Every year, soon after Shraddha is over, people get excited about the Navratri celebrations and look for date, tithi and shubh muhurat aka auspicious time for Durga Maa puja. Usually, it starts from the next day of Shradh and Kalash is placed in sthapana ceremony. But this year it will be slightly different because of Adhik Maas. This time there will be a delay after Shraddh ends because Navaratri, the nine-night auspicious festival is pushed 20 to 25 days ahead due to adhik maas. The festival of Navratri is a celebration and worship of Goddess Shakti aka Maa Durga. The nine different forms of Goddess Shakti are worshipped during the nine days of Navratri. Navratri 2020 After Adhik Maas in the Leap Year: Know More About This Auspicious Phenomenon That Is Taking Place After 165 Years and Its Astrological Impacts. 

Navratri comes five times in a year, Chaitra, Ashadh, Ashwin, Paush and Magha Navratri. Among them, Chaitra and Ashwin i.e. Sharadiya Navratri is considered the most important one. Apart from this, there are Ashada, Paush and Magha Gupta Navratri. Sharadiya Navratri is celebrated from Pratipada to Navami of the Shukla Paksha of Ashwin month. It is called Sharadiya Navratri as it marks the arrival in autumn.

So this time Chaturmas, which always lasts four months, will spread over for five months. According to experts, this is happening after 165 years that both leap year and Adhik Ashwin Maas 2020 are happening in a year leading to Navaratri 2020. The Adhik Ashwin Maas 2020 begins today and will continue till October 16. Navratri fast will begin from October 17, just a day after that.

Navratri Schedule

  • 17 October 2020 (Saturday) - Pratipada Ghatasthapana
  • 18 October 2020 (Sunday) - Dwitiya Maa Brahmacharini Pooja
  • 19 October 2020 (Monday) - Third Maa Chandraghanta Puja
  • 20 October 2020 (Tuesday) - Chaturthi Maa Kushmanda Puja
  • 21 October 2020 (Wednesday) - Panchami Maa Skandamata Puja
  • 22 October 2020 (Thursday) - Shashthi Maa Katyayani Pooja
  • 23 October 2020 (Friday) - Saptami Maa Kalratri Puja
  • 24 October 2020 (Saturday) - Ashtami Maa Mahagauri Durga Maha Navami Puja
  • 25 October 2020 (Sunday) - Navami Maa Siddhidatri Navratri Parana Vijay Dashami
  • 26 October 2020 (Monday) - Durga immersion

Auspicious time and Shubh Muhurat For Navaratri 2020

Sharadiya Navratri will commence from the Pratipada date of Ashwin Shukla Paksha on October 17. The Ghata Establishment(sthapna) Muhurt aka time to place the holy Kalash at the worship place is from 06:27 AM to 10:30 AM on Saturday, October 17. Abhijit Muhurta for Ghatasthapana will be from 11:44 in the morning.

Cultural tradition signifies that during Navratri, the devotees of Goddess Shakti Maa Durga offer prayers to the nine forms nav Durga, following proper rituals and traditions. The recitation of Durga Saptashati is and ghat sthapna takes in the houses during Navratri. Fairs are held at many Shakti Peeths during Navratri. Apart from this, tableaux of various forms of Jagran and Maa Durga are made in the temples.

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