Chaitra Navaratra is one of the auspicious celebrations of Shakti Pooja where Devi Durga is worshipped for nine days with different names and significant rituals. In Hindu mythology, Goddess Durga and her gallantry are so prominent to observe. In this land, several occasions are celebrated concerning Durga Devi. But the essence of Chaitra Navaratra is the most significant one.
Chaitra is considered the initial month of the Hindu calendar and so people commemorate New Year’s day on the first day of deification. It is also known as Ugadi, Gudi Padwa. Navratri is observed twice a year by the Hindus. The first one is celebrated in the coming of summer and the second one, at the beginning of winter. The traditions and routines discerned during this festivity are almost similar as observed during the Navratri commemorated at the beginning of winter.
Timing- Chaitra Navratri Dates: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday) to April 22, 2021 (Thursday)
Significance of Chaitra Navratra
Chaitra Navaratri is considered the prime and on-season pooja of Devi Durga. The second pooja which falls in October is considered Akala Pooja because Lord Shree Ram worshipped Maa Durga at that time to get the victory over Ravana. But this pooja in April is significant because of its seasoned auspiciousness.
Rituals associated with Chaitra Navratri
For nine days, observers inaugurate various idols of Goddess inside their home temples. fasting is the prime task in the Navratri festivals. Before the onset of the festivity, the house is cleaned to welcome the Goddess in their home. The followers conducting the puja discern a fast for all nine days. While fasting only ‘satvik’ food like potatoes, ‘kuttu ka atta’, curd and fruits are permitted. Consuming non-vegetarian food and also the use of onion and garlic should be strictly prevented. During the Navratri period, while conserving strict discipline in food, a person should also monitor their temperament. The followers expend their day worshipping the Goddess and shouting in unison the Navratri mantras. The fast is halted on a ninth day after the ‘havan’ and the Prasad, after bidding to the Goddess, is eaten along with other members of the family.
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