Chaitra Navratri 2023: Chaitra Navratri is the most auspicious time of the year when devotees of Goddess Durga and Lord Rama fast for nine days and pray to the gods to bless them with prosperity and good fortune.
Chaitra Navratri is one of the most anticipated Hindu festivals, so it’s also time to rejoice. During the nine-day festival, people pray to nine avatars of Goddess Shakti and observe Ram Navami celebrating the birth of Lord Rama on the final day. Chaitra Navratri begins on the first day of the Hindu lunisolar calendar, falling in either March or April. Most of the rituals performed during Shardya Navratri, which falls in September or October, are also performed during Chaitra Navratri.
Chaitra Navratri 2023: Date
Chaitra Navratri starts on Wednesday 22nd March and ends on Thursday 30th March. Ram Navami falls on March 30th and Navratri Parana (Dashmi) falls on March 31st. The eighth day of Navratri or Durga Ashtami, also known as Maha Gauri Puja, is March 29th. Drik Panchang also says that Chaitra Navratri Ghatasthapana will take place on the 22nd March and Muhurat will start at 6:23 am to 7:32 am.
Day 1 – Maa Shailputri Puja (Pratipada)
Day 2 – Maa Brahmacharini Puja (Dwitiya)
Day 3 – Maa Chandraghanta Puja (Tritiya)
Day 4 – Maa Kushmanda Puja (Chaturthi)
Day 5 – Skandamata Puja (Panchami)
Day 6 – Maa Katyayani Puja (Shasthi)
Day 7 – Maa Kalaratri Puja (Saptami)
Day 8 – Maa Mahagauri Puja (Annapurna Ashtami, Sandhi Puja)
Day 9 – Ram Navami, Goddess Siddhidhatri
Chaitra Navratri 2023: History and Significance
Chaitra Navratri is a nine-day festival dedicated to the worship of the nine incarnations of Goddess Durga. Each day of this festival has a different meaning and is dedicated to nine avatars of Maa Durga including Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraganta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Kachayani, Kaalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhi Datri. Many Hindu devotees also dedicate this festival to Lord Ram.
The seventh incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu, the son of King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya of Ayodhya, the child is believed to have been born during this period. Places associated with Lord Ram’s birth and life are decorated on this day and people worship him.
Chaitra Navratri 2023: Celebrations
During the nine-day festival of Navratri, devotees of Maa Durga and Lord Ram abstain from drinking, eating vegetables, and consuming onions and garlic. Many people also perform ceremonies and pujas according to Hindu traditions. In addition, during the auspicious occasions of Chaitra Navratri, temples and religious places are decorated for devotees to come and offer prayers.
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