Navratri in Sanskrit translates to ‘Nine nights’. These nine nights are dedicated to the nine forms of Goddess Durga known as Navdurga. On each of these nights, nine different manifestations of the Goddess is worshipped. The nine forms of Durga are Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandarghanta, Kushmanda, Skand Mata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri. These goddesses are pleased with special offerings, called as bhog, that has their own significance. Here is a day-wise list of bhog and its significance to offer on each day of Navratri 2017.
Day 1: September 21 (Thursday)
Bhog: Cow’s Ghee
On the first day of Navratri, Goddess Shailputri, daughter of Himalayas, is worshipped. She is offered cow’s ghee on her foot. Offering ghee is said to bless the devotee with a disease-free life.
Day 2: September 22 (Friday)
Goddess Brahmacharini is worshipped on the second day of Navratri. It is in this form Goddess Parvati meditated to the severe penance attain Lord Shiva as their beloved consort. Brahmacharini is offered Sugar as bhog. This increases the longevity of the devotee and his/her family.
3: September 23 (Saturday)
Goddess Chandraghanta is worshipped on the third day of Navratri. She rides on a lion and is believed to destroy all evil. The goddess is offered milk/kheer/sweets made from milk to get rid of pains and sorrows in life.
Day 4: September 24 (Sunday)
On this day Goddess Kushmanda is worshipped. She is offered Malpua as bhog. It is believed that offering Malpua as bhog helps devotee to improve the mental ability and decision-making power.
Day 5: September 25 (Monday)
The fifth day of Navratri also known as Panchami is dedicated to Goddess Skand Mata. Offering banana as a bhog to the goddess helps devotee to keep the physique healthy.
6: September 26 (Tuesday)
The sixth day of Navratri i.e. Shashti is dedicated to Goddess Katyayani. She is an epitome of love and also the violent form of Goddess Parvati. She is also known as Warrior Goddess because it is in this form Goddess Parvati destroyed demon Mahishasura. On this day, Honey is offered as bhog to please the goddess. This helps to make the devotee charming and attractive.
Day 7: September 27 (Wednesday)
The seventh day i.e. Saptami is dedicated to Goddess Kalaratri. This form of Goddess Parvati destroys ignorance and removes darkness. On this day, jaggery is offered as bhog for the removal of evil powers.
Day 8: September 28 (Thursday)
On Ashtami i.e., the eighth day of Navratri, Goddess Mahagauri is worshipped. Offering coconut as bhog to the goddess helps to mitigate all the sins of the devotees. Donating coconut to brahmins is considered auspicious.
Day 9: September 29 (Friday)
Bhog: Til (Sesame Seeds)
The ninth day of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Siddhidatri. She bestows all types of knowledge to her devotees. Offering sesame seeds to the goddess helps to get rid of the fear of death and unlikely incidents.