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Chaitra Navaratri starts on April 13(Unsplash)

Chaitra Navratri 2021: Dates, significance and everything you need to know

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Nishtha Grover, Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2021 09:49 AM IST
  • Chaitra Navrati starts on April 13. The festival that honours Goddess Durga and all her forms is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm all across the nation. Read on to know more about these nine auspicious days:
Basant Panchami, the festival which marks the arrival of the spring season in India, would be celebrated on February 16, this year. (HT file photo )
Basant Panchami, the festival which marks the arrival of the spring season in India, would be celebrated on February 16, this year. (HT file photo )

President Kovind extends greeting on Vasant Panchami, Saraswati Puja

ANI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 09:32 AM IST
Aside from President Kovind, Union Home Minister Amit Shah also wished the people of the country on the festival.
Dressed in traditional outfits and with masks worn on faces, devotees, while maintaining safe distance, touched the feet of goddess Durga as chants of ‘asche bochor abar hobe’ (till next year) rent the air. (Representational Image)(Pixabay)
Dressed in traditional outfits and with masks worn on faces, devotees, while maintaining safe distance, touched the feet of goddess Durga as chants of ‘asche bochor abar hobe’ (till next year) rent the air. (Representational Image)(Pixabay)

Low-key Bijoya Dashami celebrations in Bengal

Bengal | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2020 05:09 PM IST
The five-day Durga Puja festivities in Bengal came to an end on Monday, albeit colourful processions, which usually mark the occasion, were largely missing from the city streets.
Women make artwork at the Kali Badi Mandir ahead of Durga Puja, in CR Park, New Delhi.(HT photo)
Women make artwork at the Kali Badi Mandir ahead of Durga Puja, in CR Park, New Delhi.(HT photo)

Caution in the air as Durga Puja begins with symbolic rituals in Delhi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sweta Goswami and Karn Pratap Singh
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2020 04:37 PM IST
For decades, this ritual would be followed by lifting of the cloth covering the imposing idol of Goddess Durga after which worshippers would make a beeline for the next four days to get a glimpse of the deity.
For Navratri and Durga Puja this year, every state government has placed strict guidelines to make sure social distancing is maintained.(ANI/Twitter)
For Navratri and Durga Puja this year, every state government has placed strict guidelines to make sure social distancing is maintained.(ANI/Twitter)

Mumbai artist creates 6-feet portrait of Goddess Durga with 31,000 push pins

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 19, 2020 05:27 PM IST
For Navratri and Durga Puja this year, every state government has placed strict guidelines to make sure social distance is maintained.
Thanking the artist, Kunal Kemmu also explained his tattoo in detail.
Thanking the artist, Kunal Kemmu also explained his tattoo in detail.

Kunal Kemmu gets daughter Inaaya’s name inked on his body: ‘My little girl is and will always be a part of me’, see pic

PUBLISHED ON OCT 03, 2020 06:30 AM IST
Kunal Kemmu has shared a picture of his latest tattoo and it is all about his personal beliefs and love for daughter Inaaya Naumi. Check it out here.
“That is, indeed, superior to the largest & most dramatic pandals I’ve seen,” says Anand Mahindra.(Twitter)
“That is, indeed, superior to the largest & most dramatic pandals I’ve seen,” says Anand Mahindra.(Twitter)

Durga Puja 2019: Anand Mahindra, Raveena Tandon love this depiction of Goddess Durga by school kids

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2019 02:29 PM IST
“So far the sweetest picture and portrayal of Ma Durga Devi by kids that I’ve seen on the net,” says Raveen Tandon.
Nusrat Jahan also posted pictures from her Durga Ashtami celebrations on Instagram.(Photo: nusratchrips/ Instagram)
Nusrat Jahan also posted pictures from her Durga Ashtami celebrations on Instagram.(Photo: nusratchrips/ Instagram)

