Why is Navratri celebrated?

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Do you know why Navratri is celebrated? If not, then today’s article is going to be full of information for you.

Navratri is a Sanskrit word which is derived from Nav + Ratri which means nine nights. Navratri is an important festival celebrated by the people of the Hindu religion in India.

This festival is celebrated continuously for ten days and its tenth day is known as Dussehra. For these nine nights, nine forms of Maa Durga are worshipped.

According to the Hindi calendar, Navratri comes four times a year in the months of Paush, Chaitra, Sharad and Ashadh and there is a rule to observe Navratri in the four months from Pratipada to Navami. Although mainly it is celebrated only on Chaitra and Navratri of Sharad month.

Navratri is celebrated with great enthusiasm by the people of the Hindu religion across the country. That’s why I thought why not provide all the information related to Navratri to you people so that you can get knowledge of everything. Then let’s start the main festival of India Navratri.

What is Navratri?

Navratri or Navratri is considered to be the main festival celebrated by Hindu religious people and it is celebrated with great pomp and devotion in India.

Everywhere this festival is celebrated in different ways. The methods of celebrating Navratri of Chaitra month and Ashwin month are also different.

Chaitra month is called the first month of the Hindi calendar. Many stories and mythological stories are prevalent behind the festival of Navratri. The story of Lord Rama is also associated with the Dussehra festival, which is celebrated nine days after Navratri.

other namesNarrate, Navratri
startChaitra month and Ashwin month
date From Pratipada to Navami date
ObjectiveReligious fidelity, Celebration, Entertainment
followerHindu, Indian

When is Navratri in 2022?

Navratri is a Hindu festival celebrated every year in autumn. It usually falls in the months of September and October. This year it is till Thu, Monday, 26 September – Tuesday, 4 October.

Some may think that Navratri lasts for nine days but it actually lasts for three days, 9 days and 27 days, depending on which region you are celebrating the festival. However, the people of Gujarat and Maharashtra celebrate it for nine days.

Why is Navratri celebrated?

There are two mythological beliefs behind the celebration of the Navratri festival. According to a belief, there was a demon named Mahishasura who was a devotee of Brahma ji and had pleased Brahma Ji with his rigorous penance, then Brahma Ji asked him to ask for a boon.

He asked for a boon that gods, demons and any human living on the earth could not kill him.

Since Mahishasura was a demon, that’s why after receiving the boon, he started creating terror in the three worlds, due to which the deities, along with Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh gave birth to Durga Maa in the form of Mother Shakti.

The battle between Maa Durga and the demon Mahishasura continued for nine days and on the tenth day, Maa Durga defeated and killed Mahishasura. Navratri festival is celebrated for nine days as the victory of evil over good.

According to another belief, Lord Rama worshipped Mother Shakti i.e. Mother Durga continuously for nine days to win the victory over Lankapati Ravana and being pleased with this worship, Mother Durga blessed Lord Rama to win in Lanka. On the tenth day, Lord Rama killed Ravana and conquered Lanka.

These nine days are celebrated as Navratri and on the tenth day, Lord Rama conquered Lanka is celebrated as Vijayadashami i.e. Dussehra.

Navratri Puja Method

Here we will provide you with information about the worship method of Navratri. Then let’s know.

Chaitra month Navratri worship method

On the day of Pratipada of Chaitra month, after bathing, the seeds are sown and for nine days a fast is kept in the name of the mother. Consumption of meat and alcohol is avoided these days. For these nine days, nine different forms of Mother Shakti are worshipped.

Ashtami and Navami are considered as Mahatithi and it is customary to offer girls food after worshipping on these dates. On the day of Navami, the pearls are immersed in a river or pond.

Sharad month Navratri worship method

The worship method of Sharad month Navratri is almost the same as Chaitra month Navratri, but in the Navratri of Sharad month, the idol of Mother Durga is established by not setting up boys. And by worshipping the idol of Maa Durga for 9 days with the rituals, Havan is organized.

After the Havan, a Bhandara is organized on the day of Ashtami or Navami and the idol is immersed in the river on the tenth day i.e. Dussehra.

When is Navratri celebrated?

According to the Hindi calendar, the festival of Navratri comes four times a year. Navratri festival comes in the months of Paush, Chaitra, Sharad and Ashadha. But mainly two Navratri are celebrated in these, one of Chaitra month and the other of Sharad month.

According to the Hindi calendar, all the four Navratri are celebrated from Pratipada to Navami, that is, from the first date to the ninth. The tenth day is known as Dussehra.

Importance of Navratri

Navratri is the main festival celebrated by the people of the Hindu religion and it is considered to be of great importance. It is believed that the festival of Navratri is the most favourable time to worship Maa Durga and please Maa Durga. It is said that Navratri worship has been going on since mythological times.

It is believed that by worshipping Goddess Durga duly during Navratri, one gets victory over anger, ego, lust and evil.

It is also believed that on whom Maa Durga is happy, she gets happiness, wealth and wealth. Since nine different forms of Mother Shakti are worshipped in Navratri and all worship has a different significance.

How is Navratri celebrated?

The festival of Navratri of Chaitra month is celebrated by keeping a fast by setting up the strings. The women take them for immersion by placing them on their heads with pomp with bands. At the same time, the matter of the festival of Navratri of Sharad month is different. This Navratri has a different atmosphere.

In this Navratri, idols of Maa Durga are established in the streets and then for nine days, they all worship and serve Maa Durga with devotion.

Yagya is organized on the eighth or ninth day, in which everyone enthusiastically participates and receives the merit of the sacrifice. At the same time, Bhandara is also organized on the eighth or ninth day, the food of Bhandara is considered as Mahaprasad. In many places, Garba is organized in the festival of Navratri.

Durga Ji’s pandals are decorated with decorations like lights, flowers and skirting materials. On the tenth day the band Baja and DJ. Maa Durga is given a final farewell while singing a dance with her.

How did Navratri start?

Navratri begins with “Durga Puja” or “Sharadotsava” which is celebrated for five days. 
The first day of Navratri begins with Durga Puja. 
One of the most important rituals performed during this time is animal sacrifice including goats, buffaloes or pigeons.

Why is Navratri celebrated twice a year?

The reason why Navratri is celebrated twice a year is that Hinduism celebrates the festival according to two different calendars, one lunar and one solar.

Why Navratri is celebrated?

Navratri is the festival of Goddess Durga, which is celebrated for nine days according to the Hindu calendar. 
Navratri is a festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil. 
Navratri is also known as Sharadotsav or Vijayotsav.

What did you learn today

I hope you like my article Why Navratri is celebrated? Must have liked it. It has always been my endeavour to provide complete information about Navratri to the readers so that they do not have to search any other sites or the internet in the context of that article.

This will also save their time and they will also get all the information in one place. If you have any doubts about this article or you want that there should be some improvement in it, then you can write low comments for this.

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