Navratri comes twice a year, Chaitra Navratri comes first at the beginning of the year and Sharadiya Navratri at the end of the year but according to some beliefs, Navratri comes a total of four times every year. The names of two more Navratri celebrated in the year are Magha Navratri and Ashada Navratri.
Chaitra Navratri has a lot of recognition and according to the Hindu religion, the new year starts on this day.
In this Navratri, devotees keep a fast for 9 days and worship 9 forms of Maa Durga and on the 9th day, the devotees end the fast by offering food and worship to 9 girls and a boy.
Chitra Navratri started on 22 March and below you can read information about the auspicious time, its rules, significance, history & more.
Chaitra Navratri 2023 Date & Auspicious Time
According to Vikram Samvat’s calendar of Hindus, Chaitra Navratri is starting on 22 March 2023 and will continue till 30 March 2023.
Chaitra Navratri Pratipada date will start on March 21, 2023 at 10:52 p.m and end on March 22, 2023 at 8:20 p.m.
March 22, 2023, from 06.23 a.m. to 07.32 a.m. This 9-day-long festival will start with Ghatasthapana.
Some special rules should be kept in mind during Ghatasthapana or Kalash Sthapana. First of all, before decorating the chowki of Mother Goddess, choose a place in the northeast direction.
Clean this place very well and purify it with Gangajal. Place a wooden post and place a clean red colored cloth on it and establish the idol of Goddess Maa Durga. First, meditate on respected Ganesh ji and establish the urn.
Now wrap Chunri in coconut over Ghatasthapana and definitely tie Molly on the mouth of the Kalash. Then fill the Kalash with water and put a lump of betel nut, a pair of cloves, Durva, and a rupee coin in it.
Now place coconut on the Kalash by applying mango leaves or leaves of any flower and then place this Kalash on the right side of Durga’s idol.
This time Ashtami is on March 29 and sandhi puja is done on this day. If a devotee fasts on Chaitra Navratri, then this day is very important for him and many people break their fast by worshiping 9 girls on Ashtami but most of the devotees break their fast by worshiping on Navami day.
Even if you have observed only one fast of Chaitra Navratri, you can worship Goddess Swaroop 9 girls on Navami, which pleases Maa Durga very much.
Chaitra Navratri History
The first month of the Hindu calendar begins with Chaitra Navratri and on this day this festival is celebrated with different names all over India. This first day is celebrated as Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra, Ugadi in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Puthandu in Tamil Nadu as well as Chaitra Navaratri in northern India.
On the 9 days of Chaitra Navratri, Maa Durga worships 9 forms of Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Mahagauri, & Siddhiratri and the 9th day is also celebrated as Ram Navami.
According to Hindu belief, on this day Rama, the human form of Lord Vishnu, was born in Ayodhya to King Dasaratha and Janaki.
Rama is the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu and on the day of Navami, Hindus visit the Rama temple to worship and pray.
Chaitra Navratri Significance
Chaitra Navratri is very important and this festival mainly shows the respect and worship of women. The 9 avatars of Maa Durga represent power, truth, education, peace, rebellion, caring, and beloved.
Those who have not kept fast in these 9 days also do not consume drink alcohol, eat non-vegetarian food, ginger, and garlic.
Through this festival, the message is given that women are respected in the Hindu religion and they have got a higher position than Gods.
According to the Puranas, on this day Maa Durga comes riding on a boat and gives good rains, good crops, and fulfills wishes.
Chaitra Navratri 2023 Celebrations
By opening the fast of Chaitra Navratri, devotees make many dishes like Kheer, Puri, Vada, and different delicious dishes and distribute them in the neighborhood and eat with the family. Devotees go to their nearby temple and donate to the poor and also have food.
FAQs related to Chaitra Navratri
Q. When is Chaitra Navratri starting?
A. Chaitra Navratri starts on 22nd March 2023 and will continue till 30th March 2023.
Q. When is Ashtami in Chaitra Navratri 2023?
A. Ashtami in Chaitra Navratri of 2023 is on March 29, 2023.