Navratri 2023: A Nine-Day Journey of Divine Devotion and Vibrant Colors
The much-anticipated Shardiya Navratri 2023 is nearly upon us, and devotees are gearing up for nine days filled with profound devotion in honour of Goddess Durga. Navratri is a prominent Hindu festival celebrated twice a year, with the Shardiya Navratri occurring in the month of Ashvin, typically in September or October. This year, Shardiya Navratri 2023 will span from the 15th of October to the 23rd of October.
The Significance of Navratri
Navratri is a celebration of the divine feminine energy dedicated to Goddess Durga, who symbolises strength, courage, and protection. The festival’s name is derived from two words: “Nav,” meaning nine, and “Ratri,” meaning night, symbolising the nine nights of unwavering devotion and worship.
Each day of Navratri holds a unique significance, with devotees worshipping a different form of Goddess Durga daily. In Gujarat, the festival is marked by spirited Garba and Dandiya dances, while in other parts of the country, people observe it with fasting, prayers, and aarti ceremonies.
Shardiya Navratri Schedule 2023
Day 1: 15th October 2023 – Goddess Shailputri (Orange)
The first day of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Shailputri, and it is customary to adorn oneself in the vibrant hue of orange. Goddess Shailputri, one of the nine divine forms, is the daughter of Himalaya and represents the essence of the Trimurti, comprising Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh.
Day 2: 16th October 2023 – Goddess Brahmacharini (White)
On the second day of Navratri, devotees pay homage to Goddess Brahmacharini, and it is customary to don garments in the pure shade of white. Goddess Brahmacharini, adorned in a white saree, embodies the spirit of penance. She gracefully holds a rosary in one hand and a kamandal in the other. It is widely believed that those who offer their prayers to her will receive blessings of wisdom and knowledge.
Day 3: 17th October 2023 – Goddess Chandraghanta (Red)
The third day of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Chandraghanta, and it is customary to adorn oneself in the vibrant shade of red. Goddess Chandraghanta is the ruling deity of the planet Shukra (Venus), and on this auspicious day, devotees offer her yellow flowers as a mark of devotion. She is often depicted with a semi-circular moon adorning her forehead.
Day 4: 18th October 2023 – Goddess Kushmanda (Blue)
On the fourth day of Navratri, reverence is paid to Goddess Kushmanda. Dressing in blue Navratri attire and worshipping this deity during the festival is believed to bestow blessings for enhanced health, prosperity, and strength.
Day 5: 19th October 2023 – Skand Mata (Yellow)
The fifth day of Navratri is dedicated to Skand Mata, the goddess of motherhood. It is tradition to dress in the bright hue of yellow on this day. In Hinduism, the yellow Navratri colour is associated with learning and knowledge, making it a fervently embraced colour during the Sharad Navratri 2023 festival.
Day 6: 20th October 2023 – Goddess Katyayani (Green)
The sixth day of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Katyayani, recognised as the sixth manifestation of Maa Durga. She is revered as the conqueror of evil forces, and on this day, devotees are encouraged to attire themselves in green. The colour green symbolises fresh beginnings, growth, and fertility.
Day 7: 21st October 2023 – Maa Kaalratri (Grey)
On the seventh day of Navratri, it is time to honour Maa Kaalratri, who stands as the seventh embodiment of the goddess Parvati and is hailed as the vanquisher of all malevolence in the world. While some individuals equate Kali and Kalaratri, it’s important to note that this remains unconfirmed. On this day, wearing grey attire while offering prayers to the goddess is believed to cleanse one’s life of negativity.
Day 8: 22nd October 2023 – Maa Maha Gauri (Purple)
On the eighth day of Navratri, devotees revere Maa Maha Gauri, an avatar of Durga, to seek liberation from life’s afflictions. It is customary to adorn oneself in the regal shade of purple on this auspicious day. Purple is a splendid choice for attire on the eighth day, symbolising joy and optimism in life, and this day is celebrated with great enthusiasm as Ashtami.
Day 9: 23rd October 2023 – Maa Siddhidatri (Peacock Green)
The ninth and final day of Navratri is Navmi, dedicated to the worship of Maa Siddhidatri. The term “Siddhi” signifies supernatural power, and “Dhatri” means the bestower. She grants individuals supernatural abilities and imparts spiritual prowess. Peacock Green is the chosen colour for the ninth day of Navratri, celebrating Goddess Siddhidatri. This colour symbolises the conclusion of Sharad Navratri 2023, embodying values of kindness, harmony, and affection.
Navratri Muhurat Timing 2023
The auspicious timing for Navratri is crucial for devotees who wish to perform rituals and prayers accurately. The Navratri Muhurat for 2023 is as follows:
- Navratri Start Date: 15th October 2023
- Navratri End Date: 23rd October 2023
- Dussehra: 24th October 2023 (10th day)
Devotees often begin with the Kalash Sthapna, a ritual that takes place from 11:44 AM to 12:30 PM, based on the Hindu Panchang.
As Shardiya Navratri 2023 approaches, devotees eagerly prepare for this auspicious festival, marking it with sincere devotion, fasting, vibrant colours, and cultural celebrations. It is a time to seek the blessings of Goddess Durga and celebrate the victory of good over evil. May this Navratri bring joy, prosperity, and spiritual growth to all who celebrate it with faith and devotion.