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NAVRATRI CELEBRATIONS IN NEW ZEALAND न्यूजीलैंड मे नवरात्री उत्सव 2018

10th Oct 2018: Navratri begins

13th Oct 2018: Lalita Panchmi ललिता पंचमी, Chaturthi Vrat चतुर्थी व्रत

15th Oct 2018: Saraswati Avahan / Puja

17th Oct 2018: Durga Ashthmi, Hom Ashthmi, 8th Lunar day (Tithi Ashtami / Aatham from 16th Oct 5.45pm till 17th Oct 8.20pm as per Auckland time)

18th Oct 2018: Maha Navmi, 9th Lunar day (Tithi Navmi starts from 17th Oct 8.21pm till 18th Oct 11pm as per Auckland time)

19th Oct 2018: Vijaya Dashmi, Dussera (Tithi Dashmi starts on 18th Oct 11PM and goes upto 20th Oct 3.30AM. That means 19th Oct full 24 hours is Dashmi tithi)

Navratri means Nine Nights. The festival is celebrated with Prayers and traditional dances. There are many temples (Mandir / मन्दिर / गुरुद्वारा) and associations in New Zealand organizing various programs during Navratri. Every temple Authorities and volunteers put in their heart and soul to celebrate every Indian Festive occasions with great pomp and make us feel at home. click here to see list of temples in New Zealand

Navaratri is nine days festival, when we worship Goddess Durga with prayers, mata ki chowki (माता की चौकी), Durga Puja, devotional songs and traditional dance called “Raas Garba”. This is one of the most popular festival across India, with unique traditional celebrations in Bengal and Gujarat. The Navaratri festival this year as per New Zealand time is from 10th October 2018 to 18th October 2018. Durga Ashtami is on 17th Oct, Maha Navmi on 18th Oct and Dussera on 19th Oct.


“Raas” or “Dandiya Raas” (डान्डिया रास) or “Raas Garba” (रास गरभा)  is the traditional folk dance form of Gujarat & Rajasthan states of India. It is the featured dance of Navratri evening celebrations.  It started from Gujarat and now one can see these dance in almost every city in India and entire world.

Raas Dandiya is organized in all major cities as part of Navratri celebrations in New Zealand. There are many Garba Dandia  programs before and after navratri. Below are few of them.

October 2018

  • Rockstar Dandia Arvind Vegda, Dandia Season Auckland on Sat 6th Oct at Vodafone Events Center, 770 Great South Road, Wiri, Manukau, Auckland 2104. Hosted by Yuva Gujarat.
  • Garba and Dandiya Nights 2018, 12th and 13th Oct, 7.30pm onwards at North Shore Events Center, Silverfield and Argus Place, Wairau Valley, Auckland. Free entry, ample parking, food stalls at venue.
  • Mahatma Gandhi Center (On Sharad Poonam / Poornima / शरद पूर्णिमा / पूनम also), 10th Oct to 19th Oct, 8pm till late, MGC, 145 New North Road, Eden Terrace, Auckland. Stalls and range of Indian delicacies available
  • Shirdi Sai Temple, 12-18 Princes Street, Onehunga, Auckland, www.shirdisaibaba.org.nz
    • Pre navratri and Musical night: Sat 6th Oct from 8pm – 11pm
    • 10th Oct to 19th Oct: 8pm – 11pm on weekdays. 8pm – 12 mid night
  • Bharatiya Mandir, 252 Balmoral road, Mt Albert, Auckland, www.bharatiyamandir.org.nz
    • Garba: 7.30pm onwards
    • Maha Arti daily at 9pm
  • Shri Ram Mandir, 11 Brick Street, Henderson, Auckland. www.shrirammandir.org.nz: 10th Oct to 18th Oct
    • 7.20pm Devi Bhagwat Katha
    • 8.15pm Raas Garba
    • 9pm Garba Arti
    • 9.15-10pm Raas Garba
  • Sri Ram Krishn Mandir, 25 Onslow Ave, Papatoetoe, Auckland:
    • Katha from 7.30-8.30
    • Dandiya, Garba from 8.30pm onwards
    • Maha prasad
  • Wellington Indian Association Navratri 2018: 10th Oct to 20th Oct
    • Daily 7.30pm onwards: Prayers, Garba, Aarti, Dandiya & Sanedo
    • 13th Oct: Children Dress day and Aarti thali competition
    • 14th Oct: Children Garba (3pm-5pm)
    • 17th Oct: Aatham Bandini Dress Day
    • 19th Oct: Chania/Choli (women traditional dress) and Kediyu/Dhoti (mens traditional dress)
    • Food stall during the entire program
  • Maa Durga Temple: Dandiya Night on 19th Oct, 7pm to 10pm at Vedic Center, 32 Glasgow Ave, Papatoetoe, Auckland (Ticket only $5, kids under 12 free). Food stalls at venue
  • Shree Sanatan Dharam Hanuman Mandir, 14 – 16 Bay Park Place, Beach Heaven, North Shore, Auckland: Navratri daily Garba: 10th to 17th Oct, 8.15pm – 8.45pm. Thursday 18th Oct: 7.30pm – 8.45pm Garba
  • Shree Sanatan Dharam Pratinidhi Sabha Inc Manukau branch organized Navratri & Dandiya night from 10th to 18th Oct, 7.15pm to 9pm at 628 Great South Road, Papatoetoe, Auckland


