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 2021, Navratri is from October 7, 2021 to October 15, 2021.
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 used across India and the list from the the Kanaka Durga Temple in Vijayawada.
During Navratri, 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 18, 2021.
|Date||Form of the Devi Worshipped||Naivedyam||Navratri Colour to Wear|
|Kanaka Durga Temple||Popular/
|October 7, 2021||Swarna Kavachalankrutha Devi||Gold||Yellow|
|October 8, 2021||Bala Tripura Sundari Devi||Light Pink||Green|
|October 9, 2021||Gayatri Devi||Orange||Grey|
|October 10, 2021||Lalitha Tripura Sundari Devi||Gold||Orange|
|October 11, 2021||Annapoorna Devi
|For Annapoorna Devi||
For Annapoorna Devi: Yellow/Sandal
For Mahalakshmi Devi: Pink
|October 12, 2021||Saraswati Devi||White||Red|
|October 13, 2021||Durga Devi (Durgashtami)||
|October 14, 2021||Mahishasura Mardani||Red
|October 15, 2021
Naivedyam for Rajarajeshwari Devi
Maha Naivedyam including: