Durga Navami 2021:- Timing
The Durga Navami is the ninth day of Chaitra Navratri. For this year 2021, Chaitra Navratri commenced on 13th April and will continue till 21st April. Durga Navami is on 21st April and it is celebrated on Chaitra’s lunar month, post the winter season. This festival is celebrated after the harvests of the Spring. Besides that, it also signifies the Hindu calendar’s ninth day. The Navami tithi of Chaitra Navratri will begin at 12.43 am on 21st April and will end at 12.35 am on 22nd April. People also perform Kanya Puja on Durga Navami of Chaitra Navratri.
The fasting rule for Chaitra Navratri’s Durga Navami is not that we have to keep a fast all day long. This rule allows various types of fruits as well as vegetables that can be consumed. This fasting also does not specify that the same type of food is to be consumed every day. People who are into this fasting are restricted to grains as well as cereals. The meals should be firmly confined to purely vegetarian meals without any garlic or onion pastes added to them. No alcoholic beverages to be consumed. In substitute for that, coconut milk or kheer can be used as dessert and beverages.
The Kanya Pujan is performed on Durga Navami. For this puja, nine young little girls along with a little boy are to be invited. These nine girls are said to represent the nine forms of Maa Durga whereas the little boy represents “Bharoin”.
After inviting them, their hands and feet are washed gently using clean water, and then they are gently wiped off with a fresh piece of cloth. All the ten children are seated. They are marked with “tilaks” on their foreheads and akshat is showered on them. This akshat is raw rice mixed with turmeric. After that, Aarti is performed. A delicious bhog is prepared which is first served as Naiveidhya at the temples before serving it to nine girls or Nava Kanya along with the little boy. After all the children have consumed the bhog , they are offered fruits, Shringaar items, haldi, kumkum, a red chunari along dakshina. All the above things mentioned except kumkum and chunari are offered to the little boy. Lastly, their feet are touched to seek blessings before they leave.
In 2021, in this situation of the rising pandemic, people might not be able to invite nine girls and one boy. Therefore, after preparing the bhog , they can offer it to a Cow after the Naiveidhya is performed.
In conclusion, we can say that the Durga Navami 2021, for this year will be a bit different due to the Covid 19 pandemic. It is beautiful to see how despite the devastating situation in the country, people are following their religious beliefs and practices soulfully. Durga Navami is an important day. Because it breaks the fasting of nine long days. It also marks the end of the Chaitra Navratri festival.