Last updated on Oct 30th, 2023 by Renu Dahiya
Navratri is a special Hindu festival celebrated for nine continuous days. During these nine days, people worship all nine forms of Goddess Durga and follow strict fasting rules. Let’s take a look at the Sharad Navratri 2023 October dates, times & events in Australia, so you can mark your calendar for this special festival.
The festival of Navratri happens twice a year – once in March-April, called ‘Chaitra’ or ‘Vasant Navratri,’ and the other in September-October, known as ‘Sharad Navratri.’ Among these, Sharad Navratri, which falls in the autumn season, is the most important and celebrated all over the world when we celebrate Durga Puja and Dusshera.
In 2023, Durga Navratri will be celebrated in Sharad Ritu (Autumn Season) beginning on the 15th of October and concluding on the 24th of October. These are the days when devotees come together, dance, sing, and pray, celebrating the victory of good over evil.
|Sharad Navratri||Date||Navratri Colour of the Day||Significance of Devi Worship / Puja|
|Navratri Day 1 (Pratipada)||15th October 2023, Sunday||Orange||Ghatasthapana, Shailputri Puja|
|Navratri Day 2 (Dwitiya)||16th October 2023, Monday||White||Chandra Darshan, Brahmacharini Puja|
|Navratri Day 3 (Tritiya)||17th October 2023, Tuesday||Red||Sindoor Tritiya, Chandraghanta Puja|
|Navratri Day 4 (Chaturthi)||18th October 2023, Wednesday||Royal Blue||Kushmanda Puja, Vinayaka Chaturthi|
|Navratri Day 5 (Panchami)||19th October 2023, Thursday||Yellow||Upang Lalita Vrat, Skandamata Puja|
|Navratri Day 6 (Shashthi)||20th October 2023, Friday||Green||Saraswati Avahan, Katyayani Puja|
|Navratri Day 7 (Saptami)||21st October 2023, Saturday||Grey||Saraswati Puja, Kalaratri Puja|
|Navratri Day 8 (Ashtami)||22nd October 2023, Sunday||Purple||Durga Ashtami, Mahagauri Puja, Sandhi Puja|
|Navratri Day 9 (Navami)||23rd October 2023, Monday||Peacock Green||Maha Navami, Ayudha Puja Navami Homa|
|Navratri Day 10 (Dashami)||24th October 2023, Tuesday||–||Navratri Parana, Durga Visarjan, Vijayadashami (Dussehra)|
Sharad Navratri 2023 commences on October 15 at 04:14 PM (Australia timings) with the Ghatasthapana Muhurta and spans over nine nights, concluding on October 24 at 07:44 PM (Australia timings).
Navratri commemorates the heroic tale of Goddess Durga and her battle against the formidable demon, Mahishasura.
Story – Mahishasura had gained immortality as a reward for his unwavering devotion to Lord Brahma. However, there was a twist to this blessing – only a female could defeat him. Confident that no woman could match his strength, Mahishasura and his demon army wreaked havoc, causing fear and chaos everywhere. Even the mighty gods like Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Brahma couldn’t stop him. In response, they united to create Goddess Durga, armed with divine power and determination. For ten intense days, she waged a fierce battle, ultimately defeating Mahishasura.
Message – Navratri celebrates this epic battle and the triumph of good over evil. It’s a time to honour the strength and power of the goddess Durga, who shows us that even the mightiest of challenges can be overcome with courage and determination.
Fasting holds a special place during Shardiya Navratri, and it carries deep meaning and significance.
Spiritual Purification: By abstaining from certain foods, devotees believe they purify themselves, not just physically, but spiritually too. It’s a way of preparing oneself to connect with the divine energy of Goddess Durga.
Varied Fasting Styles: Fasting isn’t a one-size-fits-all practice during Navratri. It varies from person to person. Some choose a diet of fruits and milk, while others opt for a more rigorous fasting regimen.
Navratri is a festival full of vibrant customs and rituals that vary across different regions of India. Here’s a unique glimpse into these traditions:
Durga Puja In Kolkata: Navratri is celebrated as Durga Puja, the grandest festival of the year in Kolkata. Enormous pandals (temporary structures) are erected, and illuminated with dazzling lights, and cultural festivities take centre stage. Take part in the grand festival by booking your flights to Kolkata. Explore these popular routes –
Garba and Dandiya in Gujarat: Navratri comes alive with the rhythmic beats of Garba and Dandiya dances in Gujarat. People don traditional attire and twirl with dandiya sticks in hand, creating a vibrant spectacle. To witness this, book your flights to Ahmedabad today with these popular routes –
Goa’s Zatras: In Goa, Navratri kicks off special Zatras (festivals), and Saraswat Brahmin temples adorn themselves in all their glory. Devotees lovingly offer sandalwood paste, kumkum, and new clothes and ornaments to the Dasha Maitrikas. Book your flights to Goa and enjoy these unique celebrations. Here are the famous routes you can choose from –
Ayudha Puja In Kerala: Kerala observes Ayudha Puja on the ninth day of Navratri, a ceremony to bless all the tools in the household. It’s a unique and important tradition in this southern state. So, reserve your flights to Trivandrum, Kerala to enjoy this tradition. Check out the most famous routes below –
One of the most exciting aspects of celebrating Navratri in Australia is the vibrant array of events and processions that unfold in different cities. It’s a time when the Indian diaspora comes together to create a mini-India abroad. Here’s a glimpse of the noteworthy events you can look forward to:
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(Know more about Indian festivals celebrated in Australia like Ganesh Chaturthi 2023 here.)
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