Ashwin Shardiya Navaratri or Mahanavratri,also known as Sharad Navratri is celebrated for nine nights and ten days. Navratri Puja begins with Ghatasthapana or Kalash Sthapana and Murti Sthapana of Devi Durga on Ashwin Shukla Paksha Pratipada. Navaratri Puja ends with Navami Paran:Vrat, Path, Havan, Kanya Bhoj and Daan.
Navratri comes after the last Shraddha of Pitru Paksha, i.e. Matamah Shraddha/ Sarva Pitru Amavasya. It is one of the most sacred nine- day festival.
The auspicious Ashwin Shardiya Navaratri or Mahanavratri commences on Ashwin Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi, in Sharad Ritu. It is one of the most devotional festival or auspicious period of Hindus. It begins on October 10, 2018. Mahanavami ends on 18th October, this year.
Celebration of Ashwin Shardiya Navaratri, Mahanavratri
Ashwin Shardiya Navaratri or Sharad Navratri festival is a joyous festival celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion throughout India, Nepal and many cities of the world.
Durga Puja festival
In West Bengal and eastern regions of India, it is one of the most important festival. These are twelve sections of zodiac circle having 360° numbered clockwise Ascendant is known as the first house and the last house is known as the twelfth house Each house represents specific traits used for prediction. are cleaned. Huge Puja Pandals are decorated beautifully before bringing idol of Maa Durga. People purchase new garments and Saris, one month before the the festival, gift to all the family members during Durga Puja festival. Visajan(Bhashan) is performed after Durga Puja.
Dandiya Dance, Navratri celebrations
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, jewelry, 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, Pratipada and the last day, i.e. Mahashtami or Mahanavami, who cannot observe fast for the consecutive nine days.In some places this festival ends on Mahashtami, the duration is eight days
After observing the last Vrat(fast) on Saptami or Ashtami, Navratri Puja ends on Ashtami or Navami with Ashtami Paran/ Navratri Paran, Kanya Bhoj and Ashtami Havan or 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.
Avoid eating non vegetarian food, if possible do not eat even onion and garlic. Do not eat anything from a stranger during nine days of Navratri.
Kalash Sthapana, Ashwin Shardiya Navaratri, 2018
Dates or Tithi for Ashwin Shardiya Navratri 2018 or Maha Navratri Vrat, Puja,Havan, Dussehra are as follows:
Shardiya Navaratri,nine forms of Goddess Durga,Puja dates
Ashwin Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi begins at 09: 16 am on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 in Sharad Ritu.
10 Oct. Wednesday Navratri, Prathama Tithi, 1st day : Navratri Kalash Sthapana or Kalash Sthapana, Chandra Darshan, Shailputri Puja.
11 Oct. Thursday, Navratri, Dwitiya/Tritiya, 2nd day: Brahmacharini Puja.
12 Oct. Friday, Navratri, 3rd day, Vinayaka Chaturthi: Chandraghanta Puja.
13. Oct. Saturday, Navratri, 4th day, Panchami: Upang Lalita Vrat, Kushmanda Puja.
14. Oct. Sunday, Navratri 5th day Panchami, Skandamata Puja, Bilwa Nimantran, Saraswati Awahan.
15 Oct. Monday, Navratri, 6th day, Shashthi Katyayani Puja.
16 Oct. Tuesday, Navratri 7th day, Saptami, Saraswati Puja, Kalratri Puja/ Mahanisha Puja.
Ashtami Havan, Sandhi Puja and Navami Havan
17 Oct. Wednesday, Navratri, 8th day,Mahagauri Puja, Maha Ashtami Vrat/Durga Ashtami Vrat, Maha Ashtami Havan, Durga Ashtami Puja, Sandhi Puja.
Maha Navami Puja and Maha Navami: Havan(Kanya Bhoj for Navami) Saraswati Balidan, Saraswati Visarjan, Durga Puja(Bengal)
18 Oct. Thursday, Navratri, 9th day, Navami: Siddhidatri Puja, Ayudha Puja, Homa, Navratri Parana. Maha Navratri ends/ Vijaya Dashami begins after Navratri Parana.
Dashahara, Dussehra or Vijayadashami 2018
Vijayadashami or Dussehra is on Friday, 19 October, 2018
Vijayadashami or Vijaya Dashami starts just after the end of Tithi Maha Navami. Vijaya Dashami is an important auspicious yoga period or Muhurat, for starting a new event, falls on October 19, this year.
Dussehra marks a significant victory of good over evil, means victory of Rama over Ravana, the king of Sri lanka. It represents end of the power of Asura. it starts just after the end of Tithi Maha Navami.