This year Chaitra Navratri will start from the 25th of March and will be concluding on the 2nd of April.
Navratri is the biggest festival of Hindu culture which is celebrated in many states across the entire country. Navratri is endowed with some very special significance in terms of spiritual, religion, and culture, hence it is celebrated with the highest reverence. During those nine days of Navratri, the chief deity which is worshipped with utmost respect is Maa Durga. She is known as the feminine principle of divinity, the positive energy which represents our earth. Maa Durga is the source of power of this universe, the Adi Shakti. In these nine auspicious days, Hindus worship the nine forms of Goddess Durga. Navratri also indicates the destruction of the evil forces by the most powerful energy of the cosmos who protect the world from its evil clutches.
The story of how Maa Durga destroyed evil from the world and help goodness reign encourages us to wake up from the inertia of ignorance and engulf positive virtues by setting aside all negativities and by purifying the soul. Navratri comes twice a year, once in the month of Chaitra, which is called Chaitra Navratri and Ashwin Navratri, celebrated in the month of Ashwina. The Sanskrit word Navratri means nine days. The lunar calendar determines the dates of both the Navratri and Chaitra Navratri falls generally in the month of March-April which is also known as Rama Navami. Ram Navami is the last day of Chaitra Navratri which is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ram, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu on earth. This year Chaitra Navratri will start from the 6th of April and will be concluding on the 14th of April.
Chaitra Navratri falls on the ninth day of Shukla Paksha of the Chaitra month. Shukla paksha means a fortnight or a lunar phase in a specific month of the Hindu lunar calendar. It also marks the beginning of a new Hindu lunar calendar year. Both Chaitra and Ashwin are a period of seasonal transition, one is the beginning of summer and another of winter. Navratri commemorates this transition by worshipping Maa Durga who herself is the embodiment of nature.
The position of the planets during this period of Navratri creates a deep-rooted impact on the different zodiac signs. From the astrological point of view, it is that time of the year when those who are surrounded by hostile forces should worship the nine different manifestations of goddess Durga to get rid of them. It is said that the asceticism of these nine days can nullify the dosha of planets such as Mars, Saturn, moon, Rahu, and many others.
From the astrology point of view worshipping a particular manifestation of the goddess based on someone’s sun sign can have a beneficial effect upon them. As mentioned above, the Chaitra Navratri marks the beginning of a new year and by worshipping the nine forms of goddess Durga along with the Navagrahas, it is believed that the positions of the planets remain favourable for an individual throughout the year. The movement of various planets such as Mars, Venus, and Saturn during the period of Navratri can have a positive impact on various zodiac signs. For example, goddess Lakshmi is the ruling deity of planet Venus and worshipping her empowers Venus on everyone’s horoscope. Thus to conclude, the festival of Navratri removes impurities from within oneself and shows how evil is being ousted by the sense of righteousness and positivity.