Devi Navratri 2017: 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, Devi 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 Devi 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 of Devi Navratri has a specific colour associated with it. I have shown two colours of each day of Navratri because I have used two sources of information: the popular list floating on WhatsApp and the list from the the Kanaka Durga Temple in Vijayawada.

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. 🙂

Date Tithi Form of the Devi Worshipped Naivedyam Navratri Colour to Wear (Popular/
WhatsApp List)
Colour to Wear (Kanaka Durga Temple)
September 21, 2017 Aaswayuja Suddha Padyami Sri Swarna Kavachalankrutha Devi Yellow Gold
September 22, 2017 Aaswayuja Suddha Vidiya Sri Bala Tripura Sundari Devi Green Light Pink
September 23, 2017 Aaswayuja Suddha Thadiya Sri Gayatri Devi Grey Orange
September 24, 2017 Aaswayuja Suddha Chaviti Sri Annapoorna Devi Orange Yellow or Sandal
September 25, 2017 Aaswayuja Suddha Panchami Sri Lalitha Tripura Sundari Devi White Gold
September 26, 2017 Aaswayuja Suddha Sasthi Sri Mahalakshmi Devi Red Pink
September 27, 2017 Aaswayuja Suddha Saptami Sri Saraswati Devi Royal Blue White
September 28, 2017 Aaswayuja Suddha Astami  Sri Durga Devi Pink Red
September 29, 2017 Aaswayuja Suddha Navami Sri Mahishasura Mardhani Devi Purple Brown/
September 30, 2017 Aaswayuja Suddha Dashami (Vijaya Dashami)  Sri Rajarajeswari Devi Sky Blue Green