Navratri 2021: When is Navratri? Date, time, shubh muhurat and significance, here's all you need to know
Navratri 2021: From date, time and significance, here are all the details about Navratri, the nine-day long Hindu festival during which devotees worship Goddess Durga.
Navratri 2021: The month of Ashwin (September 23 to October 22) of the Hindu calendar is considered auspicious as it marks the beginning of Shardiya Navratri, a nine-day long Hindu festival during which devotees worship Goddess Durga. The festival of Navratri holds great significance for the devotees of Maa Durga, as they pray to the different avatars of goddess Durga each day during the nine-day celebration. It is also a commemoration of the victory of good over evil, as goddess Durga, who was created by combining the powers of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, defeated the demon king Mahishasura. It is also believed that Maa Durga travels from Devlok to Earth during Navratri and takes away all the troubles of her devotees.
Significance of Navratri
During the nine days of Navratri, devotees worship nine avatars of Goddess Durga, namely Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Mahagauri, and Siddhidatri. On the eighth day, also known as Ashtami, and the ninth day, called Navami, devotees of Maa Durga invite young girls for Devi Prasad and Kanya Pujan. Additionally, nine young girls dressed as the nine avatars of the goddess are worshipped, as it is believed young girls are the manifestation of the natural force of creation. Worshippers of Maa Durga also observe fasts during these nine days and take part in religious rituals.
When is Navratri 2021?
According to the Hindu calendar, this year Navratri falls on Thursday, October 7. The festival will end on October 15, 2021. Below is the list of dates and the festivals:
October 7: Pratipada
October 8: Dwitiya
October 9: Tritiya and Chaturthi
October 10: Panchami
October 11: Shashti
October 12: Saptami
October 13: Ashtami
October 14: Navami
October 15: Dashami
Date, Time and Shubh Muhurat for Ashtami Puja
On Ashtami, the eighth day of Navaratri, Maa Mahagauri is worshipped by the devotees. This year Ashtami Tithi falls on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. It will start on October 12, 2021, at 09:47 pm and end on October 13, 2021, at 08:07 pm.
Date, Time and Shubh Muhurat for Navami Puja
The final day of Navratri is called Navami. It is the ninth day of the festival when people immerse the idol of goddess Durga in a water body. Navami Tithi will start on October 13, 2021, on Wednesday from 08:07 pm and end on October 14, 2021, 06:52 pm.
This year, the festival of Vijay Dashami or Dussehra will be celebrated on Friday, October 15, 2021.