Chaitra Navratri is one of the important Hindu festivals, which is celebrated with fervour and joy in the India Subcontinent as well as around the world, wherever the Hindu population resides.
According to some Hindu texts, such as the Shakta and Vaishnava Puranas, Navratri theoretically falls twice or four times in a year. Among the four Navratris, the Sharada Navratri is the most celebrated one, which falls between September and October as per the Gregorian calendar.
The next most significant Navratri is Chaitra Navratri, which is also known as Vasanta Navratri, and it falls during autumn (March–April). The other two Navratri are Magha Navratri (January–February) and Ashada Navratri (June–July).
Chaitra Navratri 2023 Date & Muhurat
Chaitra Navratri is the auspicious Hindu festival that is celebrated for nine days, and on all nine days the devotees worship the nine avatars of Maa Durga.
The first day of Navratri marks the first day of the Hindu luni-solar calendar as the Hindu Lunar New Year, according to the Vikram Samvat calendar. This year, the festival will commence on March 22, 2023, and go on until March 30, 2023.
Chaitra Navratri Pratipada Tithi will start on March 21, 2023, at 10:52 p.m., and Pratipada Tithi will end on March 22, 2023, at 8:20 p.m. Ghatasthapana is one of the significant rituals during Navratri. It marks the beginning of nine days of festivity, and its muhurat will begin from 06.23 a.m. to 07.32 a.m. on March 22.
The 8th day of Chaitra Navratri, which is called Ashtami, will fall on March 29, and it is the most celebrated day and is considered to be an important day of ritual. During the ashtami, or the eighth day of Chaitra Navratri, sandhi puja is done.
Chaitra Navratri History
Chaitra is the first month of the Hindu calendar, and it marks the arrival of spring. The first day of the month of Chaitra is celebrated as Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra, Ugadi in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana, and Puthandu in Tamil Nadu, along with Chaitra Navratri in Northern India.
The nine avatars of Maa Durga are worshipped during Chaitra Navratri, and on the ninth day, Ram Navami, it is celebrated all around the country.
It is also believed that the festival is observed to celebrate the birth of Lord Rama to Ayodhya’s King Dasaratha and Queen Kaushalya.
Lord Ram is considered to be the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu, and to celebrate the festival, all places associated with Lord Rama are also decorated on this day, and the people come to these places to worship him.
Chaitra Navratri Significance
Chaitra Navratri has a lot of significance as it lets us know how much importance and respect the Hindu religion has given to women.
It is often regarded as the festival of women’s empowerment because it upholds the power of a woman by worshipping nine avatars of Goddess Durga. She is considered the manifestation of power, truth, education, peace, rebellion, a caring mother, and a beloved wife.
On the occasion of Chaitra Navratri, people offer their prayers to Goddess Durya. They fast for nine days, and those who don’t fast abstain from drinking alcohol, eating non-vegetarian food, and consuming ginger and garlic during the entire festival.
Chaitra Navratri 2023 Celebrations
To open the fast, different delicious dishes are prepared, and the whole family has dinner together. The markets, streets, and shops are decorated with lights and flowers. Every aspect of the festival gives you positive energy.
List of 9 Avatars of Maa Durga Worshiped During Navratri
Day 1– Shailaputri
Day 2– Brahmacharini
Day 3– Chandraghanta
Day 4– Kushmanda
Day 5– Skandamata
Day 6– Katyayani
Day 7– Kalaratri
Day 8– Mahagauri
Day 9– Siddhiratri and Ram Navami
FAQs related to Chaitra Navratri
Ans.This year Chaitra Navratri will commence on March 22, 2023, and go on until March 30, 2023.
Ans. Chaitra Navratri Pratipada Tithi will start on March 21, 2023, at 10:52 p.m., and will end on March 22, 2023, at 8:20 p.m
Ans. The 8th day of Chaitra Navratri, which is called Ashtami, will fall on March 29, 2023.
A. Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Mahagauri, Siddhiratri are the 9 avatars of Dugra.