Shardiya Navratri 2022: Shardiya Navratri is one of the most auspicious festivals of Hindus. The believers of Hinduism celebrate Shardiya Navratri with fervor and joy all across the world.
Navaratri falls 4 times in a year and each Navaratri is significant in its own way. The four kinds of Navratri – Chaitra Navaratri, Paush Navaratri, Magha Navaratri, and Sharad Navaratri – celebrated in India throughout the year, Maha Navaratri or Sharad Navaratri are considered as the most auspicious.
Navratri is the celebration of victory of good over evil. Goddess Durga, the symbol of power and wisdom is worshiped during the 9 days in Navratri.
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Shardiya Navaratri 2022 Date & Muhurat
According to the Hindu calendar, the festival of Shardiya Navaratri is celebrated in the month of Ashvin, which falls in September and October as per the Gregorian calendar This Year Shardiya Navratri will be observed from 26th September to 5th October.
Kalash Sthapana Muhurat: The Kalash Sthapana Muhurat will start on 26 September from 06:20 am to 10:19 am
History of Shardiya Navaratri
The most popular legend which is associated with Shardiya Navratri is when Goddess Durga killed the demon Mahishasura. Mahishasura was blessed with immortality and he can only be defeated by a woman.
Mahishasura attacked the Trilok–earth, heaven and hell. Since only a woman could defeat him, even the Gods didn’t stand a chance against him. The Gods prayed with Tridev (Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma) to protect everyone from Mahishasura.
Goddess Durga who was the incarnation of Goddess Parvati was chosen for ending the Mahishasura and Goddess Durga ended Mahishasura.
That is why Goddess Durga is the symbol of fearlessness and 9 different avatars of Goddess Durga are celebrated in 9 days of Navaratri.
How is Shardiya Navaratri Celebrated?
- All nine days of Navratri have its own significance Day 1 of Navratri begins by worshiping Goddess Shailputri, daughter of the king of mountains, Parvati who is worshiped as the wife of Lord Shiva.
- Second day of Shardiya Navaratri, Goddess Brahmcharini(second avatar of Goddess Durga) is worshiped to attain moksha.
- Third day of Shardiya Navaratri, Goddess Chandraghanta is worshiped and she is a symbol of peace, and prosperity in life.
- Fourth day of Shardiya Navaratri, Goddess Kushmanda is worshiped and she is considered the originator of the Universe.
- Fifth day of Shardiya Navaratri, Goddess Skandmata is worshiped and she is the representation of the vulnerability of a mother who can fight anyone when anyone troubles her children.
- Sixth day of Shardiya Navaratri, Goddess Katyayani is worshiped and she symbolizes courage.
- Seventh day of Shardiya Navaratri, Goddess Kal Ratri, the fiercest form of Goddess Durga is worshiped.
- Eighth day of Shardiya Navaratri, Goddess Maha Gauri, representing intelligence, peace, prosperity and calm is worshiped.
- On the ninth and final day, Goddess Siddhidatri is worshiped and she is known for having supernatural healing powers.
Significance of Shardiya Navaratri
Throughout the 9-days the people of Hindu community take fasts for 9-forms of Goddess Durga and do Pooja in the morning and evening. People abstain theirselves from consuming alcohol and avoid meat, egg, onion, garlic etc., during this period. They breakfasts with pure veg food after offering it to the goddess. Fruits are consumed the most by the worshippers during Navratri.
The Festival of Navaratri has a great significance in our life. It connects people and you surely feel good vibes around you during this beautiful festival. It is the time to spend time with yourself by doing things like meditating, which is beneficial for your body.
Fasting during Navratri is also said to be beneficial for your health as it decreases the restlessness of mind. However, make sure that you eat a sufficient amount of fruits so that you can keep yourself energised.