People worship goddess Durga in their home as well as in pandals by setting up idols of goddess Durga . Devotees celebrate Navratri by doing many rituals like Ghat sthapana, Akhand jyoti, Jware poojan, Kanya bhojan, and many more. In all these nine days nine forms of goddess durga is worshipped.
Sharad Navratri 2017 Dates (21 September, 2017 to 29 September, 2017)
Dedicated to Goddess Durga, Shardiya Navratri is one of the most playful and energetic festival, that is celebrated with great fervour and joy, over a period of nine nights in Ashwin, the lunar month of the Hindu calendar.
First Day: 21 September, 2017 (Thursday) - Ghatsthapana, Shailputri Puja
Second Day: 22 September, 2017 (Friday) - Dwitiya, Sindhara Dooj, Chandra Darshan, Brahmacharini Puja
Third Day: 23 September, 2017 (Saturday) - Tritiya, Gaur Teej, Saubhagya Teej, Chandraghanta Puja
Fourth Day: 24 September, 2017 (Sunday) - Chaturthi, Varad Vinayak, Kushmanda Puja
Fifth Day: 25 September, 2017 (Monday) - Panchami, Skandamata Puja
Sixth Day: 26 September, 2017 (Tuesday) - Shashthi, Katyayani Puja
Seventh Day: 27 September, 2017 (Wednesday) - Saptami, Mahasaptami Vrat, Kalaratri Puja
Eighth Day: 28 September, 2017 (Thursday) - Ashtami, Durga Ashtami, Mahagauri Puja
Ninth Day: 29 September, 2017 (Friday) - Navami, Sharad Navratri ends, Siddhidatri Pooja,
Tenth Day: 30 September, 2017 (Saturday) - Dussehra
Devotees worshiped goddess Durga and her nine forms during these nine auspicious days, and at the end of Shardiya Navratri ( on the 10th day) people celebrate Dussehra in the favour or Lord Ram.
Chaitra Navratri 2018 Dates (18 March, 2018 to 26 March, 2018)
Chaitra is the first month according to Hindu lunar calendar and the first day is celebrated as the Hindu New Year and because of it this Navratri is celebrated as Chaitra Navratri. Chaitra Navratri is also known as Vasant Navratri because it is the end of the winter season and beginning of the summer season.
Navratri Day 1: 18 March 2018 (Sunday)
Navratri Day 2: 19 March 2018 (Monday)
Navratri Day 3: 20 March 2018 (Tuesday)
Navratri Day 4: 21 March 2018 (Wednesday)
Navratri Day 5: 22 March 2018 (Thursday)
Navratri Day 6: 23 March 2018 (Friday)
Navratri Day 7: 24 March 2018 (Saturday)
Navratri Day 8: 25 March 2018 (Sunday)
Navratri Day 9: 26 March 2018 (Monday)
Chaitra Navratri is also famous in the form of Rama Navratri, because the birthday of Lord Ram (Ram Navami) usually comes on the ninth day during Navratri. It is widely celebrated and is very popular in few states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. It begins in the Maharashtra state with ‘Gudi Padwa’ whereas in Andhra Pradesh it begins with ‘Ugadi’.