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Chaitra Navratri 2012 Celebrations

Posted on April 2, 2012 | FestivalsNo Comment


Chaitra Navratri begins in the first day in the Indian month of Chaitra and ends with the celebrations of Sri Rama Navami which is the ninth day of the month. This is also called the Vasant Navratras or the Basant Navratri, or the Spring Navratri or the Ram Navami. The word Navratri means nine days in the Sanskrit language and this is a festival of devotion and worship. When the Navratri ends, then it is called the Rama Navratri. The Hindus believe that the first day of the month of Chaitra is the day when Lord Brahma started the creation of earth. So it is also called the Hindu New Year as per the Indian calendars in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka. This is a festival that is very popular in the Indian subcontinent and is also celebrated with a lot of fervour in the states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. This day is normally known as the First Day or the Chaitra Day of the Hindu Calendar or the Vikram Samvat. This is first day of the New Year of 2012. In this year this started on the 23rd of March.

Chaitra Navratri

This is the month that marks the beginning of the spring season or the Vasant Rithu. It is called the Gauri Puja or the Gangaur or Chaitra and the Vasant Navratri, or the Chaiti Chand Puja, Ugadi or Seetalakshmi , Sri Rama Navratras, or the SriRamNavami or the Ashokashtami. These are the ways in which the Chaitra Navratri or the Navratras are celebrated in this part of the world.

In the year 2012, the navratra begins on March 23 , and ends on April 1 . The first of the month of this Hindu month of Chaitra is celebrated as Ugadi or Yugadi. Ashtami is the main and most auspicious day of the entire Chaitra Navratri. It starts on the first day of the month of Chaitra and ends with the celebration of Sri Ramnavami. Since the entire nine day period ends with Ram Navami it is also called Ram Navratri.

Rama Navami

According to legends, Chaitra Navratri is the actual festival of Navratri that is revered as the day Goddess Durga was worshipped. But when the Ramayan war took place Lord Sri Ram is said to have worshipped Goddess Durga at this time of the Indian month of Ashwin. From that time, the Ashwin Navratri or the Durga Navratri has been the main festive period which is the right time to worship Goddess Durga.

As the Indian festival Chaitra Navratris is celebrated in the spring season, it is also called the Spring Navratri or the Basant Navratri. Nav means nine and ratri means nights so Navratri means nine nights. So the name is the nine night festival. Navratri festival comes twice in a year once in March and once in October. Chaitra Navratri is also called Chait Navratra. In the year 2012, there are 10 days in the Navratri season. So we have Navratri from March 23 to April 1. It is believed by the Hindus that the extra day is due to the Goddess Durga.

Chaitra Navratri Puja Chaitra Navratri

So in the month of March the Navratras are on March 23 which is the ghatasthapana is the Pratham Navratri.  On March 24,  it was the Sindhara Dooj or the Dwitiya Navratri and on March 25 it was the Gaur Teej or the Saubhagya Teej and is the Tritiya Navratri. On March 26, it was the VAradavinayak Chaturthi which is called the Chaturth Navaratri. On March 27 it was the Sri Lakshmi Panchami Vrat which was the Naag Vrat Pujan and was called the Pancham Navratri. March 29 s the Shasth Navratri which is the Skand Shashthi or the Yamuna Jayanti. On March 30 is the Saptam Navratri which is called Vijaya Saptami or the Mahaspatami vrat which is also called the chaiti Chath. March 31 is Sri Durga Mahaashtami which is also the Annapurna Ashthami  and this day is the Ashtami Navratri. April 1 is Ram Navami or the Chaitra Navratri which ends with Navam Navratri.

The Chaitra Navratri is a great and very revered festival in India.

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