Chaitra Navratri 2014 - Chait Navratras in 2014

Chaitra Navratri, also known as Chait Navratras, as the name indicates is observed during the Chaitra month (March – April) in a traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Chaitra Navaratri 2014 begins on March 31 and ends on April 8. The festival is dedicated to Goddess Shakti and three of her most popular forms– Goddess Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati – are worshipped during the period. It begins on the first day of the Chaitra month and ends with Ram Navami.

Chaitra Navratri is known by different names like Ram Navaratri, Vasant Navratri, Basant Navrathri and some people also refer it as Spring Navaratras.

Chaitra Navratri 2014 dates
Ghatsthapana – Navratri Day 1 – March 31 , 2014
Sindhara Dooj, Dwitiya - April 1, 2014
Gaur Teej, Saubhagya Teej, Tritiya - April 2, 2014
Varadvinayak Chaturthi - April 3, 2014
Sri Laxmi Panchami Vrat, Naag Vrat Pujan - April 4, 2014
Skand Shashthi, Yamuna Jayanti - April 5, 2014
Mahasaptami Vrat, Chaiti Chath, Vijaya Saptami - April 6, 2014
Sri Durga Mahaashtami, Annapurna Ashtami - April 7, 2014
Chaitra Navratri ends – Ram Navratri Day 9 – April 8, 2014 (read more about Chaitra Navratri). The day is observed as Ram Navami.

Chaitra Navratri is observed when Mother Nature undergoes an important climate change. It also marks the beginning of the summer season. There is a popular belief that the fasting during Chaitra Navrati is to prepare the body for the ensuing summer season.

Chaitra Navratri is more famous in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and in other parts of North India. Some of the most important temple fairs in the Shakti Temples in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand take place during this period.