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 2023, Ashwin Navratri or Sharad Navratri is from October 15, 2023 to October 24, 2023.
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. 🙂
Please view the table in landscape mode (horizontally on the phone). It has a lot of details, I cannot make it smaller. If you view it lengthwise, all details are not seen.
|Date||Form of the Devi Worshipped||Naivedyam||Navratri Colour to Wear|
|Kanaka Durga Temple||Popular/
|October 15, 2023||Bala Tripura Sundari Devi||Light Pink||Orange|
|October 16, 2023||Gayatri Devi||Orange||White|
|October 17, 2023||Annapoorna Devi||Sandalwood Colour||Red|
|October 18, 2023||Mahalakshmi Devi||Pink||Royal Blue||October 19, 2023||Maha Chandi Devi||Red||Yellow|
|October 20, 2023||Saraswati Devi||White||Green|
|October 21, 2023||Lalitha Tripura Sundari Devi||Red||Grey|
|October 22, 2023||Durga Devi (Durgashtami)||Saffron Red||Purple|
|October 23, 2023||Mahishasura Mardani||Reddish
|October 24, 2023
Naivedyam for Rajarajeshwari Devi
Maha Naivedyam including: