Shardiya Navratri 2023: The grand and sacred Hindu festival of Shardiya Navratri is celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion throughout the country. This auspicious occasion is dedicated to the veneration of Maa Durga and her nine divine forms, collectively known as Navdurga, spanning nine consecutive days. Devotees fervently worship each avatar of the Goddess during this period, creating a spiritually charged atmosphere. While Hindus observe four Navaratris in a year, it's the Chaitra Navaratri in spring and the Shardiya Navratri in autumn that witness elaborate and widespread celebrations.
As we look ahead to the approaching Shardiya Navratri festival, it is vital to understand its precise timing and significance. Shardiya Navratri spans from the Pratipada to the Navami tithi of the Ashwin Shukla Paksha. This timing is crucial as it sets the stage for the festivities and prayers dedicated to Maa Durga.
So, when precisely is Shardiya Navratri 2023? According to the Drik Panchang, Shardiya Navratri is slated to commence on October 15th and conclude on October 24th with the observance of Durga Visarjan and Vijaydashami, also known as Dussehra. The Pratipada tithi of the Shukla Paksha in the Ashwin month will commence at 11:24 pm on October 14th and draw to a close at 1:32 am on October 16th. It is this celestial alignment that designates October 15th as the official commencement date for Shardiya Navratri, known as Uday Tithi.
To assist in your preparations for Shardiya Navratri 2023, here is a detailed calendar of the significant days and the deities to be revered during this sacred festival:
October 15: Ghatasthapana, Shailputri Puja
October 16: Brahmacharini Puja
October 17: Sindoor Tritiya, Chandraghanta Puja
October 18: Kushmanda Puja, Vinayak Chaturthi
October 19: Skandamata Puja
October 20: Katyayani Puja
October 21: Saraswati Puja, Kalratri Puja (Saptami)
October 22: Durga Ashtami, Mahagauri Puja
October 23: Maha Navami
October 24: Navratri Parana (fast-breaking), Durga Visarjan, and Vijayadashami
Each of these days holds its own special significance and rituals, allowing devotees to connect with the divine in unique ways. Shardiya Navratri is a time of spiritual renewal, devotion, and celebration, as people come together to honor the supreme power of Maa Durga and seek her blessings for a prosperous and harmonious life.