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Today – April 11, 2013 – Chaitra Navratri Begins

Chaitra Navratri, also known as Vasant Navratras or Basant Puja or Ram Navratri, is the festival of nine dedicated to Goddess Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati in the spring season in India (March – April). In 2013, Chaitra Navratri begins on April 11, 2013 and ends on April 19, 2013. As it is observed from the first day of the Chaitra month, it is known as Chaitra Navratra and since it is observed in the spring season, some people call Spring Navratri or Vasant Navratri.

The nine days of festival is also known as Ram Navratri as the festival ends on the Ramnavami day.

The Vasant Navratri is more popular in North India, especially in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and other northern states. Temples in this hill states conduct elaborate festivals and melas during the period.

The First day begins with Ghatasthapana - installation of pot with grains.