Chaitra Navratri 2016 - Chait Navratras in 2016

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 2016 begins on April 8 and ends on April 15. 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 2016 dates
Ghatsthapana – Navratri Day 1 – April 8, 2015
Sindhara Dooj, Dwitiya - April 9, 2015
Gaur Teej, Saubhagya Teej, Tritiya - April 10, 2015
Varadvinayak Chaturthi - April 11, 2015
Sri Laxmi Panchami Vrat, Naag Vrat Pujan - April 12, 2016
Skand Shashthi, Yamuna Jayanti - April 12, 2016
Mahasaptami Vrat, Chaiti Chath, Vijaya Saptami - April 13, 2016
Sri Durga Mahaashtami, Annapurna Ashtami - April 14, 2016
Chaitra Navratri ends – Ram Navratri Day 9 – April 15, 2016 (read more about Chaitra Navratri). The day is also 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.