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Gupt Navratri 2018 or Ashada Navratra in June - July

Gupt Navratri, also referred as Gayatri or Ashada Navratri, is nine days dedicated to the nine forms of Shakti (Mother Goddess) in the Hindi month of Ashada (June – July). Gupt Navaratri is observed during the Ashada Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon). In 2018, Gupt Navratri begins on July 13 and ends on July 21.

Gupt Navratri rituals are followed mainly in the Hindi speaking states in India. It is largely observed by women in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. The nine days are dedicated to worship of various forms of Shakti.

This Navartri is particularly important for all Upasakas or worshippers of Varahi. Varahi is one of the seven Matrikas of Devi Mahatmya. It is also referred as Guhya Navratri in Himachal Pradesh.

Some people fast on certain days of Gupt Navratri and vegetarian food is consumed during the period. The most important event during the nine-day period is community worship of the nine forms of Durga or Shakti. Women in a locality gather in a household during evening and worship Mother Goddess.

Gupt Navratri is also observed during the Hindi month Shukla Paksha of Magh (January – February).
The most important Navratri is the one observed during September - October and is celebrated
throughout India.

How to perform Gupt Navratri?

  • Regular puja is to be performed on all days to Mother Goddess in a designated area. Avoid non-vegetarian food. Do not drink or smoke. 
  • Ghatasthapana or growing of wheat or barley is not required but if you wish to do then you can.
  • Goddess Varahi form of Mother Goddess is given important in majority of the regions.
  • Take bath daily in the morning. Perform simple puja in the morning and evening daily. There is no need for complicated rituals and pujas.
  • If possible provide food to poor and hungry. Giving food to animals increases virtue.
  • A devotee should perform puja and worship of Mother Goddess by sitting on a red color cloth.
  • Those looking to attain siddhi and moksha should sit on seating made of Kusha or Durva grass.
  • The lamp made of gold, silver or gunmetal should be used for pujas and prayers.
  • Lamp should be lit using cow ghee.
  • A single wick should be lit. If you are performing an important puja with all rituals then nine wicks should be lit.
  • Offer Gudhal flower (Hibiscus red color)
  • Prayers and mantra should be chanted using mala having beads of red sandalwood or rudraksha.
  • A simple bhog like khicadi etc should be made and offered. It should be taken back after puja and shared with family members and neighbors. Even offering a small piece of fruit is enough – you do not need to do elaborate cooking.
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