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Chaitra Navratri 2024: How it is Celebrated?

Chaitra Navratri, also known as Vasanta Navratri, is a nine-day Hindu festival dedicated to honoring the nine incarnations of Goddess Shakti. Commencing on the first day of the Hindu Luni-Solar calendar, this auspicious festival begins on April 9 and concludes on April 17 in 2024. Each day of Navratri holds special significance, marked by elaborate rituals and prayers.

Chaitra Navratri 2024 – Schedule

Date:  Puja
April 9 (Tuesday): Ghatasthapana, Shailputri Puja
April 10 (Wednesday): Brahmacharini Puja
April 11 (Thursday): Chandraghanta Puja
April 12 (Friday): Kushmanda Puja
April 13 (Saturday): Skanda Mata Puja, Naag Puja
April 14 (Sunday): Katyayani Puja
April 15 (Monday): Maha Saptami, Kaalratri Puja
April 16 (Tuesday): Durga Ashtami, Maa Mahagauri Puja
April 17 (Wednesday): Ram Navami

Ghatasthapana of Chaitra Navratri 2024

Ghatasthapana marks the commencement of Navratri and is considered one of the main ceremonies. It involves the invocation of Goddess Shakti and must be performed at the most auspicious time to avoid unfavorable effects. Ghatasthapana Muhurat for 2024 is from 6:02 am to 10:16 am, with Ghatasthapana Abhijit Muhurat from 11:57 am to 12:48 pm.

Durga Ashtami of Chaitra Navratri 2024

Durga Ashtami, falling on April 16, sees the adoration of all nine incarnations of Goddess Durga. Nine little pots are traditionally placed, symbolizing the invocation of the nine Durga Shaktis. Ashtami Tithi begins at 12:11 pm on April 15 and ends at 1:23 pm on April 16.

Ram Navami of Chaitra Navratri 2024

Ram Navami, celebrated on April 17, holds great importance to devotees as it commemorates the birth of Lord Rama. Temples honor this occasion with special ceremonies, symbolizing the birth of Lord Rama during the middle of Madhyahan. Ram Navami begins at 1:23 pm on April 16 and concludes at 3:14 pm on April 17.

Chaitra Navratri 2024 – History

According to ancient Hindu scriptures, Chaitra Navratri commemorates the divine intervention of Goddess Durga in vanquishing the demon Mahishasura. It is believed that Lord Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva created Goddess Durga to eradicate the tyranny of Mahishasura, symbolizing the victory of good over evil. The nine days of Navratri symbolize the relentless battle between Durga and Mahishasura, culminating in the triumph of righteousness on the tenth day, known as Vijayadashami or Dussehra.

Significance of Chaitra Navratri

Chaitra Navratri holds profound spiritual significance for Hindus, signifying a period of introspection, purification, and devotion. It is an auspicious time for devotees to engage in prayers, meditation, and rituals dedicated to Goddess Durga. Many believe that during Navratri, the divine energy of Goddess Durga permeates the atmosphere, offering blessings and protection to her devotees. The festival serves as a reminder of the eternal battle between good and evil and the ultimate victory of righteousness.

How is Chaitra Navratri Celebrated?

Chaitra Navratri is celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm across India and among Hindu communities worldwide. During these nine days, devotees observe fasting, visit temples, and participate in religious ceremonies dedicated to Goddess Durga. Colorful decorations adorn homes and temples, and traditional devotional songs and chants fill the air. In many regions, elaborate processions featuring idols of Goddess Durga are carried out, accompanied by music and dance performances.

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