Magh Gupt Navratri 2023 is a Hindu festival that is celebrated in the month of January or February, typically nine days before the start of the Hindu calendar month of Magh. The festival is dedicated to the worship of the goddess Durga and her nine forms, who are believed to have the power to remove obstacles and bless devotees with wealth, prosperity, and happiness.
Magh Gupt Navratri 2023
Navratri is one of the most significant festivals in Hinduism and is celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion across India and Nepal. The festival is marked by fasting, prayers, and rituals that are performed to honor the goddess and seek her blessings. On the ninth day of the festival, which is known as Maha Navami, devotees perform the Durga Puja, which is the main ritual of the festival.
The rituals of Magh Gupt Navratri are similar to those of shardiya Navratri, but with a few variations. One of the major differences is that this Navratri is observed during the Magh month, which is considered to be an auspicious time for performing spiritual practices and seeking blessings from the gods and goddesses.
How to Celebrate Magh Gupt Navratri
Devotees begin the festival by taking a fast for the first eight days and abstaining from eating non-vegetarian food, drinking alcohol, and engaging in any kind of negative activities. They wake up early in the morning, take a bath, and offer prayers to the goddess. They also perform the ‘Chandra Darshan’ ritual in which they gaze at the moon and offer prayers to Lord Chandra (Moon God) and seek his blessings.
Date and Time of Magh Gupt Navratri 2023
Magh Gupt Navratri 2023 will start from 22nd January’23 to 30th January. The Auspicious muhurat will start from early morning 5 am to 6:30 am. The Puja vidhi is as same as shardiya Navratri. The Devotees will keep fast and worship the Goddess Durga the entire day.
Magh Gupt Navratri 2023 devotees will worship Goddess Durga
On the first day of the festival, devotees worship the goddess Shailputri, who is the first form of Durga and is considered to be the embodiment of the universe. The second day is dedicated to the worship of Brahmacharini, the second form of Durga, who is the goddess of learning and knowledge. The third day is devoted to the worship of Chandraghanta, the third form of Durga, who is the goddess of peace and prosperity.
The fourth day is dedicated to the worship of Kushmanda, the fourth form of Durga, who is the goddess of health and well-being. The fifth day is dedicated to the worship of Skandamata, the fifth form of Durga, who is the goddess of children and motherhood. The sixth day is dedicated to the worship of Katyayani, the sixth form of Durga, who is the goddess of courage and strength.
The seventh day is dedicated to the worship of Kalaratri, the seventh form of Durga, who is the goddess of the destruction of evil. The eighth day is dedicated to the worship of Mahagauri, the eighth form of Durga, who is the goddess of purity and enlightenment. The ninth day is the most important day of the festival and is known as Maha Navami. On this day, devotees perform the Durga Puja, which is the main ritual of the festival.
The Durga Puja is performed in the form of a grand and elaborate ceremony, which involves the worship of the goddess in the form of a statue or an idol. The idol of the goddess is decorated with flowers and jewelry and is placed on a pedestal. Devotees offer prayers, perform aarti, and chant mantras to the goddess. They also offer sweets, fruits, and other offerings to the goddess.
After the Durga Puja, devotees break their fast and indulge in a grand feast, known as the ‘Bhog’. The feast is prepared with various delicacies and is offered to the goddess as prasad. The prasad is then distributed among the devotee.