Nine Types of Naivedyam for Navaratri in South India, North India In South India, nine types of Naivedyam (food offerings) are offered to Goddess Durga during Navaratri. As the nine Goddesses to worship differ from place to place and state to state, naivedyam also differs. Usually, Navadurga are worshipped as Navadevi in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and some temples in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. List of naivedyams for Navratri First day Shailaputri Navadurga is worshipped as Sri Balatripura Sundari Devi –Sweet boondi and chickpeas are offered as naivedyam. (Navratri Pratipada). As per North Indian beliefs, offering ‘ghee’ on Pratipada makes devotee free from all types of diseases and gets him great health. Second day Brahmacharini Navadurga is worshipped as Gayathri Devi – Ravva kesari and pulihora naivedyam. (Navaratri Dvitiya, Sthana Vriddhi Gauri Vratham). In North India, Sugar is offered as Naivedya. Third day Chandraghanta Navadurga is worshipped as Annapurna Devi – Pongali naivedyam. (Maha Tritiya, Sindhura Tritiya, Navaratri Tritiya & Chaturthi). In North India, Milk is offered as Naivedya. Fourth day Kushmanda Navadurga is worshipped as Mahalakshmi Devi – Ksheerannam (rice boiled in milk), bellam (jaggery), and sugar are offered as naivedya. (Lalita Panchami, Upanag Lalitha Vrata, Navaratri Panchami). North Indian devotees offer Malpua on Chaturthi day. On Panchami day, Bananas are offered as Naivedya. Fifth day Skanda Mata Navadurga is worshipped as Saraswati Devi – Atukulu, bellam (jaggery), Senaga pappu (Bengal gram), and coconut are offered as naivedyam. (Durga Shashti, Navaratri Sashti). In North India, offering honey on Sashti makes the devotee more confident and gets him ready to face any challenge in life. Sixth day Katyayani Navadurga is worshipped as Lalitha Tripura Sundari Devi – Pulihorai and Pesara Boorelu (recipe of green grams) are offered as Naivedyam. (Durga Saptami, Navaratri Saptami). On Maha Saptami day, North Indian people offer items made of jaggery are offered to Goddess Durga. Seventh day Kalaratri Mata is worshipped as Sri Durga Devi – Garelu and lemon juice are offered. (Durga Ashtami, Maha Ashtami, Veerashtami, Navaratri Ashami). On Ashtami day, coconuts are offered in North India. Eighth day Mahagouri Navadurga is worshipped as Mahishasura Mardhini Devi – Chakra Pongal is offered as naivedyam. (Mahanavami, Durga Navami). In North India, on Mahanavami day food is offered to Goddess Durga and is distributed among needy people. Ninth day Siddhidhatri Navadurga is decorated and worshipped as Sri Rajarajeshwari Devi – Pulihora and garelu are offered. (Vijaya Dashami, Aparajita Puja).