Chaitra Navratri is from 22nd March 2023 with navmi on 30th March 2023. While Sharad Navratri is to begin on 15th October 2023 and ends on 23rd October 2023, wherein on the very first day, Goddess Shailaputri is worshipped. And further Navratri dates would be , i.e. day 2 till day 9 would be dedicated to the worship of other forms of Goddess Durga – Bharmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Mahagauri and Ayudha.
Sharad Navratri will be celebrated from 15th October 2023 and ends on 23rd October 2023 in different parts of India. It is the most famous of the Navratris, being followed by festival of Dussehra and Diwali also. It is also celebrated in different ways in various states of India like Durga Puja in West Bengal & Assam, Bathukamma in Telangana, Bomma Kolu (Golu) in Tamil Nadu.Following are the dates on which different pujas are organized for various forms of Goddess Durga. The preferred colors, offerings, puja, etc. differ from day to day. While customs like akhand jyot and khetri beej, continue for eight / nine days. The celebartion of Navratri comes to an end with the kanya pujan (kanjak). Some people observe this on Ashtmi and others on Navmi.
22nd March / 15th October 2023: Day 1 (Pratipada) – Ghatasthapana, Shailputri Puja
23rd March / 16th October 2023: Day 2 (Dwitiya) – Brahmacharini Puja
24th March / 17th October 2023: Day 3 (Tritiya) – Chandraghanta Puja, Sindoor Tritiya
25th March / 18th October 2023: Day 4 (Chaturthi) – Kushmanda Puja, Upang Lalita Vrat
26th March / 19th October 2023: Day 5 (Panchami) – Skandamata Puja
27th March / 20th October 2023: Day 6 (Shashthi) – Katyayani Puja, Saraswati Awahan
28th March / 21st October 2023: Day 7 (Saptami) – Kalaratri Puja
29th March / 22nd October 2023: Day 8 (Ashtami) – Mahagauri Puja, Sri Durga Mahaashtami, Saraswati Puja
30th March / 23rd October 2023: Day 9 (Navami) – Maha Navami, Navami Homa
24th October 2023: Day 10 (Dashami) – Dussehra (Vijayadashami), Durga Visarjan