Nusrat Jahan, TMC MP, dances as husband plays ‘dhaak’ on Durga Ashtami

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2019 03:23 PM IST
Dressed in a red sari, Nusrat Jahan was seen dancing with a group of women at the Suruchi Sangha Pandal as her husband Nikhil Jain played the ‘dhaak’ or a traditional Bengali dhol.
A Durga idol made of scrap material in a pandal at IP Extension. Saving the environment is a recurring theme in Durga Puja pandals in Delhi this year.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
A Durga idol made of scrap material in a pandal at IP Extension. Saving the environment is a recurring theme in Durga Puja pandals in Delhi this year.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Reduce, reuse and recycle is new Durga Puja mantra

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Adrija Roychowdhury
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2019 02:22 AM IST
Saving the environment is a recurring theme of Durga Puja in Delhi this year, with most pandals placing a strict ban on the use of plastic and thermocol.
The Barisha club has designed the exterior of the pandal with artificial mobile tower and a dish TV antenna along with skeletons of hundreds of birds stuck on the tower who die due to high radiation.(Twitter/ANI)
The Barisha club has designed the exterior of the pandal with artificial mobile tower and a dish TV antenna along with skeletons of hundreds of birds stuck on the tower who die due to high radiation.(Twitter/ANI)

Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata shows how mobile tower radiation affects birds

Kolkata | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2019 04:57 PM IST
The pandal has a goddess Durga idol without weapons so that her hands are free to give shelter to birds.
Navratri 2019: Devi Katyayani is the daughter of sage Katyaya, and got her name from her father.
Navratri 2019: Devi Katyayani is the daughter of sage Katyaya, and got her name from her father.

Navratri 2019: Day 6 Goddess Katyayani shubh muhurat, puja timings, Ghatasthapana and significance

UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2019 11:26 AM IST
Navratri 2019: Maa Katyayani was first mentioned in the Taittiriya Aranyaka. According to the Skanda Purana she was created out of the anger of the gods, leading to the end of the demon Mahishasura.
Navratri 2019: Maa Skandamata is the mother of Lord Kartikeya, who is also referred to as Skanda.
Navratri 2019: Maa Skandamata is the mother of Lord Kartikeya, who is also referred to as Skanda.

Navratri 2019: Day 5 Goddess Skandamata shubh muhurat, puja timings, Ghatasthapana and significance

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2019 05:50 PM IST
Navratri 2019: Maa Skandamata is the mother of Lord Kartikeya, who is also referred to as Skanda.
Navratri 2019: Navratri is one of the most auspicious festivals in India which is celebrated for a period of nine days.(Unsplash)
Navratri 2019: Navratri is one of the most auspicious festivals in India which is celebrated for a period of nine days.(Unsplash)

Navratri 2019: Day 4 Goddess Kushmanda shubh muhurat, puja timings, Ghatasthapana and significance

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2019 05:07 PM IST
Navratri 2019: On day four, Kushmanda Mata, Goddess Durga’s fourth form is worshipped.
A portion of sabudana vada, usually eaten during fasts.(Instagram)
A portion of sabudana vada, usually eaten during fasts.(Instagram)

Navratri 2019: How to turn fasting on Navratri into a feast you’ll love

Hindustan Times | By Samarth Goyal
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2019 07:36 PM IST
Turn fasting into feasting, during the nine days of Navratri as you seek blessings from nine different forms of the Goddess Durga. Here are easy recipes that’ll please your taste-buds.
Navratri 2019: Maa Chandraghanta is worshipped so that we keep evil forces away from us.(Shutterstock)
Navratri 2019: Maa Chandraghanta is worshipped so that we keep evil forces away from us.(Shutterstock)

Navratri 2019: Day 3 Maa Chandraghanta shubh muhurat, puja timings, ghatasthapana and significance

