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Navratri, the nine day festival celebrating the victory of good over evil, has started! In the nine days till Oct 4th, dress up in the nine colours depicting the true spirit of the Goddess. Also get your husband and the kids onboard and enjoy a colourful festive season with our complete Navratri dress colours guide!
When the festive season arrives, we sit pondering over the colours to wear in Navratri. How are Navratri colours decided? Why do they change each year? Well, the colours are decided as per the Drik Panchang, based on the day of the week when the festival begins. Each day’s colour is dedicated to a particular form of Goddess Durga.
From Sep 26 to Oct 4, why not dress up in the Navratri festival 9 colours and celebrate the many virtues of the Goddess? In a way, the 9 colours also stand for women in general. After all, from protecting our children from harm to keeping the family happy to staying brave in all circumstances, women are true warriors!
Day 1 – Oct 7 – Yellow
On the first day of Navratri, Shailaputri Maa is worshipped, and her idol will be donned with a bright yellow color saree. She is the first form of Goddess Durga – the daughter of the mountains. On this day, the Ghatsthapana or the installation of earthen pot is also done. The day’s colour is yellow, depicting action, vigour and warmth. Nothing lights up hearts like a bright shade of yellow.
Tip: Here are some fantastic dress options in yellow – note that it pairs the best with reds and pinks. We bet you’ll fall in love with the jodhpuri pajamas!
Day 2 – Oct 8 – Green
The second form of Goddess Durga is Bharamacharini or the epitome of power, prosperity and grace. The colour of the day is green, depicting the rich vegetation and plant cover which the Goddess bestowed on Earth.
Day 3 – Oct 9 – Grey
On day 3 of Navratri, Chandraghanta or the Goddess with a half moon on her forehead, is worshipped. She is the symbol of peace, beauty, and bravery. With little Karthik, her son, in her arms, the grey symbolises the strength yet vulnerability of a mother. She can become a mighty storm cloud to protect her children, if need be!
Day 4 – Oct 10 – Orange
Kushmanda is the form of Durga worshipped on day 4 of Navratri. As per mythology, she is believed to be the creator of the entire world and all through laughter! This day’s colour is orange – the colour of courage.
Day 5 – Oct 11 – White
The Skandamata form of Durga Ma, who is believed to be the one who demolished the demons, is worshipped on Day 5. The white embodies prayer and protection, which the Goddess always extends to worshippers.
Day 6 – Oct 12 – Red
This is the day when Durga Puja kicks off with full fervour in West Bengal and several other parts of India. Shashti is the start of four days of festivities for Bengalis the world over. The Katyayani form of Ma Durga is worshipped today. The story goes that a sage named Kata wished to have the Goddess in the form of his own daughter. This day, dress up in red. Red traditional dresses will look just wow on your kids and also get them in the festive spirit!
Day 7 – Oct 13 – Royal Blue
On Saptami, the Kaalratri form of Durga Ma is worshipped. She is the protector from all sorts of trouble and is said to bring freedom to devotees. The day’s colour is royal blue like the peacock, symbolizing a sense of calm which is quietly powerful.
Day 8 – Oct 14 – Pink
On Ashtami, Maha Gauri is worshipped as the symbol of forgiveness and mercy. She destroys all the sins of time. Hence the pink, denoting hope and fresh beginnings.
Day 9 – Oct 15 – Purple
On the last day of Navratri, the Siddidatri form of the Goddess is worshipped. Maha Navami Puja as well as Kanya Puja is performed on this day. The purple symbolises luxury and power, and will be a lovely colour to mark the last day of festivities.