Navratri is celebrated to celebrate and honor the victory of good over evil as Goddess Durga battled Demon Mahishasura for nine days and won the battle by killing Mahishasura on the tenth day with her intelligence and bravery. Therefore, the name Navratri signifies the days of the battles, where Nav means ‘Nine’ and Ratri Means ‘Night’. This year, Chaitra Navratri 2020 started on 25th March 2020 and will end on 3rd April 2020.
As Chaitra Navratri 2020 has started from Wednesday, we are here to tell you the significance of each day. Let’s have look….
Day 1 Significance
On the first day of Navratri, which is also known as Kalasthapan, Goddess Shailaputri is worshiped. Goddess Shailaputri is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati and is portrayed as riding on a bull Nandi, in her left hand, she holds a lotus flower and Trishul in her right hand. The color of the first day is red, signifying energy and dynamism.
Day 2 Significance
On the second day of Navratri, Goddess Brahmcharini, who is another incarnation of Parvati, is worshiped. This is the unmarried incarnation form of Parvati. The Goddess is worshiped for getting peace and prosperity. She is depicted walking bare feet, holding a kamandalu and japamala in her each hand, and signifies bliss and tranquil. The color of day second is Royal Blue which denotes serenity and energy.
Day 3 Significance
On the third day of Navratri, Maa Chandraghanta is worshiped. The Goddess is depicted as a ten-armed Goddess who is roaring out in anger. On her forehead, she wears Half-moon after marrying Lord Shiva, known as ‘Chandra’ in Hindi and from here the name Chandraghanta originated. She is a symbol of courage and an embodiment of beauty. The word Chandraghanta came into existence since Parvati adorned her forehead with half-moon after marrying Lord Shiva. The color of day three is yellow.
Day 4 Significance
On the fourth day of Navratri, also known as Chaturthi, Mata Kushmanda is worshiped. The goddess is believed to bring light in the universe with just her one smile and is associated with an endowment of vegetation on earth. She is depicted as sitting on the Tiger and has eight arms. She defines the flora and fauna on earth. The color of Chaturthi is green.
Day 5 Significance
On the fifth day of Navratri, also known as Panchami, Goddess Skandmata, Mother of Skand (Kartikeya), is worshiped. She is depicted as riding on a fierce lion and has four hands holding lotus, bell, kamandalu, and little kartikay on her lap. She defines strength and serene. The color of Panchami is Grey and the day symbolizes the transforming strength of a mother when her child is in danger.
Day 6 Significance
On the sixth day of Navratri, Goddess Katyani, an incarnation of Goddess Durga is worshiped. The Goddess is portrayed to have four hands and riding on the lion. She is known for her bravery as the Goddess is said to be one of the most violent and vicious forms of Goddess Parvati. The color of the sixth day is orange, signifying bravery.
Day 7 Significance
On the seventh day of Navratri, also known as Saptami, Goddess Kalaratri is worshiped. The Goddess is portrayed riding on a donkey with a sword in her hand, along with a noose and a trident, and have four arms and three eyes on her forehead. According to mythology, She sheds her white skin and changes her color to black in order to kill the demons. The color of the seventh day is white.
Day 8 Significance
On the eighth day of Navratri, also known as Ashtami, Goddess Mahagauri is worshiped. The Goddess symbolizes peace and intelligence. The color of the second last day of the festival is Pink and it signifies hopefulness and optimism.
Day 9 Significance
On the last or ninth day of Navratri, also known as Navami, Maa Siddhidaatri is worshiped. Goddess Sidhidatri is also known as Saraswati Devi, who is known for her knowledge and intelligence. She is portrayed sitting on a lotus and has four arms which are holding a mace, discus, lotus and a book. She describes the beauty of nature. The color of Navami is peacock green, and it denotes beauty and freedom.