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access_time September 24, 2014 chat_bubble_outline 0 comments 5913 views

Navratri is here! And the nine nights of Navratri are filled with happiness, love, dance and music. Join Cox & Kings, as we explore the festival of Navratri

An idol of Goddess Durga; Dipankan001, wikipedia.org

An idol of Goddess Durga; wikipedia.org

It’s that time of the year when the sounds of dhol and the clash of dandiya sticks are heard, and foot-tapping music gets you grooving to some of the most hip-shaking numbers. Decorated in traditional clothes and accessories, people get ready for Navratri.

Navratri is the best season to uncover India in all her pomp and glory. These nine days signify years and years of tradition locked safely in trunks and cardboard boxes and handed down from generations. It is a festivity of good over evil.

The Celebration Of Navratri

During these nine days, people pray to Goddess Durga to eradicate evil and to protect them from harm. Devotees observe a fast and refrain from meat, alcoholic drinks, grains, wheat and onions. A lamp is kept lit in a pot for all nine days and starting something new, or purchasing things during this time, is considered very auspicious.
In West Bengal, Navratri is celebrated as Durga Pooja. Giant idols of Durga are worshipped and traditional dances are performed. At the end of the 6th day, the idol is immersed in water. Durga puja worships the power of Good which always wins over the bad.

The Significance Of Navratri

Garba dance in Ahmedabad during navaratri festivities; Hardik Jadeja; wikipedia.com

Garba dance in Ahmedabad during navaratri festivities; Hardik Jadeja; wikipedia.com

Before Navratri starts, devotees get busy colour-coordinating clothes, shopping for the home, decorating and preparing sweets. Navratri literally means nine nights in Sanskrit and the nine days that accompany them, mark the celebration of different forms of the goddess Durga. Each day holds a special significance. Navratri is the time to acknowledge women power and a time to revere Goddess Durga and her triumph over the demon king Mahishashura.

Celebrated throughout India, with colourful pandals at every nook and cranny, you can see devotees heading out to the pandals to enjoy garba, dandiya and music. Dandiya is played in the memory of Lord Krishna, who loved to dance. And one of the latest trends is to wear clothes of the colour corresponding to the Navratri day.

When is Navratri celebrated

Navratri is celebrated according to the lunar calendar.

The dates for Navratri in 2014 are 25th September to 3rd October.

Where is Navratri celebrated

Navratri is celebrated all across India.

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