As the auspicious month of October approaches fast, it’s time to get ready for the Navratras. Navratri in 2010 will start on Friday, the 8th of October and will continue till Saturday, the 16th of October.
What is Navratri?
Navratri, or Navaratri, is a Hindu festival to worship the nine forms of Goddess Durga (Shakti/Devi). It is usually celebrated in the month of October; the dates, however, are determined by the lunar calendar. The word Navaratri literally means nine nights in Sanskrit (nava means nine and ratri means night).
Significance of the Nine Nights
The Navratri commences on the first day (pratipada) of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Ashwin. The nine days of the Navratras are devoted to Maa Durga, Maa Lakshmi and Maa Saraswati, with each goddess being worshipped for three days, respectively. Read more