Navrati literally stands for ‘nine nights’. It is one of the most auspicious festivals In India when the nine incarnations of Goddess Durga are worshipped on nine separate days. The tenth day is the Vijaydashmi, also celebrated as Dussehra.
It is generally the beginning of auspicious festivity days for the Hindus.
There are five types of navratri that occur during a year. The most important out of them is the Sharad Navratri that occurs in September- October.
It also marks the beginning of the spring season. It is celebrated all over India and Nepal. In Maharashtra, this day is celebrated as Durga Puja.
Story Behind Navratri
It is well known that Lord Shiva was married to Goddess Sati. After the demise of Goddess Sati, her body was dismembered in the form of 51 Shaktipeeths. Goddess Sati was later reborn as Goddess Shailaputri, the daughter of the Himalayan King. The first day of the Navrati is dedicated to worshipping Goddess Shailaputri. Red colour of valour pertains to this day.
Muhurat of Navratri Puja 2016
It falls in the lunar month Ashwin during Sharad Ritu. The name Shardiya Navratri has been taken from Sharad Ritu. The ghatasthapna muhurat begins at 6:17 am to 7:29 am on 1st October, 2016.
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Benefits of of Navratri Puja 2016
It is believed that the Moon, the provider of all fortunes, is governed by Goddess Shailputri and any bad effect of the Moon can be overcome by worshipping this form of Adi Shakti. Goddess Shailaputri shall shower her blessings in the form of wealth and health upon her devotees. Thus, Goddess Shailaputri is worshipped on the first day of the Navratri.
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