Navratri 2016 - 2017 Dates - Navratri Festival Calendar in 2016




The nine-day festival of Navratri in Hindu religion is dedicated to the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga. Navratri 2016 - 2017 dates are from October 1 to October 11, 2016. Chaitra Navratri 2016 is from April 8 to April 15 as per Hindu calendar. The most important Navratri in a year is the Sharadiya Navratra which begins on the first day of the bright half of Ashvin or Ashwayuja (September-October) as per traditional Hindu calendar.

Apart from the Navratri in September – October, there are three other Navratris in a year. The most important among the three is the Chaitra Navratri or the Navaratri in March-April. This is also known as Vasant Navratri or Ram Navaratri.

The other two Navratris are Magh Navratri (January – February) and Ashad Navratri (June – July). These two Navratris are also known as Gupt Navratri and is mainly observed only in certain regions of North India.
Thus there are four important Navratris in a year in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar.

Navratri in 2016 September - October dates

Navratri Day 1 – October 1, 2016 – Ghatsthapana - Navratri Begins
Navratri Day 1 – October 2, 2016 – Chandra Darshan (Tithi is repeated)
Navratri Day 2 – October 3, 2016 – Sindoor Tritiya
Navratri Day 3 – October 4, 2016  – Varad Vinayak Chaturthi 
Navratri Day 4 – October 5, 2016 – Upang Lalita Vrat - Lalitha Panchami
Navratri Day 5 – October 6, 2016 – Saraswati Awahan
Navratri Day 6 – October 7, 2016 – Saraswathi Puja (western parts of India)
Navratri Day 7 – October 8, 2016 - Saraswathi Balidan - Maha Lakshmi Puja (western parts of India)
Navratri Day 8 – October 9, 2016 – Mahashtami - Annapoorna Parikrama – Saraswati Visarjan - Mahanavami fasting
Navratri Day 9 – October 10, 2016 - Mahanavami  

The tenth day is celebrated as Dasara or Vijaya Dashami.

Vidyarambham in Kerala is on October 10, 2016

Note - Navratri day 1 tithi is repeated on Oct 1 and 2 

South India
In South India, Goddess Durga is worshipped during the first three days.
Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped during the next three days
Goddess Saraswathi is worshipped during the last three days.

Vasant or Chaitra Navratri March - April 2016 dates

Ghatsthapana – Navratri Day 1 – April 8, 2016
Sindhara Dooj, Dwitiya - April 9, 2016
Gaur Teej, Saubhagya Teej, Tritiya - April 9, 2016
Varadvinayak Chaturthi - April 10, 2016
Sri Laxmi Panchami Vrat, Naag Vrat Pujan - April 11, 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. The day is also observed as Ram Navami

Magh Navratri or Gupt Navratra (January – February)
Magh Navratri begins on February 9, 2016 and ends on February 16, 2016

Ashad Navratri or Gupt Navaratri (June – July)
Ashad Navratri begins on July 5, 2016 and ends on July 13, 2016

Navrati 2017 (September/ October) dates - September 21 to September 29, 2017