Navratri 2019 celebrations in New Zealand

न्यूजीलैंड मे नवरात्री उत्सव 2019

Navratri festival celebrations 2019 in New Zealand: Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton, Wellington and other cities – scroll down for programs

About Navratri

‘Nav’ नव means Nine and ‘Ratri’ रात्रि means nights. Navratri mean nine night. In various Indian languages it is mentioned as नवरात्री / નવરાત્રી / ਨਵਰਤੀ / நவராத்திரி / నవరాత్రి / ನವರಾತ್ರಿ / Navaratri / Nav-ratri / Navrathri / Navratram / Naurata / Naurati. The festival is celebrated by all the Indian religions and communities. 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, the nine days festival, when we worship Goddess Durga with prayers. These prayers are in form of 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 specially in Bengal and Gujarat states of India.

Navratri 2019 dates (Lunar day / Tithi as per New Zealand time)

  • Sunday 29th Sep: Navaratri begins (this day is known as Ghat Sthapna and Mahalaya)
  • Saturday 5th Oct: Saraswati Avahan (Tithi Saptami / Saatam / 7th Lunar day from 4th Oct 5.05pm to 5th Oct 5.20pm as per Auckland time)
  • Sunday 6th Oct: Saraswati Puja, Durga Ashthmi, Hom Ashthmi, Sandhi Puja, 8th Lunar day (Tithi Ashtami / Aatham / 8th Lunar day from 5th Oct 5.20pm to 6th Oct 6.24pm as per Auckland time)
  • Monday 7th Oct: Saraswati Visarjan, Maha Navmi, 9th Lunar day (Tithi Navami / Navmi / Nom / 9th Lunar day from 6th Oct 6.24pm to 7th Oct 8.08pm as per Auckland time)
  • Tuesday 8th Oct: Vijaya Dashmi, Dussera, Durga Visarjan (Tithi Dashmi / Dashami /Dasam / 10th Lunar day from 7th Oct 8.08pm to 8th Oct 10.20pm as per Auckland time)


“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 of New Zealand. There are many Dadiya Garba programs before and after navratri.

Navratri 2019 celebration programs in New Zealand

  • 19th and 20th JulyRatri before Navratri – Garba Dandiya event on 19th and 20th July, 7.30pm onwards at Mahatma Gandhi Center, 145 New north Road, Eden Terrace Auckland 1021. Buy Tickets
  • 6th SepLets Go Garba (Aavo to ramwa-ne, Garbe Ghumva-ne) – Garba dance on 6th Sep, 7pm to mid night. At Barfoot & Thompson Stadium, 203 Kohimarama Road, Kohimarama, Auckland, New Zealand 1071. Free event, Live bank, Delicious food counters
  • 7th SepRangtaali 2019, Dandia-Raas-DJ-Garba by Aishwarya Majumdar, 7th Sep, 7pm to 11.30pm. At Mahatma Gandhi Center, 145 New North Road, Eden Terrace, Auckland 1021. Presented by Yuva Gujarat, Gujarat Association of Australia. Tickets online $25, venue $30
  • 7th Sep: Anandomela: first ritual of Durga Pooja, the food festival on 7th Sep at Western Springs Garden Community Hall, 956 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland 1022. Organized by Probasee
  • 14th Sep: Ratri before Navratri Christchurch 2019, 14th Sep, 7.30pm till midnight at Bishopdale YMCA Recreation Centre, Christchurch
  • 20th Sep: Dewang Patel Dance festival – Navratri Mahotsav 2019 at Christchurch
  • 21st Sep 6.30pm onwards: Dewang Patel Dance festival – Navratri Mahotsav 2019. At S-Energy Sports Club 3/44 Portage Road, New Lynn Auckland 0600 Buy Tickets
  • 4th to 6th Oct: Durga Puja and NZ Sarbojanin Durgotsav organized by Probasee from 4th to 6th Oct at NZ Athia Trust Hall, 37-39 Selwyn St, Onehunga, Auckland
  • Navratri 9 days Garba: Mahatma Gandhi Center Navratri is one of the oldest and most popular in Auckland at 145 New North Road, Eden Terrace
  • Navratri 9 days Garba: Wellington Indian Association Navratri
  • Navarathiri Function by Canterbury Tamil Society

Navratri celebrations in New Zealand temples (Prayers / Katha / Puja / Garba / Dandiya):

  • Shirdi Sai Temple, 12-18 Princes Street, Onehunga, Auckland
  • Bharatiya Mandir, 252 Balmoral road, Mt Albert, Auckland
  • Shri Ram Mandir, 11 Brick Street, Henderson, Auckland
  • Sri Ram Krishn Mandir, 25 Onslow Ave, Papatoetoe, Auckland:
  • Maa Durga Temple, Auckland
  • Shree Sanatan Dharam Hanuman Mandir, Auckland
  • Shree Sanatan Dharam Pratinidhi Sabha Inc Manukau branch
  • Navarathri festival Tamilarasi Nayagi at Thiru Subramaniyar Aalayam, 69 Tidal Road, Mangere, Auckland
  • Sri Ganesh Temple Christchurch Navarathri



Enjoy and have a blessed festival. Jai Mata Di.

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