Thursday, December 1, 2011

Navratri 2012 Dates - Navaratri Calendar 2012



The nine-day festival of Navratri, or Navaratri, in Hindu religion dedicated to the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga. Navratri 2012 dates are from October 16 to October 23, 2012. The most important Navratri in a year is the Sharadiya Navratra which begins on the first day of the bright half of Ashvin or Ashwayuja (September-October) as per traditional Hindu calendar.

Apart from the Navratri in September – October, there are three other Navratris in a year. The most important among the three is the Chaitra Navratri or the Navaratri in March-April. This is also known as Vasant Navratri or Ram Navaratri.

The other two Navratris are Magh Navratri (January – February) and Ashad Navratri (June – July). These two Navratris are also known as Gupt Navratri and is mainly observed only in certain regions of North India.
Thus there are four important Navratris in a year in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar.

Navratri in 2012 October dates
Navratri Day 1 – October 16, 2012 – Ghatsthapana
Navratri Day 2 – October 17, 2012 – Chandra Darshan
Navratri Day 3 – October 18, 2012 – Sindoor Tritiya
Navratri Day 4 – October 18, 2012 – Varad Vinayak Chaturthi and Lalit Panchami
Navratri Day 5 – October 19, 2012 – Upang Lalita Vrat
Navratri Day 6 – October 20, 2012 – Saraswati Awahan in some regions
Navratri Day 7 – October 21, 2012 – Saraswathi Puja - Maha Lakshmi Puja
Navratri Day 8 – October 22, 2012 – Saraswathi Puja ends – Mahashtami - Annapoorna Parikrama
Navratri Day 9 – October 23, 2012 – Saraswati Visarjan - Mahanavami
October 24, 2012 - The tenth day is celebrated as Dasara or Vijaya Dashami. Vidyarambham in Kerala.
South India
In South India, Goddess Durga is worshipped during the first three days.
Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped during the next three days
Goddess Saraswathi is worshipped during the last three days.

Vasant or Chaitra Navratri March 2012 dates
Ghatsthapana – Navratri Day 1 – March 23, 2012
Sindhara Dooj, Dwitiya - March 24, 2012
Gaur Teej, Saubhagya Teej, Tritiya - March 25, 2012
Varadvinayak Chaturthi - March 26, 2012
Sri Laxmi Panchami Vrat, Naag Vrat Pujan - March 27, 2012
Panchami Tithi is counted also on March 28, 2012
Skand Shashthi, Yamuna Jayanti - March 29, 2012
Mahasaptami Vrat, Chaiti Chath, Vijaya Saptami - March 30, 2012
Sri Durga Mahaashtami, Annapurna Ashtami - March 31, 2012
Chaitra Navratri ends – Ram Navratri Day 9 – April 1, 2012. The day is also observed as Ram Navami

Magh Navratri or Gupt Navratra (January – February)
Magh Navratri begins on January 24, 2012 and ends on February 1, 2012.

Ashad Navratri or Gupt Navaratri (June – July)
Ashad Navratri begins on June 20, 2012 and ends on June 28, 2012

Another important Navratri is the Shakambari Navratri observed in Poush month which is exclusively dedicated to Goddess Shakambari Mata.

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