Navratri October 2023 Date, Colours, Panchang, Start & End Date: The auspicious nine-day festival of Sharadiya Navaratri is beginning soon, and the devotees of Maa Durga will get all the essential details from this post, including the Navratri October 2023 Date, Colours, Panchang, Start & End Date, and more.
Navratri is a nine-day festival of Hindus in which devotees worshipped goddess Maa Durga with a lot of joy and enthusiasm. The festival is celebrated four times a year, of which the most famous is Navratri October 2023, coming in the month of October or November. The religious story behind the festival is that Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva gathered all their powers and created Maa Durga to kill demon king Mahishasura to protect the world.
The religious festival begins from the Pratipada and ends with the Navami tithi of Ashwin Shukla Paksha as per the Hindu calendar, Panchang. As the festival is dedicated to Maa Durga, devotees used to worship all nine avatars of the goddess Durga in all nine days.
During all nine days, people used to worship Maa Durga, play dandiya at night, and light up diyas in front of Maa Durga. Some people at their homes lit up Akhnada Jyoti, which means the flame lit up will not be put off for nine days until the Durga Visarjan on the tenth day.
The festival kicks off on October 15 and will continue till October 24 with Dirga Visarjan and Vijyadashmi, commonly called Dussehra. Check out the table below to know the Sharadiya Navaratri Calendar 2023.
|October 15, 2023||Sunday||Shailputri Puja (Ghatasthapana)|
|October 16, 2023||Monday||Brahmacharini Puja|
|October 17, 2023||Tuesday||Chandraghanta Puja (Sindoor Tritiya)|
|October 18, 2023||Wednesday||Kushmanda Puja (Vinayak Chaturthi)|
|October 19, 2023||Thursday||Skandamata Puja|
|October 20, 2023||Friday||Katyayani Puja|
|October 21, 2023||Saturday||Saraswati Puja, Kalratri Puja (Saptami)|
|October 22, 2023||Sunday||Mahagauri Puja (Durga Ashtami)|
|October 23, 2023||Monday||Maha Navami|
|October 24, 2023||Tuesday||Durga Visarjan (Vijayadashami)|
According to Drik Panchang, Sharadiya Navaratri begins at 11:24 pm on October 14 and ends at 1:32 a.m. on October 16, 2023. Therefore, Sharadiya Navaratri will begin on Uday Tithi, i.e, on October 15, 2023. During the festival, devotees do Ghatasthapana (Statue of Maa Durga placed at the pooja place in every home) of Maa Durga at their homes to bring prosperity and happiness to their homes.
The shubh muhurat to do Sharadiya Navaratri Ghatasthapana is between 6:27 am to 10:14 am in the morning on 15th October 2023. On the festival’s first day, Goddess Maa Durga’s avatar, Maa Shailputri, is worshipped.
It is believed that worshipping Maa Durga avatars for nine days will fulfil the wishes of devotees and bring happiness and prosperity in life.
Navratri October 2023 is more special this year as this Maa Durga savari’s will be an elephant instead of a Lion. The reason behind this is that it is believed that when Maa Durga arrives on Sunday or Monday, she comes mounting on an elephant, and as you know, this year, goddess Maa Durga is arriving on Sunday.
People consider it auspicious as they believe that when Maa Durga comes in an elephant, it brings plenty of rainfall for harvesting in the coming year.
Sharadiya Navaratri has its own religious importance, and devotees across India cherish the festival. Women during the nine-day fast do special decorations of their pooja place at home.
The decoration and dress-up are according to the Navratri October 2023 colours. Now, you might be wondering what these colours are and what is the significance behind it. For all nine days, nine Navaratri colours are designated, each with its own religious importance.
- Sharadiya Navaratri Day 1- Orange Colour
- Sharadiya Navaratri Day 2- White Colour
- Sharadiya Navaratri Day 3- Red Colour
- Sharadiya Navaratri Day 4- Royal Blue Colour
- Sharadiya Navaratri Day 5- Yellow Colour
- Sharadiya Navaratri Day 6- GreenColour
- Sharadiya Navaratri Day 7- Grey Colour
- Sharadiya Navaratri Day 8- Purple Colour
- Sharadiya Navaratri Day 9- Peacock Green Colour
Women should dress up according to the colours we have given above and decorate their pooja place by applying the theme of using these colours for all nine days.
Lastly, happy Sharadiya Navaratri to all our readers reading this post. We wish that Maa Durga fills happiness and prosperity in your life.
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