Navaratri can be defined as a festival which signifies the victory over the evil forces. This victory over negative energies in ‘nine nights’ is in Sanskrit known as Navaratri which shows Goddess Durga in her different nine avatars on the schedules nine days as per the Hindu Calendar. This year Navaratri will start from 21st September and will last till 29th September. The festival is very much auspicious in the Hindu community and is observed by keeping fast, holding dandiya nights and Garba too. The significance of Navagrah is of great importance and it is also believed that these nine nights bring peace, prosperity and celebrations with itself.
Lets take a look at the colors to wear: Navaratri Day 1 is for Yellow color which is believed to be a color of the planet sun and is dedicated to Maa Shailputri which means the daughter (putri) of the mountains (shaila). As the color yellow represents energy and happiness and is believed to be an appropriate color to start the festival. Navaratri Day 2 is for Green Color which is believed to be a color of planet Venus. This day is dedicated to Goddess Brahmcharini one who is said to practice devouts austerity. Worshipping Maa Durga with great powers and a divine grace enlightens us too.
Navaratri Day 3 is for the color grey which is associated with Saturn and is dedicated to Chandraghanta which is the third form of Goddess Durga and is worshipped for peace, tranquility and prosperity of life. The significance of worshipping this form of Goddess Durga is that she has a chandra or half moon in her forehead in the shape of a ghanta or a bell. The god is charming and has a golden bright complexion and rides on a lion. Navaratri Day 4 is for the color Orange and is associated with Jupiter and it is believed that in this avatar goddess Durga becomes the creator of the universe.
Navaratri Day 5 is for the white color which is associated with moon and brings Durga Maa in the fifth form who is also known as Skanda Mata which means the mother of Skanda is also known as Lord Kartikeya who was the commander in chief of gods in war against the demons. The color white brings perfection, purity and peace. Navaratri Day 6 is for the color red and is known to be a color of Mars and in the sixth form of Mother Durga is known as Katyani. Navaratri Day 7 is for the Blue color in which Goddess Durga is known as Kalratri. This day symbolizes victory over evil on our bad habits.
Navaratri Day 8 is for the color Pink and associated with the day Mercury and is associated with goddess Maha Gauri. Navaratri Day 9 is for the color Purple. She is believed to be the mother of all goddesses, saints, yogis and tantrics.