Magh Navratri – Gupt Navratra

Magh Navratri, or Gupt Navaratri, is observed Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Magh or Magha month (January – February) as per the traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. In 2014, Magh Navratri begins on January 31 and ends on February 8, 2014. Magh Navratri is dedicated to the nine forms of Shakti – Hindu Mother Goddess. The Navratra rituals are followed mainly by women in the Hindi speaking states in India.

Magh Navratra is also known as Gupt Navratri. The rituals and forms of Shakti worshipped during Magh Navratri vary from region to region. In some regions, it is noted for a nine-day community worship of the nine forms of Shakti.

Fasting is observed on certain days of Magh Navratri and strictly vegetarian food is consumed during the period.

Gupt Navratra is also observed during Shukla Paksha of Ashada (June – July).

Two of the most famous Navratris are the Chaitra Navratri and the famous Navratri held during (September – October).