The nine-day long festival is celebrated with supreme devotion and passion by devotees of Goddess Durga.
Shardh Navratri commences from the first day of the Ashvin month of the Hindu calendar that usually falls during the month of September or October.
Navratri marks the victory of good over evil as Ma Durga won the battle against demon king 'Mahishasura'.
Besides several daily rituals such as keeping fast and other, each day of the Navratri has also a dedicated colour and a significance attached to it.
It is believed that wearing these specific colours will please Ma Durga and considered auspicious.
The festival commences with the worshipping of Mata Shailputri, who is the daughter of the mountains. On the first day, yellow colour is considered auspicious as it stands for brightness and happiness.
The second day is devoted to Mata Brahmacharini and green is the colour of the day. The green color marks new beginnings and growth as well as it is also associated with renewal, nature, and energy.
On the third day, Mata Chandraghanta is worshipped and is associated with the grey colour which symbolises fire and determination to destroy evil.
The fourth day is dedicated to Mata Khushmanda, she is also considered as a ‘smiling goddess’. Orange is a colour associated with the day that stands for brightness, knowledge and peace.
Mata Skandmata is worshipped on the fifth day of Navratri and the color associated with her is white as it symbolises purity, peace and meditation.
The sixth avatar of Ma Durga is Mata Katyayani. She is worshipped on the sixth day of the festival and is associated with the red colour which represents beauty and fearlessness.
Kaalratri avatar of Ma Durga is celebrated on the seventh day of Navratri. The dark complexion and a fearless posture of the Goddess is associated with blue colour as it represents immense power and divine energy.
The eighth avatar of Ma Durga is Mahagauri also known as the goddess of happiness and peace and the color associated with her is red.
The final day of the Navami is for Mata Siddhidatri. This avatar is associated with pink color and represents compassion and purity.