Navratri is one of the most auspicious Hindu festival that is celebrated for nine-nights and ten-days. This festival is dedicated to Goddess Durga and her nine ‘avatars’ (incarnation). There are a total of four Navratris in a year, but only two of them: Chaitra Navratri and Sharad Navratri are most popular. Chaitra Navratri is celebrated in the Hindu month of Chaitra (March and April), while Sharad navratri is celebrated in autumn around the months of October-November. Navratri 2020 Date & Time
This year, Navratri festival starts on Saturday, October 17, 2020, and Navami Puja will be observed on Saturday, October 24, 2020. The Vijayadashami and immersion of Maa Durga idol will be observed on Sunday, October 25, 2020.
- Navratri 2020 Ghatasthapana Muhurat – 06:23 AM to 10:12 AM, October 17, 2020
- Durgashtami 2020 Titihi – 06:57 AM on October 23, 2020 to 06:58 AM on October 24, 2020
- Maha Navami 2020 Tithi – 06:58 AM on October 24, 2020, to 07:41 AM on October 25, 2020
- Vijayadashami 2020 Tithi – 07:41 AM on October 25, 2020, to 09:00 AM on October 26, 2020
- Durga Visarjan Muhurat – 06:29 AM to 08:43 AM, October 26, 2020
Navratri 2020 Fasting Rules
Navratri festival is celebrated for nine-nights and hence most of the people keep fast for nine days. While some people keep fast only during the first two or the last two days of the Navratri. This year, Navratri fasting begins on Saturday, October 17, and Navratri Parana will be observed on Sunday, October 25, 2020.
Food items you can eat during Navratri Fasting
- Singhade ka Atta, Kuttu ka Atta, Rajgira, Sama ka Atta, Sama ke chawal, Sabudana, Phool makhana, etc. can be consumed
- You can eat all kinds of nuts and seeds
- Spices like rock salt, black pepper, cardamom, cumin powder can be used
- Seasoning like green chilies, ginger root, coriander leaves, lemon juice
- All kinds of seasonal fruits
- Raw sugar, Jaggery, Honey, Or regular sugar
- Milk, curd, coconut water, grated coconut can be consumed
Food items to avoid during Navratri Fasting
- Cereals and Pulses
- Garlic, onion, table salt
- Packaged food items
- Candies, chocolates, cold drinks
- Packaged chips, biscuits etc.