Vasant Navratri March 2007

Vasant Navratri, also known as Vasant Navratras, begins on March 19, 2007. This festival of nine nights is dedicated to Goddess Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. It is also known as Chaitra Navratras or Spring Navratri. Details of Navratri in October 2007 can be found here.

Update: Dates of Navratri April 2008.

Why is Navratri Celebrated twice a year?

Most people associate Navratri with the celebrations that take place in the lunar month of Ashwani - September/October. The second Navratri is celebrated in the lunar month of Chaitra – March/April.

Both the Navratris are celebrated when nature undergoes important climate changes. It is held during the beginning of summer and the beginning of winter. It is a time of thanksgiving to Mother Nature – who protects and sustains us.

The vasant or Spring Navratri is more famous in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand (Uttaranchal), Punjab and Haryana. Most people are not aware of the Vasant Navratri as it does not have the pomp and fanfare associated with the Durga Puja celebrated in September-October.

The vasant Navratra also coincides with Ram Navami, which falls on the ninth day of Chaitra month. Due to this the Navratri in March is also known as Ram Navratri. During this period, fairs are organized in temples in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Most devotees fast during the period of Navratri and on the Ashtami day little girls are worshiped.


Navratri October 2007