Chaitra Navratri 2018 begins from Sunday (Mar 18).
The nine-day festival falls in the month of Chaitra and is dedicated to nine forms of Goddess Shakti.
Chaitra Navratri 2018 is being celebrated from Mar 18 to Mar 26. The festival coincided with Gudi Padwa celebration in Maharashtra and Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh.
Day 1 of the festival is called Pratipada and falls on Mar 18. Day 2 (Dwitiya) is on Mar 19, Day 3 (Tritiya) is on Mar 20, Day 4 (Chaturthi) on Mar 21, Day 5 (Panchami) on Mar 22, Day 6 (Shashthi) on Mar 23, Day 7 (Saptami) on Mar 24, Day 8 (Ashtami/Navami) on Mar 25.
Unlike other years, Ashtami and Navami fall on the same day.
Dashami is on Mar 26.
The forms of Goddess Shakti who are worshipped:
Day 1 Shailputri is worshipped.
Day 2 Brahmacharini is worshipped.
Day 3 Chandraghata is worshipped.
Day 4 Kushmanda is worshipped.
Day 5 Skandamata is worshipped.
Day 6 Katyayani is worshipped.
Day 7 Kaalratri is worshipped.
Day 8 Mahagauri is worshipped.
Day 9 Siddhidaatri is worshipped.
Food and fasting
Devotees generally fast throughout the day and take food and water only after performing the puja.
Other than fruits and milk, Navratri special foods like Kuttu ki Poori (Buckwheat poori), Singhare (water caltrop) Ka Halwa, Singhare (water caltrop) ke Pakore, Sabudana (sago) Vada and Sabudana khichdi (sago hotchpotch) are prepared.
Top 10 Chaitra Navratri 2018 WhatsApp and SMS greetings
1. May the candle light, flame your life,
May you always be happy and victorious,
May the sunshine create glorious mornings,
May all your darkness fly away,
Wishing U Happy Chaitra Navratri!
2. May Goddess Durga give prosperous and happiness to you and to your family. May her blessings be always with you. JAI MATA DI! Happy Chaitra Navratri!
3. I wish to Godess Durga remove your all troubles and sorrows. Brings nine colors of happiness in your life and all your wishes come true. Happy Chaitra Navratri 2018 !!
4. On this auspicious occasion of durga pooja, I wish Maa Durga blessed you with Health, Knowledge, Prosperity and Success. HAPPY CHAITRA NAVRATRI 2018 !!
navratri ki shubhkamna.
6. May Mata bless you
On this auspicious day of Navratri,
And may on this festive season dhan,
Yash and samriddhi come your way
7. Sending my warm wishes for a happy Navratri! May the day bring you good fortune and success. May Maa Durga bless you today and forever.
8. Fortunate is the one who has learned to admire, but not to envy.
Good Wishes to you and your loved ones for a joyous Chaitra Navratri!
9. Life has ups and down,
Some days might be rough,
But Maa Durga will give you the courage,
And the ability to be tough.
Have a Happy Chaitra Navratri!
10. I wish this Chaitra Navratri brings good luck and happiness to you and your family. Wishing you a happy one!
(Message sources: Internet)
Sreya is based in Kolkata. She is a Senior Editor of Big Wire.