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In about a week, Maa Durga's devotees shall observe the nine-day-long Chaitra Navratri Vrat dedicated to Navdurga or the nine forms of the Mother Goddess. The festival concurs with the first day of the Hindu New Year as per the Lunar calendar.
Goddess Durga is hailed as Shakti (feminine power) and celebrated for eliminating Mahishasura. She is said to have the combined strengths of the Gods and the Goddesses. Mounted on a lion and dressed in red, Goddess Durga is depicted with ten hands. At her feet, one can find Mahishasura, the buffalo-headed demon.
Read on to know the Chaitra Navratri 2021 date, significance, puja samagri, puja vidhi, colours and other FAQs.
Chaitra Navratri is also called Vasant Navratri because it concurs with the spring season.
This year, Chaitra Navratri starts on April 13 and ends on April 21.
The nine forms of Durga are as follows:
|April 13||Day 1-Partipada||Navratri Vrat begins with Ghatasthapana and Maa Shailputri Puja.|
|April 14||Day 2 - Dwitiya||Maa Brahmacharini puja|
|April 15||Day 3 - Tritiya||Maa Chandraghanta puja|
|April 16||Day 4- Chaturthi||Maa Kushmanda Puja|
|April 17||Day 5- Panchami||Maa Skanda Mata Puja|
|April 18||Day 6 - Sashti||Maa Katyayani Puja|
|April 19||Day 7- Saptami||Maa Kalaratri Puja|
|April 20||Day 8 - Ashtami||Maa Maha Gauri Puja|
|April 21||Day 9 - Navami||Maa Siddhidatri Puja|
|April 22||Day 10 - Dashami||Navratri Parana (Navratri Vrat or fasting ends)|
The first day of Chaitra Navratri marks the Hindu New Year as per the Lunar calendar. Therefore, devotees begin the New Year by worshipping the Mother Goddess. And since Durga represents power, devotees seek her blessings for good health, strong will and overall well-being.
Moreover, as mentioned above, Navratri falls during the change of seasons. Therefore, as Spring ends and Summers begin, devotees observe a vrat for nine days to prepare themselves for the scorching hot temperature.
Hence, by observing a fast and keeping a check on their intake, people maintain a healthy diet to guard themselves against heat-borne diseases and illnesses.