Navratri 2017 Dates-Navratri actually interpreted as nine nights and is the majorly celebrated Hindu festival dedicated to Deity Durga signifying purity and power. Navratri festival unites ritualistic prayers and fasting which go together with glorious celebrations for nine successive days and nights. Navratri follows the astral calendar and is commemorated in March/April as Chaitra Navratri and in September/October as Sharad Navratri. Sharada Navaratri is named subsequent to Sharada season which stands for autumn. In several regions, the festival is celebrated after autumn harvest and in other regions, it is celebrated during harvest whereas Vasanta Navaratri is named subsequent to vasanta which stands for spring. In various areas, the festival is celebrated after spring harvest and in others areas, it is celebrated during spring harvest. Navratri 2017 Dates are -: Chaitra Navratri 2017 is beginning from 28th March 2017 and will carry on till 5th April 2017 and Navratri 2017 Dates- the Sharad Navratri 2017 will begin from 21st September 2017 and will carry on till 29th September 2017.
Navratri is a time where nine figures of Hindu deities like Durga, Amba, Bhadrakali, Sarvamangala, Annapurna, Bhairavi, Lalita, Chandika and Bhavani are reverenced each day on these days people fast for the whole day and consume only one meal at evening time. Hymning of mantras, bhajans and folk songs will be done for nine consecutive days of Navratri. Navratri celebrations are performed with customary music and dance which defines both cultural and religious values and themes of India.
Gujarat is the focal point of Navratri celebrations with all-night-long dance named as Garba is a devotional dance form which is originated from the myths of Lord Krishna dancing and singing with the ‘gopis’ using dandiya(slim wooden sticks). In recent times Navratri festival has perceived variations in celebrations through high-end acoustics, well-choreographed dance performances, and custom-built bright costumes. Navratri celebrations in India witness’s innumerable forms of fidelity across the country while maintaining the familiar basic theme of good above evil. The Navratri Mela in Himachal Pradesh symbols the propitious event of Navratri. During Navratri the Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu witnesses a massive increase in the number of disciples crafting their way to the holy pilgrimage. Durga Puja is celebrated by various peoples in West Bengal they worship Goddess Durga with great affection and respect for demolishing the devil Mahishasura.
During Navratri, people assemble idols in a step prototype and call upon the name of God in South India. Vijayadashami or Dussehra is also a propitious day in South India for doing prayers for one’s motor vehicle.Goddess Durga is devoted for the first three days of Navratri after that Goddess Laxmi is devoted for the next three days and Goddess Saraswati for last three days. People celebrate Navratri with holy dedication to get the blessings of Goddess Durga. Ramlila is performed in big grounds in various places in India in which people perform scenes from Epic Ramayana during nine days of Sharad Navratri and Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day of Sharad Navratri. In Navratri 2017 people will again celebrate this social and cultural festival with joy and devotion.
Chaitra Navratri 2017 Date – 28th March To 5th April
Sharad Navratri 2017 Dates – 21st September to 29th September 2017
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