Navratri 2017: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today greeted the people of the country on the first day of Navratri. In a tweet, PM Modi has offered prayer to Goddess Shailputri. The Prime Minister shared a youtube link of a Stuti to the Goddess. Navratri festival started from today and will culminate on September 30. In the following days, the nine forms of Maa Durga will be worshipped and the tenth day will be celebrated as Dussehra. Navratri is celebrated across the country with a lot of vigour and passion and each region has a different ways of celebrating it. Despite being one of the most celebrated festivals, there are many who are unaware of how the celebration came into being.
Sharad Navratri is celebrated during the lunar month of Ashvin and is widely celebrated in the eastern, northern and western part as Durga Puja. Navratri is dedicated to nine forms of Maa Shakti and the nine days celebrates the slaying of demon Mahishasura by Goddess Durga after a battle between them, according to Indian Express. According to another legend, it is also believed that Lord Ram ahead of his battle with Ravana worshipped Goddess Durga to gain power to be able to defeat him. The tenth day, also known as Vijaya Dashami or Dusshera, when Lord Ram wins back Sita after defeating Ravana.
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The Navratri dates are decided according to the lunar calendar and it is believed that the starting of spring and autumn is auspicious to worship Goddess Durga. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil. According to india.com, all the nine days follow a different colour code. This is also considered as an ideal time to worship Shakti (Power). The recitation of Gayatri Mantra is considered as an important tradition during Navratri. Fasting is also considered as an important ritual during the Navratris.
Key Navratri dates
Day 1: Pratipada (21 September 2017)- Goddess Shailputri is worshipped on this day.
Day 2: Dwitiya (22 September 2017)- Goddess Brahmacharini is worshipped on this day.
Day 3: Tritiya (23 September 2017)- Goddess Chandraghanta is worshipped on this day.
Day 4: Chaturthi (24 September 2017)- Goddess Kushmanda is worshipped on this day.
Day 5: Panchami (25 September 2017) – Goddess Skandamta is worshipped on this day.
Day 6: Shasthi (26 September 2017)- Goddess Katyayani is worshipped on this day.
Day 7: Saptami (27 September 2017)- Goddess Kalaratri is worshipped on this day.
Day 8: Ashtami (28 September 2017)- Goddess Mahagauri is worshipped on this day.
Day 9: Navami (29 September 2017)-Goddess Siddhidatri is worshipped on this day.