Navratri has started and everybody is geared up to celebrate it with lot of fervor across India.
Everyday we worship various avatars of Maa Durga. Each day is associated with different color and everyday the devotee incorporate these colors either in their Prasad or by wearing clothes of that color. Offer the favorite prasad / bhog of different colors for 9 days and get blessings from Maa Durga.
Day 1 – Color White – Goddess Shailputri
White Color stands for Purity and Inner Peace.
Its the day of Maa Shailputri- Daughter of the mountains. She is the absolute form of Mother Nature and symbolises strength.
North Indian Bhog – Ghee
As per North Indian beliefs, offering ‘ghee’ on this day makes devotee free from all types of diseases and gets him great health.
Navratri Prasadam (Naivedyam ) – Makhana Kheer, Sabudana Vadas, White Peas Sundal, Makhana Ladoo, Rajgira Laddoo, Makhana Dry Fruits Namkeen, Paal Kozhukattai
Day 2 – Color Red – Goddess Brahmacharini
Red Color stands for Action & Vigour.
Its the day of Mata Brahmacharini. Offerings sugar to Maa Brahmacharini increases longevity of family members.
North Indian Bhog – Sugar
Prasadam Offerings – Apple Rabdi, Tamarind Rice, Beetroot Halwa, Rajma Sundal, Peanut Sundal.
Day 3 – Color Royal Blue – Goddess Chandraghanta
Blue Color stands for Calm and Energy.
Its the day of Mata Chandraghanta. Maa Chandraghanta fulfills all the wishes and provides relief from all the worldly pains.
North Indian Bhog – Milk
Prasadam – Rice Kheer with blueberries, Milk Elaichi Burfi, Kaju Katli, Doodh Peda.
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Day 4 – Color Yellow – Goddess Kushmanda
Yellow stands for happiness, brilliance, brightness and power.
Its the day of Maa Kushmanda. Maa Kushmanda improves the intellect and decision making ability.
North Indian Bhog – Malpua
Navratri Prasadam (Naivedyam ) – Pineapple Rava Halwa, Boondi Laddo, Sweet Boondi, Chana Sundal, Yellow Moong Dal Sundal, Yellow Mithe Chawal, Kesar Rasmalai, Lemon Rice.
Day 5 – Color Green – Goddess Skandmata
Green color signifies growth and prosperity.
Its the day of Maa Skandamata. Maa Skandmata helps to keep the physique healthy.
North Indian Bhog – Banana
Prasadam – Lauki Halwa, Moong Dal Ghee Ladoo, Lauki Burfi, Grean Peas Sundal, Green Gram Payasam, Lauki Ki Kheer, Prouts Green Gram Sundal, Spinach Green Gram Vada.
Day 6 – Color Grey – Goddess Katyayani
Grey color signifies balanced emotions.
Its the day of Maa Katyayani. Maa Katyayani loves yellow color so offer her favorite bhog of yellow color prasad to her and she will grant health and happiness.
North Indian Bhog– Honey
Prasadam – Kuttu Ke Atta ka Halwa (Buckwheat Halwa), Singhare Ka Atta (Chestnut Flour), Bajra Ka Halwa (Pearl Millet), Kuttu Ki Puri
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Day 7 – Color Orange – Goddess Kaalratri
Its the day of Maa Kalratri. Maa Kaalratri protects us from Evil Powers. Kaalratri is the goddess who is worshiped on the seventh day of Navratri. Kaal refers to time as well as death in Hindi whereas ratri refers to night or darkness/ignorance. Hence, Kaalratri is the one which brings the death of darkness or the one who ends ignorance. She is also commonly referred as Kali.
North Indian Bhog – Jaggery
Navratri Prasadam (Naivedyam ) – Motichoor Orange Ladoo, Carrot Halwa, Rajgira Carrot Thalipeeth, Jalebi, Imarti.
Day 8 – Color Peacock Green – Goddess Mahagauri
Peacock green color signifies Individuality.
Maa Mahagauri is the eighth manifestation of Maa Durga and is wordshipped on eighth day of Navratri. Maa Mahagauri is associated with peace and intelligence. Pink Color stands for hope, optimism and fresh start. Its the day of Maa Mahagauri. Maa Mahagauri provides success in life. On this day Kanya Poojan is done.
North Indian Bhog – Coconut
Prasadam – Paan Petha, Bengali Parwal Sweet, Green Bombay Karachi Halwa
Day 9 – Color Pink – Goddess Siddhidatri
Pink stands for Love Affection and Harmony
Its the day of Maa Sidhidatri. Maa Sidhidatri grants all the sidhi.
North Indian Bhog – Til
Navratri Prasadam (Naivedyam ) – Rose Coconut Burfi, Rose Coconut Ladoo, Shakarkandi Nariyal Halwa, Beetroot Pachadi, Beetroot Aloo Cutlet (Tikki)
More Prasadam List
- Peanut Sundal
- Sweet Potato Jamuns
- Makhana Kheer
- Kuttu Parantha
- Chana Dal Sundal
- Makhana Kheer
- Moong dal payasam
- Green moong dal vada
- Samak pulao / Khichdi
- Kaddu ki Sabji
- Cucumber Raita
- Kuttu Dosa
- Mongo kheer sabudana
- Sabuna cutlet
- Aloo lachha
- Mix nuts
- Arbi masala
Happy Navratri to All !!!
Please note that Nine Goddesses to worship during Navratri, nine types of colors, and nine types of naivedyams (food offerings) may differ as per the region whether you are in North / South