Sindhara Dooj Date & Puja Vidhi (Second Day of Chaitra Navratri)
Sindhara Dooj is one of the most auspicious and vibrant festival celebrated by womenfolk in all parts of northern India on the second day of Navratri. It is a day when all the festivities are dedicated to daughter-in-laws. Some women also observe fast on this day and pray for the longevity of their husbands.
All the women in parts of Northern India celebrate Sindhara Dooj with much vigor and enthusiasm. In some parts, women also exchange gifts with each other and don traditional attires. In the evening, Gauri Puja is performed with utmost devotion along with the offering of sweets and flowers. Sindhara Dooj is also known as Saubhagya Dooj, Gauri Dwitiya or Sthanya Vriddhi. Maa Brahmacharini is also worshipped on this day.
When is Sindhara Dooj
According to Hindu Calendar, Sindhara Dooj will be celebrated on Chaitra Shukla Dwitiya
Sindhara Dooj - Rituals and Celebrations
On the auspicious festival of Sindhara Dooj, women clad themselves in bright traditional attires, apply mehndi on their hands and feet and deck themselves in heavy jewelry. Bangles form an integral part of this festival. In fact, purchasing new bangles and gifting them to other women is also an interesting tradition of this festivity.
It is essentially a festival for daughter in laws. Mothers-in-law on this day shower lavish gifts and presents on their daughters-in-law, who, then visit their parents’ house with these presents. On the day of Sindhara Dooj, daughters-in-law then come back to their in-laws’ house bringing ‘baya’ given by her mother. ‘Baya’ comprises of fruits, delicacies and sweets, and token of money.
After worshipping Gaur Mata or Goddess Parvati in the evening, they present this ‘baya’ to their mother-in-law.
In South India, especially in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, Maheshwari Saptamatrika Puja is done on the day of Sindhara Dooj.
It is a significant festival for women as they seek the blessings of Gaur Mata for a happy and blissful married life.