Significance of Navratri
Navaratri is a Hindu festival that lasts for nine nights and ten days; it is celebrated every year in the autumn season. It is celebrated for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of India. According to the tenets of Hinduism, there are four seasonal Navaratri. Although it is the post-monsoon autumn festival called Sharada Navaratri that is the most observed in honour of the goddess Durga also called Devi. The festival is celebrated according to Hindu calendar month Ashvin, which falls in the middle of September and October.
In the eastern and northeastern states of India like Kolkata, the Durga Puja is more popular word than Navaratri, Goddess Durga battles and emerges victorious over the buffalo demon Mahishasura to help restore Dharma and peace in the world. This resembles victory of Good over Evil just like Dussehra celebrated in Eastern and North-Eastern parts of India which marks the victory of god Rama over the demon king Ravana.
Devi Durga is worshiped in different forms and considered a form of divinity. There are different reincarnations of Durga, which are Shakti, Kali, Gauri, Uma, Parvati, Java, Rajeshwari, Chandi, Ambika, Lalita, Bhavani, Bhagvati, and other forms. In Sanskrit, the name “Durga” translates to the ‘invincible’. She symbolizes freedom from all evil spirits and embodies freedom from all evils such as injustice, cruelty, ego hatred, ego, and other forms of sufferings and pains. All these forms of Durga are worshipped in India.
Dates & Celebration
According to some Hindu puranas such as the Shakta and Vaishnava Puranas, Navaratri comes four times a year. Out of these, the Sharada Navaratri near autumn in month of September-October is the most celebrated and the Vasanta Navaratri near spring in month of March-April is next most significant to the culture of Indians. The celebrations vary by region, leaving much to the creativity and preferences of the Hindu.
- Sharada Navaratri: It is the most celebrated out of the four Navaratri and named after Sharada which means autumn. It is observed after the monsoon, in September–October.
- Vasanta Navaratri: The second most celebrated Navaratri, named after vasanta which means spring. It is observed after winter, in March–April. In many regions, the festival falls after spring harvest, and in others during harvest. The other two Navratris are either celebrated regionally or by individuals/
- Magha Navaratri: Celebrated in the month of January–February, winter season. The fifth day of this festival is popularly called as Vasant Panchami or Basant Panchami, this marks the official start of spring in the Hindu tradition wherein goddess Saraswati is worshipped through arts, music, writing, kite flying.
- Ashada Navaratri: It is celebrated n month of June–July, the start of the monsoon season. In this Varahi is worshipped, which is a form of the Goddess who is fierce yet compassionate towards her children is worshipped.
Significance of Each Day
- Day 1: Shailaputri - also Known as Pratipada, this day is associated to Shailaputri ( otanother namer "Daughter of Mountain"), an incarnation of Parvati. She is depicted as riding a bull called Nandi, with a trishula in her right hand and lotus in her left. Shailaputri is considered to be the direct incarnation of Mahakali which depicts physical strength and good health.
- Day 2: Brahmacharini - On the second day (Dwitiya), Goddess Brahmacharini, another incarnation of Parvati, is worshiped. In this form, Parvati became Sati, her unmarried self. Brahmacharini is worshiped for moksha and for of peace and prosperity. Depicted as walking bare feet and holding a japamala and kamandal in her hands, she symbolizes bliss and calm. Blue is the colour to wear on that day and depicts tranquillity yet strong energy.
- Day 3: Chandraghanta – The third day(Tritiya) symbolizes the worship of Chandraghanta - the name derived from the fact that after marrying Shiva, Parvati adorned her forehead with half-chandra (half-moon). She is a symbol of beauty and bravery. Yellow is the colour to wear on the third day, which represents joy and happiness.
- Day 4: Kushmanda - Goddess Kushmanda is worshiped on the fourth day (Chaturthi). She is believed to be the creative power of the universe, Kushmanda is associated to the initiate vegetation on earth and hence, the colour to wear on this day is Green. She is depicted with having eight arms and sitting on a Tiger.
- Day 5: Skandmata – The goddess Skandamata is worshiped on the fifth day (also called Panchami). She is the mother of Skanda (or Kartikeya). The colour Grey is a symbol for the day and resembles the transforming strength of a mother when her child is in danger. She is depicted riding a fierce and violent lion, having four arms and holding her baby.
- Day 6: Katyayani – On the sixth day Katyayana is worshipped, she is an incarnation of Durga and is shown with colour orange which is a symbol of courage. She is also known to be the warrior goddess, she is considered one of the most violent forms of Goddess Parvati and is depicted with a lion and four arms.
- Day 7: Kalaratri – She is considered to be the most ferocious form of Goddess Durga, Kalaratri is worshipped on the seventh day (Saptami). It is a saying that Parvati removed her fair skin to kill the demons Sumbha and Nisumbha. The colour to wear on this day is white. The white colour signifies prayer and peace and ensures the devotees will be protected from any kind of harm.
- Day 8: Mahagauri - Mahagauri is worshipped on the eighth day and she symbolizes intelligence and peace. The colour on this day is Pink which depicts optimism.
