Vasant Navratri is observed in the Hindu month of Chaitra (March – April). It is believed that Goddess Durga was originally worshipped (Durga Puja) in the Chaitra month and was also referred as Basanti Puja. It was Lord Ram who changed the period of Durga Puja. Navratri is a festival of worship and devotion. The word Navaratri literally means nine nights in Sanskrit; Nava – Nine and Ratri – nights. As this Navratra ends on Ram Navami day, it also referred as Rama Navratri.
Vasant Navratri, also known as Vasant Navratras, begins on March 31, 2014. This festival of nine nights in Hinduism is dedicated to Goddess Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. It is also known as Chaitra Navratras or Spring Navratri or Basant Navratri. As this Navratra coincides with Ram Navami, it also referred as Ram Navratri.
The Vasant or Spring Navratri is widely observed in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand (Uttaranchal), Haryana, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir. Most Hindu devotees in this part of India undertake Navratri Vrat or fasting. The festival occurs during the beginning of summer season. And it is said that the fasting helps in adapting the body to the changing climate.
Chaitra Navratras 2014 dates from March 31, 2014 to April 8, 2014.
1- Ghatsthapana – Navratri Day 1 – Pratipada Vrat – March 31, 2014 (Monday)
– Pratipada Tithi ends- 22:25
2 – Sindhara Dooj Vrat, Dwitiya – April 1, 2014 (Tuesday)
– Dwitiya Tithi ends – 21:09
3 – Gaur Teej Vrat, Tritiya, Saubhagya Teej, – April 2, 2014 (Wednesday)
-Tritiya Tithi ends -20:32
4 – Varadvinayak Chaturthi , Chaturthi- April 3, 2014 (Thursday)
– Chaturthi Tithi ends – 20:38
5 – Sri Laxmi Panchami Vrat, Panchami Naag Vrat Pujan ,- April 4, 2014 ( Friday)
-Panchami Tithi ends – 21:27
6 – Skand Shashthi Vrat, Shashthi, Yamuna Jayanti – April 5, 2014 (Saturday)
– Shashthi Tithi ends – 22:54
7 Mahasaptami Vrat, Saptami, Chaiti Chath, Vijaya Saptami, – April 6, 2014 (Sunday) -Saptami Tithi ends – 24:52
8- Sri Durga Mahaashtami, Annapurna Ashtami – April 7, 2014 (Monday)
– Ashtami Tithi ends – 27:11
9 – Ram Navami, Navami, Vasant Navratri ends – April 8, 2014 (Tuesday)
-Navami Tithi ends – 29:37
How to Do Durga-Pooja in these Navratri click the link below ……