Shardiya Navratri 2023 (शारदीय नवरात्रि कब है): Date, First Day, Colours to wear, Paran, What to Eat

Navratri 2023 is the most auspicious nine-day long Hindu festival. The first day of Sharad Navratri in 2023 falls on Sunday, October 15, 2023 and is dedicated to Maa Shailputri. During navratri we worship 9 forms of Goddess Durga. There are 5 Navratris in Hindu calendar and they are- Chaitra, Aashad, Ashwin, Paush and Magh. Navratri falls in Paush, Magh, and Ashadha are known as Gupt Navratris.

Different forms of Goddess Durga- Maa Shailputri, Maa Brahmacharini, Maa Chandraghanta, Maa Kushmanda, Maa Skandamata, Maa Katyayani, Maa Kalaratri, Maa MahaGauri, Maa Siddhidatri are worshipped during Sharadiya Navratri 2023.

When is Shardiya Navratri 2023?

Festival Sharad Navratri 2023 (शारदीय नवरात्रि 2023)
First day of Sharad Navratri 2023 October 15, 2023
Sharad Navratri 2023 Date October 15, 2023 to October 24, 2023
Other Navratri in a year Chaitra navratri, Gupt navratri
Dedicated 9 forms of Maa Durga
Vrat Paran October 24, 2023

Shardiya Navratri 2023 Date (शारदीय नवरात्रि  2023 कब है?)

When is Shardiya Navratri 2023: This year, Sharad Navratri is starting from 15th October 2023 while the Vijaya Dashmi falls on 24th October 2023. Have a look at full Sharad Navratri 2023 schedule:

Day 1 Maa Shailputri Puja, घटस्थापना 15th October 2023
Day 2 Maa Brahmacharini Puja, Dvitiya, चंद्र दर्शन 16th October 2023
Day 3 Maa Chandraghanta Puja, Tritiya 17th October 2023
Day 4 Maa Kushmanda Puja, चतुर्थी 18th October 2023
Day 5 Maa Skandamata Puja, Panchami 19th October 2023
Day 6 Maa Katyayani Puja, Shashti 20th October 2023
Day 7 Maa Kalaratri Puja, Saptmi 21st October 2023
Day 8 Maa MahaGauri Puja, Maha Ashtami 22nd October 2023
Day 9 Maa Siddhidatri Puja, Maha Navami 23rd October 2023
Day 10 Vijaya Dashmi, Dussehra, Durga Puja Visarjan 24th October 2023

Navratri Colours 2023

Navratri is a 9-day long Hindu festival when we worship Goddess Durga and her 9 avatars. Each day in Navratri is associated to a special colour and it has massive religious significances. Let’s have a look at 9 different colours you should wear on 9 days of coming Sharad Navratri 2023.

Navratri Day 1 Yellow
Navratri Day 2 Green
Navratri Day 3 Grey
Navratri Day 4 Orange
Navratri Day 5 White
Navratri Day 6 Red
Navratri Day 7 Royal Blue
Navratri Day 8 Red
Navratri Day 9 Pink

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9 Avatars of Goddess Durga we worship on Shardiya Navratri 2023

Navratri Day 1 Mata Shailputri The festival of Sharad navratri starts with worshipping Mata Shailputri. She is daughter of Mountains. We should wear yellow colour on this day which marks the brightness and happiness.
Navratri Day 2 Mata Brahmacharini On second day, we worship Mata Brahmacharini. This unmarried form of Maa Parvati was born at the home of Daksha Prajapati.
Navratri Day 3 Mata Chandraghanta Mata Chandraghanta is the third form of Goddess Durga we worship on the third day of Navratri. This form of Maa Dugra is also known as Chandika, Chandrakhanda, or Rannchandi. The third eye of Mata Chandraghanta is always open which means she is always prepared to fight against demons.
Navratri Day 4 Mata Khushmanda We worship Mata Khushmanda (smiling goddess) on fourth day of sharad navratri. She is the fourth form of Goddess Durga. It is believed that Maa Khushmanda created the universe with her radiant smile.
Navratri Day 5 Maa Skandmata Maa Skandmata is the fifth form of goddess durga we worship on 5th day of sharad navratri. This form of goddess durga protects her devotees like a mother protects her child.
Navratri Day 6 Mata Katyayani We worship Mata Katyayani on the sixth day of sharad navratri. She is the slayer of the tyrannical demon Mahishasura. This day is associated to colour red as fearlessness and beuty both are associated to Red colour.
Navratri Day 7 Maa Kalaratri Maa Kalaratri is worshipped on seventh day of sharad navratri. This form of Goddess durga is believed as her fiercest form who destroys darkness and evil.
Navratri Day 8 MahaGauri The day 8 of sharad navtri is dedicated to MahaGauri who is the 8th form of goddess Durga. We should wear red clothes on this day. It is believed that Goddess Mahagauri can fulfill all wishes of her devotees.
Navratri Day 9 Mata Siddhidatri On last day of Navratri, we worship the 9th form of goddess durga Mata Siddhidatri. Worshipping to Mata Siddhidatri brings fortune and luck in our life.

Foods allowed during Navratri Vrat

If you are observing navratri fast then you must be curious to know that which food you can eat during the vrat. Here is the list of foods which are allowed during navratri vrat.

  • Flours and Grains– Kuttu ka atta, Singhare ka atta, Sama ke chawal ka atta, Rajgira ka atta, Paniphal flour, Barnyard millet
  • Spices and herbs- Cumin, Ginger, Hari mirch, Dry pomegranate seeds, Sendha namak, Black pepper powder, Ajwain, Lemons, Amchur powder
  • Vegetables– Sweet potato, potato, Pumpkin, Arbi, unripe papaya, Tomatoes
  • Other- Makhana, Sabudana, nuts and dry fruits, fruits, milk, sugar, honey, tea, coconun milk

Shardiya Navratri 2023 Significances

Out of 5 navratris, chaitra navratri and sharad navratri are broadly known and celebrated worldwide. We worship nine forms of goddess durga on sharad navratri to take blessings from Goddess Shakti.

  • Different forms of Maa shakti are worshiped on 9 days of sharad navrati. There are certain colours associated to each day of navratri.
  • Sharad Navratri is also known as Maha navratri and celebrated at the beginning of winter and therefore it is also called as Shardiya Navratri.
  • Sharad Navratri is observed during the lunar month of Ashvin and it also marks the end of monsoon.
  • We celebrate victory of maa shakti against the demon Mahishasura during sharad navratra 2023.
  • This festival is dedicated to 9 forms of maa durga only.

Frequently Asked Questions

शारदीय नवरात्रि  2023 कब है?

शारदीय नवरात्रि  15 October 2023 से शुरू होकर 24 October 2024 को खत्म होगा

अक्टूबर में नवरात्रि कब से शुरू है?

इस साल शरद नवरात्रि 15 October 2023 से शुरू हो रही है।

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  1. The details given above are very important and fortunately we can have an authenticated information about our festivals.

    One can easily have dates for conducting family functions during the festival days this year, 2022.


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