The much awaited festive season has finally started. As the wind gets nippy and we move on to the cooler days, Navratri is the first festival that begins the festivities. While Chaitra Navratri occurs in the month of April, Sharadiya Navratri occurs in the latter part of the year around October or November. The first day of Shardiya Navratri 2021 was on 7 October according to the Hindu calendar. Navratri is Sanskrit for ‘nine nights’, and as the name suggests, the celebration of the festival lasts for a period of nine nights and ten days. According to the traditions, each day of Navratri has a special significance. The ninth day of Shardiya Navratri is known as Maha Navami, and here’s what you need to know about it.
Maha Navami 2021 Date & Time | Maha Navami Tithi and Puja Timings
Maha Navami is falling on 14 October 2021, which is Thursday. According to the Hindu calendar, the official timing of Navami begins on the evening of 13 October and continues till the following evening. The exact worship timings for Maha Navami are as follows:
Navami Tithi Start – 08:07 PM 13 October 2021
Navami date ends – October 14, 2021 at 06:52 PM
Significance of Maha Navami Significance of Maha Navami 2021 and how to celebrate it
Maha Navami is the ninth day of Navratri festival. It is also the third and last day of Durga Puja festival. Thus, Goddess Durga is worshiped on this auspicious day, as according to Hindu mythology, she killed the demon Mahishasura on this day. This is the reason why he is also called ‘Mahishasurmardini’ or the destroyer of Mahishasura in some parts of the country.
Devotees wake up early in the morning and some keep a fast for Goddess Durga. It is also considered an auspicious day to make new beginnings and buy new things for the house. Some households conduct their annual Kanjak Puja on Navami instead of Ashtami, serving traditional dishes of poori, black gram and pudding to young girls worshiped on this day.
5 Vrat-Friendly Recipes for Maha Navami | Maha Navami 2021: Easy fasting recipes
Like any other festival, food is an important part of Maha Navami celebrations. Apart from the traditional offerings in Kanjak Puja, there are a lot of dishes that can be made on this auspicious day. The food that is cooked is completely vegetarian and the use of onion and garlic is avoided. The special color of Maha Navami Day is pink, so it would be a good idea to use rose-based flavorings in a fast-friendly way to mark the celebration.
Here are 5 fasting-friendly recipes for Maha Navami 2021:
1. Crispy Sabudana Tikki
Sabudana is one of the favorites during Navratri, and this crispy sabudana tikka gives it an interesting twist with the goodness of cashew nuts.
2. Vratwale Potatoes
This is a gravy that will go with any bread or preparation that you pair it with! With a mild flavour, Vratwale Aloo is an essential recipe in your Navratri menu.
(Also Read: Navratri Special Thali: How To Make Delicious Navratri Thali At Home)
3. Samak Dosa
Samak ke rice is another popular ingredient during the Navratri season, and you can try making this unique and crunchy samak dosa on Maha Navami.
4. Watermelon curry
While Singhade Ka Atta (Water Chestnut Flour) is popularly used to make a variety of dishes, this meaty and satiating Singhade Ka Kadhi is something you may not have eaten yet.
5. Makhane and Cashew Kheer
Poppy seeds and cashews are used in this delightful fasting-friendly dessert to make it a wonderfully crunchy and satisfying sweet tooth.
Happy Maha Navami 2021!