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April Festivals 2022: From Ramadan to Puthandu, check complete list of festivals

India is one of the countries which has the largest democracy in the world with a number of different languages, diverse cultures, and traditions. If we talk about the festivals in India, India is a land of many festivals.

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India is one of the world’s most diverse countries, with multiple languages, cultures, and traditions and this is why the country is also known as the land of festivals.

It is comprised of people of many religions and cultures, and consequently celebrates a variety of religious festivals and celebrations. Three national festivals are also observed by Indians. Festivals in India are celebrated with tremendous pomp and display throughout the year. During the holiday season, the entire environment is filled with joy and excitement.

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The month of April is also filled with celebrations of the festivals.

Here’s the list of festivals in the month of April

DateDayFestival
April 1, 2022FridayChaitra Amavasya
April 2, 2022SaturdayRamadan 2022, Chandra Darshan, Chaitra Navratri, Gudi Padwa, Ugadi, Chaitra Sukhladi
April 3, 2022SundayJhulelal Jayanti, Matsya Jayanti
April 4, 2022MondayGauri Puja, Masik Karthigai
April 5, 2022TuesdayVinayaka Chaturthi
April 6, 2022WednesdaySkanda Sashti, Rohini Vrat
April 7, 2022ThursdayYamuna Chhath
April 9, 2022SaturdayMasik Durgashtami
April 10, 2022SundayRama Navami
April 12, 2022TuesdayKamada Ekadashi
April 13, 2022WednesdayBaisakhi Festival 2022
April 14, 2022ThursdayAmbedkar Jayanti, Mahavir Jayanti, Pradosh Vrat, Mahavir Swami Jayanti, Solar New Year, Mesha Sankranti, Puthandu
April 15, 2022FridayVishu Kani, Pohela Boishakh, Good Friday, Vaisakhadi
April 16, 2022SaturdayHanuman Jayanti, Chaitra Purnima, Purnima Upavas, Chitra Pournami
April 17, 2022SundayEaster
April 19, 2022TuesdaySankashti Chaturthi
April 23, 2022SaturdayKalashtami
April 26, 2022TuesdayVaruthini Ekadashi, Vallabhacharya Jayanti
April 28, 2022ThursdayPradosh Vrat
April 29, 2022FridayJamt Ul-Vida, Masik Shivaratri
April 30, 2022SaturdayVaishakha Amavasya, Surya Grahan

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Shardiya Navratri 2022: Know the nine mantras devoted to the nine incarnations of goddess Durga

Here are nine mantras devoted to the nine incarnations of Goddess Durga. These mantra or slokas can maximize the effect of your devotion.

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Shardiya Navratri 2022

The auspicious Hindu festival honoring Goddess Durga, Shardiya Navratri is round the corner. And this year Sharad Navratri will be celebrated on September 26 till October 5 with Vijay Dashami and Durga Visarjan.

For the unversed, the Shardiya Navratri in the Hindu month of Ashwin, which is the most important of all Navratris (Magha, Chaitra and Ashadha). And for these 9 days, devotees will practice fasting as each day will be dedicated to the celebration of goddess Durga’s all 9 avatars (Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalaratri, Mahagauri, and Durga).

And we bring to you the nine mantras devoted to the nine incarnations of Goddess Durga. These mantra or slokas can maximize the effect of your devotion.

Navratri Day 1: Shailputri Devi Mantra

Goddess Shailputri is the first form of Maa Durga. Shailputri was the Daughter of Himalaya and she is also known as Parvatiand and Hemvati. And the Dhyan mantra devoted to her is:

वन्दे वाञ्छितलाभाय चन्द्रार्धकृतशेखराम्। वृषारुढां शूलधरां शैलपुत्रीं यशस्विनीम्॥

Vande Vanchhitlabhay Chandrardhkritshekhram. Vrisharudham Shuldharam Shailputri Yashswinim.

The meaning of this mantra is, “I worship Goddess Shailputri to fulfil my wishes, who is adorned with a half-moon on her head, rides on a bull, carrying a trident and is illustrious.”

Navratri Day 2: Brahmacharini Devi Mantra

Goddess Brahmacharini is the second form of Durga. In this incarnation Goddess did penance (Tapasya) to get Lord Shiva as her husband. And her Dhyan Mantra is:

दधाना करपद्माभ्यामक्षमालाकमण्डलू। देवी प्रसीदतु मयि ब्रह्मचारिण्यनुत्तमा॥

Dadhanakara Padmabhyam akshamala kamandalam, Devi prasidathu mayi rahmacharinya nuththama.

The meaning of this mantra is, “O Devi, Please shower Your Grace on me; O Devi Brahmacharini, You are Incomparable.”

Navratri Day 3: Chandraghanta Devi Mantra

Goddess Chandraghanta is the third form of goddess Durga. This is said to be the married form of Parvati. And her Dhyan Mantra is:

पिण्डज प्रवरारूढ़ा चण्डकोपास्त्रकैर्युता। प्रसीदम तनुते महयं चन्द्रघण्टेति विश्रुता।।

Pindaj Pravrarudha Chandkpasrkaryuta . Prasidam Tanute Mahyam Chandrghnteti Vishruta.

