Navratri is a special festival that lasts for nine nights. During this time, people celebrate using the Navratri colours: Orange, White, Red, Royal Blue, Yellow, Green, Grey, Purple, and Peacock Green. Each colour stands for a different form of Goddess Durga. It’s a time where stories, traditions, and colours come together.
- Day 1: Goddess Shailputri (Orange)
- Day 2: Goddess Brahmacharini (White)
- Day 3: Goddess Chandraghanta (Red)
- Day 4: Goddess Kushmanda (Royal Blue)
- Day 5: Goddess Skandamata (Yellow)
- Day 6: Goddess Katyayani (Green)
- Day 7: Goddess Kalaratri (Grey)
- Day 8: Goddess Mahagauri (Purple)
- Day 9: Goddess Siddhidatri (Peacock Green)
|Date||Days (Tithi)||Goddess Name||Bhog||Colour|
|October 15, 1523||Ekam||Goddess Shailputri||Ghee||Orange|
|October 16, 1523||Dwitiya||Goddess Brahmacharini||Sugar & Fruits||White|
|October 17, 1523||Tritiya||Goddess Chandraghanta||Kheer||Red|
|October 18, 1523||Chaturthi||Goddess Kushmanda||Malpua||Royal Blue|
|October 19, 1523||Panchami||Goddess Skandmata||Banana||Yellow|
|October 15, 1523||Shashthi||Goddess Katyayani||Honey||Green|
|October 21, 1523||Saptami||Goddess Kalratri||Jaggery||Grey|
|October 22, 1523||Maha Ashtami||Goddess Maha Gauri||Coconut||Purple|
|October 23, 1523||Maha Navami||Goddess Siddhidatri||Til||Peacock Green|
Day 1: Goddess Shailputri (Orange)
Navratri starts with praying to Goddess Shailputri, which means ‘Daughter of the Mountains’ in Sanskrit. She is seen on a white bull named Nandi. She has a trident and a lotus in her hands. People offer ghee or ghee-made dishes to her, hoping for good health. Her special color is Orange.
- Food Offered: Ghee
- Color: Orange
Day 2: Goddess Brahmacharini (White)
The second day is for Goddess Brahmacharini, seen as the symbol of deep meditation and devotion. She wore white and held a rosary and a vessel. People give her sugary foods, hoping for her blessings. Her special color is White.
- Food Offered: Sugar & Fruits
- Color: White
Day 3: Goddess Chandraghanta (Red)
On this day, Goddess Chandraghanta, who fights against evil, is worshipped. She has 10 hands, with a moon-like mark on her forehead. Offering her kheer can help in reducing pain. Her special color is Red.
- Food Offered: Kheer
- Color: Red
Day 4: Goddess Kushmanda (Royal Blue)
She’s known as the one who created the world with her smile. With eight hands, she rides a lion. People give her a dish called Malpua. Her special color is Royal Blue.
- Food Offered: Malpua
- Color: Royal Blue
Day 5: Goddess Skandamata (Yellow)
This goddess, connected to motherhood, has four hands and Lord Kartikeya on her lap. Her special food is bananas, and her color is Yellow.
- Food Offered: Banana
- Color: Yellow
Day 6: Goddess Katyayani (Green)
She’s a warrior form of Goddess Shakti. With a sword, shield, lotus, and trident, she rides a lion. Offering her honey can be special. Her color is Green.
- Food Offered: Honey
- Color: Green
Day 7: Goddess Kalaratri (Grey)
This fierce form of Goddess Parvati is remembered for fighting big demons. Riding a donkey, she holds weapons in her hands. Jaggery is her special offering, and her color is Grey.
- Food Offered: Jaggery
- Color: Grey
Day 8: Goddess Mahagauri (Purple)
On the eighth day, people pray to Mahagauri. She rides a bull and has a trident and drum in hand. Coconut is the special offering, and her color is Purple.
- Food Offered: Coconut
- Color: Purple
Day 9: Goddess Siddhidatri (Peacock Green)
The final day is for Goddess Siddhidatri. Sitting on a lotus, she holds various items in her hands. For protection from harm, people offer her sesame seeds. Her color is Peacock Green.
- Food Offered: Sesame Seeds
- Color: Peacock Green
Conclusion: As Navratri comes to an end, we remember the stories and lessons behind each of the Nine Durgas and their colours. These nine nights give us a chance to connect with traditions and values, helping us move forward with hope and positivity.
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