21st March 2015, Chaitra Navratri, And Fasting
- Ya Devi Sarva Bhutesu Shakti rupena samsthita I
Ya Devi Sarva Bhutesu Buddhi rupena samsthita I
Ya Devi Sarva Bhutesu Laxmi rupena samsthita I
Namestasyai II Namestasyai II Namestasyai II
Namo Namah II
The first day of Chaitra Navratri marks the start of new Hindu lunar year (Vikram Samvat). The Vikram Samvat 2072 will start on 21st March 2015.
The beginning of spring is very important junction of climatic and solar influence. During this period, Earth is relatively much near to Sun facing its maximum gravitational pull. In this context, Navratri is celebrated as a thanksgiving festival to Goddess Durga (the one who eliminates sufferings} for saving, protecting and nurturing life on Mother Earth.
The 9 days of Navratri are dedicated to worship the Sublime, ultimate and absolute creative energy. For first three days, Goddess Durga is worshiped as it destroys negative tendencies fostered in the human mind. For next 3 days, Goddess Lakshmi provides positive qualities and thought. The last three days of worshiping Goddess Saraswati symbolizes knowledge, the illumination of supreme truth
Both the start of spring and the start of autumn are considered very auspicious and important intersections of solar and climatic influences. Hindus worship the Divine Mother Goddess during these periods in time. The dates of these festivals are decided as per the Hindu almanac. The tenth day of the Navratri festival, which is also referred to as the Vijayadashami, signifies the culmination of the colourful festival. The various aspects of Sri Mahishasura Mardhini (Devi Durga) are worshipped throughout all these ten days.
Vasant Navratri (वसंत नवरात्रि) in 2015 will be observed on Saturday, 21st March.
As per Hindu calendar, Vasant Navratri (वसंत नवरात्रि) or Chaitra Navratri begins from the first day (navami) of Chaitra month.
Vasant Navratri (वसंत नवरात्रि), also known as ‘Chaitra Navratri’, ‘Basant Navratri’, marks the Hindu New Year. It is a nine day long festival beginning on first day of Chaitra month and ends on the ninth day which is also celebrated as the Birthday of Lord Rama. Vasant Navratri (वसंत नवरात्रि) is usually observed in the month of March or April. However, Vasant Navratri (वसंत नवरात्रि) in 2015 will begin on Saturday, 21st March and will continue for 8days until Saturday, 28th March.
During these nine days, devotees all across the country worship Maa Durga (Goddess of power), Maa Lakshmi (Goddess of wealth & prosperity) and Maa Saraswati (Goddess of knowledge). The Vasant Navratri (वसंत नवरात्रि) is usually observed in the Northern part of India, specifically in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand
Nine incarnations of Navratra
N – Nav
A – Arti
V – Vandna
R – Roshni
A – Aradhna
T – Tez
R – Rakhnewali
A – Ambey maa Har manokamna puri kare.
Navratri is a festival of Hindus celebrated with devotion, love and fervour all over India. Navaratri is celebrated all over India in various forms and with different believes. The word ‘Navratri’ is basically a Sanskrit term which was developed after combining two words ‘Nava’ meaning ‘nine’ and ‘Ratri’ meaning ‘night’. Navratra is dedicated to Shakti Ma or Goddess Durga for her nine day visit on Earth. Children and adults dress up in new bright-colored dresses for the night performances. Worshippers celebrate it as the festival of autumn season to cherish the good harvest. Also, it indicates the victory of Goddess Durga after defeating Mahishasura (symbolizing evil) and establishing peace and prosperity on Earth. There are many stories related to this festival and each community has their own belief to celebrate accordingly.
Navratri fasting is practiced by the devotees of Goddess Durga to cleanse and purify the body as well as soul. It is believed that the person who fasts get blessed for being a person with virtue. Navratri fast is not strictly banned for foods or liquids. Some sorts of eatables are allowed during these days, such as milk, fruits, potatoes and other root vegetables. It is considered that grains absorb negative energies that’s why these are strictly avoided. Further, common salt is also not allowed instead Sendha Namak (Rock Salt) is suggested. The period of these pious Navratri days is considered for purity and believers evade non-vegetarian foods in these days.Now eat one time food that is vegetarian, without grains or salt. You should eat only once.