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Navratri 2020: See The Start & End Date Along With Full Schedule

Navratri 2020 is around the corner and devotees across India are gearing up for the celebrations. Read on to find out the important dates during the festival.

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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.

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Navratri 2020 Details

What is the significance of Navratri?

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. 

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Durga Puja in Bengal

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.

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Important days and dates during Navratri 2020

  • October 17, Day 1 – Pratipada, Ghatasthapana, Shailputri Puja
  • October 18, Day 2 – Dwitiya, Chandra Darshana, Brahmacharini Puja
  • October 19, Day 3 – Tritiya, Sindoor Tritiya, Chandraghanta Puja
  • October 20, Day 4 – Chaturthi, Kushmanda Puja, Vinayaka Chaturthi, Upang Lalita Vrat
  • October 21, Day 5 – Panchami, Skandamata Puja, Saraswati Avahan
  • October 22, Day 6 – Shashthi, Katyayani Puja, Saraswati Puja
  • October 23, Day 7 – Saptami, Kalaratri Puja
  • October 24, Day 8 – Ashtami, Durga Ashtami, Mahagauri Puja, Sandhi Puja, Maha Navami
  • October 25, Day 9 – Navami, Ayudha Puja, Navami Homa, Navratri Parana, Vijayadashami
  • October 26, Day 10 – Dashami, Durga Visarjan

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