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Navratri 2018 is just around the corner and Indians are looking forward to celebrate the nine avatars of Hindu divine Goddess Durga. The festival of Sharad Navratri begins from 10th October, 2018 and will end on 18th October, 2018. Navaratri is an important festival of Hinduism. People with their fasting, worship etc. also greet their loved ones with this festival. In addition, Mother also wishes everyone to be efficient by Durga.
Navratri 2018 is just around the corner and Indians are looking forward to celebrate the nine avatars of Hindu divine Goddess Durga. The festival of Sharad Navratri begins from 10th October, 2018 and will end on 18th October, 2018. The festival is celebrated with much majesty in different parts of the country, which lasts for nine nights and 10 days. According to the Hindu calendar, the festival falls in the month of Ashvin. Every day is devoted to different forms of Goddess Durga and is denoted by nine colours. During this Navratri festival 2018, devotees watch fast and celebrate it with much grandeur. Special foods are prepared through the nine days, according to the colours to celebrate Navratri.
I tell you the nine colours associated with the Goddess Durga and the foods that you can prepare on each day.
Navratri Colours 2018 (Day And Date Wise)
|Date||Name of the day||Navratri Colours 2018|
|10th October, 2018||Pratipada||Yellow|
|11th October, 2018||Dwitiya||Green|
|12th October, 2018||Tritiya||Grey|
|13th October, 2018||Chaturthi||Orange|
|14th October, 2018||Panchami||White|
|15th October, 2018||Sashti||Red|
|16th October, 2018||Saptami||Blue|
|17th October, 2018||Ashtami||Pink|
|18th October, 2018||Navami||Purple|
- Kesar kheer or halwa- yellow
The first day is dedicated to Shailputri, who is known to be Goddess Parvati, the daughter of mighty Himalaya. While there are many yellow colour foods that you can have during this day, nothing can go wrong with some sweet. Prepare some kesar ki kheer or kesar ka halwa to commemorate the day.
- Kacche kele ki barfi- green
The second day is dedicated to Goddess Brahmacharini, who was Goddess Parvati when she was unmarried. Celebrate this day with raw banana or kachcha kele ki barfi, which is green in colour.
- Kuttu ki puri- grey
The third day is dedicated to Goddess Chandraghanta. This name was derived when Goddess Parvati started adorning half Chandra (moon) on her forehead after getting married to Lord Shiva. If you are fasting on this day, you could prepare some kuttu ki sabji or kuttu ki puri.
- Motichoor laddoo- orange
The fourth day is dedicated to Devi Kushmanda, who is also known as the creator of the universe. She is also known as the deity who has the power and capability to reside inside the sun. Motichoor laddoo can be one of the orange sweets you could have on this day and offer it to the deity.
- Makhane ki kheer- white
Goddess Skandamata is worshipped on the fifth day. Skandamata or mother of skanda, also known as Lord Kartikeya, is said to ride a lion along with the baby in one of her hands. You could prepare makhane ki kheer for this special Navratri 2018 day.
- Beetroot and carrot juice- red
Goddess Katyayini, the warrior goddess, is worshipped on the sixth day. On this day, red is denoted as an important colour. While there is no specific re-coloured food, you could prepare a healthy beetroot and carrot juice.
- Blueberries and prunes- blue
The seventh day is dedicated to Devi Kalaratri, who also killed the two demons Shumbha and Nishumbha. Blue makes an important part of the day. While there is no specific blue-coloured food, blueberries and prunes could be a great pick for you. If you are fasting, fruits and dry fruits make an important part.
- Rose petal kulfi/ice-cream- pink
Mata Mahagauri is worshipped on the eighth day of Navratri 2018. Celebrate this day with pink colour. Prepare some rose petal kulfi or also ice-cream on this day.
- Anjeer- purple
Last but not least, the ninth and final day is dedicated to Devi Siddhidaatri, who is believed to possess all knowledge and wisdom. This day is denoted by the colour purple, so you could have a handful of anjeer or figs that are easily available in this season.
Source : NDTV
Dos And Don’ts During Navratri 2018
* You must try to take a bath before 8 am every morning.
* During the festive season, it is advisable to eat sattvik food and have a meal only once.
* It is suggested to visit the Durga temple every morning and evening. If visiting a temple is not possible, then a lamp should be lit and flowers must be offered twice.
* After taking a bath, always wear fresh/new clothes instead of old, discarded ones.
* Avoid the colour black during the festive season.
* Recite mantras and slokas for the Goddess throughout the day.
* Do not cut your nails during the festive season.
* Avoid getting a haircut.
* Avoid stitching or knitting during the ten-day period.
* Make sure your house is clean at all times. If possible, avoid wearing footwear inside the house.