Navratri is a festival that celebrates various forms of Goddess Durga. Nav means nine, and Ratri means night, so it lasts nine days. The festival is dedicated to women and celebrated with a lot of pomp and show across the country.
A significant component of the festival celebration involves using specific colours for each manifestation of the Goddess. It is believed that each of these colours has a specific effect and significance and is therefore considered auspicious. Women especially wear clothes of different colours to uphold the significance of these colours during the nine days.
Devotees worship nine forms/ incarnations of Goddess Durga on each of the nine days. Each form of the Goddess is associated with a specific colour with a special meaning. Wearing these colours is considered highly auspicious. So, if you love to wear sarees, you could use the occasion of Navratri to create your Navratri saree look by flaunting your beautiful drapes in the nine colours of Navratri.
So, what is the significance of these Navratri saree colours for Nine Days?
Day 1 – Yellow
The festival commences with worshipping the daughter of the mountains- Goddess Shailputri, the first form of Durga. The colour for this day is Yellow, and it stands for happiness, light and purity. It represents brightness like that of the sun and is associated with joy, cheer, harmony and glory. The colour gives off a positive, calm and happy energy.
The Navratri devi in yellow saree is an auspicious start to the festivities.
In this picture, I am wearing a Yellow Banarsi saree with Goldwork all over the saree.
Day 2 – Green
This day is dedicated to Goddess Brahmacharini, the unmarried form of Goddess Durga, with green being the colour of the day. People wear green coloured clothes on this day, a colour that symbolises nature, growth and fertility. it’s a colour that exudes royalty, authority and security.
The saree in the picture is a Dolabedi, an intricate and beautiful weave from the State of Odisha. It is an Emerald Green and Black. Don’t miss the colourful motifs on the pallu.
Day 3- Grey
Mata Chandraghanta, the third incarnation of Goddess Durga, is worshipped on this day. The day is associated with the colour Grey, which symbolises the zeal and determination to destroy evil. This is a subtle colour which balances all kinds of emotions and keeps the person grounded.
In the picture, I am wearing a silk in Grey and Pink with beautiful threadwork on it. It is a thirty-year-old saree, which was a part of my trousseau.
On this day, devotees worship Goddess Khushmanda– the smiling Goddess. The colour is orange, which signifies brightness, knowledge and tranquillity. Wearing this colour brings positivity and warmth and is therefore considered auspicious. This is the day for Navratri Devi in orange saree.
My saree is once again a Banarsi in a rich shade of Orange with Goldwork all over. It is one of my recent purchases.
Day 5- White
Devotees wear white colour to worship Goddess Skandmata. It is a colour that represents peace, purity and serenity. Wearing white coloured clothes on this day will give you inner peace and help you overcome all obstacles.
I am wearing a Red and White Dupion silk saree in the picture. The saree has big Gold flowers on the body.
Day 6 – Red
Among the Navratri saree colours for Nine Days, the sixth day is the day to worship Goddess Katyayani, the fiercest form of Goddess Durga. The colour symbolises passion and love. The Navratri devi in red saree signifies fearlessness and rage.
The saree I am wearing in the picture is an old Tussar in deep red. The colour is so vibrant that the saree doesn’t need much adornment. I am wearing it with a Gold blouse.
Day 7 -Royal Blue
This colour is symbolic of power and divine energy and exudes elegance and royalty. It also symbolises confidence and authority. Devotees wear this to worship Kaalraatri, the seventh incarnation of the Goddess.
My saree is a Bhagalpuri Tussar in a deep shade of Blue with a bit of Gold thrown in the pallu.
Day 8- Pink
On the eighth day, the day of Ashtami, people worship Goddess Mahaguri. The colour of the day is pastel pink, which signifies love, compassion and freshness. This colour is the symbol of marriage and people believe that wearing this colour may find you love.
My saree is once again a Tussar. It is half n half, with Pink and Gold being the two colours.
Day 9- Purple
Day Nine is the day when devotees worship Goddess Siddhidhatri. The colour is purple, which symbolises ambition and power. When you wear this colour you are attracting aspiration and command which may spell well for your career.
My saree is a beautiful Uppada in a rich Purple with Gold buties . The pallu has Gold and Silver vines and flowers on it.
So these are the Navratri special saree colours, each signifying a particular form of goddess Durga. Each form of the goddess symbolises different attributes of a woman’s personality. You could wear these sarees to create your Navratri saree look.
1. Who are the nine goddesses of Navratri?
The nine goddesses of Navratri are Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Khushmanda, Skandmata, Katyayani, Kaalraatri, Mahaguri and, Siddhidhatr
2. What are the colours of the Navratri Puja saree?
The nine colours of the Navratri Puja sarees are Yellow, Green, Grey, Orange, White, Red, Royal Blue, Pink and Purple.
3. What is the colour of the Ashtami saree?
The colour of the Ashtami saree is Pink.
4. Which devi wears the green saree?
Devi Bhramacharini wears the green saree.
5. Which devi wears the Red saree?
Devi Katyayani wears the Red saree.