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Navratri 2015 Festival dates

Navratri 2015 Festival Dates

The nine-day festival of Navratri in Hindu religion is dedicated to the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga. Navratri 2015 dates are from October 13 to October 22, 2015. Chaitra Navratri 2016 is from April 8 to April 15 as per Hindu calendar. The most important Navratri in a year is the Sharadiya Navratra which begins on the first day of the bright half of Ashvin or Ashwayuja (September-October) as per traditional Hindu calendar.
Apart from the Navratri in September – October, there are three other Navratris in a year. The most important among the three is the Chaitra Navratri or the Navaratri in March-April. This is also known as Vasant Navratri or Ram Navaratri.
The other two Navratris are Magh Navratri (January – February) and Ashad Navratri (June – July). These two Navratris are also known as Gupt Navratri and is mainly observed only in certain regions of North India.
Thus there are four important Navratris in a year in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar.

Navratri in 2015 September – October dates

Navratri Day 1 – October 13, 2015 – Ghatsthapana – Navratri Begins
Navratri Day 2 – October 14, 2015 – Chandra Darshan (Tithi is repeated)
Navratri Day 2 – October 15, 2015 – Sindoor Tritiya
Navratri Day 3 – October 16, 2015  – Varad Vinayak Chaturthi
Navratri Day 4 – October 17, 2015 – Upang Lalita Vrat – Lalitha Panchami
Navratri Day 5 – October 18, 2015 – Saraswati Awahan
Navratri Day 6 – October 19, 2015 – Saraswathi Puja (western parts of India)
Navratri Day 7 – October 20, 2015 – Saraswathi Balidan – Maha Lakshmi Puja (western parts of India)
Navratri Day 8 – October 21, 2015 – Mahashtami – Annapoorna Parikrama – Saraswati Visarjan
Navratri Day 9 and 10 – October 22, 2015 – Mahanavami  and Dasami. The tenth day is celebrated as Dasara or Vijaya Dashami.Vidyarambham in Kerala is on October 23, 2015
Note – Navratri day 1 tithi is repeated on Oct 13 and 14 in western parts of India
Note – Navratri day 2 tithi is repeated on Oct 14 and 15 in north, east and south India
Note – in all regions Mahanavai fasting is held on October 21.
Navratri day 9 and 10 are marked on same date in all calendars.
South India
In South India, Goddess Durga is worshipped during the first three days.
Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped during the next three days
Goddess Saraswathi is worshipped during the last three days.

Vasant or Chaitra Navratri March – April 2016 dates

Ghatsthapana – Navratri Day 1 – April 8, 2016
Sindhara Dooj, Dwitiya – April 9, 2016
Gaur Teej, Saubhagya Teej, Tritiya – April 9, 2016
Varadvinayak Chaturthi – April 10, 2016
Sri Laxmi Panchami Vrat, Naag Vrat Pujan – April 11, 2016
Skand Shashthi, Yamuna Jayanti – April 12, 2016
Mahasaptami Vrat, Chaiti Chath, Vijaya Saptami – April 13, 2016
Sri Durga Mahaashtami, Annapurna Ashtami – April 14, 2016

Chaitra Navratri ends – Ram Navratri Day 9 –  April 15, 2016. The day is also observed as Ram Navami

Magh Navratri or Gupt Navratra (January – February)
Magh Navratri begins on February 9, 2016 and ends on February 16, 2016
Ashad Navratri or Gupt Navaratri (June – July)
Ashad Navratri begins on July 5, 2016 and ends on July 13, 2016Navrati 2016 (September/ October) dates – October 1 to October 11, 2016
Another important Navratri is the Shakambari Navratri observed in Poush month which is exclusively dedicated to Goddess Shakambari Mata.

Important Dates for Navratri 2015

Navratri begins on the 13th of October in 2015. The important dates, the pujas to be performed and the colors to be worn on specific days are as given below.

1st & 2nd Day of Navratri : 13th & 14th October, 2015 (Tuesday & Wednesday)
Shailputri Mata Tithi – Pratipada
Ritual – Ghatsthapana, Chandra Darshan
Goddess Worshipped – Shailaputri (Daughter of Mountain)
Offerings to the Goddess – Ghee
Color to be Worn on the Day – Red & Royal Blue
Shailaputri Maha Puja
3rd Day of Navratri : 15th October, 2015 (Thursday) 4th Day of Navratri : 16th October, 2015 (Friday)
Brahmacharini Mata Tithi – Dwitiya Chandraghanta Mata Tithi – Tritiya
Ritual – Ritual – Sindoor Tritiya
Goddess Worshipped – Brahmacharini Goddess Worshipped – Chandraghanta
Offerings to the Goddess – Sugar Offerings to the Goddess – Milk
Color to be Worn on the Day – Yellow Color to be Worn on the Day – Green
Brahmacharini Maha Puja Chandraghanta Maha Puja
5th Day of Navratri : 17th October, 2015 (Saturday) 6th Day of Navratri : 18th October, 2015 (Sunday)
Kushmanda Mata Tithi – Chaturthi Skandamata Mata Tithi – Panchami
Ritual – Varad Vinayaka Chauth, Upang Lalita Vrat Ritual – Saraswati Awahan
Goddess Worshipped – Kushmanda Goddess Worshipped – Skandamata
Offerings to the Goddess – Malpua Offerings to the Goddess – Bananas
Color to be Worn on the Day – Grey Color to be Worn on the Day – Orange
Kushmanda Maha Puja Skandamata Maha Puja
7th Day of Navratri : 19th October, 2015 (Monday) 8th Day of Navratri : 20th October, 2015 (Tuesday)
Katyayani Mata Tithi – Shashthi Kaalratri Mata Tithi – Saptami
Ritual – Ritual –
Goddess Worshipped – Katyayani Goddess Worshipped – Kaalratri
Offerings to the Goddess – Honey Offerings to the Goddess – Jaggery Dishes
Color to be Worn on the Day – White Color to be Worn on the Day – Pink
Katyayini Maha Puja Kaalratri Maha Puja
9th Day of Navratri : 21st October, 2015 (Wednesday) 10th Day of Navratri : 22nd October, 2015 (Thursday)
Mahagauri Mata Tithi – Ashtami Siddhidaatri Mata Tithi – Navami
Ritual – Annapoorna Parikrama, Saraswati Visarjan Ritual – Navratri Parana
Goddess Worshipped – Mahagauri Goddess Worshipped – Siddhidaatri
Offerings to the Goddess – Coconut Offerings to the Goddess – Grains
Color to be Worn on the Day – Sky Blue Color to be Worn on the Day – Purple
Mahagauri Maha Puja Siddhidatri Maha Puja
  • The date for Visarjan (or immersion of the deity idol) is on the 22nd of October although some regions also perform Visarjan on the 23rd.
  • In Kerala the 23rd of October is observed as “Vidyarambham”.
  • In many calendars the 9th and the 10th day are marked on the same day.
  • The Mahanavai fasting is held on the October 21st in all regions.
  • In South India Goddess Durga is worshipped during the first three days, Maha Lakshmi is worshipped for the next three days and Saraswati Devi is worshipped on the last three days.

Navratri 2015 Festival Dates

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