New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Navaratri is one of the most auspicious festivals in India that is celebrated four times a year -- Sharad Navaratri, Chaitra Navaratri, Magha Gupta Navaratri and Ashadha Gupta Navaratri. Each Navaratri has a special significance and but is celebrated by worshipping Goddess Durga and her nine forms. Magh Gupt Navaratri is celebrated in the Hindu month of Magha every year. This year, this auspicious festival will be celebrated from February 12 to February 21.

Magh Gupt Navaratri is mainly, observed by Tantriks and Sadhus to please Goddess Durga and seek her blessings, so that they can, perform tantras. They worship goddess Durga for 9 days. As per Hindu mythology, it's believed that one should observe this festival in secrecy to achieve a fruitful result.

Magh Gupta Navaratri Dates

12 February - Pratipada Maa Shailputri, Ghatasthapana.

13 February - Maa Brahmacharini Devi Puja.

14 February - Maa Chandraghanta Devi Puja.

15 February - Maa Kushmanda Devi Puja.

16 February - Maa Skandamata Devi Puja.

17-18 February - Maa Katyani Devi Puja

19 February - Saptami Tithi Maa Kalratri Devi Puja.

20 February - Ashtami Tithi Maa Mahagauri, Durga Ashtami.

21 February - Navami Maa Siddhidatri, fasting.

Importance of Gupta Navaratri

Gupta Navaratri holds special importance in Hindu mythology, as during this festival we worship 9 avatars of Goddess Durga. According to Hindu belief, once a woman came to Shringi Rishi and narrated her ordeal. She told the sage that her husband has bad habits because of which she is unable to observe any fasts or worship gods. So, to gain the blessing of Goddess Durga to overcome her problems saint asked her to mediate during the Gupta Navaratri.

How to perform the puja

Those who are going to observe this festival keep these fasting rules in mind during Gupt Navaratri.

- Respect women
- Don't consume alcohol, onion, garlic and non-veg
- Don't fight with your family, otherwise, your puja will not be fruitful.
- Don't wear black clothes and leather shoes or belts.
- Don't shave or cut your hair for nine days
- Sleep in the floor

Posted By: Niharika Sanjeeiv