Happy Navratri 2019 to all the people of Chittorgarh. Below you will get all the information about Navratri 2019, like how it is celebrated in Chittorgarh City, Importance of Navratri, etc.
Navratri 2019 comes on 6 April and ends on 14 April. You must be wondering how many Navratri are there in a year? The answer to it is devotees celebrate four different Navratri in a year. Navratri 2019 after holi is called as Chaitra or Vasant Navratri as it comes in the Chaitra month of Hindu calendar during spring(Vasanta) season. So what is the festival of Navratri and [why is Navratri celebrated] all across India?
Chaitra or Vasant Navratri is a nine days festival that begins on the first day of Hindu year, that usually comes in the month March or April. The first month of the Hindu calendar is Chaitra, that’s why this Navratri is known as Chaitra Navratri. Ram Navami, the birthday of Lord Rama comes on the ninth day of Navratri, that’s why it’s also called as Ram Navratri. Devotees during the nine days of Navratri worship nine forms of Goddess Shakti. Rituals and customs observed during Shardiya Navratri that comes in September or October are followed in Chaitra Navratri also. Ghatasthapana Puja Vidhi for both Navratri is similar. Chaitra Navratri is famous in north India. It starts with Gudi Padwa festival in Maharashtra, and in Andhra Pradesh, it starts with Ugadi.
How Do We Celebrate Chaitra Navratri?
Navratri at Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu is celebrated with great excitement and fervor. During this festival, devotees wear new garments and ornaments. Various rituals and rites are performed to please the Goddess Shakti. Fruits and sweets prepared at home are offered as bhog during the puja. People visit their friends and relatives to greet them on the occasion of the festival. Houses are cleaned and decorated beautifully to welcome Maa Durga. Some people even illuminate houses with colorful lamps and lights during the night. Some organizations and temples arrange cultural programs during the nine days. Jain community celebrates Ayambil festival during the same period. Devotees of Maa Durga hold fast to offer homage to her. Some devotees instead of fasting strictly, eat food prepared without ghee or spices, they believe it is the period of cleansing and penance.
Praying and fasting are the essential part of this festival. The devotees eat only ‘Satvik’ food like potatoes, ‘kuttu ka aata’, curd and fruits. During this festival consumption of non-vegetarian food, the use of items like onion and garlic is strictly prohibited. Maintaining a strict discipline in food and worshipping is essential during this period. Some devotees give up the use of any footwear during the nine days. They prefer walking without any footwear to please the goddess. On the ninth day, devotees complete the fast by organizing a Havan and consuming the prasad offered to the goddess.
Navratri importance is given to Goddess Shakti, she manifests herself in three forms during the festival – Goddess Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. The rituals of this festival are also categorized in the set of three days, with every set dedicated to a separate form of Goddess. Maa Durga is worshipped during the first three days, and she is the Goddess of energy. Maa Lakshmi is worshipped for the next three days, as she is considered as the Goddess of wealth. Last three days are dedicated to Maa Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge. Navratri history tells us about how Maa Shakti defeated the demon Mahishasura. We can learn a lot from the story of Maa Shakti.
Nine days of Navratri are celebrated with great pomp in Rajasthan also. If you happen to be in Chittorgarh during this festival, you can enjoy the historical places just like a regular tourist, but on the top that you can enjoy this festival also. How it is celebrated in Chittorgarh? Just like it is celebrated all over India. Make sure to celebrate this Navratri to please Goddess Shakti with all your devotion, and devotion gives you peace of mind and joy.
Temples To Visit During Navratri in Chittorgarh
- Kalika Mata Temple
It is an one of the oldest Hindu temple located within the Chittorgarh Fort ( Rajasthan ).
Location :- Mata Ji ki Pandoli, Chittorgarh
- Lal Bai Phool Bai Temple
Location :- Putholi, Chittorgarh
- Hinglaj Mata Ji Temple
Location :- Daulatpura, near Rolahera, Chittorgarh