A brief about Navratri
If we break ‘Navaratri’ into two words we will get ‘nava’, which means nine, and ‘ratri’ means night. Thus, it is a festival of nine nights. It falls twice in every year, once in summers and second time in autumn. This festival is entirely dedicated to Goddess Durga, and all her respective nine forms – Devi Siddhidatri, Devi Kushmanda, Devi Brahmacharini, Devi Shailputri, Devi Mahagauri, Devi Chandraghanta, Devi Skandmata, Devi Katyayani and Devi Kalakriti. [ More information ]
● In 2016, Navaratri dates are October 1 to 11.
Navratri Day 1 (Ghatsthapana, Shailputri Puja) - 1 October, 2016 (Saturday)
Navratri Day 2 (Chandra Darshan) - 2 October, 2016 (Sunday)
Navratri Day 3 (Dwitiya, Brahmacharini Puja) - 3 October, 2016 (Monday)
Navratri Day 4 (Tritiya, Sindoor Tritiya, Chandraghanta Puja) - 4 October, 2016 (Tuesday)
Navratri Day 5 (Chaturthi, Kushmanda Puja, Varad Vinayaka Chauth, Upang Lalita Vrat) - 5 October, 2016 (Wednesday)
Navratri Day 6 (Panchami, Skandamata Puja) - 6 October, 2016 (Thursday)
Navratri Day 7 (Shashthi, Saraswati Awahan, Katyayani Puja) - 7 October, 2016 (Friday)
Navratri Day 8 (Saptami, Kalaratri Puja) - 8 October, 2016 (Saturday)
Navratri Day 9 (Ashtami, Saraswati Puja, Durga Ashtami, Mahagauri Puja, Sandhi Puja) - 9 October, 2016 (Sunday)
Navratri Day 10 (Navami, Maha Navami, Ayudha Puja, Navami Homa) - 10 October, 2016 (Monday)
Navratri Day 11 (Dashami, Navratri Parana, Durga Visarjan, Vijayadashami) - 11 October, 2016 (Tuesday)
● In 2017, Navaratri dates are September 21-29. (Navaratri extends for 10 nights, as the first day Pratipada falls across both days one and two).
● In 2018, Navaratri dates are October 9-17. (Navaratri extends for 10 nights, as the first day Pratipada falls across both days one and two).