The auspicious occasion of Navratri began on October 7 with much love and enthusiasm. The seventh day of the nine-day Hindu festival is dedicated to Goddess Kalratri. Theoretically, there are four seasonal Navaratri. However, in practice, it is the post-monsoon autumn festival called Sharada Navaratri that is the most observed in the honor of the divine feminine Devi (Durga). The festival is celebrated in the bright half of the Hindu calendar month Ashvin, which typically falls in the Gregorian months of September and October.
Each day, a different avatar of Goddess Durga is worshipped and on the 7th day or Saptami, devotees seek blessings of Maa Kalratri or Kalaratri, also known as Kaalratri. Devi Kalratri is regarded as one of the many destructive forms of Maa Shakti which includes Kali, Mahakali, Bhadrakali, Bhairavi, Mrityu, Rudrani, Chamunda, Chandi and Durga. Often Kali and Kalratri are used interchangeably but the two deities are separate.
The auspicious colour for Navratri Saptami Tithi is Red.
Goddess Katyayani’s Vahana is a donkey.
Saptami Tithi of Navaratri is considered to be very auspicious to worship the nine planets. People worship the nine planets with banana, pomegranate, turmeric, Ashoka, bel, arum plant, colocasia, and paddy. According to legends, Devi Durga created ‘Ashtanayika’ during the war with demons.
Devotees get blessed with grace, power, position and eminent status. Maa Kalaratri protects her devotees against the evil influence of demons. It is believed that Goddess Kalaratri grants siddhis, knowledge, power and wealth to her devotees.
Om Devi Kalaratryai Namah