Last Updated on Nov 17th, 2023 by Renu Dahiya, Leave a Comment
As the vibrant hues of autumn begin to paint the world, a sense of anticipation fills the air. It’s that time of the year when devotees across the globe celebrate the beautiful festival of Sharad Navratri 2023. This nine-night celebration, dedicated to the goddess Durga, holds a special place in the hearts of millions, radiating an aura of devotion, dance & divine energy. Here, know the exclusive details of Navratri 2023 October: dates, timings, and the vibrant events in the USA.
Sharad Navratri is a fantastic festival celebrated over nine nights. In the first three days, people pray to Goddess Durga to get rid of bad things in their lives. Next 3 days, it’s time for Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. People believe she can bring them lots of money and good fortune. Days 7 & 8 are for Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge. The 9th day is super special, called “Kanya Puja.” On this day, nine young girls, each representing a form of the goddess Durga, are worshipped.
Navratri is not just a regular festival; it’s packed with meaning and stories. One of the most famous stories is about a fierce battle between the goddess Durga and a nasty demon named Mahishasura. Symbolically, the demon represents egotism, which must be destroyed to attain the ultimate spiritual goal: salvation. For ten days, Goddess Durga waged a fierce battle, ultimately defeating Mahishasura.
The festival is like a grand celebration of goodness winning over badness. Each day of Navratri has its own special color that devotees wear to join in the fun and devotion.
|Shardiya Navratri start date 2023||Saturday, 14 October 2023 | 08:57 PM (USA timings)|
|Shardiya Navratri end date 2023||Tuesday, 24 October 2023 | 05:44 AM (USA timings)|
|Pratipada Start||01:55 PM on Saturday, 14th October 2023|
|Pratipada End||03:02 PM on Sunday, 15th October 2023|
|Ghatasthapana Muhurat||02:14 AM to 03:00 AM | Sunday, 15th October 2023|
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|Navratri Days/Tithi||Date||Festival||Navratri Colors 2023|
|Day 1 (Pratipada)||Sunday, 15 October 2023||Maa Shailputri Puja||Orange|
|Day 2 (Dwitiya)||Monday, 16 October 2023||Maa Brahmacharini Puja||White|
|Day 3 (Tritiya)||Tuesday, 17 October 2023||Maa Chandraghanta Puja||Red|
|Day 4 (Chaturthi)||Wednesday, 18 October 2023||Maa Kushmanda Puja||Royal Blue|
|Day 5 (Panchami)||Thursday, 19 October 2023||Maa Skandamata Puja||Yellow|
|Day 6 (Shashthi)||Friday, 20 October 2023||Maa Katyayini Puja||Green|
|Day 7 (Saptami)||Saturday, 21 October 2023||Maa Kaalratri Puja||Grey|
|Day 8 (Ashtami)||Sunday, 22 October 2023||Maa Maha Gauri Puja||Purple|
|Day 9 (Navami)||Monday, 23 October 2023||Maha Navami||Peacock Green|
|Day 10 (Dashami)||Tuesday, 24 October 2023||Vijay Dasami (Dussehra)||NA|
Fasting is a central aspect of Shardiya Navratri. Many devotees observe fasts during the nine days, abstaining from certain foods to purify the body and mind. But, the way people fast can be different. Some folks eat fruits and drink milk during this time. Others are even stricter with their diet. There can be variations in the number of fasting days. While many observe the fasts for all nine days, there are some devotees who keep fast in jodas (couple) – the first two or the last two days of the Navratri.
India comes alive with joy during Navratri, and the way people celebrate varies across regions:
North India: Here, Navratri is celebrated as the victory of Lord Rama over the evil Ravana. People love to act out stories as entertainment and make big paper villains and set them on fire in celebratory ceremonies. To witness this, reserve your flights to Delhi. Check out the popular routes below –
Western India: In the west, especially in places like Gujarat and Maharashtra, they go all out with Garba! Garba in Navratri is a lovely dance that’s all about life and energy. Women dance in circles around a pot and a lamp. So, book your flights to Ahmedabad, Gujarat to experience all this. Here are the famous routes you can take –
Eastern India: Over here, it’s all about Durga Puja. The goddess Durga is the star, and people worship her for blessings and protection. You’ll see big processions with her idols. Reserve your flights to Kolkata to participate in grand celebrations. Here explore the popular flight routes –
South India: Down south, in Karnataka, they have a world-famous Navratri celebration called Dasara. They also do Ayudha Puja, where they honor machines, tools & instruments for helping in daily life. Just book your flights to Bangalore, Karnataka to witness this. Choose the suitable flight route from the below options –
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Celebrating Navratri in the USA is a fantastic experience, with amazing events and celebrations that bring the Indian diaspora together, creating a mini-India on American soil. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the exciting events you can anticipate:
Falguni Pathak Dandiya Dhoom 2023
Explore popular routes for India to Dallas flights below –
Gujarat Garba Mohatsav 2023 With Falguni Pathak
Get your India to Atlanta flights booked today. Check out the famous routes below –
Kinjal Dave Garba Live In Chicago 2023
Here are the popular routes for India to Chicago flights you can choose from –
Festival of Joy with Lights & Dandia 2023
Check out the popular routes below to book your India to Seattle flights at low prices –
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So, tighten your dandiya sticks and put on your ghagra-choli. Immerse yourself in the essence of Navratri’s resplendent beauty.
Zor se bolo Jai Mata Di,
Sare bolo Jai Mata Di! 🙏
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