Navratri 2024: Celebrate 9 Days of Devi

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Chaitra Navratri, a significant Hindu festival, marks the beginning of the Hindu lunar year and is celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm. This year, Chaitra Navratri begins on April 9, 2024, and continues till Wednesday, April 17.

The festival is dedicated to the worship of the divine feminine energy in the form of Goddess Durga, symbolizing the victory of good over evil. The nine days of Chaitra Navratri are filled with rituals, prayers, and fasting, aiming to invoke the blessings of the Goddess for health, wealth, and happiness.

Significance and Spiritual Relevance

Chaitra Navratri holds immense importance for Hindus worldwide as a time for inner purification, self-reflection, and devotion to the divine energy of Maa Durga.

The festival involves fasting, meditation, and worshiping the nine forms of the goddess, representing different aspects of feminine energy. It is a period for spiritual detox, fostering a deeper connection with the divine and facilitating personal growth and self-realization.

Impact on Season and Sun’s Energy

Chaitra Navratri falls during the spring season, a time of rejuvenation and renewal in nature. The festival’s timing coincides with the vernal equinox when the earth tilts neither towards nor away from the sun, symbolizing a balance of energies.

As the sun’s warmth and light increase, there is a corresponding surge in spiritual energy, making it conducive for introspection, growth, and enlightenment.

Placed at the confluence of winter and summer, Chaitra Navratri signifies a transition in seasons, prompting the need to detox and boost the immune system for the upcoming summer.

The festival encourages a diet that excludes grains, heavy foods, and non-vegetarian items, focusing on fruits, nuts, milk, and alternate grains. The use of rock salt in cooking during Navratri serves as a detox agent, rich in potassium, aiding in the purification process.

Utilizing the Days for Spiritual Growth

During Chaitra Navratri, devotees engage in increased meditation, prayer, and fasting, aiming to detach from worldly desires and distractions. The act of fasting extends beyond abstaining from food to include thoughts and actions, fostering a holistic transformation.

By fasting, individuals cleanse their bodies and minds, preparing for spiritual connection, self-reflection, and seeking blessings from Goddess Durga for strength and guidance.

Shubh Navratri wishes to all

Nine Forms of Goddess Durga and How to Invoke Their Blessings

Let’s understand about nine forms of Goddess Durga, each with unique blessings, and explore the rituals and offerings to invoke their divine grace during Chaitra Navratri.”

First day – Shailaputri Devi

The day is dedicated to Shailaputri, the daughter of the mountains. The ritual begins with Ghatasthapana, the establishment of the Kalash (a pot filled with holy water) and the placement of the Devi’s image or idol. Prana Pratishtha is performed to infuse the deity with divine energy. Aarti, the offering of light, is performed in the evening.

milk and pure ghee sweet

Prasad: Milk, sweets and bhog made with Desi Ghee.

Blessings: Power of Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh

Puja: Oil lamp, incense sticks, flowers, fruits and sweets to seek blessings and embody her virtues.

Story: Goddess Shailputri, the daughter of the mountain, symbolizes strength and divine energy.

Mantra: Recite the mantra  ॐ देवी शैलपुत्र्यै नमः” (Om Devi Shailaputryai Namah) during the puja.

Second day – Brahmacharini Devi

This day is dedicated to Brahmacharini, the unmarried form of Durga who is in deep penance. The rituals are similar to the first day, with the addition of fasting and recitation of the Devi’s mantras.


Prasad: Sugar

Blessings: Perseverance and penance

Puja: Offer Sugar to embody her virtues and seek her blessings.

Story: Goddess Brahmacharini represents dedication and unwavering commitment.

Mantra: Recite the mantra ” Dadhana Karpadma Abhyamaksh Mala Kamandalu | Devi Prasidatu Mayi Brahmacharinya Nuttama

Third day – Chandraghanta Devi

Chandraghanta, the one with a half-moon on her forehead, is worshipped on this day. The rituals include offering flowers, sweets, and fruits to the deity.

