Celebrating Devi Navratri – Naivedyam to Offer, Colours to Wear & More…

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
  • Halwa – Puri
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:



    1. Thank you, Malar. Over the last few years, what colour to wear is quite popular in Mumbai. It is lot of fun to co-ordinate with people at work. What I realised is that it also build team spirit. I have seen my team members lend each other clothes or accessories so that everyone is coordinated. 🙂

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