Navratri is one of the most important festival in all parts of India, especially very famous in northern parts of India and west Bengal. It is the Hindu festival dedicated for Goddess Durga. Navratri , literally means 9 nights and 10 days and we worship nine different forms of Shakthi during these 9 days. 10th day is called as Vijayadasami or Dusshera.

First 3 days of the Navratri, we dedicate to 3 different forms of Goddess Durga
Second 3 days of Navratri, we dedicate to 3 different forms of Goddess Lakshmi
Last 3 days of Navratri, we dedicate to 3 different forms of Goddess Saraswathi

Recently I studied a detailed article about Navratri which has detail on the decoration, Neivedhyam, flowers for pooja, fruits etc and I feel this would be more helpful if I share this here.

DayNeivedhyam DishesDecorationFlowersFruits and Leaves
Day 1Venn Pongal and Karamani SundalMaheswariJasmine and VilvamBanana and Vilvam
Day 2Mango, Puliyodharai and PuttuKaumariThulasi and MullaiMango leaves and Thulasi
Day 3Sakarai Pongal, Jack fruit, Yellu PodiVarahiHibiscus,Maru, SampangiJack fruit, Maru
Day 4Curd Rice and Pattani sundalMahalakshmiJathimalliGuava
Day 5Pongal, Payasam and Mochai payiru sundalVaishnaviShenbaga pooPomegranate
Day 6Coconut Rice, Pomegranate, Sweet lime, Channa dal sundalIndraniKunguma pooNarathai, Sandhanam
Day 7Lemon rice, Sweet SundalSaraswathiThazhambu, ThumbaiDates
Day 8Paal sadham, appamNarasimhiMarudhani, sampangiGrapes
Day 9Vella sadham, Chick peas sundalChamundeswariMarikozhundhu, LotusNaval pazham
Day 10Sakarai Pongal, Thayir sadham, PuliyodharaiMaha DurgaiSevvarali, RojaSevvazhai

Mainly in Gujarat and Maharashtra, during Navratri, there is a tradition of wearing different color dresses during these 9 days. Given below are the colors for each day.

1, October, 2016Grey
2, October, 2016Orange  
3, October, 2016White
4, October, 2016Red
5, October, 2016Royal Blue
6, October, 2016Yellow
7, October, 2016Green
8, October, 2016Peacock Green
9, October, 2016Purple

For SouthIndian, this year the festival starts from 1-Oct-16. Ayudha Pooja on 10-Oct-16 & Vijayadasami on 11-Oct-2016. Day 1 is for 2 days 1st & 2nd Oct because both days have same thithi.

Neivedhyam Dishes

Sweet Varieties

Sakarai PongalPayasamPottukadalai Urundai
Yellu PodiPuttuSweet Sundal

Sundal Varieties

Sundal PowderBlack Chickpeas SundalChole Sundal

Mochai Payaru SundalMixed Dal Sweet SundalKadalaparuppu Sundal

Peas Mango SundalPeanut SundalMoong Dal Sundal

Karamani Sweet Sundal

Rice Varieties

Venn PongalPuliyodaraiLemon  Rice

Curd RiceCoconut RiceVada

You may also interested to see
Saraswathi Pooja special recipesVijayadhasami special recipes
Sweet Varieties

Sundal Varieties

Other Neivedhyam Varieties

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  1. I never found such a page before with so many details and thanks for the it...

  2. thank you so much for the detailed info...Could you please tell me the way the deities have to be arranged in the steps...I heard that the 1st 3 steps are for GODS, then comes business people, then animals, etc...Not sure if I'm correct...If you know the details, kindly post it...Will be very useful for us...

  3. Me too! Thank you.

  4. thnx alot for te info

  5. Thank you so much for your post. You made my preparation simple and easier.

  6. thanks a lot for the wonderful information. happy navarathri to you and ur family

  7. Mami thank u for d information...admiring d beautiful traditional kolu in your house

  8. Very nice and useful collection of recipes. Thanks Mami

  9. Love your blog so organized and detailed, so full of great information. keep up the good work.