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Happy Navratri 2017: Know All About Its Relevance And Dates

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| September 17 , 2017 , 15:14 IST

As per Hindu beliefs, whatever a man achieves in life, a designated god is behind his success or failure. Lords guide people in a particular direction and as a devotee, the least a person can do is, thank them for their guidance.

The multi-day festival, Navratri works as a medium of showing gratitude towards the goddesses who have kept us under their wings as a mother to their children.The festival celebrates the nine manifestations of Hindu Goddesses.

If translated, Navratri in Sanskrit means 'Nine Nights', hence the festival is observed for nine days with each day devoted to a different goddess. The goddesses who are believed to govern the earthly elements are paid tribute during the celebrations.

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According to the Hindu calendar, Navratri is celebrated four times in a year as Chaitra Navratri, Sharad Navratri, Magha Gupta Navratri and Ashadha Gupta Navratri. Among the four, only Sharad and Chaitra Navratri are celebrated on a wider scale.

Sharad Navratri which will this year be celebrated from September 21 to September 29 is also recognised as Maha Navratri. The nine-day event will culminate with the celebration of Dussehra on September 30.

The festival also symbolises the triumph of positivity and celebrated with much pomp and show in Maharashtra and Gujarat. It is believed that each day has a different colour assigned to it, that is Yellow, Red, Orange, Pink, Royal Blue, White, Grey and Green and also symbolises the rule of nine planets.

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It is believed that a mighty evil, Mahishasura who was an ardent follower of Lord Shiva received the gift the eternity from the God for his worship. Following the boon, he took various innocent lives and started his journey to winning the three 'loks' or three worlds.

Terrified by his attacks, the other Gods approached Lord Shiva for help who united his power with Lord Brahma and Vishnu and created a divine female warrior, Goddess Durga. Mahishasura, who was mesmerised by her beauty wanted to marry her.

In order to win her over, Durga challenged him for a battle which went on for 9 days. On the last day, Goddess beheaded the evil and ever since the nine-day festival is celebrated as Navratri.

Here is the Calendar for Navratri 2017:

Date: September 21
Day: Pratipada
Puja: Ghatasthapana, Chandra Darshan, Shailputri Puja

Date: September 22
Day: Dwitiya
Puja: Brahmacharini Puja

Date: September 23
Day: Tritiya
Puja: Chandraghanta Puja

Date: September 24
Day: Chaturthi
Puja: Kushmanda Puja

Date: September 25
Day: Panchami
Puja: Skanda Mata Puja

Date: September 26
Day: Shashthi
Puja: Katyayani Puja

Date: September 27
Day: Saptami
Puja: Kalaratri Puja

Date: September 28
Day: Ashtami
Puja: Mahagauri Puja, Durga Ashtami, Saraswati Puja

Date: September 29
Day: Navami
Puja: Maha Navami