The auspicious festival of Navratri 2013 will begin from Saturday, 5th October and will go on for nine days till Sunday, 13th October. Navratri is a very important Hindu festival celebrated in India, which is devoted to Goddess Durga. The festival is celebrated with great reverence and faith across the country.
The festival of Durga Puja is celebrated for nine days as nine forms of Shakti are worshiped. On the tenth day, Vijayadashami or Dussehra is celebrated. Parvati, the wife of Shiva is said to have taken different 9 forms of goddesses. These nine forms signify various traits that the goddess influences us with.
Navratri is divided into sets of three days to adore three different aspects of the supreme goddess or goddesses.
First three days, The goddess Durga, is also known as Kali in order to destroy all ours, evil and grants boons is worshipped.
The next three days, The goddess Laxmi, who is considered to have the power of bestowing on her devotees the inexhaustible wealth is worshipped.
Last three days, the goddess of wisdom, Saraswati is worshipped.
Each one of the Navadurga is known by a particular name. These are the names of nine forms of goddess Durga..
Devotees worship Maa Shakti, goddess of cosmic power. Fasting and praying mark the Navratri celebrations. Devotees perform the ‘Devi-sthaapna‘ in their homes wherein they invite the Goddess and perform ‘Pooja-path’ for nine days with fasting. Devotees avoid meat, alcoholic drinks, grains, wheat and onion during this fast. Grains are usually avoided since it is believed that during the period of Navratri and seasonal change, grains attract and absorb lots of negative energy from the surroundings.
Navratri is a festival of many vibrant colors. The culture of India is shown through the beautiful outfits that are worn by both the ladies and the guys. The colors of India can be seen through them. This festival is celebrated with great zeal in North India including Bihar, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and the northern state of Punjab. The festival of Durga Puja is also celebrated in the western states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Karnataka during which the traditional dance of Gujarat called “Garba” is widely performed.
Gujarat welcomes the festival of Durga Puja through music, dances and the gathering of people together. The major highlight of the nine-night festival is Garba dance involving people of all ages, especially the joyous and dance-loving women. The elaborately dressed women go round in circles, clapping and whirling in the region of an idol of the Mother Goddess. This dance is accompanied by music and singing, and all the people rhythmically gyrate the body to mark the occasion.
Navratri is also considered as an auspicious time for new ventures..
This is how Navratri is celebrated .
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