The meaning of this mantra is, “O Goddess Chandraghanta, who rides on tiger, angry on enemies, holds many weapons in 10 hands, please on me.”

Navratri Day 4: Kushmanda Devi Mantra

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Maa Kushmanda is the Fourth form of Maa Durga. The holy scripts suggest that goddess Kushmanda resides inside the sun and enlightens the whole world with her ultimate energy. And her Dhyan Mantra is:

वन्दे वांछित कामार्थे चंद्रार्घ्कृत शेखराम, सिंहरुढ़ा अष्टभुजा कुष्मांडा यशस्वनिम||

Vande Vance hit Kamarthe Chandrarghkrit Shekhram, Singhrudha Ashtbhuja Kushmanda Yashswini.

The meaning of this mantra is, “I worship the moon-worshipped Shekrama, the lion-riding eight-armed Kushmanda, the illustrious one, for the fulfillment of desired desires”

Navratri Day 5: Skanda Devi Mantra

Sanka Devi is the fifth form of goddess Durga. It is said that when maa Parvati gave birth to Skanda also known as Kartikeya, hence, she came to be known as Skanda Mata. And her Dhyan Mantra is:

“सिंहासनगता नित्यं पद्माश्रितकरद्वया| शुभदास्तु सदा देवी स्कन्दमाता यशस्विनी||”

Sinhasangata nityam padmashritkardvya , Shubhdastu sada Devi Skandmata Yashswini.

The meaning of his mantra is, “She is always seated on the throne with her two hands resting on the lotus May Goddess Skanda mata, the illustrious, always bestow auspiciousness.”

Navratri Day 6: Katyayani Devi Mantra

Maa Katyayani is the Sixth form of goddess Durga and her name is driven from her father Katyayan Rishi. This incarnation is said to be the angry form of Durga in which she destroyed demon Mahishasura. Her Dhyan Mantra is:

स्वर्णाआज्ञा चक्र स्थितां षष्टम दुर्गा त्रिनेत्राम्। वराभीत करां षगपदधरां कात्यायनसुतां भजामि॥

Swarnagya chakra sthitam shashtam Durga Trinetram. Varabhit Karam shadgpadmdharam katyayansutam Bhajami.

The meaning of this mantra is, “The sixth Durga with three eyes standing on the golden command wheel. I worship that daughter of Katyayana whose hands are fearless and who holds six feet.”

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Navratri Day 7: Kalratri Devi Mantra

Goddess Kalratri is the seventh form of Durga. This is also a furious form of Maa Durga in which she destroyed the dangerous demons Sumbha and Nisumbha. Her Dhyan Mantra is:

करालवंदना धोरां मुक्तकेशी चतुर्भुजाम्। कालरात्रिं करालिंका दिव्यां विद्युतमाला विभूषिताम॥

Karalvadnam ghoram muktkeshi chaturbhjam. Kaal Ratrim karalikaam divyam vidyutmala vibhushitam.

The meaning of this mantra is, “The goddess with trishule with loose hair and four arms. The night of darkness was fearsome as the divine adorned with garlands of lightning is here.”

Navratri Day 8: Gauri Devi Mantra

Maha Gauri is the 8th form of goddess Durga. Holy scripts read that at the age of 16, Parvati had extremely fair complexion, hence, she received this name Gauri which means Ultimate fair. On this day, we should also worship young girls. Gauri Mata’s Dhyan Mantra is:

पूर्णन्दु निभां गौरी सोमचक्रस्थितां अष्टमं महागौरी त्रिनेत्राम्।
वराभीतिकरां त्रिशूल डमरूधरां महागौरी भजेम्॥

Purnandu nibhaana Gauri Somachakrastitam Ashtam Mahagauri Trinetram. Varabhitikaran Trishul Damrudharam Mahagauri Bhajem.

Meaning: “Gauri, shining like the full moon, seated in the moon wheel, is the eighth Mahagauri, with three eyes. I worship that great Gauri who is fearless of the best and who holds a trident and a tambourine.”

Navratri Day 9: Siddhidhatri Devi Mantra
Maa Siddhidhatri is the 9th and last form of Durga. It is said that before the universe was even created, Lord Shiva worshiped Para Shakti to get energy and to create the universe. The goddess is also known as the other half of Lord Shiva as she gave her powers to him and came to be known as Siddhi Datri. Here mantra is:

स्वर्णावर्णा निर्वाणचक्रस्थितां नवम् दुर्गा त्रिनेत्राम्।शख, चक्र, गदा, पदम, धरां सिद्धीदात्री भजेम्॥

Swarnavarna Nirvanachakrasthitham Navam Durga Trinetram. Shakh, Chakra, Gada, Padam, Dhara Siddhidatri Bhajem.

Meaning of this Dhyan Mantra is, “I worship that golden-coloured, new Durga, three-eyed, situated in the wheel of Nirvana, the bearer of perfection, the earth with the wing, the wheel, the club and the lotus feet.”

