We’ve Got Your Wardrobe Sorted For The 9 Days Of Navratri
Yes, it's that time of the year. Take out your chanya-cholis and get ready to dance these 9 days to the fullest as it is time for Navratri. But wait, which colours do you wear on which day? Are you confused?
Well, TBD’s here to help you sort out your wardrobe for the next 9 days by sharing with you which colours to wear. In case you haven’t got it yet, Navratri starts tomorrow, 10th October and will last until the 18th of the month. The themes of victory of good over evil are common in the folklores and stories attached to the festival of Navratri. Different parts of India may have different versions of the mythological tales related to Navratri and celebrate it differently.
Here’s the colour table for Navratri 2018:
Prathama is the Sanskrit word for "first", and is the first day in the lunar fortnight of the Hindu calendar. The colour to be worn this day is Yellow, and the goddess prayed to on this day is Shailaputri. Shailaputri is a manifestation of the Hindu goddess, Durga and is one of the first Navadurga's venerated during the first day of Navratri.
Dwitiya, the second day of Navratri you are supposed to wear the colour Green. Brahmacharini, which is also the name of the second aspect of the goddess Durga (Parvati) is worshipped on the second day of Navratri (the nine divine nights of Navadurga). The goddess Brahmacharini wears white clothes, holds a japa mala (rosary) in her right hand and Kamandal, a water utensil in her left hand.
The third day of Navratri, Tritiya, the colour to be worn is grey and the goddess prayed to is Chandraghanta, the third form of Goddess Durga. Her name Chandra-Ghanta, means "one who has a half-moon shaped like a bell. Her third eye is always opened and she always ready for war against demons.
On the day of Chaturthi meaning the fourth day of Navrati, you wear the colour Orange and worship Kushmanda goddess. According to the sequence of the worship of Navadurgas, the presiding deity of the fourth day is Devi Kushmanda. Goddess Kushmanda is the fourth manifestation of Goddess Durga.
On the fifth day of Navratri, Goddess Durga is worshipped in her Skandmata form. The name Skandmata means mother of Skand or Kartikeya. Since Goddess Durga is also the mother of Lord Kartikeya, She is known as Skandmata. Goddess Skandmata is the deity of the solar system.
On the sixth day of Navratri, i.e. Sashti, people wear the colour Red and worship the goddess. Goddess Katyayani the sixth form of Goddess Parvati. She is the daughter of Sage Katya of the Katya clan which is how she got her name.
On the day of Saptami, Kalarati goddess is worshipped and the colour Blue is worn by all during the Navratri celebrations. Goddess Kalratri is the seventh form of Goddess Durga. Her complexion is dark as night and has four arms. Her temple is in Varanasi. When the Goddess Parvati removed her the outer golden skin to kill demons named Shumbha and Nishumbha, She was known as Goddess Kalaratri.
According to Hindu mythologies, the Goddess Shailputri at the age of sixteen was extremely beautiful and was blessed with fair complexion. Due to her extreme fair complexion, she was known as Goddess Mahagauri. On Ashtami, Mahagauri is worshipped by devotees and the colour Pink is worn.
On Navami, the last day of Navratri, the colour Purple is to be worn. Goddess Siddhidatri, the ninth form of Goddess Durga, is worshiped on the ninth day or the Mahanavami. This Goddess can be seen surrounded and worshiped by men, demons, Gods and rakshas (celestial beings). She is the giver of all siddhis (perfection) and ready to bestow happiness on her followers.
You can search for something in these shades and match your friends and family while dancing the night away.