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Chaitra Navratri During March - April 2020 date - Importance of Chaitra Vasant Navratri in 2020

Chaitra Navratri, also known as Vasant Navratri, begins on March 25, 2020. This festival of nine nights in Hinduism is dedicated to Goddess Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. It is also known as Chaitra Navratri or Spring Navratri or Vasant Navratri. As this Navratri coincides with Ram Navami, it also referred as Ram Navratri. The dates are from March 25 to April 2, 2020.


Importance of Chaitra Vasant Navratri

Chaitra Navratri is observed in the Hindu month of Chaitra (March – April). It is believed that Goddess Durga was originally worshipped (Durga Puja) in the Chaitra month and was also referred as Basanti Puja. It was Lord Ram who changed the period of Durga Puja.

Chaitra Navratri  2020 dates

  • Ghatasthapana – Navratri Day 1 – March 25, 2020
  • Sindhara Dooj, Dwitiya – March 26
  • Gaur Teej, Saubhagya Teej, Tritiya -  March 27
  • Varad Vinayak Chaturthi -  March 28
  • Sri Laxmi Panchami Vrat, Naag Vrat Pujan -  March 29
  • Skanda Shashti, Yamuna Jayanti -  March 30
  • Maha Saptami Vrat, Chaiti Chhath, Vijaya Saptami - March 31
  • Sri Durga Maha Ashtami, Annapurna Ashtami - April 1, 2020
  • Vasant Navratri ends – Ram Navratri Day 9 – April 2, 2020

Story of Chaitra Navratri

Lord Ram wanted to get the blessings of Goddess Durga before beginning the war with Ravana in the Ramayana. Therefore he invoked Goddess Durga during Ashwin (October – November). This is why the Durga Puja during October is also known as Akal Bodhon or untimely invocation.

Chaitra Navratri is the original period of Navratri festival. It was changed by Lord. The story of Chaitra Navratri is the same as Sharad Navratri of Goddess Durga annihilating Mahishasura.

Chaitra Navratri is also known as Basanti Puja

Originally Navratri puja was held in Chaitra Month. Lord Ram invoked Goddess Durga during Sharad (Ashwin month) for victory over Ravana. The Durga Puja in Ashwin month (October – November) is also known as Akal Bodhon, or untimely invocation, as Lord Ram had invoked her during the Ashwin month. Read more about Basanti Puja

Chaitra Navratri Mantra

Siddh Mantra

ॐ हींग हींग डुंग दुर्गायै नम:
ॐ ऐंग हींग चामुण्डायै विच्चे।
सर्वमङ्गलमाङ्गल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थसाधिके
शरण्ये त्र्यम्बके गौरि नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते।।

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प नि मनोरमां देहि मनोवृत्तानुसारिणीम्।
तारिणीं दुर्गसंसारसागरस्य

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हे गौरी शंकरधंगी, यथा तवं शंकरप्रिया
तथा मां कुरु कल्याणी कान्तकान्तम् सुदुर्लभं।।

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'ॐ कात्यायनी महामाये महायोगिन्य धीश्वरी,
नन्द गोप सुतं देवी पतिं मे कुरु ते नमः।'

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'ॐ ऐं ह्रीं क्लीं महासरस्वती देव्यै नमः'

The above said mantra should be chanted 108 times daily in the morning for nine days for desire fulfillment.

Ghatasthapana 

Chaitra Navratri puja begins with Ghatasthapana or Kalash Sthapana Puja. The puja involves invoking the mother Goddess in a Pot or Kalash and sowing of seeds (barely etc). The pot is sprinkled with water on all the nine days. Pujas and other rituals are performed. At the end of the ninth day, the barley shoots will reach a height of 2 to 3 inches and its then pulled out and distributed.

Chaitra Navratri Ashtami 

The eighth day of the the nine-day festival is of great significance. Special pujas and rituals are observed on the day. Goddess Shakti temples in North India see huge rush on the day. Tarashtami, Mahashtami, Mahanisha Puja and Annapurna Parikrama are observed on the day. In eastern parts of India, Chaitra Ashtami is observed as Ashokastami. Annapurna Puja is also observed on the day.

Vasant Navratri Popular in North India

The Vasant or Spring Navratri is widely observed in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand (Uttaranchal), Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Most Hindu devotees in this part of India undertake Navratri Vrat or fasting. The festival occurs during the beginning of summer season. And it is said that the fasting helps in adapting the body to the changing climate.

Some of the important Temple fairs in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are organized during this period.

Almost all the rituals observed during Navratri (held in October-November) are also observed during Vasant Navratri.

Worship of Young Girls During Chaitra Navratri

One of the important events in Haryana and Punjab is the worshipping of little girls. These little girls symbolically represent Goddess Durga and are known as ‘kanjaks.’ It is performed on the eight day or the Ashtami day. The rituals i also known as Kumari Puja. Read more about Chaitra Navratri Kanjak Ashtami Puja.

Chaitra Navratri Mela at Manasa Devi Temple

Goddess Mansa Devi is an important incarnation of Goddess Shakti and in this form she is very popular in the Himalayas. Millions of devotees arrive at the Mansa Devi Temple worship Mansa Devi during Chaitra Navratri. The most important dates are Chaitra Saptami, Ashtami and Navami.

Note - The most important Navratri which coincides with the Durga Puja in 2020 begins on October 17 and ends on October 24.



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