The auspicious term of “Navratri” stems from two Sanskrit words – “Nava” meaning nine and “Ratri” meaning night. The festival celebrates and worships nine Goddesses or Devis on nine consecutive days. It is believed that the Devis represent omnipresent cosmic energy. Celebrated with great pomp and show, this festival holds special importance in Hindu mythology.
With the onset of the nine-day celebration of festivities, a colour is associated with each day. Wearing colours in compliance with the significance and importance of these nine days is believed to bring peace and harmony.
Let’s take a look at the beautiful colors of this Navratri, so you can pick the perfect pieces from Kessa before the festivity arrives.
Day 1: Pratipada
The festival of Navratri is commencing with a mellow yellow. The first manifestation of Goddess Durga, Goddess Shailputri is welcomed with energy and happiness. The sunny shade of yellow reflects joy, enthusiasm, peace, freshness, hope and healing. On the auspicious day of the commencement of Navratri, be creative with bathing in the colour of bright sunshine. Celebrate the propitious beginning with unparalleled optimism and glee.
Get infused with the enlightenment and mirth of this festival by wearing our yellow silk kurta bedazzled for the occasion with hand-embroidery and sequin detailing. Pair this beautiful bright coloured kurta with flared palazzos or a long skirt to nail the head-turning festive look.
Day 2: Dwitiya
The second day is dedicated to Goddess Brahmacharini. The association of the green colour symbolizes the world created by the deities. Representing peace, harmony, fertility, calmness and tranquillity, the green colour evokes blessings of spiritual knowledge, growth and serenity. A symbol of mystical nature, the green colour is soothing to look at and helps stabilize your thoughts.
Imbue completely into the gorgeous digital print green kurta dupatta set from Kessa that radiates peace and positivity. The zero collar and button detailing on the neck makes the kurta look splendid. Pair it with green colour cotton pants to complete the look that is certain to grab people’s attention.
Day 3: Tritiya
Goddess Chandraghanta is worshipped on the third day of Navratri. This Goddess epitomizes prosperity, serenity, peace and justice. Mounted on a tigress, this Devi has ten hands out of which one remains in the blessing posture. She is also reckoned to have taken this fiercer reincarnation representing courage and strength to protect her devotees from evil.
Invoke the blessings of this fearless Goddess by wearing the grey south cotton kurta from our collection. This gorgeous A-line kurta with Kantha work details perfectly matches with our cream or grey salwar. Office goers, looking for comfort and a low-maintenance piece of clothing, can opt for this stunning pair.
Day 4: Chaturthi
The fourth day of Navratri extols the grace and grandeur of the creator of the Universe, Goddess Kushmanda. This Goddess is believed to have the power to provide direction and energy to the Sun. She liberates energy and radiates a glow as luminous as that of the Sun. Devotees worship this Devi by offering her favourite flower, the perennial orange Hibiscus, at her feet. The vibrant orange hue is the colour of fire and the Sun. The orange colour is regarded as a symbol of power, purity, warmth and exuberance.
Ever since, the orange colour has had a significant mention in Hindu mythology. This colour resonates with the colour of sunrise & sunset and that of the auspicious fire. The orange A-line Kurta at Kessa with hand embroidery and button embellishments exudes a celebratory charm.
Day 5: Panchami
On the fifth day of Navratri, devotees worship the Maa Skandamata form of Goddess Durga. Mounted on a lion, this Devi looks blissful and highly benevolent. Her followers are said to be blessed with fame, wealth and prosperity. The colour associated with the fifth day is white, which is a combination of seven different colours, each symbolizing a unique quality. White stands for cleanliness, peace, purity and knowledge.
The white strappy dress in our collection is woven out of south cotton and has Kansai detailing at the back. This dress is perfect to be worn for daily outings and even as a home casual. Exuding peace and calmness, wear this white dress on the fifth day of Navratri to feel a sense of purity.
Day 6: Shashthi
Maa Katyayani is revered on the sixth day of this auspicious festival. This Devi is seen as the slayer of the dictatorial demon Mahishasura. Appearing as a warrior Goddess, she is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil. The association of the red colour with this day portrays strength, valour, progress and purity. Hindu mythology relates the red colour with occasions like weddings and festivities.
Kessa’s mexican red half jacket quilted in silk, with Bagru and block print, is a solid coloured radiant piece of clothing that can immediately amp up a dull looking kurta. It also consists of a beautiful attached printed inside lining that makes it reversible.
Day 7: Saptami
Colour: Royal Blue
Goddess Kaalratri is the seventh incarnation of Goddess Durga. Fervently worshipped on the seventh day of Navratri, she is believed to be the destroyer of all demons, ghosts, evil spirits and negative energies. Known to wipe out negativity and darkness, this deity depicts that life also has a dark side and that Mother Nature can create havoc in order to remove unnecessary grime. The royal blue colour goes hand in hand with royalty and unmatched elegance. Its richness disseminates the warmth of a sense of trust and reliability.
Symbolizing the colour of the Creator and Destroyer, royal blue displays qualities of bravery, determination and the ability to deal with difficult situations. The alluring blue Bengal silk saree with alluring leaf print motifs is easy to drape and can be worn throughout the year.
Day 8: Ashtami
The eighth day of this festival observes the worship of Goddess Mahagauri. This Devi represents wisdom, purity and austerity. Her devotees believe that worshipping this Goddess will help them overcome all obstacles and hurdles. This day is associated with the pink colour. Usually symbolizing femininity, love and romance, this colour gives you a sense of acceptance. Pink portrays qualities such as softness, kindness, nurturance and compassion. It renders a very calming and soothing effect to the eyes of the beholder.
Bearing the essence of effeminacy, the pink handwoven cotton saree from our collection is lightweight, comfortable and woven out of a fabric that serves perfect for a sultry climate. The beautiful pastel pink hue and dainty thread-work on the borders add elegance to the rich look of the saree. Carry the six yards of sheer grace on the eighth day of Navratri to feel all the more womanlike.
Day 9: Navami
The ninth and final day of Navratri is marked by the worship of Goddess Siddhidatri. Siddhi translates to meditative ability and Dhatri means giver. This deity is reckoned to possess supernatural healing powers. With four arms portraying a blissful and enchanting pose, she is the bearer of 26 different wishes which she grants her worshippers. The association of the ancient royal purple colour with this Devi denotes peace, wisdom and oneness with God. This soothing colour brings with it a feeling of calmness and relaxation.
The purple kurta dupatta sets at Kessa embodies a soothing hue while showcasing a striking hand block printed jaal pattern. Curated out of soft cotton fabric, it comes along with an off-white palazzo to give you the perfect summery chic look.
After revering these nine deities for nine days, the Navratri precessions come to an end on the tenth day by celebrating Dussehra which marks the victory of good over evil. This festive season, indulge in the ablaze of radiance with outfits of vivid hues from Kessa. Visit our website to know more.