Navratri 2015 Dates & Information
Dates of all five Navratris in 2015 are now here at AstroSage ."Navratri" represents nine divine nights dedicated to the Goddess Durga. Well, if you don't know about all five Navaratris, read our article to know all about the details of Navratri in 2015.
Navratri is the time when the universal mother, Durga is worshiped. The goddess is known as the remover of sufferings and troubles of life. According to the beliefs, it is the energy of Maa Durga, which carries out the continuous cycle of creation, conservation, and demolition of the universe. During Navratri in 2015, you can also worship Goddess Durga, and her nine forms to get her blessings. So, keep Navaratri fasts in 2015 and please Goddess Durga to get your wishes fulfilled.
5 Types Of Navratris
As per the Hindu Panchang, 5 types of Navratri are celebrated every year. Let's take a look at the names of these Navratris, alongwith their dates for 2015.
- Paush Gupt Navratri (December 29, 2014 to January 05, 2015)
- Ashadha Gupt Navratri (July 17, 2015 to July 25, 2015)
- Magha Gupt Navratri (January 21, 2015 to January 29, 2015)
- Chaitra Navratri (March 21 to March 28, 2015)
- Sharada Navratri (October 13 to October 21, 2015)
Let us now each of these 5 Navratris in detail.
Sharad Navratri: The Widely Celebrated Navratri
In 2015, Sharad Navratri will be celebrated from October 13 till October 21. Sharada Navratri is popularly known as 'Garba Navratri', as the traditional dance, Garba is played on this Navratri. Ashwin Navratri and Maha Navratri are the other names of Sharada Navratri. Last day of Sharad Navratri is celebrated with zeal & zest, as Vijaya Dashmi or Dussehra is celebrated on this very day. West Bengal celebrates 'Durga Puja' during the last four days of Sharad Navratri. If we talk about North India, Sharad Navratri is the time to conduct and enjoy 'Ramlila'. The nine forms of Shakti worshiped during Sharada Navratri are:
- Annapoorna Devi
Take a look at the dates & days of Sharada Navratri 2015.
|Sharad Navratri 2015 Day 1||Ghatasthapana, Shailputri Puja||October 13, 2015|
|Sharad Navratri 2015 Day 2||Chandra Darshan||October 14, 2015|
|Sharad Navratri 2015 Day 3||Brahmacharini Puja||October 15, 2015|
|Sharad Navratri 2015 Day 4||Sindoor Tritiya, Chandraghanta Puja||October 16, 2015|
|Sharad Navratri 2015 Day 5||Kushmanda Puja, Varad Vinayaka Chauth,Upang Lalita Vrat||October 17, 2015|
|Sharad Navratri 2015 Day 6||Skandamata Puja, Saraswati Awahan||October 18, 2015|
|Sharad Navratri 2015 Day 7||Katyayani Puja, Saraswati Puja||October 19, 2015|
|Sharad Navratri 2015 Day 8||Kalaratri Puja||October 20, 2015|
|Sharad Navratri 2015 Day 9||Durga Ashtami, Mahagauri Puja, Sandhi Puja, Maha Navami||October 21, 2015|
Chaitra Navratri: The Second Most Important Navratri Of The Year
This year, i.e. in 2015, Chaitra Navratri will be celebrated from March 21 to March 29. Also known as Vasant Navratri or Basant Navratri, this Navratri is observed in the spring season. Chaitra Navratri commences on the first day of Chaitra month and ends with celebration of Ram Navami, the birthday of Lord Rama . Chaitra Navratri is the time to witness change in the climate, as 'Summers' start with Chaitra Navratri.
Let's take a look at Chaitra Navratri 2015 days & dates:
|Chaitra Navratri 2015 Day 1||Ghatsthapana||March 21, 2015|
|Chaitra Navratri 2015 Day 2||Sindhara Dooj, Dwitiya||March 22, 2015|
|Chaitra Navratri 2015 Day 3||Gaur Teej, Saubhagya Teej, Tritiya||March 22, 2015|
|Chaitra Navratri 2015 Day 4||Varadvinayak Chaturthi||March 23, 2015|
|Chaitra Navratri 2015 Day 5||Sri Laxmi Panchami Vrat, Naag Vrat Pujan||March 24, 2015|
|Chaitra Navratri 2015 Day 6||Skand Shashthi, Yamuna Jayanti||March 25, 2015|
|Chaitra Navratri 2015 Day 7||Mahasaptami Vrat, Chaiti Chat, Vijaya Saptami||March 26, 2015|
|Chaitra Navratri 2015 Day 8||Sri Durga Mahaashtami, Annapurna Ashtami||March 27, 2015|
|Chaitra Navratri 2015 Day 9||Chaitra Navaratri ends, Ram Navami||March 28, 2015|
This Navratri is observed mostly in Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh.
