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The Magnificent Celebration of Chaitra Navratri in India

29 Mar,2023 04:41 PM, by: Anushthatri Sharma
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India is famous for being a land of festivals. Navratri is one of the most beautiful festivals of the year and is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm throughout the country. During the occasion, it is believed that Maa Durga visits Earth and stays for nine days, while blessing her devotees with wisdom and wealth. This festival highlights the victory of dharma over adharma, right over wrong, and good over evil.

As per the Vedic calendar, the four types of Navratris are Chaitra, Sharad, Magha Gupta, and Ashadha Gupta Navratri. However, the two noted ones are Chaitra and Sharad Navratri. In both celebrations, the nine forms of Maa Durga are worshipped with great devotion and vivacity, including Goddess Shailputri, Goddess Brahmacharini, Goddess Chandraghanta, Goddess Kushmanda, Goddess Skandamata, Goddess Katyanai, Goddess Kalaratri, Goddess Mahagauri, Goddess Siddidatri. All these forms manifest the attributes of divine feminine power and strengthen her eminence as the absolute spiritual power from which everyone and everything derives.

Chaitra Navratri is a nine-day Hindu festival that is celebrated in the Hindu month of Chaitra, which usually falls in late March or early April. It is also known as Vasant Navratri or Spring Navratri as it marks the arrival of the spring season in India.

During Navratri, devotees worship the nine forms of Goddess Durga, who is considered as the supreme goddess in Hindu mythology. Each day of the festival is dedicated to a different form of Goddess Durga and is celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm.

The festival begins with the Ghatasthapana, marking the beginning of Navratri. During this ritual, a clay pot filled with soil and grains is kept in the prayer room and is worshipped for nine days. On the tenth day, the pot is immersed in water.

The festival is celebrated with fasting, feasting, and offering prayers to the Goddess.

Chaitra Navratri culminates with Ram Navami, which marks the birth of Lord Rama, who is considered as the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu. On this day, devotees visit temples and offer prayers to Lord Rama.

The key difference between the Chaitra Navratri and the more popular Sharad Navratri celebrations in October is the timing and significance.

The Chaitra Navratri comes in March and April, on the other hand, Sharad Navratri is celebrated in the Hindu month of Ashwin, which usually falls in September or October, and marks the end of the monsoon season and the beginning of the autumn season in India.

Another significant difference is that Chaitra Navratri is primarily celebrated in the northern parts of India, while Sharad Navratri is widely celebrated across the country.

Apart from these differences, rituals and customs of both Navratris are similar, where devotees worship the nine forms of Goddess Durga and observe fasts. However, the food items that are consumed during the fasts may vary depending on the region and personal preferences.

Overall, both Navratris hold great significance in the Hindu culture and are celebrated with devotion and enthusiasm by millions of people around the world.

 

 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author's. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of The Critical Script or its editor.

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