Navratri 2013 Schedule:
Navrathri Begins on - October 5, 2013 (Saturday)
Maha Sashti - October 10, 2013 (Thursday)
Maha Saptami - October 11, 2013 (Friday)
Maha Ashtami (Durgashtami) on - October 12, 2013 (Saturday)
Maha Navami (Navratri Last Day) - October 13, 2013 (Sunday)
Vijaya Dasami - October 14, 2013 (Monday)
Navratri in Temple :
Special Shata Chandi Homam, Abhishekam, Alankaram, Suvasini puja, Kanya puja, Laksharchanai and Aarti will be held in temples.
Veda Parayanam, Lalitha Sahasranamam, Sri Devi Mahatmayam, Sri Devi Bhagavatam, Abhirami Andhathi and other hymns of goddess will be chanted, sung and read with great devotion.
Sringeri Sri Sharada Alankaram:
In Sringeri, Goddess Sharada will bless devotees in various alankaram during Navaratri viz., 1) Jagatprasutika Alankaram (Mother of Universe), 2) Hamsavahini, 3) Vrishabavahini, 4) Mayuravahini, 5) Garudavahini, 6) Kamadhenuvahini, 7) Gajavahini, 8) Mohini alankaram, 9) Simhavahini, 10) Ashvavahini, 11) Veena Saraswathi alankaram, 12) Raja Rajeshwari Alankaram, 13) Indrani, 14) Shakambari Alankaram (done with fruits and vegetables to Goddess Sharadamba at Sringeri on eleventh day)
Golu in South India:
Dolls of god, goddess, and various themes will be arranged beautifully in the pooja room of South Indian houses and Temples. This is called Bommai (doll) Kolu or Golu.
Kalasam will be kept, Rangoli will be drawn in front of the Golu and Puja will be done on all days of Navratri.
Relatives, friends, small girls and married women in the neighborhood will be invited to see the golu. Prasad, gifts and kumkums will be given to those who come to see the Golu.
During Navratri - Sundal, Appam, Poori, Puttu, Sooji, Pongal, Halwa will be offered to Goddess. Sundal is prepared soaking the pulses in water, then cooking and roasting the pulses. List of pulses include - Kondakadalai (Channa), karamani, pasiparuppu, kadalai paruppu, groundnut, beans sundal etc
Navarathri literally means nine nights. Goddess Mother in various forms like Sri Durga, Sri Lakshmi, Sri Saraswathi will be worshipped with great devotion during Navaratri
Next Year Navratri: In 2014, Navratri is from September 24 to October 3, 2014;
Maha Shasti - Sep 29, 2014 (Monday); Maha Saptami - Sep 30th; Maha Ashtami - October 1, 2014 (Wednesday); Maha Navami - Oct 2nd; Vijayadasami - Oct 3rd
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