Ashadha Gupta Navratri: Gratify Goddess Varahi
Dates of Ashadha Gupt Navratri for this year are July 17, 2015 to July 25, 2015. Ashadha Navratri is popularly known as Gupt Navratri or Gayatri Navratri. It is observed during the Ashadha Shukla Paksha by the women of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Ashadha Gupt Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Varahi, one of the seven Matrikas (group of Hindu Goddesses). In Himachal Pradesh, Ashadha Gupt Navratri is known as Guhya Navratri.
Take a look at the days & dates of Ashadha Gupt Navratri 2015:
|Ashadha Gupta Navratri Day 1||Pratipada, Ghatasthapana, Shailputri Puja||July 17, 2015|
|Ashadha Gupta Navratri Day 2||Dwitiya, Brahmacharini Puja||July 18, 2015|
|Ashadha Gupta Navratri Day 3||Tritiya, Chandraghanta Puja||July 19, 2015|
|Ashadha Gupta Navratri Day 4||Chaturthi, Kushmanda Puja||July 20, 2015|
|Ashadha Gupta Navratri Day 5||Panchami, Skandamata Pujan||July 21, 2015|
|Ashadha Gupta Navratri Day 6||Shashthi, Katyayani Pujan||July 22, 2015|
|Ashadha Gupta Navratri Day 7||Saptami, Kalaratri Pujan||July 23, 2015|
|Ashadha Gupta Navratri Day 8||Ashtami, Durga Ashtami, Mahagauri Pujan, Sandhi Puja||July 24, 2015|
|Ashadha Gupta Navratri Day 9||Navami, Siddhidatri Pujan||July 25, 2015|
Magha Gupta Navratri: When Tantric Powers Escalate
January 21 to January 29 are the dates to observe Magha Navratri in 2015. Magha Gupta Navratri falls during Magha Shukla Paksha and is also known as Shishir Navratri. It is believed that this Navratri is very auspicious for the Sadhakas and Tantriks. During the period of this Navratri, one achieves really powerful and effective Tantric powers; hence, Magha Gupta Navratri is the time for Tantric practices.
Have a look at the days and dates of Magha Gupt Navratri 2015:
|Magha Gupta Navratri Day 1||Ghatasthapana, Shailputri Puja||January 21, 2015|
|Magha Gupta Navratri Day 2||Brahmacharini Puja||January 22, 2015|
|Magha Gupta Navratri Day 3||Chandraganta Puja, Kushmanda Puja||January 23, 2015|
|Magha Gupta Navratri Day 4||Skandamata Puja||January 24, 2015|
|Magha Gupta Navratri Day 5||Katyayani Puja||January 25, 2015|
|Magha Gupta Navratri Day 6||Kalaratri Puja||January 26, 2015|
|Magha Gupta Navratri Day 7||Durgashtami||January 27, 2015|
|Magha Gupta Navratri Day 8||Siddhidatri Puja||January 28, 2015|
|Magha Gupta Navratri Day 9||Navratri Parana||January 29, 2015|
Paush Gupta Navratri: Honor Goddess Shakambari
Paush Navratri started on December 29, 2014 and was celebrated till January 05, 2015. Paush Gupta Navratri falls during Paush Shukla Paksha. As this Navratri is devoted to Maa Shakambri, it is also known as Shakambhari Navratri. Paush Gupt Navratri is celebrated mostly in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka.
Hence, on the auspicious occasion of Navratri in 2015, you can also worship these nine forms of Devi Maa and earn her blessings.
Navratri 2015: Goddess Of Each Day
Be it any of the five Navratris, the nine forms of Goddess Durga worshiped on each Navratri are same. Let's talk about all these 9 Avatars of Maa Durga.
Goddess Of Each Day
1. Goddess Shailputri
Navratri commences with worshipping of Shailputri . The goddess is the first form of Durga and rides on a bull with a trident and lotus in her hands.
Mantra: Om aim hring kleem chamundaye vichche.
2. Maa Brahmacharini
Brahmacharini signifies love, affection and loyalty. Also, known as the storehouse of wisdom and knowledge, the Devi holds a rosary and Kumbha (water pot) in her hands. Her sacred ornaments are the beads of Rudraksha.
