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Sharadiya Navratri: Date, Muhurta And Significance

Navratri Ghat Sthapana shubh muhurat: नवरात्र पर घट स्थापना के लिए जानें शुभ मुहूर्त | Boldsky

Navratri is going to be observed from October 10 and will continue till October 18, 2018. The nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped during this period of nine days. The Navratri falling during the Ashvin month is known as Maha Navratri.

It is either the main festival or is celebrated as one of the most popular festivals in most of the states of India. A fast on each day during these nine days, for each form of the Goddess is observed during the festival. These fasts are concluded by the Kanjaka Pujan on the ninth day.


Significance Of Navratri

Markandeya Puran mentions the reasons behind the celebrations of Navratri. Durga Saptashati is one of the parts of the Purana. It explains the story of the birth of a girl who was the incarnation of Goddess Shakti herself. (Goddess Shakti, also known as Maa Durga and with various other names as well, is the primary deity of the followers of Shaktism tradition of Hinduism).

She defeated many demons, among whom Mahishasura was probably the most powerful. The battle and then the defeat of Mahishasura along with his agents, at the hands of the Goddess is celebrated as Navratri.

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Navratri Dates And Ghat Sthapana Muhurta 2018

Sharadiya Navratri is observed during the Hindu month of Ashvin. This corresponds with the months of September-October according to the Gregorian calendar. This year it will be observed from October 10 to October 18. Ghat Sthapana is done on the first day, the Pratipada Tithi (fifteenth of the bright fortnight). Pratipada on October 9 will begin at 9:16 am and will end at 7:25 am on October 10. The muhurta will remain from 6:22 am to 7:25 am (1 hour 2 minutes) on October 10.

The list of Tithis along with the forms of the Goddess to be worshipped on that Tithi is given below.

Oct 10: Prathama - Devi Shailputri

Oct 11: Dwitiya - Devi Brahmacharini

Oct 12: Tritiya - Devi Chandraghanta

Oct 13: Chaturthi - Devi Kushmanda

Oct 14: Panchami - Devi Skandhamata

Oct 15: Shasthi - Devi Katyayni

Oct 16: Saptami - Devi Kalratri

Oct 17: Ashtami - Devi Mahagauri

Oct 18: Navmi - Devi Siddhidhatri


Tenth Day After Navratri

Navratri is observed for a period of nine days and the tenth day after that is observed as Vijaya Dashmi celebrating the victory of the good over evil as Lord Ram had defeated Ravana on this day, which is popularly known as Dussehra. (Similarly, the tenth day after Chaitra Navratri is observed as Ram Navmi). Since the Navratri will conclude on Mahanavmi, October 18, Dussehra will fall on October 19, 2018.