Navratri: Nine days, nine significant colors


In Sanskrit, the term Navaratri refers to nine nights, the term nava refers to nine and the term ratri to nine. Nine forms of Shakti / Devi are worshipped over these nine nights and ten days.

During the Navratri and the 8th and the 9th day, and the 10th day the are special as the toddler girls are worshipped as a form of Goddesses. The seeds of interior renewal are sown, sprouted, watched and worshipped by devotees during the nine-days festival. The tenth day widely known as Vijayadashami or Dussehra celebrated Shakti’s win over Mahishasura, Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana and Durga’s over demons like Madhu-Kaitav, Chanda-Munda and Shumbha-Nishumbha; that is victory over good and evil.

Navratri is observed to worship the nine forms of Goddess Durga namely Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Khushmanda, Skandamata, Kaalratri, Katyayani, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri.

Each day of Navratri has an auspicious but different colour, which is specific to that day. Here’s a look at what colour should be worn on which day:

First Day or Padwa: On the first day of Navratri, devotees worship Maa Shailputri. On this day, one should wear bright and vibrant Orange, which signifies energy and happiness.

Second Day or Dwitiya: Maa Brahmacharini is worshipped on the second day of Navratri. It is said that one should wear white on this day, as it is a symbol of peace and purity.

Tritiya: Maa Chandraghanta, Maa Durga’s third Avatar, Chandraghanta, is worshipped on the third day. Red is the day’s colour, meaning beauty and anguish. wear royal blue.

Fifth day: On the fifth day the goddess Skandamata, Lord Kartikeya’s mother is worshipped. The colour red stands for joy and luminosity and is suggested to be worn on this day.

Sixth or Shashthi day: Maa Kaalratri is worshipped by the devotees on the sixth day of Navratri. It’s also the beginning day of Durga Puja. The daytime color is green, meaning fresh beginnings and development.

Saptami Seventh Day: Maa Katyayani is worshipping on the seventh day of Navratri. One should wear grey this day, as it stands for transformation strength.

Eighth day or ashtami: the eighth day of Navratri, Maa Mahagauri is worshipped. It is said that this day you should wear purple, for it is a sign of intellectual strength and peace.

Ninth day or Mahanavmi: Maa Siddhidatri is worshipped on the ninth and last day of Maa Durga’s avatar.Peacock green is the color which is believed to fulfil the desires of devotees and hence is suggested to be worn on this day.



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