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Navratri 2021

         Navratri is almost here again, the nine-day symbolic celebration of the battle of good against evil. This Hindu holiday is held in honour of the divine feminine: Devi, also known as Durga. This year Navratri will begin on the 7th of October and will end with the Vijayadashami celebration on October 15th. Each day is dedicated to one avatar of Durga Maa, and each devotee should worship them and wear the specific colour for that day, to be bestowed with different qualities. 

Day 1 – Thursday, October 7th

Navratri colour of the day: Yellow

This is the day of Pratipada, meaning ‘first’. Devotees worship Goddess Shailputri who is said to be the wife of Lord Shiva. She is the embodiment of patience and devotion. Those who worship the Goddess on this day will get good fortune and luck. Yellow should be worn to symbolise happiness, positivity, and warmth, the perfect colour to kick off the Navratri celebrations!

Day 2 – Friday, October 8th

Navratri colour of the day: Green

The second day of Navratri is Dwitiya, when Goddess Brahmacharini, the unmarried version of Goddess Shailputri is worshipped. Brahma means penance and Charni means conduct, together it means ‘one who conducts tenacity’. She is worshipped on this day to provide devotees with the strength to fast. On this day Green should be worn, symbolising calmness, positive growth and peace.

Day 3 – Saturday, October 9th

Navratri colour of the day: Grey

On the day of Tritya, the third form of the Goddess Durga, Goddess Chandraghanta is worshipped. She is believed to reward people with grace, bravery, and courage. Those who worship her will develop an aura that has a great impact on those who encounter them. Grey should be worn on day three, representing the balance of the body and mind, and humbleness.

Day 4 – Sunday, October 10th

Navratri colour of the day: Orange

On day four of Navratri is Chaturthi when devotees worship Kushmanda. Kushmanda means, ‘the one who has created the universe. Those who worship her are blessed with freedom from mental afflictions and good vision. On Chaturthi this year, orange should be worn. This fits hand in hand with the Goddess Kushmanda as it represents positivity and happiness, no negativity.

Day 5 – Monday, October 11th

Navratri colour of the day: White

This day is Panchami, where the fifth form of Devi is worshipped. Skandamata is the mother of Lord Skanda. She awards devotees with power, prosperity, and treasures. The worship of her purifies the heart, coinciding with the colour white that should be worn on this day. White symbolises peace, harmony, and purity.

Day 6 – Tuesday, October 12th

Navratri colour of the day: Red

This is the day of Shashti, one of the most worshipped forms of Durga is deified on the sixth day, Goddess Katyayani. She is considered a destroyer of evil, created to end sins committed by demons and born as a fighter. It is believed that girls who worship Katyayani and observe fast will find worthy husbands. Red, symbolising love, passion and loyalty should be worn on this day.

Day 7 – Wednesday, October 13th

Navratri colour of the day: Royal Blue

On day seven of Navratri is Saptami when devotees pay obeisance to Goddess Kalaratri. Devi Kalaratri is known to be the most violent form of Durga, she is believed to be the destroyer of all things evil. She is believed to award her devotees with calmness and courage. On this day royal blue should be worn, the richness of this colour spreads qualities of elegance, charisma, and reliability.

Day 8 – Thursday, October 14th

Navratri colour of the day: Pink

Day eight of Navratri marks Ashtami. Goddess Mahagauri is worshipped on this day. She has the power to fulfil all the desires of her devotees. People who worship her on this day get relief from all sufferings in life. Pink should be worn on the eighth day, symbolising affection, goodness, and harmony.

Day 9 – Friday, October 15th

Navratri colour of the day: Purple

The ninth day of Navratri is Navami. On the final day, devotees worship Devi Siddhidatri, the Goddess of Accomplishment. Dhatri means ‘giver’ and Siddhi means ‘mediative ability’. She helps her devotees to attain happiness, perfection, and purity of the heart. Violet is the chosen colour for this day, to symbolise opulence, nobility, and prosperity. The mix of red, a vibrant, passionate colour mixed with the colour blue, symbolising royalty and stability, make purple the perfect colour for the final day of Navratri.

Vijayadashami (Dussehra) – Saturday, October 16th

After nine days of prayers, the tenth day is kept aside to call an end to the Navratri festival. Vijayadashami, a day when new things can begin in life, is significant as it marks the triumph of Goddess Durga over the buffalo Demon Mahishasura. It is also known as Dussehra which marks the victory of Lord Rama over Demon Ravana. On this day, idols of the Goddess’ are carried in processions, and celebrations involve indulgent feasts and greetings with family and friends. Happy Dussehra!

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