The festival of Navratri is the most eclectic of all Indian festivals. Packed with 9 days of pure vigour, zest and absolute festive fervour, the Navratri season brings out the most enthusiastic and carefree side inside each of us.
The nine days of the Navratri festival pan out a powerhouse of fun and frolic for every one of us, each age group alike. Navratri is the celebration of the Goddess Durga and her 9 incarnations, of the fierce and feisty figure the woman is, of women empowerment and of the bold, independent woman our culture has always looked upto and drawn inspiration from.
While we all know that Navratri has 9 distinct days of celebration, let’s talk about the significance of each day. Another lesser known fact is the symbolism of the color associated with each day of this nine day long festival and what significance it holds for us.
And when we speak of Navratri, Garba and Dandiya are synonymous with it. To keep up with the zest around this mammoth festival, Peachmode has dished out the best Garba- dandiya lehengas for you, color coordinated for each day of the 9 day long festivities! While the color palate for the 9 days is pre-determined, the order of the colors varies usually. The sequence of colors is determined by the weekday on which Navratri starts. This year Navratri starts on 29th September which is a Sunday. Sunday is always associated with color Orange and the rest of the colours follow the sequence in a fixed order.
This year, Navratri commence on September 29 and end on October 7 followed by Dussehra, the festival of victory of good over evil. So here are the 9 colors of Navratri this year and our best handpicked lehengas for you to rock that Garba and Dandiya night this season!
September 29- Day 1
Day 1 is the start of this festival and is brought in with lot of enthusiasm and is extremely auspicious. People bring the deity of the Goddess to their respective homes. Community pandals organise a lifesize idol of the deity and keep Her in a common centre for general public to visit and seek blessings of.
Since this is the first day of the festival, to mark the sanctity, yellow or orange usually is the color. For 2019, the color for the first day is orange.
September 30- Day 2
The second day of Navratri is considered extremely pious and devotees believe that sincere prayers made this day will bring them immense prosperity and a certain level of steadiness and calm in their lives.
White is the color for day 2 this year. It is symbolic with the inner peace devotees should aim for.
October 1- Day 3
The third day is symbolic with bravery, fearlessness and resilience. This day signifies people to adopt a dauntless attitude towards all the hurdles in lives and stay courageous and undefeated in the face of failures.
This lovely red colored lehenga choli is perfect for you raas garba dandiya night with the perfect amount of embellishments and handiwork!
October 2- Day 4
Color: Royal blue
The fourth day is considered to be the day of creation. According to our legends and Vedic scriptures, it is believed that it was on this day the Goddess laughed and concocted the Brahmaand, the universe. Since the color blue is symbolic with the universe, devotees
across the country are seen wearing this color which on a philosophical level marks the creation of something new and promising in our lives!
October 3- Day 5
The fifth day of Navratri broadly signifies the color of wealth and prosperity. People believe that worshipping the Goddess with sheer reverence and devotion would appease the goddess and bring them abundant monetary stability and good finances.
October 4- Day 6
The color green is often associated with procreation or the birth of something new. Green is often the color of Mother Earth too. Legend has it Maa Durga, pleased with Sage Katya’s Bhakti, took birth as his daughter.
This day is considered highly auspicious as it marks the incarnation of Goddess in the human form.
October 5- Day 7
This day is worshipped as the fiercest form of the Goddess, that of a saviour, a protecting knight. Symbolised by the color grey, devotees on this day worship the goddess asking Her to protect them always from all difficulties, dangers and ward off any negative energy cementing in their lives.
October 6- Day 8
The eighth day is symbolised by wearing the color purple- the color of purification and ramifications. It is believed that by worshipping the Goddess on this day, devotees not only cleanse their souls, they also are forgiven for any misdoings and sins done in the past.
October 7- Day 9
Color: Peacock Green
The 9th and the last day is symbolised as the triumphant day, of the emergence of righteousness and truthfulness. People worship for wisdom and prevalence of morals, ethics and principles all through in their lives.