Chaitra Navratri is nine days festivity which starts on the first day of Hindu Luni-Solar calendar and falls in the month of March or April. Chaitra is the first month of Hindu lunar calendar and because of it this Navratri is known as Chaitra Navratri. Chaitra Navratri is also known as Vasanta Navratri. Rama Navami, the birthday of Lord Rama usually falls on the ninth day during Navratri festivity. Hence Chaitra Navratri is also known as Rama Navratri.
All nine days during Navratri are dedicated to nine forms of Goddess Shakti. Most customs and rituals followed during Shardiya Navratri, which falls in the month of September or October, are also followed during Chaitra Navratri. Ghatasthapana Puja Vidhi for Shardiya Navratri and Chaitra Navratri is same.
Chaitra Navratri is more popular in northern India. In Maharashtra Chaitra Navratri begins with Gudi Padwa and in Andhra Pradesh it begins with Ugadi.
Chaitra, the first month of the Hindu calendar, is presently in the Krishna Paksha. The conclusion of the Krishna Paksha and the starting of the Shukla Paksha will be the end of Krishna Paksha which will fall on April 1 on the Amavasya Tithi.
The auspicious nine-day-long festival of Chaitra Navratri will commence on the first day of the waxing phase of the moon- Shukla Paksha. In 2022, Navratri will fall from April 2 to April 11. This year’s event is even more spectacular since it spans nine days, which does not really happen. It is regarded as exceedingly lucky. Maa Durga will arrive on a horse to mark the start of Chaitra Navratri, and she will depart on a buffalo ride. Both the rides are considered highly auspicious in the Hindu culture. The horse is seen to be a symbol of battle, whereas the buffalo is said to symbolize pain and suffering. D
Chaitra Navratri, 2022
Chaitra Navratri will start on the Pratipadha Tithi on April 2 and will mark the start of Chaitra Navratri. The auspicious time for the Tithi will begin at 11.53 am on April 1 and will end at 11.58 am on April 2.
On the nine days of Navratri, nine goddesses are worshipped each day. Here is a list of days of Navratri and the goddess to be worshipped on each day.
Day 1- April 2: Maa Shailputri Puja
Day 2- April 3: Maa Brahmacharini Puja
Day 3- April 4: Maa Chandraghanta Puja
Day 4- April 5: Maa Kushmanda Puja
Day 5- April 6: Maa Skandmata Puja
Day 6- April 7: Maa Katyayani Puja
Day 7- April 8: Maa Kalratri Puja
Day 8- April 9: Maa Mahagauri Puja, Durgashtami
Day 9- April 10: Maa Siddhidatri Puja
Celebrating all 9 days of the Navratri with all customs and rituals helps in bringing prosperity and happiness to the lives of the worshippers. The 9 days of the Navratri are considered to be the most auspicious days of the year as per Hindu mythology and people in various parts of the country celebrate the festival with great devotion and enthusiasm. Devotees fast on the 9 days to practice self-control and delve into the spiritual world.