This Navratri festival symbolizes nine days of worshiping Goddess Durga. This is one of the greatest Hindu festivals celebrated with great zeal and excitement (especially Gujrat). The festival is celebrated with great reverence and faith across the country. This Navratri festival is also known as the Goddess Durga Festival, Nav Durga. People worship Goddess Durga Maa by using various Puja Vidhi Samagri by following all the Navratri Puja procedures.
Colorful celebrations, Rangoli designs, Traditional attires, various dance forms like Garba and Dandiya, delicious recipes, sweets, gifts, etc… These all looks exceptionally beautiful.
Navratri festival is the pure symbol of win (or Vijay) of good over evil. Navratri festival is celebrated twice a year. Once when the summer season just starts, that is, the first week of April. And the other one falls at the beginning of winters, that is, the first week of October. For both the times, Nav Durga Puja is celebrated for 9 days as the name itself says – “Nav-Ratri”. For all these 9 days, nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped during Navratri.
On the tenth day, Vijaya dashami or Dussehra is celebrated. Goddess Parvati, the divine wife of Lord Shiva (Mahadev) is said to have taken different 9 forms of goddesses. These nine forms signify various traits that the goddess influences us with.
This important Hindu festival is divided into sets of three days to adore three different aspects of the supreme goddess or goddesses.
- First 3 days, the Goddess Durga, is also known as Goddess Kaali in order to destroy all ours, evil and grants boons is worshipped.
- The next 3 days, the Goddess Laxmi, who is considered to have the power of bestowing on her devotees the inexhaustible wealth, is worshipped.
- The last 3 days, the Goddess of knowledge & wisdom, Devi Saraswati is worshipped.
Each one of the Nav Durga Puja 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 marks the Navratri celebrations. Devotees perform the ‘Devi-Isthapana‘ at their homes wherein they invite the Goddess Durga and perform various “Pooja-Path” and “Pooja-Archana” 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 Nav 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. We say her Mother Goddess because just as a child finds great cosmic energy in his mother, the same energy we receive by worshipping Goddess Durga.
In fact, Hinduism is the only religion in this whole world that gives so much importance to the mother aspect of God. The reason is simple – We believe that Mother is the creative aspect of the absolute.
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