Everyone loves the festive spirit which brings joy, happiness and spreads smiles across the nation. Navaratri is the beginning of festive season for all of us, followed by Durga Puja, Dusshera, Muharram, Dhanteras, Diwali and many more. In this mid-October our lives are shining with holidays, mouth-watering sweets, food, dance, music, shopping and loads of fun. This is the time of the year to nick yourself in ethnic attire and rock the dance floor with dandiya sticks!
We all know that there are nine forms of ‘Goddess Durga’, and we worship one form a day for 9 days and hence the name "Navaratri." Scroll down to know how every form of Durga is worshiped.
The festival of “Navaratri” commences on the first day, pratipada of the bright fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Ashwini. Let’s see how this auspicious occasion is celebrated across India.
In West Bengal, it is known as Durga Puja or Durgotsava and it is the largest festival of the year for Bengali Hindus. Kolkata is the place to visit and see the elaborated preparations of festival and celebrations.
In Karnataka, the ninth day is celebrated in the form of Ayudha Puja. Mysore is famous for celebrating Dussehra. People here believe that starting new business or purchasing of new household items on this day brings success and prosperity.
Navaratra Mela is the occasion where all the relatives meet and celebrate. It is celebrated more like a state festival where people gather in huge numbers and share joy.
In Gujarat, the government organizes the ‘Navaratri Celebration Festival’. Vadodara is considered as the cultural capital of Gujarat. Everyone in India visits Gujarat during this time to see the grand festive celebration. To view different ways of celebrations, make sure you visit Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and some nearby villages.
The main attraction in Delhi during the festival is the performance of ‘Ram Lila’ across the city in night. Famous places for these performances includes – Chandni Chowk, Nai Sarak, Parade Ground near Red Fort, and many more.
It is celebrated here in the form of ‘Garbas’ and ‘Dandiya’. People sow seeds in the earthen pots and women worship them for all nine days. It is said to be a good time to buy new things during these auspicious days. Mumbaikars celebrate it in a grand fashion. You can also see ‘Bollywood Celebrities’ in Mumbai visiting temples and performing rituals during these nine days of Navaratri.
These nine days are dedicated to Shakti and are celebrated in a very different way in Andhra Pradesh. It is called “Batukamma Panduga” which means “Come Alive Mother Goddess”.
It is famous for ‘Kolu Doll’ arrangements where girls and women decorate and display dolls in their homes. Special Navaratri puja is performed for Goddess Durga, Saraswathi and Lakshmi.
In Kerala, Sarasvati Puja is the main occasion and is done on Sharad Navaratri. On this day, books are worshiped and tens of thousands of students worship every source of knowledge.
Here, Navaratri is known as Navratras. People do fasting for seven days and break their fast on eighth day. The eight and the ninth days are the most auspicious and celebrative days.
In Chattisgarh, the celebration is grand and lasts for many days. One should visit to see how tribal folks of Bastar celebrate Navratri.
Devotees come here from across the country to do holy ceremonies. Stage performance of ‘Ram Lila’ is the major attraction for all the nine days and ends on the tenth day with Dusshera.Loading Comments...