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2019 05:09 PM IST
Navratri 2019: In Sanskrit, ‘chandra’ means moon. Goddess Chandraghanta signifies the alternate side of the calm and patient Goddess Mahagauri.
Navratri 2019: The puja ritual is observed on the second day of Navratri in the DwityaTithi. While worshipping her, we are supposed to offer flowers, roli and sandalwood.(Chandan Paul/Hindustan Times)
Navratri 2019: The puja ritual is observed on the second day of Navratri in the DwityaTithi. While worshipping her, we are supposed to offer flowers, roli and sandalwood.(Chandan Paul/Hindustan Times)

Navratri 2019: Day 2 Goddess Brahmacharini shubh muhurat, puja timings, Ghatasthapana and significance

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2019 12:42 PM IST
Navratri 2019: The second day of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Brahmacharini, who is the second form of Goddess Durga.
As a part of Navratri 2019 preparation, a woman is getting body paint tattoo.(Twitter/ANI)
As a part of Navratri 2019 preparation, a woman is getting body paint tattoo.(Twitter/ANI)

Navratri 2019: Surat women get ‘current affairs’ body paint tattoos to celebrate the festival

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Trisha Sengupta
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2020 10:06 PM IST
The preparations to celebrate Navratri 2019 are going on in full swing across different parts of the country.
Fasting helps in cleansing our system and there are certain guidelines which need to be followed while fasting during Navratri.(Unsplash)
Fasting helps in cleansing our system and there are certain guidelines which need to be followed while fasting during Navratri.(Unsplash)

Navratri 2019 fasting rules: When to start and end your fasts

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2019 11:54 AM IST
Navratri 2019: During Navratri, light and nutritious meals are consumed which could help in protecting the body from various seasonal infections and it is a good time to go purist in terms of food consumption.
Navratri 2019: Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva together created Goddess Durga.(PTI)
Navratri 2019: Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva together created Goddess Durga.(PTI)

Navratri 2019: Significance and history behind the festival

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2019 11:10 AM IST
Navratri 2019: Navratri is celebrated with a lot of fanfare and excitement, and the nine days dedicated to Goddess Durga’s nine avatars are considered very auspicious.
Anti-inflammatory foods like yogurt can be had with a mix of berries for extra antioxidants.(Unsplash)
Anti-inflammatory foods like yogurt can be had with a mix of berries for extra antioxidants.(Unsplash)

Navratri 2019: Here’s to healthy fasting

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Prerna Gauba
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2019 03:53 PM IST
Navratri 2019: Nutritionists tell you how to fast the right way so that you do not feel fatigued and drowsy in the hot summer days.
Women are not allowed inside theA shapuri temple in Bihar’s Nalanda during the Navratras.(HT Photo)
Women are not allowed inside theA shapuri temple in Bihar’s Nalanda during the Navratras.(HT Photo)

Women not allowed in Nalanda temple during Navaratra festival

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Reena Sopam, Patna
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2019 04:29 PM IST
Though the Ashapuri temple in Nalanda is dedicated to Goddess Durga, it remains out of bounds for women during the Navratras.
The term Navratri is derived from ‘nav’ that stands for nine and ‘ratri’ that means night in Sanskrit.(HT File Photo)
The term Navratri is derived from ‘nav’ that stands for nine and ‘ratri’ that means night in Sanskrit.(HT File Photo)

Navratri 2019 significance, history, wishes, quotes, messages and greeting cards

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2019 10:18 AM IST
Navratri 2019 significance and wishes : Navratri celebrates the victory of good over evil and celebrates the many forms of Goddess Durga.
A Hindi slogan accompanying the picture reads, “Sister Priyanka Gandhi is the form of Mother Durga”.(ANI/Twitter)
A Hindi slogan accompanying the picture reads, “Sister Priyanka Gandhi is the form of Mother Durga”.(ANI/Twitter)

Posters depicting Priyanka Gandhi as Goddess Durga surface in Lucknow ahead of roadshow

