Navratri

Navratri Panchami 2021 celebrated in October as per the Gregorian Calendar is also known as Sharadiya Navratri. It marks the homecoming of Maa Durga and commences after new moon day, in the Hindu month of Ashwin. This year it starts from October 7th with Shailputri Puja and will continue till October 15th which marks the Durga Visarjana. Every year there are different cars are assigned for Maa Durga’s arrival. This year Godess Durga is set to come in a Palenquin(palki). The following day after the end of Pitri Paksha will mark the beginning of Shardiya Navratri.

 Shardiya Navratri is starting on a Thursday. This indicates that Goddess Durga will be arriving in a Palanquin. As far as rituals and mythological calendar are concerned the arrival of Goddess Durga in Palenquin is not considered as auspicious. This arrival of the Goddess is said to bring along a lot of losses and problems. It is also believed that arrival in a Palanquin indicates natural disasters and calamities.

The other reason being the lesser number of days in Shardiya Navratri. Navratri is celebrated for nine days, but this year there seem to be eight days allotted according to the Hindu mythological calendar. Astrologers have stated that the reduction in days of Navratri is not considered to be auspicious. The Nine days are celebrated to mark the nine incarnations of Goddess Durga. During this period Goddess Durga is said to have come to earth and bless her disciples. A day less is therefore considered a bad omen. To avoid mishaps priests have suggested a particular time for sthapana and the varied rituals that are to be followed. The last two days of Shardiya Navratri is solely devoted to “Kanya Pujan” and this year Navratri is celebrated for eight days have caught sight of the priests and they don’t look at this as something auspicious.

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