Thousands of people offered prayers at various temples across India today to mark the beginning of Chaitra Navratri.
According to Hindu calendar, the nine days festival will have only 8 nights this time as Dwitiya and Tritiya fall on the same day.
Chaitra Navratri is considered the most auspicious time of the year. The first three days of the Navratri are dedicated to Goddess Durga, nxt three to Goddess Laxmi and last three to Goddess Saraswati.
The beginning of the festival is marked with Ghatasthapana, the method of performing Ghatasthapana has strict rules as ancient scriptures.