Navratri is a festival of 9 days that marks the victory of Good over Evil.
People worship the Goddess Durga and ask Her Blessings in their lives.
Every day in these nine days has a special Significance and devotees worship different forms of Goddess each day.
Here, we will see which Goddess to worship each day, Auspicious colors for these 9 days in 2018 and What items/ 'Bhog' to offer Goddess Durga
Navratri dates in 2018 from October 10th to 18th
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v First Day of Navratri
On the First Day of Navratri wear Royal Blue dress/ clothes
The first day of Navratri is also known as ‘Pratipada’
Goddess Shailputriis worshipped on the first day who is also the first manifestation of Devi Durga
Significance of GoddessShailputri
The word ‘Shail’ means Mountain
And Shailaputri is an avatar of Goddess Durga, who was born in the house of King of Mountains
‘Shailputri’ literally means the Daughter of Mountain
GoddessShailputri rides on a bull and She holds a Trident in her right hand and a Lotus in her left hand.
On this day offer cow ghee or milk products to GoddessShailputri
v Second Day of Navratri
On the Second Day of Navratri wear Yellow colored clothes
This day Goddess ‘Brahmacharini’ is worshipped
How the name Brahmacharini originated?
In this form, unmarried Goddess desired to get married to Lord Shiva
Due to Her constant penance or ‘tapa’ for more than a thousand years she is known as ‘Brahmacharini’
Goddess Brahmacharini walks barefoot
She holds a ‘Japmala’ in her right hand and a ‘kamandal’ in her left hand.
On this day offer sugar, rock sugar or crystal sugar and ‘panchamrut’ to please Goddess Brahmacharini
v Third Day of Navratri
On the Third Day of Navratri wear Green colored clothes
This day Goddess ‘Chandraghanta’ is worshipped
How the name ‘Chandraghanta’ originated?
Goddess Brahmacharini did hard penance to get married to Lord Shiva.
After getting married to Lord Shiva Goddess started adorning Her forehead with a half-moon shaped like a bell
And this form of Goddess is worshipped as Goddess ‘Chandraghanta’
In this form, Goddess holds weapons, ‘kamandal’, lotus and a ‘japmala’ in her hands and rides on a Tiger
On this day offer pure milk products to please Goddess Chandraghanta
v Fourth Day of Navratri
On the Fourth Day of Navratri wear Slaty or Grey colored clothes
This day Goddess ‘Kushmanda’ is worshipped
In this form, Goddess Kushmanda blesses all with fame, longevity, strength, and dignity
GoddessKushmanda natives in the heart of the sun and receives her power from there
She has eight hands and rides on a Lion
She holds weapons in Her four hands and holds a ‘kamandal’, ‘japmala’, lotus and a pot filled with immortal nectar or ‘amrut’
On this day offer ‘malpua’ to please Goddess Kushmanda
v Fifth Day of Navratri
On the Fifth Day of Navratri wear Orange colored clothes
This day Goddess ‘Skandmata’ is worshipped
As per Hindu Scriptures, Goddess Skandmata awards her devotees with salvation, power, prosperity, and treasures.
She also fulfills all the desires of the devotees
How the name ‘Skandmata’ originated?
Goddess Skandmata is the mother of Kartikeya, who is also known as ‘Skanda’ and thus She has derived the name ‘Skandmata’
Goddess Skandmata rides on a Lion and has four hands with Her son Kartikeya on Her lap.
On this day offer banana to please Goddess Skandmata
v Sixth Day of Navratri
On the Sixth Day of Navratri wear White colored clothes
This day Goddess ‘Katyayani’ is worshipped
How the name ‘Katyayani’ originated?
According to ancient legends, Katyayana Rishi in the Katya lineage performed very hard penance of Maa Bhagwati
It was his wish that Goddess Durga born as his daughter
Hence Her name became ‘Katyayani’the daughter of Rishi Katyayan
Goddess Katyayani rides on a Lion and has four hands
On this day offer Honey to please Goddess Katyayani
v Seventh Day of Navratri
On the Seventh Day of Navratri wear Red-coloured clothes
This day Goddess ‘Kalratri’ is worshipped
The significance of Goddess Kalratri
According to DurgaSaptashati, Goddess Durga created ‘Kalratri’ form to destroy the demon Rakta-bija
Demon Rakta-bija had the magical ability to produce and double himself with his blood fell on the ground
Kalratri swallowed all the blood of Rakta-bija until he fell lifeless
Goddess Kalratrirides on a donkey and has four hands
On this day offer Jaggery to please Goddess Kalratri
v Eighth Day of Navratri
On the Eighth Day of Navratri wear Sky Blue colored clothes
This day Goddess ‘MahaGauri’ is worshipped
How the name ‘Maha Gauri’ originated?
1. According to Hindu scriptures after killing demon Rakta-beej Goddess Kalratri took bath in holy Ganga
This is how She retained Her hair color and thus known as ‘Gauri’
2. Also as per a few legends, when Goddess Brahmacharini did hard penance to get Lord Shiva she became very weak and pale
So to revive Herself she took bath in Holy Ganga and thus known as ‘Maha Gauri’
On this day offer Coconut to please Goddess Mahagauri
Goddess Kalratri rides on a bull and has four hands carrying a trident and a ‘damroo’
v Ninth Day of Navratri
On the Ninth Day of Navratri wear Pink colored clothes
This day Goddess ‘Siddhidatri’ is worshipped
How the name ‘Siddhidatri’orginated?
MaaDurga is Goddess of 8 classical siddhis and grants Her devotees all sorts of achievements and sort of occult powers
Goddess Siddhidatri sits on a lotus and has four hands carrying conch, chakra, mace, and lotus
On this day offer various items like ‘chana’, ‘puri’, ‘halwa’ and ‘kheer’ to please Goddess Siddhidatri