Samak Kheer

Prasad: Kheer

Blessings: Courage and protection

Puja: Offer Kheer to honor her and seek qualities like courage.

Story: Goddess Chandraghanta is known for her bravery and grace.

Mantra: Recite the mantra “Om Devi Chandraghantayai Namah”

Fourth day – Kushmanda Devi

Kushmanda, the creator of the universe, is worshipped on the fourth day. The rituals involve offering prayers and offerings to the deity, along with fasting.

Farali Malpua

Prasad: Malpua

Blessings: Wealth and health

Puja: Offer Malpua to dispel darkness and receive prosperity.

Story: Goddess Kushmanda embodies radiant energy and abundance

Mantra: Recite the mantra “Om Devi Kushmandayai Namah

Fifth day – Skandamata Devi

Skandamata, the mother of Skanda (Lord Kartikeya), is worshipped on this day. The rituals include offering flowers, sweets, and fruits to the deity, along with fasting.


Prasad: Bananas

Blessings: Prosperity and power

Puja: Offer Bananas to seek prosperity and strength.

Story: Goddess Skandamata, the mother of Lord Skanda, symbolizes maternal love and protection.

Mantra: Recite the mantra ” Om Skandamatayai Namah”

Sixth day – Katyayani Devi

Katyayani, the warrior form of Durga, is worshipped on the sixth day. The rituals involve offering prayers and offerings to the deity, along with fasting.


Prasad: Honey

Blessings: Channeling anger positively

Puja: Offer Honey to learn to direct anger productively.

Story: Goddess Katyayani is fierce and represents the power to overcome negativity.

Mantra: Recite the mantra “ॐ देवी कात्यायन्यै नम:” Om Devī Katyāyanyai Namaḥ.

Seventh day – Kalaratri Devi

Kalaratri, the most ferocious form of Durga, is worshipped on the seventh day. The rituals include offering prayers and offerings to the deity, along with fasting.


Prasad: Jaggery (Gur)

Blessings: Powerful energy

Puja: Offer Jaggery to imbibe her fierce energy.

Story: Goddess Kalaratri is the ferocious form of Goddess Parvati, symbolizing strength and protection.

Mantra: Recite the mantra ॐ देवी कालरात्र्यै नमः॥” ( Om Devi Kalaratryai Namah )

Eighth day – Maha Gauri Devi

Maha Gauri, the embodiment of purity and tranquility, is worshipped on the eighth day. The rituals include offering prayers and offerings to the deity, along with fasting.


Prasad: Coconut

Blessings: Removal of sins and worldly gains

Puja: Offer Coconut to seek blessings and purity.

Story: Goddess Mahagauri is known for her fairness and purity.

Mantra: Recite the mantra “ॐ देवी महागौर्यै नमः॥” “Om Devi Maha Gauriyai Namah॥

Ninth day – Siddhidhatri Devi

Siddhidhatri, the bestower of all siddhis (spiritual powers), is worshipped on the ninth day. The rituals include offering prayers and offerings to the deity, along with fasting.

Sesame Seeds

Prasad: Sesame Seeds

Blessings: Accomplishments and knowledge

Puja: Offer Sesame Seeds to achieve Siddhis and wisdom.

Story: Goddess Siddhidatri bestows Siddhis and is associated with power and direction.

Mantra: Recite the mantra “Om Durga Om Jai Maata Durga Om Siddhidatryai Namah”


Throughout Navratri, devotees perform daily rituals, including the recitation of the Devi Mahatmya, a sacred text dedicated to the worship of Durga, and the performance of the Durga Saptashati, a series of hymns dedicated to the goddess.

Chaitra Navratri is a sacred time to honor the divine feminine energy and seek blessings from the goddesses who embody various virtues and powers. By performing their pujas with devotion and sincerity, devotees can invite their divine grace into their lives and experience spiritual upliftment and growth. May the Navratri festivities inspire us all to cultivate virtues, overcome obstacles, and walk the path of righteousness with courage and devotion.

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