Chaitra Navratri is also known as Vasant Navratri. It is the first Navratri of 2021. Chaitra Navratri is one of the biggest festival for all Hindus. Chaitra Navratri 2021 commenced from 13th April. Its a nine day festival and will last up to 22nd April.  It is particularly celebrated to worship goddess Durga and her nine forms.

Chaitra Navratri 2021
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NINE DAY Chaitra Navratri 2021

DATE & DAY PARTICULAR
13th April (Tuesday)Shailaputri Puja
14th April (Wednesday)Brahmacharini Puja
15th April (Thursday)Chandraghanta Puja
16th April (Friday)Kushmanda Puja
17th April (Saturday)Skandamata Puja
18th April (Sunday)Katyani Puja
19th April (Monday)Kaalaratri Puja
20th April (Tuesday)Mahagauri Puja
21st April (Wednesday)Siddhidatri Puja

Chaitra Navratri is one of the biggest festival for all Hindus. Chaitra Navratri 2021 commenced from 13th April. Its a nine day festival and will last up to 22nd April. Timing for Kalash Sathapna is between 6:11 AM to 10:22 AM on April 13, 2021. Navratri comes two times in the Year, First at the start of summer (March-April) and Second in the beginning of Winter (September-October). Navratri comes in winter season is known as Sharad Navratri. The Chaitra Navratri Puja consists of puja items for the Kalash Sathapana or Ghata sathapana and everyday puja ingredients. For Kalash Sathapana or Ghata sathapana–do not use steel or plastic kalash. You need a copper, bronze, brass or silver Kalash. A brown coconut with its husk. A few Mango leaves, some Haldi, Kumkum, Chandan, Water, a few Currency coins and fresh flowers along with red chunari (piece of cloth). 

Sharad and Chaitra Navratri have the same Ghatasthapana Puja Vidhi. The first three days of Navratri are dedicated to Goddess Durga, next three to goddess Laxmi, next three to goddess Saraswati. The first day of Chaitra Navratri marks the Hindu New Year as per the Lunar calendar. Goddess Durga is hailed as Shakti and celebrated for eliminating Mahishasura.

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