhi Puja bestows the blessings of Maa Baglamukhi upon the individual, which acts as a weapon in destroying all enemies (open as well as hidden) who intend to cause fetal harm.
- Navratri Maha Hawan and Kanya Pujan- The completion of the auspicious festivities of Navratri comes to an end with the ritual of Kanya Pujan (Worship of Girl Child). Without serving the girl child, the fasts observed during Navratri have no meaning whatsoever. This Puja is considered very auspicious. By worshipping this puja one can attain Riddhi and Siddhi.
- Navchandi Puja- The Nav Chandi puja and Yagna has the ability to create a pious and energetic environment. The Nav Chandi Puja is mainly performed to spread happiness and peace around the native.
- Durga Saptashati Puja- It is believed that the native who performs the puja with full sincerity and faith will be released from all the obstacles. If the puja is especially performed during the Navratri festival than it brings the native out of all types of troubles and bad luck.
We at Future Point, wish you all a very happy and prosperous Sharad Navratri.
May Goddess Durga bestow upon you peace, happiness, and good health.