Happy Navratri everyone! *Showers flower petals* May you have all the joys and happiness of the festive season!
I love Navratri. It kick starts the festivals in India. 😀
For all those who are new to this concept, Navaratri is a nine night festival that honours the deity Mother Goddess in all her manifestations and its on the tenth day ‘Vijay Dashmi’ is celebrated which means the victory of good over evil.
‘Nav’ means nine, and ‘Ratri’ means night. Hence ‘Navratri’ is celebrating the nine nights and worshipping the deity goddess.
Navratri is celebrated in all parts of India in different ways. The most flamboyant and renowned Navaratri celebrations can be seen in western India where the nine nights are danced away. ‘Garba’ or ‘Dandiya Raas’ is a traditional dance performed in circles where the dancers are dressed in colourful clothes. Little decorated sticks known as the “Dandiya” are sometimes used. A high on energy dance, ‘Garba’ is one of the most fun celebration in India.
Over the course of these nine days, the three forms of the mother goddess -“Durga”, Laxmi” and “Saraswati” are worshiped in their various forms.
Each goddess is worshiped for three days in turn, starting with Durga who destroys negative tendencies. Next is Lakshmi who bestows good virtues and fortune, and last is Saraswati, who instills wisdom and spiritual knowledge. The worship, accompanied by fasting, takes place in the mornings. Evenings are for feasting and dancing.
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