Navratri celebration include a plethora of Maa Durgaa’s nine incarnations throughout the nine-day celebration, which is also known as Sharad Navratri. As the nine-day long festival of Navratri begins today (26th September till 5th October 2022), devotees take great pride to observe their fastings and also worship the queen in great splendour.
“The word ‘Ratri’ means deep rest or relief from three ‘tapas’, three types of fire or botherations- the physical, the subtle, and the conscious. A deep rest can relieve you from all these three botherations.
It’s a time of prayer and rejuvenation. A child is born in nine months. These nine days are like coming out of a mother’s womb once again. Having a new birth.” – Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Besides having a different kinds of offerings (neiveidhayam) and also the significance of nine days throughout the festival, 9 Navratri Colours has been one of the main highlights that grab the attention of devotees during the festive season.
9 Navratri Colours for the Festive Season 2022
Day 1: White – Symbolises peace and serenity
Day 2: Red – Symbolises passion and love, and it fills the person with vigour and vitality.
Day 3: Royal Blue – Richness and serenity are symbolised by the bright shade of blue known as royal blue.
Day 4: Yellow – A colour to celebrate the joy and enthusiasm of Navaratri and the warm colour that keeps the person cheerful all day
Day 5: Green -Depicts fertility and new beginnings
Day 6: Grey – Unusual choice in the list of 9 colours of Navratri
Day 7: Orange – Represents warmth and exuberance and is full of positive energy
Day 8: Peacock Green as beautiful as the Navratri colour
Day 9: Pink – Symbolises universal kindness, affection and harmony
List of Prasadam to offer to Maa Durgaa can be seen in the below list:
Day 1: Ven Pongal and Karamani Sundal
Day 2: Puliyodarai, Puttu and mangoes
Day 3: Sakkarai Pongal and Ellu Podi
Day 4:Kadhamba Sadam, Curd Rice, Green Peas and Groundnut Sundal
Day 5: Pavazha Malii, Paarijaatham and Mullai
Day 6: Coconut Rice or Ellu Sadam
Day 7: Lemon Rice, Vellai Sadam, Kalkandu Sadam or Sarkkarai Pongal
Day 8: Paal Saadam or Paayasaannam and Appam
Day 9: Ellu Sadam, Konda Kadalai Sundal or Akkaravadisal
This culture draws its roots on profound observations of the human system and its relationship with the planet Earth, the Moon, the Sun, and different aspects of the Divine. This is also reflected in when and how we celebrate our festivals.
Wishing you nine beautiful nights of joy and devotion!