The festive season has alredy begun with Navratri and Hindu devotees are gearing up to celebrate it in full fervor. Apart from worshipping Goddess Durga, playing dandiyas, fasting, making special Navratri foods, many people also follow special colours of Navratri; 9 days and 9 colours that have different significance. This year, the festival began on Sunday, 29th September and ends on Monday, 7th October, 2019.
Many devotees of Goddess Durga take these colours pretty seriously and wear clothes accordingly. It is believed that doing so brings prosperity, blessings and good luck. So if you want to follow it too, let us take you through the 9 colours for each day.
DAY 1 – ORANGE
The festival begins with the bright and vibrant Orange. This colour signifies energy and happiness. Hindus worship Goddess Shailputri on this day.
DAY 2 – WHITE
White is the colour for Day 2, which is a symbol of peace and purity. Hindus worship Goddess Brahmacharini on this day.
DAY 3 – RED
People wear red colour on the third day of Navratri. It signifies beauty and fearlessness. Hindus worship Goddess Chandraghanta on this day.
DAY 4 – ROYAL BLUEThe colour of the fourth day of Navratri is royal blue. This colour is considered good for health and wealth. Hindus worship Goddess Kushmanda on this day.
DAY 5 – YELLOW
People wear the colour yellow on the fifth day of the festival. The colour stands for happiness and brightness. Hindus worship Goddess Skandamata on Day 5.
DAY 6 – GREEN
This colour of the sixth day signifies new beginnings and growth. Hindus worship Goddess Katyayani on Day 6.
DAY 7 – GREY
The colour of the seventh day is grey, a colour which stands for the strength of transforming. Hindus worship Goddess Kalaratri on Day 6 and this day is called the Saptami.
DAY 8 – PURPLE
Called Ashtami, many people perform Kanjaks on this day. The colour of the day, purple, signifies the power of intellect and peace. People worship Goddess Mahagauri on this day.
DAY 9 – PEACOCK GREEN
This day is called Navami and is the last day of the Navratri festival. Rituals are performed on this day and Goddess Siddhidhatri is worshipped. The colour peacock green is believed to fulfill the desires of devotees.
The 9-day festival commences on Vijayadashami or Dussehra, which is the tenth day of the festivities. Dussehra as we all know signifies the victory of good over evil. However, the stories vary from region to region. People from the South, East and North-east celebrate this day as the victory of Maa Durga – also known as Durga Puja.