Sharad 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 2020, Devi Navratri is from October 17, 2020 to October 25, 2020.
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.
In recent times, the tradition of wearing a particular colour on each day of Navratri has grown in popularity. In the table below, I have given two options, one followed commonly (the WhatsApp list as I call it) and the the other followed by the Kanaka Durga Temple. 🙂
This post will be a living document and was last updated September 20, 2020.
|Date||Form of the Devi Worshipped||Naivedyam||Navratri Colour to Wear|
|Kanaka Durga Temple||Popular/
|October 17, 2020||Sri Swarna Kavachalankrutha Devi||Gold||Grey|
|October 18, 2020||Sri Bala Tripura Sundari Devi||Light Pink||Orange|
|October 19, 2020||Sri Gayatri Devi||Orange||White|
|October 20, 2020||Sri Annpoorna Devi||Yellow/Sandal||Red|
|October 21, 2020||Sri Saraswati Devi||White||Royal Blue||October 22, 2020||Sri Lalitha Tripura Sundari Devi||Gold||Yellow|
|October 23, 2020||Sri Mahalakshmi Devi||Pink||Green|
|October 24, 2020||Sri Durga Devi (Durgashtami)
Sri Mahishasura Mardani
|October 25, 2020
|Sri Rajarajeswari Devi||
Maha Naivedyam including: