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Today marks the first day of Navratri and people around the country are looking forward to celebrating the 9 avatars of Goddess Durga. The Sharad Navratri Festival commences on 10th October 2108 and will conclude on 18th October 2018.
Navratri is a celebration of the feminine divine worshipped by Hindus. It is a festival that is spread over 9 nights (Nava-Ratri) and is celebrated unanimously across the country. The festival falls in the month of Ashvin, according to the Hindu calendar.
Each day is dedicated to different forms of Goddess Durga and is symbolized by nine colors. During this festival, the devotees fast and celebrate it with great zeal and enthusiasm. Special food is prepared during these nine days, according to the colors of Navratri.
Today, we will tell you more about the 9 colors related to Goddess Durga and foods you can prepare every day.
Navratri Colors (Date and Day Wise)
|Date||Name of the day||Navratri Colors 2018|
|10th October 2018||Pratipada||Yellow|
|11th October 2018||Dwitiya||Green|
|12th October 2018||Tritiya||Grey|
|13th October 2018||Chaturthi||Orange|
|14th October 2018||Panchami||White|
|15th October 2018||Sashti||Red|
|16th October 2018||Saptami||Blue|
|17th October 2018||Ashtami||Pink|
|18th October 2018||Navami||Purple|
9 Colors and Foods to Celebrate Sharad Navratri
- Kesar Kheer or Halwa- Yellow
ShailputriPratipada, known as Goddess Parvati, is worshipped on the first day. She is also believed to be the powerful Himalaya’s daughter. You can have many yellow color foods on this day. Prepare Kesar Ki Kheer or KesarKaHalwa to celebrate the first day.
- KaccheKeleKi Barfi- Green
The second day is the day of Goddess Brahmacharini, the unmarriedform ofGoddessParvati. Enjoy this day with raw bananas or Kacche Kele ki Barfi, which is green in color.
- Kuttu Ki Puri- Grey
Chandraghanta, the third form of Goddess Durga, is worshipped on the third day. She is called Chandraghanta as she is the one who has a half-moon shaped like a bell on her forehead. If you choose to fast on this day, prepare some kuttu ki sabji or kuttu ki puri.
- Motichoor Laddoo- Orange
On the fourth day, Devi Kushmanda, also known as the universe’s creator, is worshipped. She is also known as the deity who has the power and the ability to live inside the sun. On this day, MotichoorLaddoo an orange colored sweets can be relished.
- Makhane Ki Kheer – White
On the fifth day, Goddess Skandamata is worshiped. Skandamata or Skanda’s motheris a four-armed goddess who rides on a lion. One of her hands is always in the boon-conferring gesture while in the other hand she holds her son in her lap. You can prepare Makhane Ki Kheer for this day.
- Beetroot And Carrot Juice- Red
The warrior goddess, goddess Katyayani is worshiped on the sixth day. Red is considered as an important color on this day. While there is no specific red colored food, a healthy carrot and beetroot juice could be prepared.
- Blueberries and Prunes- Blue
Devi Kalaratri,who killed both Shumbha and Nishumbha demons,is worshipped on the seventh day. Blue color is a big part of this day. Although no specific blue-colored food is available, blueberries and prunes could be a great choice. Fruits and dry fruits are an important part if you are fasting.
- Rose petal Kulfi/Ice-cream- Pink
Mata Mahagauri is worshipped on the eighth day of Navratri. She is the eighth manifestation of goddessDurga. It is believed that Goddess Mahagauri has the power to fulfill all desired of her devotees. Celebrate the day with pink color. Prepare some rose petal kulfi or ice cream.
- Anjeer- Purple
Finallyon the ninth and the final day, Devi Siddhidaatri, the goddess of knowledge and wisdom is worshipped. She holds a lotus, mace, Sudarshana Chakra and shankha in her four arms. This day is signified by the purple color, so you could enjoy a handful of anjeer or figs that are easily available during this season.