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Navaratri 2013 celebrations starts on October 5

Oct 5 (): Navaratri in 2013 will start on Saturday, the 5th of October and will continue for 9 days until Sunday, the 13th of October.

The word Navaratri means nine nights in Sanskrit, nava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Shakti/Devi are worshiped. The tenth day is commonly referred to as Vijayadashami or “Dussehra.” Navaratri Golu (Kolu) also called as Dussehra in Northern India is a 10-day long festival celebrated in various parts of the country.

Once Ganesh Chathurthi celebrations get over, Navaratri fever grips the cities and towns across the nation. The Navaratri starts on the first day (pratipada) of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Ashwin. The festival is celebrated for nine nights once every year during the beginning of October, although as the dates of the festival are determined according to the lunar calendar, the festival may be held for a day more or a day less.

Celebrations in South India:

The celebration of Navarathri is done by decorating houses with Golu arrangements. Golu decoration include fixing of steps also known as Padis (in odd numbers 3,5,7 and 9), upon which the idols of Gods and Goddesses are kept.

Goddess Durga is worshipped during the first three days.
Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped during the next three days
Goddess Saraswathi is worshipped during the last three days.

Celebrations in North India:

In the northern parts of India Navaratri is celebrated as Dandiya nights, where men and women gather to celebrate through Dandiya dance forms.

Navaratri in 2013 October dates

Navaratri Day 1 – October 5, 2013 – Ghatsthapana
Navaratri Day 2 – October 6, 2013 – Chandra Darshan
Navaratri Day 3 – October 7, 2013 – Sindoor Tritiya
Navaratri Day 4 – October 8, 2013 – Varad Vinayak Chaturthi and Lalit Panchami
Navaratri Day 5 – October 9, 2013 – Upang Lalita Vrat – Lalitha Panchami
Navaratri Day 6 – October 10, 2013 – Saraswati Awahan in some regions
Navaratri Day 7 – October 11, 2013 – Saraswathi Puja – Maha Lakshmi Puja
Navaratri Day 8 – October 12, 2013 – Saraswathi Puja ends – Mahashtami – Annapoorna Parikrama
Navaratri Day 9 – October 13, 2013 – Saraswati Visarjan – Mahanavami
October 13, 2013 – The tenth day is celebrated as Dasara or Vijaya Dashami in some regions in North and Western Parts of India.
October 14, 2013 – Vidyarambham in Kerala. It is also marked as Vijayadasami in South India Calendars

Note – Navratri day 9 and 10 are marked on same date in many calendars.
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