Maha Navami – Date, History, Importance & Celebration

Maha Navami is also known as Navami which is the third or the final day of Durga Puja. It is celebrated all over India and the world among Hindus with great enthusiasm. It is also called to be the ninth day of Navratri and is followed by the tenth day of Navratri which is an important Hindu festival known as Vijayadashami or Dusshera. Maha Navami will fall on October 24th this year. Many times Maha Navami falls between two days. Maha Navami is celebrated because it is believed to be the day on which Goddess Durga defeated the evil asur Mahishasura.

Maha Navami – Date, History, Importance & Celebration

The Maha Navami day begins with a mahasnan and a shodashopachar puja. This Navami Puja is sometimes merged with the Ashtami Puja if it falls on the same day i.e. falling between two days. Many rituals are performed on this day and some of them include Durga Balidan which is done at Apaharana kaal. Another one of the rituals is Navami Homa. It generally marks the end of the Navami Puja. The color suitable and significant for this day is purple. 

All these three days of Durga Puja and nine holy days of Navratri are sacred and important to the Hindus all across India and World. Durga Puja is celebrated by setting different pandals for it at different places and almost at every nook and corner of the country. 

However, West Bengal celebrates Durga Puja with immense fun and enthusiasm by setting up huge pandals, rituals, decorations, celebrations, food, and a large number of people and devotees. People prepare creative dances, songs, and much more to put their best creative foot forward. Durga Puja is celebrated all across in the states of Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi. They organize major cultural and innovative events during the Maha Navami Puja day. They also invite celebrities to perform on this day in front of Maa Durga’s devotees who come in large numbers to attend. 

On the other hand, Navratri is celebrated with huge enthusiasm in Gujarat. In Gujarat, many groups of people organize nine nights of dandiya dance and music festivities. Navratri is celebrated as the cultural festival of nine nights and on each night different incarnations of Goddess Durga are prayed to. Navami is known as the ninth and last day of Navratri. It is believed to be the last day of the fight between Goddess Durga and asur Mahaishasura.

Maha Navami Date

Maha Navami Date 2019: October 7

Maha Navami Date 2020: October 24

Maha Navami Date 2021: October 11

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On the tenth day, it is believed to the last day of the fight when Goddess Durga defeated Asur Mahaishasura which is known as Vijayadashami or Dusshera. All of India comes together to celebrate the days of Navratri and Durga Puja.

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