There are several stories related to Navratri but there are two stories which are the most prevalent ones. Mahishasura, a demon worshipped Lord Shiva with full devotion. The lord got so impressed by his great dedication that he gave him a boon to not get killed either by man or by God. After getting a boon of eternity, Mahishasura became proud and arrogant. He unleashed a reign of terror everywhere and created problems for everybody. He didn’t stop there and further initiated an attack on heaven which now scared the Gods too. Several Gods assembled and tried to fetch a remedy to get rid of nuisance of Mahishasura. Finally, a solution was obtained by creating a new Goddess by amalgamating the powers of all the male Gods. Mahishasura kept hiding and disguising himself for nearly 8 days but it was on 9th day that Maa Durga was able to find him and slew his head.
Maa Durga represented the good and Mahishasura represented the evil. So, the killing of the demon Mahishasura is celebrated as the victory of Good over evil.
The other story associated with the festival is of Lord Rama and Ravana. Lord Rama was a worshipper of Devi Bhagwati, the supreme power. He worshipped her for nine consecutive nights to emerge victorious over Ravana in the Dharm Yuddh. On the ninth day, Lord Rama proved his devotion to the devi and it was on the tenth day he emerged victorious after killing Dashanan (Ravana). Since then different incarnations of Devi Bhagwati are worshipped and it is on the tenth day Vijaya Dashmi is celebrated.
Among the several festivals in India, Navratri has great importance. The festival signifies the victory of good over the evil and is celebrated with full enthusiasm. The nine days of Navratri are one of the most religious days as people forbid all unlawful practices and perform religious ceremonies. The festival of Navratri symbolizes the journey of humanness to divinity. The aim of celebrating this festival is to remind people of the real goals of human life and also make them understand the value of doing good and condemning evil.
Navratri Colours 2018 & Navratri Dates
|Name of Festivals||Colours||Date of Festivals|
|Pratipada (Navratri Day 1)||Royal Blue||10 October 2018|
|Dwitiya (Navratri Day 2)||Yellow||11 October 2018|
|Tritiya (Navratri Day 3)||Green||12 October 2018|
|Chaturthi (Navratri Day 4)||Grey||13 October 2018|
|Panchami (Navratri Day 5)||Orange||14 October 2018|
|Sasthi (Navratri Day 6)||White||15 October 2018|
|Saptami (Navratri Day 7)||Red||16 October 2018|
|Ashtami (Navratri Day 8)||Sky Blue||17 October 2018|
|Navami (Navratri Day 9)||Pink||18 October 2018|
|Dashami (Vijayadashami)||19 October 2018|