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Chaitra Navratri 2022

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According to the scriptures, the festival of Navratri is celebrated 4 times a year, with Chaitra and Shardiya Navratri being the most important ones. On the other hand, the festival of Gupt Navratri is celebrated in the month of Magh and Ashadha. Every year Chaitra Navratri is celebrated from the first day of Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month to Navami Tithi. 

Chaitra Navratri 2022, Date and Timings

This year the festival of Chaitra Navratri starts from 2nd April 2022 and ends on 11th April 2022. The Shubh Muhurat for the Puja starts from 2nd April 05:58 am and ends at 10:14 am. The Parana Muhurat for the devotees observing a fast is on 11th April, 6:30 pm onwards.

Significance of Chaitra Navratri 

The word ‘Navratri’ is an amalgamation of two words, ‘Nava’ and ‘Ratri’. ‘Nav’ means nine. The word ‘Ratri’ is again composed of two words, ‘Ra’ and ‘Tri’. Ra means night and Tri means the three aspects of life – body, mind and soul.

On the day of Chaitra Navratri,  nine different forms of Maa Durga are worshiped. They are:

Maa Shailputri on the first day, 

Maa Brahmacharini on the second day, 

Goddess Chandraghanta on the third day, 

Maa Kushmanda on the fourth day, 

Maa Skandmata on the fifth day, 

Goddess Katyayani on the sixth day, 

Maa Kalratri on the seventh day, 

Maa Mahagauri on the eighth day and 

Goddess Siddhidatri on the ninth day.

The devotees keep a Chaitra Navratri fast to please Maa Durga and as per religious beliefs, the Chaitra Navratri puja is considered successful only after performing a Kanya Puja on the last day of Navratri. 

Puja Vidhi

  • On the first day of Chaitra Navratri,  the devotees who will keep a fast should wake up early, have a bath and wear fresh clothes.
  • Then they should purify the whole house by sprinkling Gangajal in every corner.
  • Then the idol of Maa Durga should be bathed with Milk and water. After that the idol is placed in the area of worship and Maa Durga’s Shringar is done with the help of red clothes, flowers and Sindoor. 
  • The establishment of Kalash has special significance before the puja. The devotees should spread a red cloth on the floor, in front of Maa Durga’s idol and place the kalash. Then a coconut and 5 mango leaves are kept on the Kalash and finally a sacred red dhaga (thread) is tied to the coconut by chanting some Mantras.
  • Then various offerings such as oil lamps, incense sticks, sweets, fruits, kheer etc are made and the puja is conducted.
  • According to religious beliefs, some devotees light a monolithic lamp during Navratri and see to it that the lamp is lit continuously for nine days. Only then their worship is considered successful.
  • The devotees observing the fast shouldn’t consume nine veg, onion and garlic. They should eat fruits only while observing the fast for nine days.

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