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Riding into Reverence: Witness the Majestic Arrival of Goddess Durga on a Horse during Chaitra Navratri – Dive into Ghatasthapana’s Sacred Hour

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Chaitra Navratri 2024: Significance of the 9-Day Festival in Hinduism

Chaitra Navratri, a festival of immense importance in Hinduism, celebrates the worship of Goddess Durga in her nine divine forms over nine days. Occurring four times a year, it includes two Gupt Navratris and two Pratyaksh Navratris. This article focuses on the Chaitra Navratri, marking the beginning of the Hindu New Year and culminating in the celebration of Ram Navami.

Chaitra Navratri: A Journey Through the Nine Divine Nights

1. Gudi Padwa – Welcoming the New Year

Chaitra Navratri kickstarts the Hindu New Year, celebrated with grandeur on Gudi Padwa. Maharashtra observes this day with fervor, symbolizing the triumph of virtue over vice.

2. Ram Navami – Birth of Lord Rama

The concluding day of Chaitra Navratri is dedicated to the celebration of Ram Navami, marking the birth of Lord Rama, a revered event in Hindu mythology.

Chaitra Navratri 2024 Dates

Chaitra Navratri commences on April 9, 2024, and concludes on April 18, 2024, according to the Hindu Panchang. Gudi Padwa, a significant festival for the Marathi community, coincides with the start of Navratri on April 9, 2024.

Auspicious Timing for Ghatasthapana

The auspicious timing for Ghatasthapana, the ritualistic installation of the deity, is from 6:11 AM to 10:23 AM on April 9, 2024. Additionally, Abhijit Muhurat for Ghatasthapana falls between 12:03 PM to 12:54 PM on the same day.

Significance of Chaitra Navratri Vrat (Fast) and Puja

Observing a fast and performing puja during Chaitra Navratri is believed to bring boundless joy and prosperity to one’s life. Devotees believe that the nine-day worship period fosters spiritual growth and divine blessings