The festival of Navratri is celebrated all over India and has a special significance in Hinduism, where nine days are dedicated solely to goddess Durga and her nine avatars. It is popularly Known as Sharad Navratri. The festival is observed on Devi Paksha which is a period in the Hindu month of Ashwin.
It starts after Mahalaya Amavasya or known as the New Moon night that marks the end of the Pitru Paksha. As the festival is celebrated in the month of September or October, it is also popular as Shardiya Navratri. Hindus pray to the nine forms of Goddess Durga during these nine days.
As per the panchang, the festival of Sharad Navratri will start from 7 October, 2021and will end on 15 October 2021.
The festival is the celebration of the victory of Maa Durga over a buffalo demon named Mahishasur. She is also called Mahishasuramardini, as she eliminated Mahishasur. She has the combined powers of the creator Brahma, the preserver Vishnu and the destroyer Shiva.
Dates of Navratri
7 October Pratipada Ghatasthapana and Shailputri Puja will be done
8 October Dwitiya Brahmacharini Puja will be held
9 October Tritiya and Chaturthi Chandraghanta Puja and Kushmanda Puja
10 October Panchami Skandamata Puja
11 October Sashti Katyayani Puja
12 October Saptami Kalaratri Puja
13 October Ashtami Maha Gauri Puja
14 October Navami Siddhidatri Puja
15 October Dashami Navratri Parana/Durga Visarjan