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Chaitra Navratri 2018: History of the Navratri

Chaitra Navratri 2018: History of the Navratri
Written by Mrinalini Mahajan

Chaitra Navratri 2018 falls in the Month of March. This year Chaitra Navratri will start on March 18 and will conclude by March 26. This Navratri has special significance in the Hindu-culture. In this Navratri, Goddess Durga is worshipped. These nine days have different significance and each day has the different history. Chaitra Navratri usually falls in the Chaitra month of Hindu Calendar. On this day, many people go to temple and worship Goddess Durga. All the nine days are significant and the day’s history related to this is different. The history of these Navratri are associated with the deity that is worshipped mostly on these days.

History associated with this is that Goddess Durga was incarnated as the slayer of the buffalo-headed demon. A war took place between the Gods which was led by Lord Indra and many anti-gods were also associated. The King of the Anti-gods won and they established themselves in the heaven. The Gods became homeless after this. After this, Lord Shiva and Vishnu concentrated their powers into a Goddess Durga. The power of Shiva formed the head whereas the powers of Yama formed the hair, the power of Vishnu formed the arms, the powers of Indra formed the waist and the power of Brahma formed the feet.

The Goddess chose Lion and she defeated the anti-gods and she got back the homes of the Gods. Goddess Durga took many shapes and finally she defeated the anti-gods. The win of Goddess Durga marked the celebration of these days as Navratri. The nine-day mark the most important days of the year. This festival is celebrated with Maharashtra’s Gudi Padwa festival which is also on March 18. Gudi Padwa which is celebrated in Maharashtra is the first day of the new year for Marathi people. People who do fasting these nine days usually prefer eating Sattvik food.

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Mrinalini Mahajan

where many thoughts cross mind everyday, a thought of becoming a writer hit hard and made me a blogger. I am a cheerful girl that contributes a lot of happiness to my own happy world.

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