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Devi Sharan Navaratri is a hindu festival dedicated to the Durga Maa. It typically spans nine nights, and each night is devoted to a different form of the goddess.

Devi Navratri Festival [Dussehra 2024]

Navratri is a Hindu festival dedicated to the worship of the goddess Durga. It spans nine nights (nav means nine, and ratri means night in Sanskrit) and is celebrated in the lunar month of Ashwin (usually September or October). There are two major Navratri celebrations in a year—Chaitra Navratri and Sharad Navratri. The festival involves fasting, prayer, and cultural events.

Devi Navratri, often referred to as Sharad Navratri, is the more widely celebrated of the two. During this festival, different forms of the goddess Durga are worshipped on each of the nine days. The tenth day is celebrated as Dussehra or Vijayadashami, symbolizing the victory of good over evil.

Vijayawada Kanakadurgamma Navaratri Festival 2024 Information

Day Date Avatharam Navarathri Day Saree Alankaram Naivedyam
Day 1 04-10-2024  Sri Swarna Kavachalankrita Durga Devi  Ashwayuja Shuddha Padyami  Swarna Kavacham Sari Halwa Puri/Sojjappalu, Chalimidi, Vada Pappu, Paramannam/Rice Kheer
Day 2 05-10-2024  Sri Bala Tripura Sundari Devi  Ashwayuja Shuddha Vidiya  Light Pink Colour Saree. Paramannam/Rice Kheer
Day 3 06-10-2024  Sri Gayathri Devi  Ashwayuja Shuddha Thadiya  Orange Colour Saree. Allapu Garelu/Ginger Medu Vada, Chintapandu Pulihora
Day 4 07-10-2024  Sri Lalitha Tripura Sundari Devi  Ashwayuja Shuddha Chaturthi  Pure Gold Colour Saree. Kobbari Annam, Thengai Sadam, Coconut Rice, Chintapandu Pulihora
Day 5 08-10-2024  Sri Annapoorna Devi  Ashwayuja Shuddha Shashti  Yellow Sandalwood Colour Saree. Daddojanam, Katte Pongali
 Sri Mahalakshmi Devi  Pink Colour Saree. Poornalu, Poornam Boorelu, Rava Kesari, Chakkara Pongal
Day 6 09-10-2024  Sri Saraswati Devi  Ashwayuja Shuddha Saptami  White Colour Saree.  Payasam, Guggillu/Konda Kadalai Sundal, Shakhannam, Atukulu/Aval, Bellam/Jaggery
Day 7 10-10-2024  Sri Durga Devi Alankaram  Ashwayuja Shuddha Ashtami  Red Colour Saree.  Kadambam (without shallots)
Day 8 11-10-2024  Sri Mahishasuramardhini Devi  Ashwayuja Shuddha Navami (Mahanavami)  Brown or Red colour handloom saree.   Pulihora, Vada Pappu, Garelu, Panakam, Pakam Garelu
Day 9 12-10-2024  Sri Rajarajeshwari Devi  Ashwayuja Shuddha Dashami (Vijayadashami)  Green Colour Saree. Naivedyam for Rajarajeshwari Devi: Laddu, Maha Naivedyam includes: Chalimidi, Panakam, Vada Pappu, Chintapandu Pulihora, Payasam, Garelu, Guggillu, Mukkala Pulusu, Mudda Pappu, Rice, & more,
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Pujas Involved as part of the Durga Navratri (Dussehra):

Devotees across India celebrate Navratri to honor the divine feminine energy, particularly the goddess Durga. The festival spans nine nights, with each night dedicated to one of the nine forms of the goddess. During this period, people observe fasting, engage in prayers, and participate in traditional dance forms like Garba and Dandiya.

Typically, Navratri involves various customs and rituals, including:

  1. Ghatasthapana: This marks the beginning of Navratri. A pot (Kalash) is filled with holy water, and various symbols of fertility and prosperity are placed around it.
  2. Daily Worship: Devotees offer prayers to Goddess Durga in her various forms during the nine nights. The prayers may include chanting of mantras, singing devotional songs, and performing aarti.
  3. Fasting: Many people observe fasts during Navratri, abstaining from certain foods. Some may choose to eat only specific types of food during this period.
  4. Garba and Dandiya Dance: These traditional dance forms are an integral part of Navratri celebrations, especially in Gujarat and other parts of India. People dance in circles, often wearing colorful traditional attire.
  5. Kanya Puja: On the eighth or ninth day of Navratri, young girls are invited to homes and treated as embodiments of the goddess. They are offered food, gifts, and blessings.
  6. Ayudha Puja: In some regions, especially in South India, people worship their tools, machinery, and equipment as a way of acknowledging the role they play in their livelihoods.
  7. Vijayadashami: The tenth day, also known as Dussehra or Vijayadashami, marks the triumph of good over evil. It is believed that on this day, Goddess Durga defeated the demon Mahishasura.

Devotees observe fasts during Navratri and engage in prayers, bhajans (devotional songs), and cultural events. In many regions, Garba and Dandiya Raas dances are popular during this festival. On the tenth day, effigies of the demon king Ravana are burned in many parts of India, symbolizing the victory of good over evil.

The festival is not only celebrated in India but is also observed by Hindus around the world. It is a time for spiritual reflection, cultural celebration, and coming together as a community. Click here to Book a Pandit for Durga Puja.