  • Navarathiri Function organized by Canterbury Tamil Society on 13th Oct, 6.30pm to 10pm at at Templeton Community Centre, 64 Kirk Rd, Templeton, Christchurch 8042. Entry free.
  • Durga Puja and NZ Sarbojanin Durgotsav 2018: 19th Oct (6.30pm – 10pm), 20th Oct (11am – 11pm), 21st Oct (11am – 11pm) at NZ Athia Trust Hall, 37-39 Selwyn St, Onehunga, Auckland . Get more details at: http://probasee.org.nz
  • Maa Durga Temple, Manukau, Auckland from 10th to 19th Oct
  • Navarathri festival Tamilarasi Nayagi from 10th Oct to 19th Oct at Thiru Subramaniyar Aalayam, 69 Tidal Road, Mangere, Auckland:
    • 10am-noon: Pooja and abhishegam
    • 6pm-8pm: Pooja, Darshan, Archanai and prasadam
    • 7.30pm onwards entertainment program by various groups
    • Saraswati Puja on 18th Oct 5.30pm to 7.45pm
  • Sri Ram Krishn Mandir, 25 Onslow Ave, Papatoetoe, Auckland:
    • Katha from 7.30-8.30
  • Bhartiya Mandir, Sandringham, Balmoral Road, Auckland. Maha Arti daily at 9pm
  • Radha Krishna Temple, 145 New North Road, Eden Terrace, Auckland
  • Sri Ram Mandir, Brick St, Henderson, Auckland:
    • 7.20pm Devi Bhagwati Katha
  • Gita Mandir, Wellington
  • Shirdi Sai Temple, 12-18 Princes St, Onehunga, Auckland: 14th Oct
    • 3.30-4pm Ganesh and Mata Pooja
    • 4pm-6pm: Bhajan and Chanting
    • 6pm – 6.30pm: Mata ki Aarti and Dhoop Arti for Baba
    • 6.30pm onwards Maha Prasad
  • Shree Sanatan Dharam Hanuman Mandir, 14 – 16 Bay Park Place, Beach Heaven, North Shore, Auckland Navratri program from 10th Oct to 18th Oct:
    • Daily Programme from 10th to 17th Oct
      • 6pm – 7pm Yagman Puja
      • 7pm – 7.30pm Mandir Aarti
      • 7.30pm – 8.15pm Devi Bhagwati Katha
      • 8.15pm – 8.45pm Garba
      • 8.45pm – 9.00pm Mata Ki Aarti
    • Thursday 18th Oct program:
      • 6pm – 7pm Hawan
      • 7pm – 7.30pm Mandir Aarti
      • 7.30pm – 8.45pm Garba
      • 8.45pm – 9.00pm Mata Ki Aarti
  • Bathukamma celebrating 9 days at 12 places in New Zealand: Auckland Sri Shirdi Sai Temple, Northshore, Blockhouse Bay, Pakuranga, Mega Event, Sunnyvale, Sandringham, Sri Ganesh Temple Papakura, Swanson, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington. Organized by Telangana Jagruti New Zealand
  • Sri Ganesh Temple Christchurch Navarathri 2018 function and prayers on 20th Oct 6.30pm onwards at 41 Merrin St, Avonhead, Christchurch 8042.


Enjoy and have a blessed festival. Jai Mata Di.

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Navratri Programs held in September 2018

  • Ratri before Navaratri (Pre Navratri garba dance), 1st Sep, 8pm onwards, Bishopdale YMCA Recreation Center, Christchurch.
  • Devang Patel Dandiya and Dance Program, 15th Sep 7.15pm to 11.45pm at YMCA recreation center, Bishopdale, Christchurch. Ticket for $10 available at eventfinda.co.nz. Children below 10 goes free
  • Dildar Dandia Nirtidan Gadhvi, Dandia Season Auckland on Sat, 15th Sep at Vodafone Events Center, 770 Great South Road, Wiri, Manukau, Auckland 2104.
  • Devang Patel Dandiya and Dance Program, 21st Sep 6pm to 11pm at Mahatma Gandhi Center, 145 New North Road, Eden Terrace, Auckland. Ticket for eventfinda.co.nz
  • Ratri before Navratri, Garba Dance Dandiya program, 29th Sep, 7pm at Barfoot & Thompson Stadium, 203 Kohimarama Road, Kohimarama, Auckland 1071. Entry and parking free. Event organized by Gujarati Sahitya Mandal NZ
  • Ratri before Navratri, 29th Sep, 8pm onwards at Peachgrove Intermediate School, 72 Peachgrove Rd, Hamilton East, Hamilton 3216. Entry fee only $2, children under 12 goes free. Organized by Gujarati Pariwar Waikato