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NAVARATRI

When is Navaratri in 2019?

Navaratri in 2019 is on the Sunday, 29th of Sep (9/29/2019).

Navaratri is on the 272th day of 2019. There are 93 days left in the year.

Navaratri Facts

  • Date: Sep 29, 2019
  • Religious
  • Also Called: Sharad Navaratri
  • Celebrations: Nine forms of godess are worshiped.
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"India is the cradle of human race, the birth place of human speech, the mother of history, the grand mother of legends, and the great grandmother of traditions" --Mark Twin

Social customs and traditions are the essential element of Indian culture. No where else on the earth the natural and spiritual worlds are so intertwined as in India. This is the place where fire and air, animals and trees, mountains and rivers are revealed as Gods. One of the most powerful in these natural deities is the Goddess Durga- the Goddess of power, energy and strength. In Indian mythology, deity Durga is the energy aspect of Lord, which helps God to proceed with the work of creation, preservation and destruction. She is embodiment of purity, knowledge, and truth. It is mentioned in the oldest and the most important scriptures of India that "Mother, you have created this Universe. You are the strength of all (god and sages). Without you Lord has no expressions".

Navarati or Navadurga Parva is the festival, dedicated to the Hindu deity Durga as a destroyer of evil and misery. These auspicious nine days are celebrated all over the India, when nine forms of goddess Durga, Bhadrakali, Sarvamangla, Bheravi, Chandika, Lalita, Annpurna, Amba, Bhavani and Durga are worshipped each day. In north India, people celebrate Navaratri by worshipping the idols of deity Durga. In Bengal, decorative Pandals are made, where devotees visit for the blessings of goddess Durga. In Gujrat, the nine nights of this festival are celebrated by performing Garba. In South India, during this festival 'Golu' is celebrated in which various kinds of clay dolls are decorated on the nine steps of Kolu. This festival is very popular in the states of west Bengal, Orrisa, Bihar, and Utter Pradesh.

This festival is also popular by other names as Dusshera and Durga Puja.The word "Navaratri" means 'nine nights in Sanskrit, nava meaning nine and ratri meaning night. During these ten days we invoke the energy aspect of goddess Durga in the form of universal mother. Navaratri in India follows the lunar calendar and is celebrated in March/April as Chitra Navaratri and in September/October as Sharad Navratri.

As per the Hindu Holy scriptures, this festival has a rich historical and cultural background. Hindu mythology tells an interesting tale of the fierce battle of Durga and Mahishasura who harassed devas and humans. Deity Durga, destroyed the demon on the ninth day of the battle. All the humans and devas rejoiced her victory. From that day the tenth day of the navratri is celebrated as "Vijyadasmi". In the Hindu epics, Ramayana and Mahabhatra there are various refrences of deity Durga. In Ramayana, Lord Rama worshipped deity Durga before starting for his battle with Ravana to get her blessings. In Mahabharta, Lord Krishna also advised Arjuna to worship goddess Durga to ensure his victory in the battle of Kurukshetra.

Hindu celebrated these days to glorify the deity Durga with a great joy. Prayers and fasting for nine consecutive days are offered to her. The first day is dedicated to Kumari which signifies the girl child. On the second day prayers are offered to Deity Parvati who is embodiment of a young woman. On the third day, Kali is worshipped and the other days are dedicated to Goddess lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati (Goddess of art and knowledge). Prayers are offered to her to seek spiritual knowledge.

Thus, the nine nights of Navaratri are considered as the most auspicious days in Hindu culture. This festival is also a reminder that evil can never triumph over the power of truth.

Author: Dr. Nidhi Jindal

Navaratri Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Thu
  • Sep 25, 2014
  • Tue
  • Oct 13, 2015
  • Sat
  • Oct 01, 2016
  • Thu
  • Sep 21, 2017
  • Wed
  • Oct 10, 2018
  • Sun
  • Sep 29, 2019

List of Religious Holidays of Hindu in 2019

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
TuesdayTueJan 15, 2019Jan 15Makarsankranti / Pongal
MondayMonJan 21, 2019Jan 21Thaipusam
SaturdaySatFeb 09, 2019Feb 09Vasant Panchami
MondayMonMar 04, 2019Mar 04Maha Shivaratri
WednesdayWedMar 20, 2019Mar 20Holika Dahan
ThursdayThuMar 21, 2019Mar 21Holi
FridayFriMar 22, 2019Mar 22Hindi New Year
SaturdaySatApr 06, 2019Apr 06Ugadi / Gudi Padwa / Telugu New Year
SaturdaySatApr 13, 2019Apr 13Ramanavami
SundaySunApr 14, 2019Apr 14Tamil New Year
MondayMonApr 15, 2019Apr 15Bengali New Year / Bihu
MondayMonApr 15, 2019Apr 15Vaisakhi / Baisakhi / Vishu
FridayFriApr 19, 2019Apr 19Hanuman Jayanti
TuesdayTueMay 07, 2019May 07Akshaya Tritiya
MondayMonJun 03, 2019Jun 03Savitri Pooja
ThursdayThuJul 04, 2019Jul 04Puri Rath Yatra
TuesdayTueJul 16, 2019Jul 16Guru Purnima
MondayMonAug 05, 2019Aug 05Nag Panchami
FridayFriAug 09, 2019Aug 09Varalakshmi Vrat
ThursdayThuAug 15, 2019Aug 15Raksha Bandhan
SaturdaySatAug 24, 2019Aug 24Krishna Janmashtami
MondayMonSep 02, 2019Sep 02Ganesh Chaturthi
WednesdayWedSep 11, 2019Sep 11Onam
TuesdayTueSep 17, 2019Sep 17Vishwakarma Puja
SaturdaySatSep 28, 2019Sep 28Mahalaya Amavasya
SundaySunSep 29, 2019Sep 29Navaratri begins
MondayMonOct 07, 2019Oct 07Navaratri ends / Maha Navami
TuesdayTueOct 08, 2019Oct 08Dusshera
SundaySunOct 13, 2019Oct 13Sharad Purnima
ThursdayThuOct 17, 2019Oct 17Karwa Chauth
FridayFriOct 25, 2019Oct 25Dhan Teras
SundaySunOct 27, 2019Oct 27Diwali
TuesdayTueOct 29, 2019Oct 29Bhai Dooj
SaturdaySatNov 02, 2019Nov 02Chhath Puja
TuesdayTueNov 12, 2019Nov 12Kartik Poornima
SundaySunDec 08, 2019Dec 08Geeta Jayanti
MondayMonDec 16, 2019Dec 16Dhanu Sankranti