Vasant Navratri, also known as Vasant Navratras, begins on
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),
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.