- Day 9: Sidhidatri - On the last day which is also known as Navami, people worship goddess Siddhidhatri. She is popularly called as Saraswati Devi. She is portrayed with four hands and sitting on a lotus, she is believed to possess all type of Siddhis. The colour for the day is a light blue colour which portrays an admiration for nature's beauty.
10 Great Navaratri Gifts Online for 2019
Any festival is not fully enjoyed if gifts are not exchanged and online shopping is the best to buy gifts for loved ones and we have selected some best gifts for you to give away to your kin and loved ones.
Shadow Ganesh Ji Metal Tea Light Holder
The first gift is Shadow Ganesh Ji Metal Tea Light Holder from eCraftIndia seller and this is an Exquisite candle holder is made with a metal sheet and hand-painted in light golden colour. In addition to that it is quite reasonable gift for anybody you care, good for corporate gift, return gift for birthday parties, house warming party etc. It is available on E-commerce website Amazon and the prize is Rs.145, which is quite reasonable and not going to squeeze much out of your pocket. You can buy it from Amazon.
Fanusta Black Wooden Candle
The second gift in our list of Navaratri gifts online to give away is this Fanusta black wooden candle holder from Amazon, It is made up of wood and available in orange and black colour. This is a handmade candle holder is perfect for living room decoration, wall decor, home decoration, bedroom decoration with this hanging wall art. It is available at Rs. 1,935 and can be purchased from amazon.in.
Another great gift on occasion of Navratri is beautiful Handi set which can be used in temples or at other holy places. The whole handi items are durable as these are made of brass metal. This set consists of a pair of handi and spoon with a single tray. The stylish silver coating gives this set an awesome look. So, it can be a perfect thing to gift on all occasions. The home delivery option is available and it can be brought for Rs. 1,349 from winni.in.
Durga Devi Idol
Another gift for Navratri that we have selected for you is a Durga Devi Idol. It is made of Poly Resin and jewellery work, and its approx weight is 450 Grams. It is available on Flipkart for Rs.614 only. It’s the perfect gift for Navaratri.
A Traditional Handmade Decorative Diya
In Indian culture lightning up your home with handmade diyas is more like a tradition than just being for decorating purpose. A traditional handmade decorative diya creates an ambiance during festivals. The diyas are Hand-poured by expert candle makers with the finest blend of clean-burning wax, making the candle burn for the longest time. using wick with fragrance or perfumed oil/wax/gel or a scented tealightDiya/ candle, also used as a holder, showpiece stand, pottery items. It is available in Packs of 12/24/36/48. This item is available on Amazon for Rs. 799.
Multicolour Mini Gel Candle Combo
Another gift for your loved ones that we have selected is Multicolour Mini Gel Candle Combo for Decoration. One could elevate the ambience of the living area with its light. It has Natural wax thread for less smoking. This exceptionally beautiful and magnificent candle gives positivity and a great feeling around you. It can be used to decorate your place without leaving any black residues. Package contains altogether 12 pieces of candles having glitter sparkle inside. It is available at Amazon for Rs. 300 only.
Idol of Alamelu Thayar & Venkateshwara
Another traditional gift is a lovely Idol of Alamelu Thayar & Venkateshwara that you would love to have as a showpiece in your home. Whether you choose to buy it for yourself or for your near and dear ones as a return gift for special occasions, this gift will be the best choice to go with if your need is a traditional, stunning one. It comes with a sturdy make with a gleaming finish. More so it is quite cheaper and available for Rs. 90 per piece on wedtree.in.
A Vibrant Dandiya Combo
Archies is a trusted brand when it comes to giving gifts and it has a great gift for Navratri days as well. A vibrant dandiya combo which includes a pair of beautiful dandiya sticks , one attractive potli and delicious cashews to make your Navratri full of memorable moments. It is available at official site of Archies for Rs. 499 only.
Marble Flower Design Stand Clock
If you’re looking for a quirky gift to present to your loved ones this Navaratri, here’s one option we have for you. It’s unlike your regular table clocks and this one’s made from marble having intricate detailing of flowers. A gift your loved one would greatly appreciate. Buy this from wedtree.in for Rs. 334 only.
Five Electric Alankara Deepas (Diya)
Diyas are associated with holiness and festivity in the Hindu religion. Hence, we’ve selected these five electric alankara deepas (diya) with five small bulbs in each deepa, kept one over the other in a single stem and on top a peacock is placed, which is made of plastic. When connected to electricity using a stabliser, illuminates and adds beauty to the place. Ideal for keeping in Navratri. It has height of 15 inches and width of 3.5 inches. It operates at 230V and will be delivered within 5to 15 business days. It is available at website giri.in for Rs. 3,300 .
Choose Gift Wisely
Get together with your family and friends on the occasion of Navratri. Celebrate over dandiya, glittering lights, hours of gossips, mouth-watering delicacies, and of course, the lovely Navratri gift items. Enjoy the festive season by exploring our exclusive Navratri gift collection at amazing prices. After all, a well-chosen gift is one of the best ways to express your heartfelt emotions for the ones you love. It can bring an instant smile to faces and spread love and merriment.