Shardiya Navratri 2019: Dates, Ghatsthapana, 9 Colours, 9 Avatars, Durga Ashtami, Dusshera

During the nine days of Navratri, nine forms of Goddess Durga are adorned in nine different colours. Each form symbolizes power, divinity, peace, etc.

Goddess Durga - Navratri 2019

Navratri 2019 | Navratri or Navratras or Shardiya Navratri is one of the widely celebrated Hindi festivals in India. Dedicated to the worshipping of nine forms of Goddess Durga, Navratri is also the longest festival brought in with great pomp and vigour. In a year, Navratri is celebrated in four months of the Hindi calendar – Chaitra, Aashadh, Ashwin, and Magha. Although the first one falling in the months of Chaitra (Basant) Navratri is celebrated with full enthusiasm, Sharad Navratri holds the utmost importance. During the nine days of Navratri, each form of Goddess Durga symbolizes power, strength, divinity, and peace. Navratri 2019 begins on Sunday 29 September 2019 and ends on 7 October 2019. Several rituals and traditions are tied to Navratri, varying from state to state. However, a unique aspect perhaps running common is the tradition of draping the Goddess in a specific colour, symbolic of her avatar. Thus, women across India adorn themselves in ethnic wear and accessories according to the colour of each day of Navratri, whether they are off to work or Dandiya Raas or someplace else.

The first color of Navratri is decided basis the weekday when the festival kicks off and remaining eight days follow a fixed cycle of colors. Check out the nine avatars and nine colours of Navratri 2019 below.

Day 1 of Navratri 2019, 29 September 2019: Ghatsthapana

A special pooja is done to install the idols of Goddess in homes. Devotees offer their sincerest prayers and ask of the Almighty to shower them with good luck and prosperity. Ghatasthapana aka Ghastasthapana is an auspicious day. The colour of day one of Navratri 2019 is orange.

Day 2 of Navratri 2019, 30 September 2019: Dwitiya

On the second day of Navratri, also called Dwitiya, Brahmacharini form of Goddess Durga will be worshipped. The colour of day two of Navratri 2019 is white.

Day 3 of Navratri 2019, 1 October 2019: Tritiya

On the third day of Navratri, also called Tritiya, Chandraghant form of Goddess Durga will be worshipped. The colour of day three of Navratri 2019 is red.

Day 4 of Navratri 2019, 2 October 2019: Chaturthi

On the fourth day of Navratri, also called Chaturthi, Kushmanda Swaroop of Goddess Durga will be worshipped. The colour of day four of Navratri 2019 is royal blue.

Day 5 of Navratri 2019, 3 October 2019: Panchami

On the fifth day of Navratri, also called Panchami, Skandmata form of Goddess Durga, the mother of Kartikeya, will be worshipped. The colour of day five of Navratri 2019 is yellow.

Day 6 of Navratri 2019, 4 October 2019: Shasthi

On the sixth day of Navratri, also called Shasthi, Katyayani form of Goddess Durga, will be worshipped. The colour of day six of Navratri 2019 is green.

Day 7 of Navratri 2019, 5 October 2019: Saptami

On the seventh day of Navratri, also called Saptami, Kalratri form of Goddess Durga, will be worshipped. The colour of day seven of Navratri 2019 is grey.

Day 8 of Navratri 2019, 6 October 2019: Ashtami

On the eighth day of Navratri, also called Ashtami, Maha Gauri form of Goddess Durga, will be worshipped. The colour of day eight of Navratri 2019 is purple.

Day 9 of Navratri 2019, 7 October 2019: Navami

On the ninth day of Navratri, also called Navami, Siddhatri pooja is done to as the Goddess bestows prosperity on all her devotees. The colour of day nine of Navratri 2019 is peacock green. This day is also celebrated as Ram Navami, the birth of Lord Ram.

8 October 2019: Dusshera

Devotees who have installed the idols of Goddess Durga will immerse the holy mother and bid her adieu. Vijayadashami or Dussehra will be celebrated on this day.

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As you put together your evening aarti or dandiya raas looks, make sure you are up to date with the colour of the this Navratri 2019! Happy Navratri!

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