Devi Navratri 2016: Colours to Wear, Forms of the Devi, Alankaram, Naivedyam to Offer

Sharada Navratri or Devi Navratri is one of the most important festivals and is celebrated across almost all parts of India. These 9 nights/10 days (navratri = nine nights) are dedicated to various forms of the Devi or the Goddess.

In 2017, Navratri is from September 21, 2017 to September 30, 2017.

On each of the 9 days, the Devi is worshipped in a different form. In Andhra Pradesh, one way of celebrating Navratri is to worship Navdurga or the 9 forms of Durga. There is a different naivedyam offered each day. I have used the information from the Kanaka Durga Temple in Vijayawada as the primary source for the naivedyam to be offered.

In addition, each day has a specific colour associated with it. This information I got on WhatsApp. 🙂 I have combined the two to create the table shown below.

In addition, in most South Indian and Maharashtrian homes, married women invite other married women and offer “tamboolam”. Along with the taboolam, normally sundal is given as prasadam.

Vijayawada Kanaka Durga is a very revered form of the Devi in Andhra Pradesh and she has a temple dedicated to her on the a hill called Indrakeeladri on the banks of the river Krishna. The Devi gets her name Kanaka Durga (Golden Durga) from her golden hue. Read more about this temple and the story of its origins. 

This post will be a living document for a few days while I refine the Naivedyam list and other details. I hope to finalise it as soon as possible. 🙂

DateTithiForm of the Devi WorshippedNaivedyamNavratri Colour to Wear (Popular/
WhatsApp List)
Colour to Wear (Kanaka Durga Temple)
September 21, 2017Aaswayuja Suddha PadyamiSri Swarna Kavachalankrutha DeviGreyGolden
September 22, 2017Aaswayuja Suddha VidiyaSri Bala Tripura Sundari DeviOrangeLight Pink
September 23, 2017Aaswayuja Suddha ThadiyaSri Gayatri DeviWhiteOrange
September 24, 2017Aaswayuja Suddha ChavitiSri Annapoorna DeviRedYellow or Sandal
September 25, 2017Aaswayuja Suddha PanchamiSri Lalitha Tripura Sundari DeviNavy BlueGold
September 26, 2017Aaswayuja Suddha SasthiSri Mahalakshmi DeviYellowPink
September 27, 2017Aaswayuja Suddha SaptamiSri Saraswati DeviGreenWhite
September 28, 2017Aaswayuja Suddha Astami Sri Durga DeviPeacock GreenRed
September 29, 2017Aaswayuja Suddha NavamiSri Mahishasura Mardhani DeviPurpleBrown/
September 30, 2017Aaswayuja Suddha Dashami (Vijaya Dashami) Sri Rajarajeswari DeviSky BlueGreen