One of the most auspicious Hindu festivals celebrated in the honor of goddess ”Devi Durga”. Navratri is a Sanskrit word, Nava means nine and Ratri means nights. Navratri is celebrated twice in a year,i.e. Vasant Navratri is celebrated in Month March to April, Vasant means Spring and Sharad Navratri in Sept to Oct, Sharad means Autumn and it is the most celebrated among the two Navratri. This Year Sharad Navratri is starting from 29 September to 7 October.
In the eastern and northeastern states, Navratri is celebrated as Durga Puja in the glory of warrior goddess where she battles and emerges victorious after defeating Mahishasura who was a buffalo demon in Hindu Mythology.
Both Sharad and Vasant Navratri falls in Hindu Luni-Solar months, Hindu Luni-Solar calendar is used to determine the exact dates of Navaratri. This festival is celebrated for nine days and each day has its significance related to nine avatars of a goddess ”Durga”.
Day1– Shailaputri ,Color-Red
This day is related to Shailaputri (actually “Girl of Mountain”) Known as Pratipada, she demonstrate Parvati. It is in this structure the Goddess is revered as the associate of Shiva and she is portrayed as riding the bull, Nandi, with a Trishul in her right hand and lotus in her left. Shailaputri is viewed as the immediate manifestation of Mahakali. The color of the day is red, which portrays action and vigor .
Day2– Brahmacharini , Color-Blue
On Dwitiya, Goddess Brahmacharini, another demonstration of Parvati, is worshiped. In this structure, Parvati moved toward becoming Sati, her unmarried self. Brahmacharini is loved for liberation or moksha and blessing of harmony and flourishing. Portrayed as strolling uncovered feet and grasping a Japamala and kamandal, she symbolizes ecstasy and quiet. Color code of the day is Blue which depicts Strong Energy .
Day3– Chandraghanta ,Color-Yellow
Tritiya remembers the love of Chandraghanta – the name got from the way that in the wake of wedding Shiva, Parvati enhanced her temple with half-Chandra (lit. moon). She is the exemplification of excellence and is likewise symbol of Fearlessness. Yellow is the color for the third day which stands for Brightness and Happiness.
Day4– Kushmanda ,Color-Green
Goddess Kushmanda is adorned on Chaturthi. Accepted to be the imaginative intensity of universe, Kushmanda related to the blessing of vegetation on earth and thus, the color of the day is Green. She is portrayed as having eight arms and sits on a Tiger.
Day5– Skandamata ,Color-Gray
Skandamata, the goddess revered on Panchami, is the mother of Skanda (or Kartikeya). The Color Gray represents the Transforming strength of a mother when her kid is facing danger. She is portrayed riding a brutal lion, having four arms and holding her child.
Day 6– Katyayana ,Color-Orange
Destined to a sage, Katyayana, she is a demonstration of Durga and is appeared to display boldness which is symbolized by the color Orange. Known as the warrior goddess, she is viewed as one of the most brutal types of Goddess Parvati. In this symbol, Kātyāyanī rides a lion and has four hands.
Day 7: Kalaratri ,Color-White
Thought about the most savage type of Goddess Durga, Kalaratri is respected on Saptami. It is accepted that Parvati evacuated her reasonable skin to execute the evil presences Sumbha and Nisumbha. The color of the day is White. On Saptami, the Goddess shows up in a white shading clothing with a great deal of fierceness in her red hot eyes, her skin turns dark. The white shading depicts petition and harmony and guarantees the enthusiasts that the Goddess will shield them from mischief.
Day 8: Mahagauri ,Color-Pink
Mahagauri symbolizes knowledge and harmony. The color of the day is Pink which portrays confidence.
Day 9: Siddhidhatri ,Color-Blue
On the last day called Navami, People offer prayers to Siddhidhatri(Also known as Saraswati Devi). Sitting on a lotus with four hands believed to have all kind of Siddhis. The light blue color of the day depicts profound respect towards nature’s magnificence.
End of Navratri also marks the preparation for one of the most widely celebrated festivals,Diwali- the festival of lights, which is celebrated twenty days after the Dusshera.