2015 Vasanta Navratri
Vasanta Navratri is nine days festivity which starts on the first day of Hindu Luni-Solar calendar and falls in the month of March or April. Chaitra is the first month of Hindu lunar calendar and because of it Vasanta Navratri is also known as Chaitra Navratri. Rama Navami the birthday of Lord Rama usually falls on the ninth day during Navratri festivity. Hence Vasanta Navratri is also known as Rama Navratri.
All nine days during Navratri are dedicated to nine forms of Goddess Shakti. Rama Navratri is more popular in northern India and most customs and rituals followed during Shardiya Navratri, which falls in the month of September or October, are also followed during Chaitra Navratri.
Navratri, the word is formed using two words ‘Nava’ and ‘Ratri’. Nava means nine and Ratri means nights hence Navratri literally means nine nights. During the festival of Navratri, Maa Durga is worshipped and revered in Her various forms for ten days and nine nights. In 2015 the Navratri Festival will be celebrated from 20th March to 28th March 2015.
The nine manifestations of Goddess Durga are worshipped each day of Navratri these incarnations are Goddess Shailputri, Brahmcharni, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri. Worshipping the nine Goddess is the primary ritual of any Navratri Puja.
- First 3 days (1st– 3rd day of Navratri): The first three days of the nine days are dedicated to Goddess Durga, the Goddess of power, on the first day barley seeds are sown in a mud pot and the pot is kept on the Puja Altar.
• Second 3 days (4th – 6th day of Navratri): The second three days of the nine days are dedicated to Goddess Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity.
• Third 3 days (7th – 9th day of Navratri): The next three days of the nine days are dedicated to Goddess Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge and learning
Navratri Day 1
Panchang for Ghatasthapana Day 1
20th March 2015 (Friday)
Navratri Day 2
Panchang for Chandra Darshan Day 2
21st March 2015 (Saturday)
Navratri Day 3
Panchang for Gauri Teej Day 3
22nd March 2015
Navratri Day 4
Varad Vinayaka Chauth
Panchang for Kushmanda Puja Day 4
23rd March 2015 (Monday)
Navratri Day 5
Panchang for Naag Puja Day 5
24th March 2015 (Tuesday)
Navratri Day 6
Panchang for Skanda Sashti Day 6
25th March 2015 (Wednesday)
Navratri Day 7
Panchang for Maha Saptami Day 7
26th March 2015 (Thursday)
Navratri Day 8
Panchang for Durga Ashtami Day 8
27th March 2015 (Friday)
Navratri Day 9
Panchang for Rama Navami Day 9
28th March 2015 (Saturday)
Navratri Day 10
Panchang for Navratri Parana Day 10
29th March 2015 (Sunday)