Navratri is the festival of Nine Nights, during which the Divine Mother, the Goddess of 'Shakti', Durga is worshiped in her nine forms and manifestations. This festival is observed “Five Times” in a year, i.e. Sharad Navratri, Chaitra Navratri, Ashada Navratri, Paush Navratri and Magh Navratri.
This festival is celebrated twice a year, once in the month of Chaitra which coincides with the months of March -April and then again in Ashwin, which is equivalent to September – October. People take part in special ceremonies, rituals, fasts and festivities.
Gujaratis wear colorful costumes and perform 'Garba Rass', a special type of dance that is performed vigorously around an earthen lamp or circling the images of the Divine Mother.
The fast is broken on either Ashtami – the eighth day, or Navami – the ninth day, by serving food and praying before little girls who are seen as a form of the Goddess.
Sharad Navraatri 2016 Dates, Days and Goddess Information
Day 1(Padwa) – October 1, 2016 (Saturday) – Ghatsthapana, Shailputri Puja, Pratipada
Day 2(Padwa) – October 2, 2016 (Sunday) – Chandra Darshan, Pratipada, Shailputri Puja
Day 3 (Dwitiya) – October 3, 2016 (Monday) – Brahmacharini Puja
Day 4 (Tritiya) – October 4, 2016 (Tuesday) – Chandraghanta Puja
Day 5 (Chaturthi) – October 5, 2016 (Wednesday) – Kushmanda puja
Day 6 (Panchami) – October 6, 2016 (Thursday) – Skandamata Puja
Day 7 (Shashthi) – October 7, 2016 (Friday) – Katyayani Puja
Day 8 (Saptami) – October 8, 2016 (Saturday) – Kalaratri Puja
Day 9 (Maha Ashtmi) – October 9, 2016 (Sunday) – Mahagauri Puja, Durga Maha Ashtami Puja, Saraswati Puja
Day 10 (Ram Navami) – October 10, 2016 (Monday) – Siddhidatri Pooja, Maha Navami, Ayudha Puja, Navami Homa
Day 11 (Dashami or Dussehra) – October 11, 2016 (Tuesday) – Parana, Durga Visarjan, Vijyadashmi (Dussehra)
Shubh Navraatri !