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Navratri 2014: 9 Blessed Nights

Dates of all five Navratris in 2014 are now here at AstroSage ."Navratri" represents nine divine nights dedicated to the Goddess Durga. Well, if you dont know about all five Navaratris, read our article to know all about the details of Navratri in 2014.

Worship Maa Durga in her nine forms during Navratri and end all sufferings from your life.

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 2014, you can also worship Goddess Durga, and her nine forms to get her blessings. So, keep Navaratri fasts in 2014 and please Goddess Durga to get your wishes fulfilled.

Navratri Festival

5 Types Of Navratris

As per the Hindu Panchang, there are 5 types of Navratris celebrated:

  • Paush Gupt Navratri
  • Ashadha Gupt Navratri
  • Magha Gupt Navratri
  • Chaitra Navratri
  • Sharada Navratri

Lets discuss these Navratras in brief:

Paush Gupta Navratri (January 8 to January 16, 2014)

Paush Gupta Navratri falls during Paush Shukla Paksha and is also known as Shakambhari Navratri. This Navratri is dedicated to the Goddess Shakambari. Paush Gupt Navratri is celebrated mostly in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka. So, you can also keep a Navratri Vrat (fast) on Paush Gupta Navratri in 2014.

Ashadha Gupta Navratri (June 28 to July 7, 2014)

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. In Himachal Pradesh, Ashadha Gupt Navratri is known as Guhya Navratri. You can also get the blessings of Goddess Durga by keeping Navratri fast in 2014.

Magha Gupta Navratri (January 31 to February 8, 2014)

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. You can also feel the auspiciousness of Navratri festival in 2014 by observing Navratri Vrat.

Chaitra Navratri (March 31 to April 8, 2014)

Also known as Vasant Navratri or Basant Navratri, this Navratri is observed in the spring season. Out of the two most celebrated Navratri, Chaitra Navratri is the one. The ninth day of this Navratri is known as Ram Navami. The festival of Ram Navami is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Rama.

This Navratri is observed mostly in Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh. Lets discuss Chaitra Navratri in detail:

Chaitra Navratri Celebrations

Chaitra Navaratri is amongst the two popular Navarathri celebrated in India. Lets discuss Chaitra Navratri in detail:

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 ||

9. Siddhidatri:

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).

Sidhha Gandharvay khshadher Surair Marair Api |
Sevya Mana Sada Bhooyat Siddhida Siddhidayini ||

5. Sharada Navratri (Sept 25 to Oct 3, 2014)

Sharada Navratri is the major and widely celebrated Navratri. This Navratri is popularly known as Garba Navratri. Garba is played on this day which is a dance form, famous in Gujarat region of India. Ashwin Navratri and Maha Navratri are the other names of Sharada Navratri and it is observed in the beginning of winter. Last day of Sharada Navratri is celebrated as Vijaya Dashmi. The nine forms of Shakti worshipped during Sharada Navratri are:

  • Durga
  • Bhadrakali
  • Amba/Jagdamba
  • Annapoorna Devi
  • Sarvamangala
  • Bhairavi
  • Chandika/Chandi
  • Lalita
  • Bhavani
  • Mookambika

Hence, on the auspicious occasion of Navratri in 2014, you can also worship these nine forms of Devi Maa and earn her blessings.

9 Devis of Navratri

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. 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
  • Mahanavami: Navratri ends with the observance of Mahanavami. Kanya Puja is performed on this day in which nine young girls are worshipped. These girls represent the Goddess Durga

Navratri Attractions

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. Lets throw some light on both these widely celebrated traditions.

Gujarat

Gujarat celebrates Navratri with the traditional folk dance, Garba.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 in hands, Garba is accompanied with singing and music. For the period of nine days, the whole state gets engaged in joy, happiness and celebrations. So, what are you waiting for? Start preparing for the Navratri celebrations in 2014 and prepare for the outfits for Garba dance.

Enjoy Garba with the best Navratri Garba songs - Garba Songs


Durga Puja

People of Kolkata celebrate Navratri with 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.

Click here to know Durga Puja according to your zodiac sign - Durga Puja


Puja Materials

This Navratri, worship Maa Durga with complete devotion and enthusiasm. We have make sure that you dont miss out any of the essentials needed for Navratri Puja. To know the Puja materials for this Navratri, check out the following points:

  1. Shingar items for Maa Durga include red bangles, bindi, sindoor, red chunri, mehndi, kajal, red lipstick, anklets, mirror and nail polish.
  2. Lamp (Diya) which is burns throughout the Navratri days . It is known as Akhand jyot which wards off all the evil spirits.
  3. Coconut with its thin edge toward the temple.
  4. 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.

Navratri Fast

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 2014 in the best way so that goddess accepts all your prayers and get them fulfilled in 2014.

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)

Navratri Delicacies

How can we miss out his grand celebration of Navratri in 2014 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 2014, 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 2014 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 2014, 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 2014!