Navratri Durga Puja & Dussehra Festival


Navratri Durga Puja festival or Sharan Navratri Puja is a famous Hindu festival dedicated to the worship of the deity Goddess Durga. In Sanskrit, 'Nava' means nine and 'Ratri' means night, So the word Navratri meaning is  'Nine Nights'. As part of Navratri Puja, during these ten days & nine nights, nine different forms of Durga Mata are worshipped. Usually Durga Puja is also known as Durgotsava. The last five days are observed as Shashthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Navami and Vijayadashami. Kumari Pooja or Suvasini Pooja also performed in the Maha Navami Day. The tenth day is Vijayadashami. This day is also referred to as "Dussehra".

 

Except West Bengal, most other states perform Ghatasthapana or Kalasha Sthapana on Aswayuja Suddha Padyami also known as Pratipada which is the next day of Mahalaya Amavasya. In 2016 Navratri Pooja dates start from October 1st 2016 to October 11th 2016. Usually from Navratri first day onwards Tirumala Tiruapati Venkateswara Swamy Brahmotsavas also will start.

Moola Poojas are observed from the Saptami tidhi or Sixth day of the Durga Navratri Puja. Moola Nakshatram is the Janma Nakshatram of Goddess Saraswati mata. Goddess Saraswati is the legend of learning and knowledge. Moola Saraswati Pooja and Ayudha Puja are performed in this day. Maha Ashtami or Durga Ashtami and Maharnavami or Maha Navami festivals are observed followed by Dussehra or Vijaya Dashami the tenth day of a long Durga Puja Festival. Finally Sami Pooja is also performed as part of Sharan Navratri Pooja.

Important Poojas on Durga Navratri festival 2016

 

Sri Navratri Pooja

Sri Navratri Pooja

Navchandi Havan

Navchandi Havan

Dussehra Pooja

Dussehra Pooja

Diwali Pooja

Diwali Pooja


Navratri Durga Puja Dates 2016


1st October Navratri Day 1 Pratipada  Ghatasthapana, Shailputri Puja
2nd October Navratri Day 2 Pratipada  Chandra Darshan
3rd October Navratri Day 3 Dwitiya Brahmacharini Puja
4th October Navratri Day 4 Trutiya Sindoor Tritiya, Chandraghanta Puja
5th October Navratri Day 5 Chaturthi Kushmanda Puja, Varad Vinayaka Chauth, Upang Lalita Vrat
6th October Navratri Day 6 Panchami Skandamata Puja
7th October Navratri Day 7 Shasti Saraswati Puja, Katyayani Puja
8th October Navratri Day 8 Saptami Kalaratri Puja
9th October Navratri Day 9 Ashtami Durga Ashtami, Mahagauri Puja, Sandhi Puja
10th October Navratri Day 10 Navami Maha Navami, Ayudha Puja, Navami Homa
11th October Navratri Day 11 Dashami Dussehra Puja, Navratri Parana, Durga Visarjan, Vijayadashami

 

October Month Festival Dates in 2016


1st October Navratri Begin, Ghatasthapana, Shailputri Puja
6th October Skandamata Puja
7th October Saraswati Puja, Katyayani Puja
8th October Kalaratri Puja
9th October Durga Ashtami, Mahagauri Puja, Sandhi Puja
10th October Maha Navami, Ayudha Puja, Navami Homa
11th October Dussehra Puja, Navratri Parana, Durga Visarjan, Vijayadashami
17th October Atla Tadde Puja
28th October Dhanteras Puja
29th October Naraka Chaturdashi
30th October Diwali Puja, Lakshmi Puja
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