Shardiya Navratri is known to be the most popular and significant Navratri of all Navratras. Maha Navratri is the name given to the Shardiya Navratri for the same reason.
During Sharad Ritu, the lunar month, Shardiya Navratri falls. Name of this Navratri has been taken from ‘Sharad Ritu’. Hence, it is known as Shardiya Navratri.
All the nine days of Navratri are believed to be dedicated to Goddess Shakti. Shardiya Navratri falls during the month of September or October.
Dussehra or more popularly known as Vijaya Dashami culminates the nine days festivity of Navratri.
Particularly, in the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra, women adorn themselves with nine various colors which are allocated to each day of Navratri.
The color of the day is decided according to the weekday. Each weekday is ruled and dominated by a particular planet or Navagrahas when put together. According to each day, colors are allocated.
Diwali is falling after 19 days of Dussehra celebrations this year. Check out the complete details for Diwali 2017 as well.
Also check, puja vidhi for each day along with vrat katha and aarti.