Mantra: Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Maa Brahmacharini Rupen Sansthita |
Namastasye Namastasye Namastasye Namoh Namah ||
3. Devi Chandraghanta
The goddess got her name as she has a half- circular moon on her forehead. With a golden colored look, the Devi has 3 eyes and 10 hands. Chandraghanta is the goddess of peace and tranquillity and is mostly worshipped in the state of Tamil Nadu.
Mantra: Ya Devi Sarvbhoote Shumaa Chandra-Ghanta-Rupen Sansthita|
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah||
4. Goddess Kushmanda
Kushmanda resides in Bhima Parvat and shines as the aura of sun. Her vehicle is a tiger and she has eight arms.
Mantra : Sura Sampurna Kalasam Rudhira Plutmev Cha |
Dadhana Hastpad Mabhyam Kushmanda Shubh Dastu Me ||
5. Skanda Mata:
The ocean of knowledge is this goddess who sits with her skanda (son) in her lap. She has 4 hands and 3 eyes, the Skanda Mata rides on a lion.
Mantra: Sinhasan Gata Nityam Padmashrit Kardvaya |
Shubhdastu Sada Devi Skanda Mata Yashashvini ||
6. Maa Katyayani
Maa Katyayani is known to bless the women with husband of their wish and choice. Observing fast for the Goddess is very helpful for the women whose marriage is getting delayed. Devi Katyayani gives strength and ability to overcome fears, diseases and miseries of life.
Mantra: Chandra Hasojvalakara Shardul Var Vahna |
Katyayini Shubham Dadhya Devi Dan Vaghatini ||
7. Maa Kaalratri
Maa Kalratri is the destroyer of ignorance and the enemy of darkness. She has black or blue appearance. The goddess has a donkey as her vehicle.
Mantra: Ekveni Japakarnapura Nagna Kharastitha |
Lamboshthi Karnikakarni Tailabhyakta Sharirani ||
Vaampadolla Salloh Lata Kanthak Bhushna |
Vardhan Murdha Dhvaja Krishna Kalratri Bhayankari ||
8. Maha Gauri
Maha Gauri shines as white as Moon and believed to be the Devi of compassion and peace. Riding on a bull, Maha Gauri holds a trident and drum in her hands.
Mantra: Shwete Vrishe Maha Rudha Shwetambardhara Shuchih |
Maha Gauri Shubham Dadhyanmahadev Pramodada ||
Siddhidatri is the Goddess who gives Shakti (power) to lord Shiva. It is because of her gratitude only that the lord became Ardhanarishvara (half men and half women).
Mantra: Sidhha Gandharvay khshadher Surair Marair Api |
Sevya Mana Sada Bhooyat Siddhida Siddhidayini ||
The 9 Days & Nights Of Navratri
Each day of Navratri has some rituals, which are followed by all the devotees of Goddess Durga. Read the below described points to know the significance of each day.
- 1st - 3rd day : On the 1st day, a bed of mud is prepared and barley seeds are grown on it. This is known as 'Ghatsthapana'. These three days are dedicated to Maa Durga.
- 4th - 6th day of Navratri : These days are dedicated to the Devi of knowledge and prosperity, Maa Lakshmi.
- 7th - 8th day of Navratri : Saraswati Mata is worshipped during these days. Devotees worship the Goddess to gain wisdom and knowledge. Yagna (holy fire) is performed on the 8th day of Navratri. Eighth day of Navratri is popularly known as 'Ashtami'. On this day, nine young girls are worshiped. This ritual of honoring and serving these girls with sacred food is termed as 'Kanjak'. These girls represent the Goddess Durga.
- Mahanavami : Navratri ends with the observance of Mahanavami. Some people conduct Kanya Pujan or Kanjak on this day.
Navratri is the time for celebrations. Though, each state of the country celebrates Navratri according to its traditions and customs, but the two main highlights of Navratri are: Garba and Durga Puja. Let's throw some light on both these widely celebrated traditions.
Kolkata's Durga Puja
Kolkata celebrates Navratri with charm of Durga Puja. Grand celebrations are held in the honor of Maa Durga. Huge Pandals and statues of the Devi are arranged for people to assemble and worship the Goddess. Idols of the Goddess are installed in every home, community and society to seek the blessing of Maa. People of every age and caste enjoy the rituals to the fullest by mixing in the colourful joyous ambience.
