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Shakambari Navratri - Importance of Shakumbhari Devi Navratri January 2024

Shakambari Mata, or Shakumbhari Devi, is an incarnation of Shakti and is worshipped in many parts of India.  In 2024, Shakambari Mata Navratri begins on January 18, 2024 and ends on January 25, 2024. The day is of great importance in many regions in India. It is believed that she feeds those who are hungry with vegetarian food. She is Mother Earth who suffices hunger.

Importance of Shakumbhari Devi Navratri

Shakambari Ma is known as ‘the bearer of the greens’ – Shaka means vegetables and Ambari means who bears. Goddess Shakambari is mentioned in the Devi Mahatmya.

Shakambari Mata is worshipped during Navratri and Durga Puja but one of the most famous Navratri dedicated to her happens in Paush month or Pushya Month (December – January).

Shakambari Mata Navratri is a major puja and festival in some parts of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

In the Devi Mahatmya, it is said that Goddess Durga appeared as Shakambari after a dry period of hundred years. She brought forth from her body fruits, flowers, vegetables and herbs to suffice the hunger of the people.

Major Temples dedicated to Goddess Shakambhari are located in Badami and Bangalore Karnataka, Nagewadi and Kumbhoj in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan.

In Karnataka, she is known as Goddess Banashankari and Banada Ashtami is a major event during Shakambari Mata Navratri.

The festival concludes on the full moon day in Paush month and is known as Shakumbhari Purnima.