What are names of 9 Navaratri Goddesses and 9 Sweets?

What are names of 9 Navaratri Goddesses and 9 Sweets?

What is the significance of Navaratri (nine nights), and what are the names of 9 Navaratri Goddesses? There's a heavenly sweet for each night and Goddess, and Evoma wants to introduce you to the 9 tastes of Navaratri this year.
 
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The Navaratri (nine nights) festival in India celebrates the victory of good over evil. Each night is a celebration of a different female "Avatar" of the Goddess Durga. The festivities and customs practiced vary by region. Durga Puja is a huge festival in the East, especially in West Bengal. In the West, including in Gujurat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra, the highlight is Dandia nights.

Navaratri literally ends with a big bang in the North with Dusshera. The highlight is the Ram Leela drama enactments of the Ramayan, and the burning of 10-headed Ravana effigies. An actor playing the role of Lord Ram fires off a burning arrow into the effigy to set it alight with fire crackers.

These festivities are not religious holidays, but cultural events that bring together large crowds of people for social gatherings, food and lots of fun and games. 

1. Shailaputri

Goddess of the day : Maa Shailaputri
Color of the Day : Royal Blue
Flower of the Day : Hibiscus
Sweet / Prasadam of the Day : Desi ghee / Sweets made of Ghee.

 
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2. Brahmacharini

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Goddess of the day : Maa Brahmacharini
Color of the Day : Yellow
Flower of the Day : Chrysanthemums / Shevanti.
Sweet / Prasadam of the Day : Sugar and fruits / Singhare atte ka halwa or kacche kele ki barfi

3. Chandraghanta

Goddess of the day : Maa Chandraghanta
Color of the Day : Green
Flower of the Day : Lotus 
Sweet / Prasadam of the Day : Milk / Kheer.
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4. Kushmanda

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Goddess of the day : Maa Kushmanda 
Color of the Day : Grey
Flower of the Day : Jasmine
Sweet / Prasadam of the Day : Malpua 

5. Skandamata

Goddess of the day : Maa Skandamata
Color of the Day : Orange
Flower of the Day : Yellow Rose
Sweet / Prasadam of the Day : Bananas
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6. Katyayani

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Goddess of the day : Maa Kathyayini
Color of the Day : White
Flower of the Day : Marigold
Sweet / Prasadam of the Day : Honey

7. Kalratri

Significance of Navaratri

Goddess of the day : Maa Kaalaratri
Color of the Day : Red
Flower of the Day : Passiflora or Krishnakamal
Sweet / Prasadam of the Day : Jaggery / Sweets made with Jaggery
 
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8. Maha Gauri

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Goddess of the day : Maa Mahagauri
Color of the Day : Sky Blue
Flower of the Day :  Arabian Jasmine or Mogra
Sweet / Prasadam of the Day : Coconut
 

9. Siddhidatri

Goddess of the day : Maa Siddhidhatri
Color of the Day : Pink
Flower of the Day : Champa
Sweet / Prasadam of the Day : Til or sesame seeds / Dishes like halwa, puri and chana.
 
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Images : Malpua - Attribution: Biswarup Ganguly, 
Images : Durga 9 Goddess image :Dinurmilayadav, Malpua - Attribution: Biswarup Ganguly, Jaggery - Indiamart.

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