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In Gujarat, the major highlight of Navratri is the time for traditional music and popular folk dance, Garba. Gujarati community welcome Navratri with cheer, laughter, gathering and festive mood. Dressed in traditional wears and with colourful sticks (Dandia) in hands, Garba is accompanied with singing and music. The sticks or Dandia used in Garba depict the sword of Maa Durga. Colorful embroidered Cholis, Badhani Dupattas, Ghagra and the sparkling jewelry adorned by women are the captivating features of this traditional dance.
Difference Between Garba & Dandiya
Most of us are always confused about Dandiya and Garba and co-relate the two. We would like to break the confusion by telling you that Garba is performed before the Aarti; whereas, Dandiya is performed after the Aarti. Also, Garba includes only women, on the other hand, Dandiya is performed by women as well as men.
Enjoy Garba with the best Navratri Garba songs - Garba Songs
This Navratri, worship Maa Durga with complete devotion and enthusiasm. We have make sure that you don't miss out any of the essentials needed for Navratri Puja. To know the Puja materials for this Navratri, check out the following points:
- Shingar items for Maa Durga include red bangles, bindi, sindoor, red chunri, mehndi, kajal, red lipstick, anklets, mirror and nail polish.
- Lamp (Diya) which is burns throughout the Navratri days . It is known as Akhand jyot which wards off all the evil spirits.
- Coconut with its thin edge toward the temple.
- Kalash (earthen pot) is kept which is kept in the Puja room. It is filled with 5 Suparis (betel nuts), water, rice, sugar and a coin. A red color sacred thread is tied on the Kalash.
To begin the fast, the observer takes shower in the morning and wears neat and clean clothes. Durga Mata is worshipped and Aarti is done. Dry fruits of 5 types, fruits, mishri and milk are offered to the Goddess as Bhog. After this, devotees can take the food meant for Navratri. In the evening, Puja is done again and Aarti is done with lighting incense sticks (Agarbatti). Be ready to keep the Navratri fast in 2015 in the best way so that goddess accepts all your prayers and get them fulfilled in 2015.
Bhoga For The 9 Days
The nine different forms of Goddess Durga are served up with different Bhogas (food) for all the nine days. Here are the Bhogas for all the nine days:
1st day : Ghee is offered to Goddess Shailputri
2nd day : Sugar is offered to Maa Brahmacharini
3rd day : Milk/ sweets prepared from milk/ kheer
4th day : Malpua
5th day : Banana
6th day : Honey
7th day : Jaggery (Gur)
8th day :Coconut
9th day : Til (sesame seeds)
How can we miss out his grand celebration of Navratri in 2015 without discussing the dishes for these nine days. Devotees of Durga offer prayers to the goddess and observe fast to invoke her blessings. While strict observers consume only fruits and milk; whereas, partial observers consume on the following ravishing delicacies:
- Kutu Paratha/ Pakora
- Rajasi Aaloo
- Sabudana Kheer/Vada/Tikki
- Fruit raita/ fruits
- Arbi Laziz
- Vrat ke chawal
- Makhana/ Dry fruits
- Coconut/ coconut milk
- Milk and milk products prepared at home
Food To Be Avoided During Navratri
During Navratri, several food items are avoided by the people observing fast. These food items are:
- Onion and garlic
- Legumes and lentils Common salt is not used and in place of it rock salt (sendha namak) is used.
- Turmeric (haldi), fenugreek seeds (methi dana), asafoetida (hing), mustard (sarson or rai), dhania powder (coriander powder) and garam masala
- Alcohol and non-vegetarian food
Popular Navratri Songs
Double up the celebrations this Navratri in 2015, with some of the very popular Navratri songs:
- Aao Meri Sherawali Maa
- Ambe Tu Hai Jagdambe Kali
- Aaja Maa Tenu Akhiyan Udik Diya
- Aaja Maa Ghar Mere
Colors To Wear On Each Day
Navratri is not only the time to offer prayers to Maa Durga, but is also the time to wear nine different colors. Have a look at each of these colors and make your Navratri 2015 different, ethnic, and colorful.
Day 1 : Grey
Day 2: Orange
Day 3 : White
Day 4 : Red
Day 5 : Blue
Day 6 : Yellow
Day 7: Green
Day 8 : Peacock green
Day 9 : Purple
We hope that this article must have boosted your knowledge regarding all the 5 Navratris celebrated every year. With this article on Navratri 2015, please Goddess Durga and her manifestations to earn her blessings and Shakti for a fearless and successful life.
We wish you all a very Happy Navratri 2015!
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