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Chaitra Navratri, also known as Chait Navratras, as the name indicates is observed during the Chaitra month (March – April) in a traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Chaitra Navaratri..
Chaitra Navratri, also known as Chait Navratras, as the name indicates is observed during the Chaitra month (March – April) in a traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Chaitra Navaratri 2012 begins on March 23 and ends on April 1. The festival is dedicated to Goddess Shakti and three of her most popular forms– Goddess Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati – are worshipped during the period. It begins on the first day of the Chaitra month and ends with Ram Navami.

Chaitra Navratri is known by different names like Ram Navaratri, Vasant Navratri, Basant Navrathri and some people also refer it as Spring Navaratras.

Chaitra Navratri 2012 dates
Ghatsthapana – Navratri Day 1 – March 23, 2012
Sindhara Dooj, Dwitiya - March 24, 2012
Gaur Teej, Saubhagya Teej, Tritiya - March 25, 2012
Varadvinayak Chaturthi - March 26, 2012
Sri Laxmi Panchami Vrat, Naag Vrat Pujan - March 27, 2012
Skand Shashthi, Yamuna Jayanti - March 28, 2012
Sashti Tithi again on - March 29, 2012
Mahasaptami Vrat, Chaiti Chath, Vijaya Saptami - March 30, 2012
Sri Durga Mahaashtami, Annapurna Ashtami - March 31, 2012
Chaitra Navratri ends – Ram Navratri Day 9 – April 1, 2012 . The day is observed as Ram Navami.

Chaitra Navratri is observed when Mother Nature undergoes an important climate change. It also marks the beginning of the summer season. There is a popular belief that the fasting during Chaitra Navrati is to prepare the body for the ensuing summer season.

Chaitra Navratri is more famous in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and in other parts of North India. Some of the most important temple fairs in the Shakti Temples in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand take place during this period.
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