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Due to Pandemics (COVID-19), this year Kolu/NavrAtri festival must be celebrated in a low-key manner, following strictly the social distancing norms and regulations as instructed by medical experts and government orders.
Mass participation or gathering, Dandiya, Garba or any cultural events, and guest visits should be compulsorily avoided for the protection and safety of all family members and society.
The most important and divine aspect of the NavrAtri festival is the ritual part of the festival—offered every day during NavrAtri, in the form of prayers, chanting and Arti with utmost devotion from the bottom of our heart to the Divine mother. Let us express our supreme devotion and selfless love for the Divine mother by chanting Sri Lalitha Sahasranama, Sapthasathi, Argala stotras or Indraakshi stotras daily with utmost devotion and also by offering appropriate flowers, food with salutations.
Sharad Navratri 2020 Dates and Days Information
Navratri Day 1 – October 17,2020 (Saturday) – Prathama, Ghatsthapana, Shailaputri Puja
Day 2 – October 18, 2020 (Sunday) – Chandra Darshan, Dwitiya, Brahmacharini Puja
Day 3 – October 19, 2020 (Monday) – Tritiya, Chandraghanta Puja
Day 4 – October 20, 2020 (Tuesday) – Chaturthi, Kushmanda Puja
Day 5 – October 21, 2020 (Wednesday) – Panchami, Skandamata Puja
Day 6 – October 22, 2020 (Thursday) – Shashthi, Katyayani Puja
Day 7 – October 23, 2020 (Friday) – Saptami, Kalaratri Puja
Day 8 – October 24, 2020 (Saturday) – Maha Ashtami, Mahagauri, Sandhi Puja
Day 9 – October 25, 2020 (Sunday) Maha Navami, Sidhidatri, Navami Homa
Day 10 October 26, 2020 (Sharad Navratri ends) – (Monday) – Durga Visarjan, Vijayadashami.
Navratri 2020 day wise Rituals:
October 17, 2020 – Saturday
Navarathri Day 1
Devi : Maaheswari
Neivedhyam :Ven pongal
Thithi : Pradhamai
Kolam :Arisi maavaal (rice flour) pottu kolam poda vendum.(Draw rangoli by using rice flour.)
Raagam : Thodi Raagam
Om swethavarnaayai vidhmahe Soola hasthaayai dheemahi Thanno Maaheshwari Prachodayaath
October 18, 2020 – Sunday
Navarathri Day 2
Kolam:maavinal kolam . (Draw rangoli by using wet flour.)
Om Siki vaahanaaya vidhmahe Sakthi Hasthaayai Dheemahi Thanno kowmaari Prachodayaath
October 19, 2020 – Monday
Navarathri Day 3
Kolam:malar kolam poda vendum . (Draw rangoli by using flowers-pookolam.)
Om Magishathvajaaya vidhmahe Thanda Hasthaaya Dheemahi Thanno Vaaraahi Prachodayaath
October 20, 2020 – Tuesday
Navarathri Day 4
Kolam:Atchadhai kondu padikattu pola kolamida vendum (Draw rangoli in shape of steps by using atchatai (mix of rice,turmeric,ghee.))
Om Padma Vaasinyai cha Vidhmahe Padmalochanee sa Dheemahi Thanno Lakshmi prachodayaath
October 21, 2020 – Wednesday
Navarathri Day 5
Flower: Paarijaatham & Mullai
Neivedhyam: Curd Rice
Kolam: kadalai maavaal paravai kolam poda vendum (Draw a bird like rangoli by using Bengal gram flour.)
Raagam:panchamaavaranai keerthanai paada vendum.bandhuvaraali
Om Syaamavarnaayai VidhmaheChakra Hasthaayai Dheemahi Thanno Vaishnavi Prachodayaath
October 22, 2020 – Thursday
Navarathri Day 6
Devi : Indraani
Kolam:kadalai maavinaal Devi naamathai kolamida vendum (Write the name of the goddess using Bengal gram flour.)
Om Kajathvajaayai vidhmahe Vajra Hasthaaya Dheemahi Thanno Iyndree Prachodayaath
October 23, 2020 – Friday
Navarathri Day 7
Flower:Malligai & mullai
Kolam:Narumana malargalaal kolamida vendum (Draw rangoli by using fragrant flowers-pookolam.)
Om Vaakdevyai vidhmahe Vrinji pathnyai sa Dheemahi Thanno Vaani Prachodayaath
October 24, 2020 – Saturday
Navarathri Day 8
Kolam:padma kolam (Draw traditional lotus shaped rangoli)
Om Magisha mardhinyai vidhmahe Durga devyai Dheemahi Thanno Devi Prachodayaath
October 25, 2020 – Sunday
Navarathri Day 9
Kolam:Vaasanai podigalal aayudham pola kola mida vendum (Draw weapon shaped rangoli by using fragrant powder.)
Om Krishna varnaayai vidhmahe Soola Hasthaayai Dheemahi Thanno Saamundaa Prachodayaath
October 26, 2020 – Monday
Navarathri Day 10
Neivedhyam: sakkarai pongal,sweets
Om Vijayaa devyai vidhmahe Mahaa Nithyaayai Dheemahi Thanno DEVI Prachodayath
Based on the day of Navratri, in line with principles of Vedic astrology, devotees can choose from the table 👇, Saree Color, Sundal and Payasam. Neivdhyam (Kalandha Sadam). GF’ Blessings.
To Keep dolls @ Kolu – Auspicious timings : Oct 16, 2020, 8.15 – 9 am
To remove dolls from Kolu Auspicious timings : 6 – 7.30 am or 8.15 – 9 pm on Oct 26, 2020
Important instructions and rules for Kolu Padi (steps of Dolls display) of Navratri.
No of steps should be odd in number. I.e.,3,5,7,9…..
Steps need not be of same length.
You can keep Kolu in different blocks (depicting various themes) with each block having odd no. of steps and following the above rules.
The Kolu arrangement should be placed in such a way that the dolls face North or East (Also means that the steps should be sloping towards North or East as per Vaastu principles).
Dolls like animals, birds and creatures should be kept in last row or lowest step.
Dolls such as chettiar, marriage party, music party, driver, hawker, conductor, like normal human beings should be in the next step.
Dolls like Ramana, Ramakrishna paramahamsa, other Saints and Sages should be kept next.
Dolls like incarnations Dasavathara, krishna, rama should be kept next.
Dolls like Ambal, Shivan, Vishnu, Lakshmi should be kept on the uppermost step.
You may allocate more adjacent steps for each category of dolls (as explained above). Attached images show typical arrangement of dolls in a ‘Kolu’.
This method is followed clearly to distinguish various lives as different evolutionary steps. First as just living beings without any knowledge (like animals or birds), then with humans filled predominantly with materialistic goals (like Chettiar doll – the human mind with business for profit thoughts), then to reach gnani state (Saints with spiritual goals) and for attaining god.
The most important thing is that, if you are keeping Kolu, you should not close your home during daytimes and particularly in evenings. You should show arti in the morning and evening for the Kolu arrangement after your main pujas.
Daily prepare some sweet, sundal or some naivedya and distribute them to others as Prashad with lots of Love. Give thamboolam to all who visit your home with some gifts if you can.
If elders visit your house you may take Blessings.
Do not differentiate visitors while giving gifts and regards.
Happy Navarathri and Vijaya Dasami!