Navratri is a very famous festival celebrated by Hindu community. Navratri's literal meaning is "nine nights". These nine sacred nights are dedicated to Goddess Durga (also known as Shakti). Navratri is celebrated five times in a year. Let us see what are they and when they are celebrated:
|Paush Gupt or Shakambhari Navratri||December 26, 2017 to January 2, 2018|
|Ashadha Gupt or Gayatri Navratri||June 24 to July 3, 2017|
|Chaitra or Vasant Navratri||March 28 to April 5, 2017|
|Shardiya or Maha Navratri||September 21 to September 30, 2017|
This year Sharad Navratri will start on September 21, 2017 and ends on September 30, 2017.
This year Chaitra navratri or Vasant navratri will start on March 28, 2017 and ends on April 05, 2017.
Chaitra Navratri or Vasant Navratri is the upcoming navratri and starting in the third quarter of this month. During this navratri the nine days are divided among the nine forms of Goddess Durga and are worshipped each day accordingly:
The story that calls for the celebration of Chaitra Navratri is of Prince Sudarshan. Prince Sudarshan who was son of King Dhruvasindu, unintentionally repeated the Beej mantra of the Divine Goddess and was adored by her. After the death of King Dhruvasindu , King Yudhajit of Ujjain attacked his kingdom and had a fight with King Virsena of Kalinga. King Yudhajit won the battle and Queen Manorma, who was the mother of Prince Sudarshan and daughter of King Virsena, had to leave that place along with Sudarshan and a Eunuch. She took the help of Rishi Bhardwaj and stayed in his Ashram. There only, Prince Sudarshan heard the name of eunuch in Sanskrit i.e. Kleeba and misunderstood it with Kleem. Prince Sudarshan started repeating it and thus gratified the Divine Goddess and was blessed by her with godly and endless weapons.
Prince Sudarshan grew up and attended the Swayamvar of Princess Shashikala, who was the daughter of King of Banaras. The Princess chosen Prince Sudarshan as his husband and they both got married. When King Yudhajit came to know about this, he attacked on Banaras. But, Prince Sudarshan got the help of Divine Goddess, who totally ruined the army of King Yudhajit along with him. The Prince was throned as the king of his father's kingdom and performed a Yagna in the dignity of the Divine Goddess during Chaitra Navratri.
Hopefully, this article on Chaitra Navratri 2017 will help you in the best possible way and will leave you in good spirits to celebrate this auspicious festival of nine days.