Chaitra Navratri 2016 - Vasant Navratri 2016 - Basant Navratri 2016
Chaitra Navratri in 2016 (Vasant Navratri 2016) is going to start from 8th of April to 16th of April, , also known as Basant Navratri or Chaitra Navratri. The ninth day of Vasant Navratri coincides with Ram Navami, hence it is also considered as Ram Navami at some places. Festival of Vasant Navratri is celebrated in the Hindu month of Chaitra, which occurs in between the English months of March - April.
Dates of Chaitra Navratri in 2016
Vasant Navratri Day 1 - Ghatsthapana - 8th April 2016
Vasant Navratri Day 2 - Sindhara Dooj, Dwitiya - 9th April 2016
Vasant Navratri Day 3 - Gaur Teej, Saubhagya Teej, Tritiya - 10th April 2016
Vasant Navratri Day 4 - Varadvinayak Chaturthi - 11th April 2016
Vasant Navratri Day 5 - Sri Laxmi Panchami Vrat, Naag Vrat Pujan - 12th April 2016
Vasant Navratri Day 6 - Skand Shashthi, Yamuna Jayanti - 13th April 2016
Vasant Navratri Day 7 - Mahasaptami Vrat, Chaiti Chat, Vijaya Saptami - 14th April 2016
Vasant Navratri Day 8 - Sri Durga Mahaashtami, Annapurna Ashtami - 15th April 2016Vasant Navratri Day 9 - Vasant Navaratri ends, Ram Navami - 16th April 2016
Celebration of all Navratri in a year is almost same. There is a special event followed by Hindus during Vasant Navaratri and Sharad Navaratri. It is of feeding little girls, below the age of nine, considering them the symbol of Goddess Durga and these girls are known as 'Kanjaks' in Haryana and Punjab and ''Kanya'' at many other places. This event is performed on the eighth day and some people also perform it on ninth day. Apart from food, people also offer money and many other forms of gifts.
Chaitra Navratri in 2016, like every year, is going to be celebrated during Basant Ritu (spring season), which is the time of March - April. That is why this festival is also called Vasant Navratri or Basant Navratri.
Legend Behind Chaitra Navratri
While celebrating Chaitra Navratri in 2016, one should also know about the legend associated with this festival. Long ago, King Dhruvasindhu was killed by a lion while hunting. After this the preparations were made to crown the prince Sudarshana. But, there were many eyes behind the throne. These eyes were of King Yudhajit of Ujjain, father of Queen Lilavati, King Virasena of Kalinga and father of Queen Manorama. Each one of them wanted the throne of Kosala for their grandsons. Hence, they all fought with each other. King Virasena died during the battle. On the other hand, Queen Manorama fled to the forest with prince Sudarshana and a eunuch. They took the shelter under the protection of Rishi Bhardwaja. Finally, King Yudhajit won and crowned his grandson Shatrujit at Ayodhya, the capital of Kosala. After that, he went out to look for Manorama and Sudarshana. On the other hand, Rishi promised them that he always protects those who come to his shelter. This made Yudhajit furious. He thought of attacking the Rishi, but his minister explained him the hidden truth behind the Rishi's statement. Being convinced, Yudhajit returned back.
One day, son of a hermit approached Rishi's place and called eunuch by his Sanskrit name 'Kleeba'. The prince heard the first part 'Kli' and started chanting 'Kleem'. This syllable was a powerful mantra, actually the Beej Mantra of the divine Goddess. Due to which, prince got blessed with peaceful mind and grace of Goddess. His continuous utterance forced Goddess to show up and hence she appeared to him. She blessed him and offered him divine weapons and inexhaustibility.
Once, the emissaries of Banaras King were passing by the Asharam of Rishi. They saw the prince and recommended for the daughter of King of Benaras, princess Sashikala.
The choosing ceremony was organized and Sashikala accepted Sudarshana at first sight. They got married. Due to this, King Yudhajit started fighting with King of Benaras. Devi being the protection to Sudarshana helped him. Goddess turned Yudhajit and his army to ashes. Further, Sudarshana with his wife and father - in - law expressed their gratitude toward Devi. Being pleased by them, Devi asked them to worship her during Vasanta Navratri and then disappeared.
Sudarshan and Sashikala returned back to the Ashram of Rishi Bhardwaja. Rishi blessed them and crowned the prince Sudarshana as king of Kosala. Sudarshana and Shashikala along with the King of Benaras further carried out the commands of Goddess and performed the Puja of Goddess with proper procedure in Vasanta Navratri.
Further, the descendants of Sudarshana, Rama and Lakshman also worshipped Goddess during Sharad Navratri and got blessed and rescued Sita from Lanka.
This was all on Vasanta Navaratri, hope you would have got an idea about this festival. With this, we hope you get blessed by the grace of Goddess Durga. Happy Chaitra Navratri 2016!