Navratri is one of the major Indian festivals. As Navratri 2020 is around the corner, people all across India are already gearing up for this 9-day long celebration. In addition to the exquisite decorations, the scrumptious food offerings made to goddess Durga and the vibrant celebrations with music and dance, Navratri will also mark the end of Pitra Paksha.
Pitra Paksha is a 16-day period in Hindu calendar when practising Hindus pay homage to their ancestor, mainly via food offerings. Read on to know more details about Navratri 2020.
A report on Jagran reveals that, Navratri literally means ‘nine nights’ and this year the festival will commence from October 17. The auspicious days will last till October 25. On October 25/26, Vijayadashami will be celebrated, (Dussehra) will be celebrated. Dussehra usually marks the ending of Navratri. Ardent devotees worship all the nine forms of Goddess Durga, during this nine-day period. The forms are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Mahagauri, and Siddhidatri.
During this period, the devotees in the Indian State of West Bengal, organise and take part in 5-day festivities which will begin from October 22 and will last till 26. During this period, practicing Bengalis celebrate the victory of Maa Durga, an embodiment of power, over the King of Demons, Mahishasura. All devotees must take note that this year, Ashtami Tithi begins at 06:57 AM on Oct 23, 2020, and ends at 06:58 AM on Oct 24, 2020. Sandhi Puja Muhurat will begin from 06:34 AM and last till 07:22 AM.