Shardiya Navratri 2021: Know date, significance of nine colours and more!
This year, Shardiya Navratri, the nine-day festival, would commence from October 7 and would end on October 15.Author : Divyanshi Soni
Shardiya Navratri is just around the corner. According to the Hindu Calendar, the festival is celebrated from the first day of Shukla Paksha of the Ashvin month and according to the Gregorian calendar, it usually falls during the month of September-October. It is a nine-day-long festival.
Navratri literally means ‘nine nights. During these nine days and nights, people worship Maa Durga, observe fast and celebrate the nine manifestations of feminine power as Durga represents feminine power.
There is an interesting colour concept behind every day. People wear different colours of different days of the Navratri.
Know about every days’ colour, date and the significance of every day of Navratri 2021.
October 7 (Day 1): Colour – Yellow, the colour symbolises joy and cheerfulness.
Tithi – Ghatasthapana/Pratipada.
Significance – On the first day, devotees worship the Shailputri form of Maa Durga. On this day, devotees install kalash and the day is also known as Kalash Sthapana or Ghatasthapana.
October 8 (Day 2): Colour – Green, colour refers to the various aspects of Mother Nature and its nourishing qualities.
Tithi – Dwitiya.
Significance – On the second day, Brahmacharini, the unmarried form of the mother goddess, is worshipped.
October 9 (Day 3 and Day 4): Colour – Grey, the colour refers to the quality of the destruction of evil.
Tithi – Tritiya and Chaturthi
Significance – On October 9, Day 3 and Day 4 would fall together. On the third day, Maa Chandraghanta is worshipped and on the fourth day, the Kushmanda form of Maa Durga is worshipped.
October 10 (Day 5): Colour – Orange, colour symbolises tranquillity, brightness and knowledge.
Tithi – Panchami.
Significance – On the fifth day, Maa Skanda Mata, the mother of Lord Kartikeya, is worshipped. On this day, Durga Pooja starts.
October 11 (Day 6): Colour – White, colour represents peace, serenity, calm and purity.
Tithi – Shashti.
Significance – On the sixth day, Goddess Katyayani is worshipped.
October 12 (Day 7): Colour – Red, colour represents passion, auspiciousness as well as anger.
Tithi – Saptami
Significance – On the seventh day, devotees worship Kalaratri form of Maa Durga.
October 13 (Day 8): Colour – Royal Blue, colour represents divine energy.
Tithi – Ashtami.
Significance – On the eighth day, the Maha Gauri form is worshipped. Some devotees organizes “Kanjak Poojan”.
October 14 (Day 9): Colour – Pink, colour represents purity and compassion.
Tithi – Navami.
Significance – On the ninth day, the Siddhidhatri form of Goddess Durga is worshipped. On this day also, Kanjak Poojan is organized by the devotees.
The tenth day is the last day of Durga Pooja and people celebrate Dusshera on this day, which is celebrated to mark the victory of Lord Ram over Ravana.