It is that time of the year again. The much-awaited Navratri festival is here. The nine-day festival holds a lot of importance among the Hindus. This year, this festival will begin exactly 1 month after the Pitra Paksha.
If you have been looking for the Navratri shubh muhurat and ashtami, navami tithi then here is all you need to know.
Navratri 2020 Start Date
Navratri 2020 will begin on 17th Octover 2020 this year. The festival will last till 25th October. Every year, the Dashami or the Dussehra marks the end of Navratri. This year, the Navratri will end on 25th October.
Navratri Tithi Day Wise
October 17, Day 1 – Pratipada
October 18, Day 2 – Dwitiya
October 19, Day 3 – Tritiya
October 20, Day 4 – Chaturthi
October 21, Day 5 – Panchami
October 22, Day 6 – Shashthi
October 23, Day 7 – Saptami
October 24, Day 8 – Ashtami
October 25, Day 9 – Navami/Dashami
Ashtami And Navami Pujan Tithi
It is on the 8th or 9th day of the Navratras that the devotees perform Kanya Pujan. During this puja, little girls are welcomed home and offered halwa and puri. As they leave for their home, devotees give them gifts and they bless everyone in the house before leaving.
According to Drikpanchang, Ashtami Tithi this year will begin at 06:57 AM on Oct 23, 2020, and end at 06:58 AM on Oct 24, 2020.
Next, the Navami Tithi will begin at 06:58 AM on Oct 24, 2020, and end at 07:41 AM on Oct 25, 2020.
Preparations For Navratri 2020
Navratri is started from 17th October and will last till 25th October. During these 9 days, we worship the nine forms of Maa Durga - Goddess Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandmata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Mahagauri, and Siddhidatri. To welcome and worship all these forms of Maa Durga in your home, you need to do a lot of preparations, and here is a guide that will help you prepare in advance.
Usually, devotees get a new idol of Maa Durga every year. However, if you don't wish to get a new idol then wash the old idol, clean it well and place it on a wooden stool or temple.
Red is Maa Durga's favorite colour and you must not forget to get a red coloured cloth. You can place in under the idol or place it as a dupatta on the idol.
The puja is incomplete without placing a kalash in front of the idol. This kalash will be placed here for 9 days and on the last day, you should sprinkle this water all over your house.
Other important things you need to offer to Maa Durga during Navratri are paan, roli, sindoor, betel nut, flowers, and coconut.
This is that time of the year when Bengalis celebrate Durga Puja. Durga Puja holds a lot of significance for the Bengalis and they celebrate a five-day festival which will start from 22nd October this year and last till 26th October. This is the time when they celebrate the victory of Maa Durga over the King Of Demons, Mahishasura. The festival usually includes worshipping Maa Druga at home and at different pandals installed all across the city.
This year, due to the pandemic, we are sure the celebrations won't be the same. However, as the festive season begins, let's try to celebrate it with a lot of zeal and hope that this pandemic soon comes to an end.
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