CHAITRA NAVRATRI - First Time in Bangalore Ashram

In the Presence of Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

"Chaitra" means the beginning of a New Year. So the New Year begins with nine days of turning inwards; prayer, meditation, and chanting. Recognizing the Divinity in the whole creation, and enlivening that aspect - "Gurudev"

Schedule

23rd to 25th March 2018 @ Bangalore Ashram

23rd March - Friday (Saptami)

10:00 - 13:00 hrs : Durga Sapthasathi Paaraayan , Devi Puja & Ganapathi Homa
18:00 - 18:30 hrs : Lalitha Sahasranam - 30 mins

24th March - Saturday (Ashtami)

9.00-13.00 hrs : Durga Sapthasathi Paaraayan & Nava Chandi Homa (4 hrs)
18.00-18.30 hrs : Lalitha Sahasranam - 30 mins

25th March - Sunday (Navami)

Ram means the radiance within us; the light of the Self.
10.00-13.00 hrs : Rama Navami ,Rama Tarak Homa 

CHAITRA NAVRATRI - THE NINE NIGHTS OF DIVINITY

SIGNIFICANCE

Navratri means the nine nights. In the nine nights you turn inwards. It is a time for meditation, for you turn inwards, and then come out with creativity. That is the significance. Chaitra means the beginning of a New Year. So the New Year beings with nine days of turning inwards; prayer, meditation, and chanting. Recognizing the Divinity in the whole creation, and enlivening that aspect.

Chaitra-'"New Year"

Chaitra means the beginning of a New Year. So the New Year beings with nine days of turning inwards; prayer, meditation, and chanting. Recognizing the Divinity in the whole creation, and enlivening that aspect.

Festival of Nine Days

The festivities begin from the ‘pratipada’ (1st day) till the ‘navami’ (9th day) of the Shukla Paksha (the bright fortnight of moon) during the Hindu month of ‘Chaitra’, which is also the first month of the Hindu calendar and hence the name, Chaitra Navratri.

Worship of Goddess Shakti

According to the Hindu Puranas and scriptures, Chaitra Navratri was the most important Navratri in which Goddess Shakti was worshipped, until Lord Rama worshipped Goddess Durga in the ‘Ashwin’ month during the Ramayana war.

Rama Navami

Chaitra Navratri is also known ‘Rama Navratri’ as the ninth day of the Navratri festivity is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Rama.