Navratri 2023 will commence on the 15th of October and continue until the 23rd of October. Navratri is a Hindu festival dedicated to honoring Goddess Durga and is celebrated for nine days. During this festival, nine forms of Maa Durga are worshiped, and it holds significant importance in the Hindu religion. Navratri symbolizes the victory of Maa Durga over the demon Mahishasura. Navratri is celebrated twice a year, with the first Navratri celebrated in the month of March, known as Chaitra Navratri, and the second one occurring in October, known as Sharad Navratri or Shardiya Navratri. Devotees typically begin preparations for Navratri well in advance, and in many places, Garba nights are organized to celebrate this occasion.
Navratri Date and Schedule 2023
In 2023 Shardiya Navratri will begin on 15th October and will end on 23 October. Different forms of Maa Durga are worshipped for nine days every year in various parts of India. Navratri originated from 2 words Nav which means Nine and Ratri means Night. The tenth day after Navratri is called ‘Dussehra’ or ‘Vijayadashami’ and celebrates the victory of good over evil. In parts of India, Dussehra also celebrates the victory of Lord Ram over the king of the demon Ravan.
|Day||Date||Forms of Maa Durga|
|Sunday||15th October 2023||Shailaputri|
|Monday||16th October 2023||Brahmacharini|
|Tuesday||17th October 2023||Chandraghanta|
|Wednesday||18th October 2023||Kushmanda|
|Thursday||19th October 2023||Skandamata|
|Friday||20th October 2023||Katyayani|
|Saturday||21st October 2023||Kalratri|
|Sunday||22nd October 2023||Mahagauri|
|Monday||23rd October 2023||Siddhidatri|
Shardiya Navratri 2023
Shardiya Navratri 2023 begins from 15th October 2023 to 23rd October 2023. During Navratri, people engage in fasting and festive celebrations, and many people follow a strict vegetarian diet. In many parts of India, people celebrate by organizing Garba nights, Dandiya raas, etc. All are celebrated Navratri in their different ways. Goddess Durga is worshiped twice a day by her devotees, they worship during the morning and evening by chanting mantras, and bhajans, offer prayers and distribute prasad & sweets. On the ninth day of Navratri, people who go through fasting for nine days invite girls to their homes and then worship them as representatives of the nine forms of the goddess Durga.
Significance of Navratri
The celebration of Navratri has begun and the nine-day festival is celebrated in many parts of India with great joy and happiness. Many events are organized during Navratri and many take part in the different events. Navratri is celebrated in different ways in different parts of the country, according to their traditions and rituals. People also perform Ramlila during the nine days of Navratri. The significance of each day of Navratri is mentioned below.
Day- 1 Shailputri: The first day of Navratri is dedicated to the Goddess Shailputri (daughter of mountains) who represents strength and courage.
Day- 2 Brahmacharini: The second day of Navratri is dedicated to the Goddess Brahmacharini, an avatar of Goddess Parvati which represents loyalty, wisdom and knowledge.
Day- 3 Chandraghanta: On the third day of Navratri Goddess Chandraghanta is worshiped and represents forgiveness and peace.
Day- 4 Kushmanda: Goddess Kushmanda is worshiped on the fourth day of Navratri, a happy indication of Goddess Durga. She is believed to be the creator of the universe.
Day- 5 Skandamata: Goddess Skandamata is worshiped on the fifth day of Navratri, Skandamata is believed to be the Goddess of love and motherhood.
Day- 6 Katyani: On the sixth day of Navratri Goddess Katyani is worshiped, who is known as one of the fiercest forms of Maa Durga, is the destroyer of all evil.
Day- 7 Kaalratri: People worship Goddess Kaalratri on the seventh day of Navratri, who represents the destroyer of ignorance and darkness.
Day- 8 Mahagauri: Goddess Mahagauri has the power to fulfill all the desires of her devotees.
Day- 9 Siddhidatri: On the last day of Navratri, people worship Goddess Siddhidatri. The word Siddhi means ‘Perfection’ whereas the word Datri means ‘the one who gives or grants’. She is also known as Goddess Lakshmi.