Maha Navami is observed on the 9th day of Navratri festival and the last day of worship. Next day, Vijaya Dashami is celebrated. On that day, Goddess Durga is worshipped in several forms in different regions of India. Goddess Durga is worshipped on the final day and devotees offer sugarcane stalks to her. On this day, Kanya Poojan is also practiced in several parts like Haryana, Punjab, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
In Kanya Pooja, the locals invite 9 young girls at their houses and feed them with Poori, Kheer, Chana Sabzi and Halwa. These girls are worshipped as Goddess’s 9 forms. The households honor them by washing their feet and applying tilak on forehead. These girls are also presented with gifts like fruits and clothes.
In this year Maha Navami will fall on 29th September (Friday) 2017
Maha Navami Puja Shubh muhurat Time
Navami Date Begins = 09:36 PM on 28-Sep-2017
Navami Date Ends = 11:49 PM on 29-Sep-2017
Maha Navami is celebrated on the 9th day (Navam) of Shukla Paksha in the Ashwin month of Hindu calendar. It usually falls in the month of October in Gregorian calendar.
If legends are to be believed, the battle between the king of demons, Mahishasura and Goddess Durga lasted 9 days. On the final day, the goddess won against the evil with her wisdom and power. Hence, Maha Navami is known to be the eve where every devotee starts something new.
- Goddess Durga is worshipped on this day as Devi Saraswati – the Goddess of Wisdom and Knowledge. In South India, the devotees conduct Ayudha Puja to worship the goddess along with machineries, tools, books, musical instruments, and all kinds of equipments they have, including automobiles, by decorating and worshipping them.
- This day is known to be important before households start anything new on Vijaya Dashmi.
- On this day, children go to school in several places in South India.
- In East and North India, Kanya Pooja is performed on this day in several places. As per the ritual, devotees worship 9 young girls (who haven’t reached their puberty yet) in several places. They are worshipped as 9 forms of the deity. The devotees wash their feet, apply sandalwood and kumkum tilak over their forehead, offer new clothes and feed tasty food for them. They also offer them with respect and love.
- Maha Navami is celebrated at Durga Puja’s third day in eastern India. It is started with holy bath after which Shodhasopachar Pooja is conducted.
- Navami Hom is a special ritual which is performed at the final day of Maha Navami.
- The Pooja done on that day is similar to the worship done on all 9 days of the festival.
- Ancient tradition, Navami bali is practiced. It is the ritual when animals are sacrificed for the goddess.
- In some places of AP, Batthukamma Festival is celebrated on the occasion of Maha Navami. The name seems to be influenced by the name of a beautiful flower. It is done by women and they arrange the flowers in a unique 7 layer form and offered to Goddess Gauri. It celebrates the beauty and glory of womanhood.