Navratri 2018: The period of celebrations is here once more! Individuals the nation over and abroad will observe Navratri which will start from tomorrow. Navratri additionally spelled as Navaratri or Navarathri is the festival of ‘nava ratris’ (nine evenings or nine nights) starts with Navratri Ghatasthapana, which symbolizes the commitment and love which individuals have for Goddess Shakti (Ma Durga) the incomparable enormous power. It is watched for various reasons and celebrated distinctively in different states. All the nine long stretches of the celebration are devoted to the nine manifestations of Goddess Shakti. The merriment comes to completion on the tenth day with Vijay Dashami or Dussehra.
Here’s all you need to know about the celebration:
Navratri 2018 Date and Time
Navratri starts on day one of Ashwin lunar month with Navratri Ghatasthapana. Kalash, which is positioned amid Navratri Ghatasthapana, is submerged in the water body on the tenth day.
Navratri 2018 starts – Pratipada (first day) of Ashwin (seventh lunar month) Shukla Paksha
Navratri 2018 closes – Navami (ninth day) of Ashwin Shukla Paksha
Navratri 2018 will begin on October 10 and end on October 18. The latter five days are commended as Durga Puja in Bengal. While the final day (tenth day) is called Dussehra.
Navratri 2018 Day 1: October 10, 2018 – Pratipada
Goddess Shailputri is worshipped on this day
Navratri 2018 Day 2: October 11, 2018 – Dwitiya
Goddess Brahmacharini is worshipped on this day
Navratri 2018 Day 3: October 12, 2018 – Tritiya
Goddess Chandraghanta is worshipped on this day
Navratri 2018 Day 4: October 13, 2018 – Chaturthi
Goddess Kushmanda is worshipped on this day
Navratri 2018 Day 5: October 14, 2018 – Panchami
Goddess Skandamta is worshipped on this day
Navratri 2018 Day 6: October 15, 2018 – Shasthi
Goddess Katyayani is worshipped on this day
Navratri 2018 Day 7: October 16, 2018 – Saptami
Goddess Kalaratri is worshipped on this day
Navratri 2018 Day 8: October 17, 2018 – Ashtami
Goddess Mahagauri is worshipped on this day
Navratri 2018 Day 9: October 18, 2018 – Navami
Goddess Siddhidatri is worshipped on this day
Navratri 2018 Dashami: October 10, 2018
Navratri 2018 Ghatasthapana Muhurat
Navratri Ghatasthapana is one of the significant rituals during Navratri. It marks the beginning of nine days festivity. Our scriptures have well-defined rules and guidelines to perform Ghatasthapana during a certain period of time at the beginning of Navratri. Ghatasthapana is the invocation of Goddess Shakti and doing it wrong time, as our scriptures forewarn, might bring the wrath of the Goddess Shakti. Navratri Ghatasthapana is prohibited during Amavasya and night time.
The most auspicious or Shubh time to do Ghatasthapana is first one third of the day while Pratipada is prevailing. If due to some reasons this time is not available then Navratri Ghatasthapana can be done during Abhijit Muhurta. However this year Abhiit Muhurta is not available. It is advised to avoid Nakshatra Chitra and Vaidhriti Yoga during Ghatasthapana but those are not prohibited. The most important factor to consider is that Navratri Ghatasthapana is done before Hindu midday while Pratipada is prevailing.
Navratri Ghatasthapana Muhurta, Day One = 06:08 to 07:25
Duration = 1 Hour 16 Mins
Navratri Ghatasthapana Muhurta falls on Pratipada Tithi
Navratri Ghatasthapana Muhurta falls during Chitra Nakshatra which cannot be avoided
Navratri Ghatasthapana Muhurta falls during Vaidhriti Yoga which cannot be avoided
Pratipada Tithi Begins = 09:16 on 9/Oct/2018
Pratipada Tithi Ends = 07:25 on 10/Oct/2018
2018 Navratri Ghatasthapana Puja Vidhi
The Nine long periods of Navratri – Colors to wear
The goddesses adored amid Navratri are for all incarnations of Maa Durga. Every one of the nine days likewise has an assigned shade which the followers like to wear on the day. These Navratri colours are green, blue, red, orange, yellow, indigo, violet, pink and tints of gold.
The primary Goddess of Navratri is Goddess Durga who is otherwise called Goddess Bhavani and Goddess Amba. Every one of these incarnations of Durga is credited to Goddess Parvati. Other than, Goddess Durga, nine forms of Goddess Durga are loved amid Navratri. As per Drig Panchang, the rundown of Navratri Goddesses which is, for the most part, followed in North India, presiding god of each Tithi from Pratipada to Navami amid Navratri are as following –
Through the span of Navratri, individuals adore Maa Durga by fasting in the mornings, and in the nights there is devouring and celebration. Amid the fasting time frame, while there are sure things that you are permitted to eat, few edibles are disallowed. Here’s the rundown of nourishment that one can have amid the fasting time frame.
Vegetables – Veggies like potatoes, lauki or bottle gourd, yellow pumpkin, arbi, cucumber, sweet potato and colocassia are permitted to eat amid Navratri.
Fruits – Consumption of apples, water chestnuts (singhara), bananas, pomegranate (anaar), kiwi amid the fasting time frame spares the individual from craving and thirst.
Flours – flours like buckwheat (kuttu), amaranth and water chestnut flour (singhara atta) can be utilized as sound and astonishing options.
Dairy items – Dairy items like paneer, drain, yogurt, and cream can be devoured, with the exception of industrially purchased margarine and cheddar that have bunches of salt in it.
Other Navratri nourishments – Sabudana (custard pearls), coconut water, makhane or fox nuts, almond drain, cashew drain, coconut, nuts like almond, cashew, raisins and walnuts.