Navratri is a nine-day festival dedicates to Goddess Durga. One of the prominent Hindu festivals celebrated in a different region with different names, Navratri holds great significance for the devotees. The word ‘Navratri’ in Sanskrit means ‘nine nights’. For the nine days ‘Nine Forms of Maa Durga’ is worshipped.
Navratri generally falls four times a year, but only two- Chaitra Navratri (March-April) and Sharad Navratri (September-October) are celebrated widely with grandeur. The Shardiya Navratri celebrated during Autumn is one of the most awaited ones. This year, Shardiya Navrati will commence on October 07, 2021, and end on October 14, 2021. This will be followed by Vijayadashami on October 15, 2021. Shardiya Navratri falls in the auspicious month of Ashwin as per the Hindu calendar.
On the occasion of Navratri, all devotees follow the colour code for their dress on respective day. There are 9 days, 9 colours and 9 devi avatar for worshiping goddess Durga in unique way as per traditions.
Generally, each day is dedicated to one particular form of Goddess Durga and each day has a significance in terms of colour also. Devotees not only wear those coloured dresses for that day, but also decorate the idol of Goddess in that specific colour. The devotees offer a particular-coloured saree to the Goddess on each day. Each colour has a significance of its own and signifies various forms of the Goddess.
Goddess Avatar and related significant colour:
1. Sky Blue represents Goddess Bhuvaneshwari
2. Grey represents Maha Kali or Bhairavi
3. Pink represents Goddess Chinnamasta
4. Green represents Goddess Jagadamba
5. Deep Blue represents Goddess Narayani
6. Parrot Green represents Goddess Amba
7. Orange represents Goddess Tara or Chamunda
8. Royal Blue represents Goddess Renuka Devi also known as Matungi
9. Red represents Goddess Durga
9 days 9 goddesses 9 colours. On the basis of tithi or day of navratri 9 goddesses are worshipped during the period of 9 days.
Goddesses have particular day of the week to be worshipped on. So actually the day of start of Navratri decides which colour pattern will be followed.
Colour Code for Navratri: Generally, each week day represents a specific colour for worshipping goddess.
Colour Patterns as follows:
1. The first Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be having White, Red, Royal blue, Yellow, Green, Grey and Orange. in whichever order they come. 7 days hence 7 colors.
2. The first repeating week day that is in second cycle of week the colors followed are Pink and purple and/or sky blue alternatively. + 2 remaining days +2 colors
Colours Pattern for 2021:
Day 1: Ghatasthapna/Pratipada: (7 October 2021 – Thursday) – Yellow
Day 2: Dwitiya (8 October 2021 – Friday) – Green
Day 3: Tritiya (9 October 2021 – Saturday) – Grey
Day 4: Chaturthi (10 October 2021 – Sunday) – Orange
Day 5: Panchami (11 October 2021 – Monday) – White
Day 6: Shasthi (12 October 2021 – Tuesday) – Red
Day 7: Saptami (13 October 2021 – Wednesday) – Royal Blue
Day 8: Ashtami (14 October 2021 – Thursday) – Pink
Day 9: Navami (15 October 2021 – Friday) – Purple