This post is from 2014. I have a separate post for the Devi Navratri 2016: Colours to Wear, Naivedyam to Offer, and Alankaram.
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.
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.
Form of the Devi to be Worshipped
Colour to Wear
|25-09-2014||Aaswayuja Suddha Padyami||Sri Swarna Kavachalankrutha Devi||Yellow|
|26-09-2014||Aaswayuja Suddha Vidiya||Sri Bala Tripura Sundari Devi||Green|
|27-09-2014||Aaswayuja Suddha Thadiya||Sri Gayatri Devi||Grey|
|28-09-2014||Aaswayuja Suddha Chaviti||Sri Annapoorna Devi||Orange|
|29-09-2014||Aaswayuja Suddha Panchami||Sri Lalitha Tripura Sundari Devi||White|
|30-09-2014||Aaswayuja Suddha Sasthi||Sri Mahalakshmi Devi||Red|
|01-10-2014||Aaswayuja Suddha Saptami||Sri Saraswati Devi||Royal Blue|
|02-10-2014||Aaswayuja Suddha Astami|
Sri Durga Devi
Sri Mahishasura Mardhini Devi
|03-10-2014||Aaswayuja Suddha Navami & Dhasami (Vijaya Dasami)||Sri Rajarajeswari Devi||Maha Naivedyam including:||Purple|