The whole country is celebrating the festival signifying the triumph of good over the evil forces. Yes, it is Navaratri that will be celebrated from September 21 to September 29 this year. People around the world worship Goddess Durga for 9 days, every day devoted to a form of Goddess Durga. In Hindu community, it is a very auspicious festival during which people fast, play garba and dandiya. There is a great significance of Navagrah and also it is considered that these 9 nights brings celebration, prosperity, and peace with itself.
However, every region has its own way of celebrating Navaratri, For instance, in Maharashtra and Gujarat states, individuals wear dresses of a particular color on each day. In South India, the initial 3 days are dedicated to worshipping Goddess Durga, followed by next 3 days of worshipping Goddess Lakshmi, and the last 3 days worshipping Goddess Saraswati.
The most flamboyant and renowned celebrations of Navratri occur in western India in Mumbai and Gujarat. On the other hand, Dussehra and Navaratri, in West Bengal, are rejoiced with Durga Puja. This festival, in the Western India, is celebrated with dancing—dandiya raas and garba, Gujarat’s traditional dance forms—that are performed by dancers in circles.
On Navaratri’s first day, a small clay pot is decorated, keeping a small candle in it women dance around it. Dancing, in Mumbai, takes over in clubs and stadiums and a modern twist is given to the celebration with the “disco dandiya.” Individuals rejoice to the beats of the Hindi pop music.
The Navratri celebrations in Delhi are differentiated by the Ramlila plays that are performed in the different parts of the city. On Dussehra, huge statues of Ravan are burnt. As per the Hindu mythology, Rama had prayed to Goddess Durga at the start of Navaratri to endow him the power to kill Ravan. The power was bestowed upon him on the 8th day, while Ravan was trounced on Dussehra.
Navaratri is celebrated as Golu in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka and is celebrated by exhibiting dolls symbolizing the feminine power. Hope this Navaratri brings peace, prosperity, and happiness in everyone’s lives. Happy Navaratri..!!