Lucknow | By Asian News International
PUBLISHED ON FEB 11, 2019 12:22 PM IST
Ahead of eastern UP Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s visit today, posters portraying her as Goddess Durga have emerged in some parts of Lucknow. In the poster, Priyanka can be seen sitting atop a tiger in an apparent portrayal of Goddess Durga in her most iconic avatar.
An artist dressed as the demon king Ravana performs during Ramlila. Dussehra this year is on October 19.(Reuters)
An artist dressed as the demon king Ravana performs during Ramlila. Dussehra this year is on October 19.(Reuters)

Dussehra 2018: Significance, important rituals and celebrations across India

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2018 10:17 AM IST
In Northern India, huge dummies of Ravana are burnt on the occasion of Dussehra as part of the celebrations. The Ram Lila, which are plays that revolve around the tales of the Ramayana are attended by hordes of people. It is celebrated twenty days prior to Diwali, and also known as Vijayadashami, Dasara or Dasain in certain parts of our country.
Each colour of Navratri represents a different spirit and narrative in context of the many avatars of Goddess Durga.(HT File Photo)
Each colour of Navratri represents a different spirit and narrative in context of the many avatars of Goddess Durga.(HT File Photo)

Navratri 2018: Nine colours for nine days

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Saumya Sharma
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2018 05:39 PM IST
Mostly the colour of blood and fire, red has been associated with the Goddess, her aura and her power. But there are some other colours as well that have a strong significance in terms of the nine days of Navratri. Each colour represents a different spirit and narrative in context of the many avatars of Goddess Durga.
A priest offers Maha Ashtami "Sandhi Puja" at a Puja pandal during the ongoing Durga Puja festival.(PTI)
A priest offers Maha Ashtami "Sandhi Puja" at a Puja pandal during the ongoing Durga Puja festival.(PTI)

Durga Puja 2018: Celebrate the festival by visiting these best pandals from across the country

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2018 04:51 PM IST
Durga Puja 2018: The festivities are incomplete without pandal hopping, digging into some delicious food and getting those selfies clicked. These are the top 5 pandals across the country.
According to Kanya Pujan, the girl child symbolizes pure creative force.(Manoj Kumar/Hindustan Times)
According to Kanya Pujan, the girl child symbolizes pure creative force.(Manoj Kumar/Hindustan Times)

Durga Ashtami 2018: Significance and meaning of Kanya Pujan

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2018 01:54 PM IST
Durga Ashtami Kanya Pujan is a way of recognising the feminine power within a girl child and honour them on this day.
Durga mandap at Koregaon Park where people were seen taking pictures during Navaratri on Monday.(SHANKAR NARAYAN/HT PHOTO)
Durga mandap at Koregaon Park where people were seen taking pictures during Navaratri on Monday.(SHANKAR NARAYAN/HT PHOTO)

Durga Puja@ Pune: Festive mood sets with increasing number of mandaps

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Prachi Bari
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2018 02:45 PM IST
 This year except for Kalibari who have recreated the Dakshineshwar Kali Bari of Kolkatta, others are keeping it simple with more focus on the idol.
Navratri 2018, significance of days(Shutterstock)
Navratri 2018, significance of days(Shutterstock)

Navratri 2018: Devi Brahmacharini is worshipped on Day 2 (Dwitiya)

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2018 03:08 PM IST
Devi Brahmacharini is worshipped on the second day (Dwitiya) of Navratri
A must-visit on every avid traveller’s bucket list, the reasons to visit Kolkata during Durga Puja are many. (Instagram)
A must-visit on every avid traveller’s bucket list, the reasons to visit Kolkata during Durga Puja are many. (Instagram)

Durga Puja in Kolkata: Things to do for an unforgettable experience

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2018 10:39 AM IST
The word ‘fiesta’ takes over Kolkata quite literally during Durga Puja. While pandal-hopping is the key highlight, the following culture-soaked experiences are not to be missed.
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