Navratri : Nine colours of Navratri and their significance
Significance of 9 Colors of Navratri - Full list: Navratri festivities are filled with vibrant colors that are visible in the decorations, dresses, and designs all around you. Read about the significance of 9 colors of Navratri.
Navratri is a nine-day festival dedicates to Goddess Durga. One of the prominent Hindu festivals celebrated in a different region with different names, Navratri holds great significance for the devotees. The word ‘Navratri’ in Sanskrit means ‘nine nights’. For the nine days ‘Nine Forms of Maa Durga' is worshipped.
Navratri generally falls four times a year, but only two- Chaitra Navratri (March-April) and Sharad Navratri (September-October) are celebrated widely with grandeur. The Shardiya Navratri celebrated during Autumn is one of the most awaited ones.
This year, Shardiya Navrati will commence on October 07, 2021, and end on October 14, 2021. This will be followed by Vijayadashami on October 15, 2021. Shardiya Navratri falls in the auspicious month of Ashwin as per the Hindu calendar.
Different avatars of the Goddess Durga is worshipped during the nine days of the Navratri festival. Devotees dress up in different colours for each day. The nine colour pattern of Navratri has great significance. The order of the colour can vary each year, however the colour will remain the same.
Here are the vibrant colours of Navratri and the meaning behind each fascinating colours:-
|7th OCTOBER||YELLOW||Ghatasthapana/Pratipada||The festival of Navratri begins with the worship of the form of Goddess Durga, which is Mata Shailputri- the daughter of the mountains. The day is associated with yellow colour which is said to bring brightness, happiness, and cheer in our lives. Shailputri symbolises Mother nature and her favourite flower is Jasmine.|
|8th OCTOBER||GREEN||Dwitiya||The second day of Navratri is for the invocation of Goddess Brahmacharini. This day is devoted to the colour green. This colour is associated with renewal, nature, and energy. Wearing this colour on the second day of Navrati brings growth, harmony and fresh energy into life. Along with this offer Jasmin flowers to the deity.|
|9th OCTOBER||GREY||Tritiya||The third day is dedicated to the third form of Goddess Durga known as Mata Chandraghanta. The Devi carries the half-moon on her forehead and her favourite colour is grey. This is a dark hue and often associated with negativity, but grey also symbolises zeal and determination to destroy evil.|
|9th OCTOBER||ORANGE||Chaturthi||The fourth day is dedicated to Goddess Khushmanda, Credited with creating the world with her divine smile. She is also referred to as the "smiling goddess". That's the reason she is associated with the cheerful colour orange. Orange colour represents brightness, happiness and positive energy.|
|10th OCTOBER||WHITE||Panchami||Skandamata is the fifth form if of Goddess Durga that is seen holding Lord Kartikeya in her right arm. Worshipping this form of the Devi also gives the benefit of worshipping Lord Kartikeya. If you want to get more blessing from the deity don a white colour attire on this day, which represents purity, peace and meditation.|
|11th OCTOBER||RED||Shashti||The sixth form of Goddess Durga is called Katyayani. She is the most powerful form of Goddess Durgas as she is also hailed as the warrior-goddess or Bhadrakali. Being once of the fiercest form the Goddess Durga she is represented by the colour red. The hue represents the anger of the Goddess towards the enemies and fearlessness.|
|12th OCTOBER||ROYAL BLUE||Saptami||Kalaratri is the seventh avatar of Navdurga. The word Kalaratri means the One who is “the Death of Kaal” and over here it is referred to as death. The Devi's immense power is represented by the dark blue colour. This form of Goddess is believed to be the destroyer of all demons and has a dark complexion and a fearless posture. The Royal Blue colour associated with it symbolises immense power.|
|13th OCTOBER||PINK||Ashtami||The eight-day is dedicated to Goddess Mahagauri. This form of Goddess Durga has the power to fulfil all the desires of her devotees. The one who worships this form of the Devi gets relief from all the sufferings in life. This day is associated with pink colour which represents hope, self-refinement and social upliftment.|
|14th OCTOBER||PURPLE||Navami||The last day of Navratri is all about worshipping Goddess Siddhidatri. It is made up of two words 'Siddhi' means supernatural power and 'Dhatri' means the awarder. This form of the Devi is a giver of knowledge and helps you achieve your aspirations. Hence, the day is associated with the colours purple, which represents ambition and power.|
Navratri is celebrated to glorify the spirit in us. The spirit in us alone can destroy all negative qualities (inertia, pride, obsession, cravings, aversions, etc). By turning inward during Navratri, and getting in touch with the spirit within, we can overcome these negative tendencies and invoke the positive qualities that are within us, thus feeling elevated and renewed.