Navaratri is a Hindu festival of worship of Devi Shakti and dance & festivities. The word Navaratri literally means nine nights in Sanskrit, nava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Shakti/Devi Durga are worshipped. It is commonly referred to as Dussehra in India. Navaratri is celebrated four times a year according to India's seasons. They are Vasant Navaratri, Ashadha Navaratri, the Sharada Navaratri, and the Poushya/Magha Navaratri. Of these, the Sharada Navaratri and Vasant Navaratri are most important.
(1). Vasant Navaratri 2014: is the festival of nine days dedicated to the nine forms of Mother Durga in the spring (Vasant) season (March–April).
31st March – 8th April 2014 is Vasant Navaratri.
31st March – 2nd April :- Is dedicated to Mother Durga
3rd April – 5th April :- Is dedicated to Mother Lakshmi
6th - 8th April :- Is dedicated to Mother Sarasvati
9th April :- Vijaya Dasami
(2). Ashadha/Gupta Navaratri 2014: is the festival of nine days dedicated to the nine forms of Mother Durga in the month of Ashadha (June–July).
28th June - 6th July 2014 is Ashadha Navaratri.
28th – 30th June :- Is dedicated to Mother Durga
1st – 3rd July :- Is dedicated to Mother Lakshmi
4th – 6th July :- Is dedicated to Mother Sarasvati
7th July:- Vijaya Dasami
(3). Sharad Navaratri 2014: This is the most important of the Navaratris. It is simply called Maha Navaratri (the Great Navaratri) and is celebrated in the month of Ashvina. It is celebrated during Sharad (beginning of winter in India, September–October).
25th September – 3rd October 2014 is Maha (Sharad) Navaratri.
25th – 27th September :- Is dedicated to Mother Durga
28th – 30th September :- Is dedicated to Mother Lakshmi
1st – 3rd October:- Is dedicated to Mother Sarasvati
3rd October:- Vijaya Dasami
(4). Poushya (Pausha) Navaratri 2014: Poushya Navaratri is the festival of nine days dedicated to the nine forms of Mother Durga in the month of Pousha (December–January).
2nd – 9th January 2014 is Poushya Navaratri.
2nd - 3rd January 2014 :- Is dedicated to Mother Durga
4th – 6th January 2014 :- Is dedicated to Mother Lakshmi
7th – 9th January 2014 :- Is dedicated to Mother Sarasvati
10th January:- Vijaya Dasami
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