Chaitra Navratri is a nine-day festival that begins on the first day of the lunu-solar Hindu calendar and falls in March or April. Chaitra is the first month of the Hindu lunar calendar and that is why this Navratri is known as Chaitra Navratri. Chaitra Navratri is also known as Vasanta Navratri. Sri Rama Navami, Lord Rama’s birthday usually falls on the ninth day during Navratri festival. Therefore, Chaitra Navratri is also known as Rama Navratri.
All nine days during Navratri are dedicated to nine forms of Goddess Shakti. Most customs and rituals followed during Shardiya Navratri, which falls in the month of September or October, are also followed during Chaitra Navratri. Ghatasthapana Puja Vidhi for Shardiya Navratri and Chaitra Navratri is same.
Chaitra Navratri is a popular festival in north India. In Maharashtra, Chaitra Navratri begins with Gudi Padwa and in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka begins with Ugadi(New Year).
Around Navratri several delicious preparations like Kuttu Ki Puri, Singhade Ka Halwa, Singhare Ke Pakore, Sabudana Vadaand Sabudana Khichdi gain immense popularity amongst those who are fasting. Along with the special vrat ka khana, people also tend to load up on fruits and milk to keep themselves energized through the day.
Here is detailed schedule of Chaitra Navratri 2018:
|Day 1||Pratipada||18th March 2018|
|Day 2||Dwitiya||19th March 2018|
|Day 3||Tritiya||20th March 2018|
|Day 4||Chaturthi||21st March 2018|
|Day 5||Panchami||22nd March 2018|
|Day 6||Shashthi||23rd March 2018|
|Day 7||Saptami||24th March 2018|
|Day 8||Ashtami/Navami||25th March 2018|
Here’s wishing you all a very Happy Navratri 2018.