Navratri 2024 Date October In India Calendar

When is Chaitra Navratri 2024? Date, Time, History, Significance, Importance and all you need to knowEvery year, during the month of Chaitra of the Hindu lunar calendar, millions of people across India and Hindus around the world observe the nine days of Navratri.Navratri, as the name tells, is a nine-day festival dedicated to the worship of the divine feminine energy, in the form of Goddess Durga. For Hindus, Chaitra Navratri is important as it marks the beginning of the new Hindu lunar year and is celebrated with great devotion.

Date and time for Chaitra Navratri

Gujarati Calendar October,   Vikram Samvat , Bhadarvo, Aso
Gujarati Calendar October, Vikram Samvat , Bhadarvo, Aso

Chaitra Navratri usually occurs in the month of March or April, and is determined by following the Hindu calendar month of Chaitra. It starts when the moon is growing brighter (waxing phase of the moon), and lasts for nine days. On the ninth day, people celebrate Ram Navami, which marks the birth of Lord Rama. The specific dates of all Hindu festivals, including Chaitra Navratri, change every year because they depend on the moon’s cycle.See more: 75+ Happy Chaitra Navratri Messages, Greetings, Wishes, Mantras and Quotes for 2024This year, Chaitra Navratri begins on April 9, Tuesday and will continue till Wednesday, April 17.The timings for Chaitra Navratri have been determined by many astrologers and experts and the most accurate time prediction is between early morning 6:02 AM to 10:15 AM.

History of Chaitra Navratri

Hindu Calendar , October
Hindu Calendar , October

The history and origin of Chaitra Navratri has been shared in the form of stories, tales and vrat kathas, for generations now. The origin story of Navratri dates back to ancient Hindu scriptures and beliefs which say that it was Lord Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva who created Goddess Durga to defeat the demon Mahishasura.See more: Chaitra Navratri 2024: What do the 9 colours of Navratri signifyMahishasura was wreaking havoc on Earth and thus it was important for Maa Durga, in her fierce form of Mahishasuramardini, to defeat him. The battle between Maa Durga and Mahishasura lasted for nine days and nights, and eventually resulted in the victory of good over evil on the tenth day. The tenth day then began to be celebrated as Vijayadashami or Dussehra.

Significance of observing Chaitra Navratri

For Hindus all over the world, the 9 days of Chaitra Navratri are one of the most important and holiest days. For many, it is the time for inner purification, in the form of mind and heart, some self-reflection, and pure devotion to the divine energy of Maa Durga that fills the atmosphere.See more: Happy Chaitra Navratri 2024: Images, Quotes, Wishes, Messages, Cards, Greetings, Pictures and GIFs The 9 days of Chaitra Navratri are dedicated to worshipping nine different forms of Goddess Durga, also known as Navadurga. These 9 forms of Maa Durga represent the various aspects of her and the energy she holds. From the divine feminine beauty and compassion that she holds to the strength and power with which she finished the demon Mahishashura, the 9 forms of Maa Durga are the epitome of divine energies. The 9 days of Navratri are thus filled with different rituals and prayers, and are believed to invoke the blessings of the Goddess and bring prosperity, happiness, and spiritual growth to devotees’ lives.

Importance of Chaitra Navratri

In many parts of India, Chaitra Navratri is not just a religious festival of 9 days, but a whole celebration, filled with love, devotion, kindness and compassion. From sattvic food stalls to games for little kids in ‘Navratri mela’, the 9 days are filled with it all. It is also a time for family gatherings, community events, and vibrant festivities. Devotees observe fasts, recite sacred mantras at home or in the temples, perform traditional dances like Garba and Dandiya, decorate their homes and temples with colourful decorations, and perform Maha-aarti to please the goddess. Chaitra Navratri and the festivities that come with it become the perfect grounds of unity, devotion, pure-hearted worship and feeling the spiritual side of yourself.

Rituals and traditions of Chaitra Navratri

During the 9 days of Chaitra Navratri, devotees of Maa Durga observe rigorous fasts, sometimes for all 9 days and abstain from any kind of food. Even the people who do not fast, abstain from eating Tamsic food like meat, alcohol, anything that is overly fried and indulgent and the likes. During the Chaitra Navratri period, devotees wake up early in the morning, take a bath, and offer prayers to the Goddess, often visiting temples dedicated to Maa Durga.In temples, special pujas and havans are conducted to seek her blessings for health, wealth, and happiness.Another very important part of Navratri is charity and giving. People donate food, clothes, and other necessities to the less fortunate, in the spirit of giving and devotion.