Ashwin Shardiya Navratri or Maha Navratri, also known as Sharad Navratri is celebrated for nine nights and ten days. Navadurga or Navratri Puja begins with Ghatasthapana (Kalashasthapana) and Murti Sthapana of Devi Durga on Ashwin Shukla Paksha Pratipada.Navratri Puja ends with Vrat, Path, Havan, Kanya Bhoj and Daan.
Ashwin Shardiya Navratri or Mahanavratri commences in Sharad Ritu, is one of the most devotional and auspicious period of Hindus, begins on October 10, 2018, Mahanavami ends on 18th October, this year. Navratri comes after the last Shraddha of Pitru Paksha, i.e. Matamah Shraddha/ Sarva Pitru Amavasya.
The auspicious Ashwin Sharad Navratri festival is a joyous festival celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion throughout India, Nepal and many cities of the world. In West Bengal and eastern regions of India, it is one of the most important festival.
People perform Garba and Dandiya dance as Navratri celebrations in different parts of India, during night. This is an auspicious period for purchasing new garments, jewellry, property or vehicle, laying foundation of a house, starting an important event or a new business.
People may keep fast for only two days, the first day, i.e. Pratipada and the last day, i.e. Mahashtami, who cannot observe fast for the consecutive nine days. Navaratri ends on Ashwin Shukla Paksha Navami with Kanya Bhoj and Navami Havan, Puja and Snan-dan.
Devotees recite Durga Saptashati Mantras and perform Puja, Havana and Vrat according to the prescribed rituals to please nine forms of Goddess Durga or Shakti during the auspicious Navratri period. Chandi Jaap can be performed during Navratri Puja days.
Dates for Ashwin Shardiya Navratri 2018
The dates or Tithi for Ashwin Shardiya Navratri 2018 or Mahanavratri Vrata and Dussehra are as follows:
Ashwin Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi begins at 09: 16 am on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 in Sharad Ritu.
10 Oct. Wednesday Navratri, 1st day, Pratipada Tithi : Navratri Ghatasthapana/ Kalashasthapana, Chandra Darshan, Shailputri Puja, Brahmacharini Puja.
11 Oct. Thursday, Navratri, 2nd day, Tritiya: Chandraghanta Puja, .
12 Oct. Friday, Navratri, 3rd day, Vinayaka Chaturthi: Kushmanda Puja.
13. Oct. Saturday, Navratri, 4th day, Panchami: Upang Lalita Vrat, Skandmata Puja.
14. Oct. Sunday, Navratri 5th day Panchami, Saraswati Awahan.
15 Oct. Monday, Navratri, 6th day, Shashthi Katyayani Puja.
16 Oct. Tuesday, Navratri 7th day, Saptami, Saraswati Puja, Kalratri Puja.
17 Oct. Wednesday, Navratri, 8th day,Mahagauri Puja, Ashtami: Durga Ashtami Puja, Sandhi Puja, Mahanavami Puja, Maha Navami: Havana (Kanya Bhoj for Navami) Durga Puja(Bengal)
18 Oct. Thursday, Navratri, 9th day, Navami: Siddhidatri Puja, Ayudha Puja, Navami Homa, Navratri Parana. Mahanavratri ends.
Dashahara, Dussehra or Vijayadashami 2018
Vijayadashami or Dussehra will be observed on Friday, 19 October, 2018
Dussehra or Vijaya Dashami is celebrated as a significant victory of good over evil,means victory of Rama over Ravana, the king of Srilanka,represents end of the power of Asura, it starts just after the end of Tithi Maha Navami. Vijaya Dashami is considered an important auspicious yoga period or Muhurat, for starting a new event, falls on October 19, this year.