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Shardiya Navratri 2022: How to do Navratri Puja at home? Puja Vidhi, Tithi, timings, Samagri list

This year, Shardiya Navratri is observed from September 26 to October 4.

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Shardiya Navratri 2022

Navratri is one of the most auspicious festivals for Hindus. The festival is devoted to Goddess Durga who fought the demon Mahishasura for nine days and nights. The festival shows the victory of good over evil.

Navratri is celebrated twice a year. Chaitra Navratri is observed during the months of March – April, and Shardiya Navratri during the months of September – October. This year, Shardiya Navratri is observed from September 26 to October 4.

Here is all you need to know about the puja vidhi, puja timings and how to do puja at home during Navratri.

Shardiya Navratri 2022: Shubh Muhurat

Start date: September 26, 2022 at 3:23 am
End date: September 27, 2022 at :08 am

Shardiya Navratri 2022: Kalash Installation Shubh Muhurat

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Start date: 6:17 am to 7:55 am (Total duration- 1 hour 38 minutes)
Abhijit Muhurat: 11:54 am to 12:42 pm (Total duration- 48 minutes)

Samagri needed for Kalash installation

Kalash, Mauli, 5 Mango leaves, Roli, Gangajal, Coin, Wheat

Samagri needed to make Jawaar

Earthen pot, pure clay, wheat or barley, clean cloth to place on the soil, clean water and Kalava.

Samagri needed to light Akhand Jyoti

Brass or earthen lamp, ghee, cotton wick, roli or vermilion, rice

Puja Samagri for 9 days

Devotees perform puja for nine days during Navratri. For this, you need havan kund, mango wood, black sesame, roli kumkum, akshat (rice), barley, incense, panchmeva, ghee, Kamal Gatta, pair of cloves, guggal, lotus gutta, betel nut, kapoor, bhog. Havan, pure water (for aamchan).

Ingredients needed for Mata Rani’s Shringhar

Mata Rani should be adorned during Navratri. What all you need- Red dupatta, bangles, perfume, vermilion, mahavar, bindi, mehndi, kajal, toe ornament, garland, anklet, blush and other makeup items.

Shardiya Navratri Puja Vidhi

  • Wake up early in the morning of Shardiya Navratri, take a bath, and wear clean clothes.
  • On the first day, make swastikas on both sides of the main entrance of the house and put a pylon of mango and Ashoka leaves on the main door.
  • Then, make a swastika sign by laying a post there.
  • After that, put the rice and roli on Goddess Durga’s forehead and then install the idol of Mata Rani
  • Worship Goddess Durga with all rituals.
  • The Kalash should be kept in the North and North-East direction i.e. Northeast and decorate the Mata’s post.
  • While placing the coconut on the Kalash, make sure the face of the coconut should not face downwards.
  • Apply Ashoka leaves around the Kalash and then wrap a dupatta on a coconut and tie it with Kalava.
  • Now, worship Ambe Maa by lighting a lamp.

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Shardiya Navratri 2022: From Sabudana Khichdi to Banana Walnut Lassi, try these special food recipes

This year Sharad Navratri will be celebrated on September 26 till October 5 with Vijay Dashami and Durga Visarjan.

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Shardiya Navratri is round the corner. And this Hindu month of Ashwin, dedicated to the celebration of goddess Durga’s all 9 avatars can become even more special with some Vrat recipes.

Even the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has introduced a special Vrat thalis for the passengers who will ne fasting during the Shardiya Navratri. Hence we bring to you five of the best and easiest special food recipes to be made during the auspicious occasion of Shardiya Navratri 2022.

Banana Walnut Recipe

For the ones who will be fasting during Shardiya Navratri but also want to have some thing light, Banana Walnut Recipe is the one for you. This drink can charge you up with nourishment and can be consumed as an energy drink. All you have to do is mix the goodness of yogurt, banana, walnuts and honey. Drink up this healthy lassi to keep yourself energized through the day.

Chawal Ka Dhokla

Chawal Ka Dhokla is a fresh recipe that can give you a break from the usual fried puris and pakodas. You can use the samwat ke chawal and grind it well. After steaming it in a cake pan cut it into pieces and tempered with whole red chillies, cumin, ghee and curry leaves. Enjoy this Navratri fasting special dish at home.

Sabudana Khichdi

As we all know that sabudana is full of starch, and it gives the much needed energy boost during the time of fasting. sabudana khichdi is made in a similar way as poha. You can add peanuts and potato in you special recipie. The one’s fasting can also made sabudana vada with the same ingredients, which also make great Navratri snacks.

Aloo Ki Kadhi

Next in line is Aloo ki Kadhi. As much as the name might be amusing you, the taste of will be also be great. Just tuck into the soothing flavors of this light and lovely curry made with the potatoes. Move over the boring aloo ka falahar and instead choose to eat some healthy aloo kadhi and make your Navratri even more special. 

Paneer Rolls

Paneer rolls can be a good change during Shardiya Navratri. The delightful paneer recipe can be cooked during the fasting season of Navratri. Made with grated paneer, potatoes, sendha namak and spices, this is a delicious mid-day snack. Try it with mint or coriander chutney and have it any time during the day.

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