All you need to know about Navratri

  • Navratri is a sanskrit word - NAVA means nine (9) & RATRI means nights.
  • Navratri is a joyous and sacred festival of India and is celebrated for a period of 9 nights
  • At the 10th day of Navratri; Dusshera is celebrated which signifies the victory of good over evil.
  • During Navratri; Maa Durga's 9 avatars of various forms are worshiped
  • Maa Shailaputri, Maa Brahmacharini, Maa Chandraghanta, Maa Kushmanda, Maa Skanda, Maa Katyayani, Maa Kalaratri, Maa Mahagauri & Maa Siddhidatri are 9 avatars
  • This festival signifies power, wealth, prosperity & knowledge
  • In the western part of India this festival is celebrated as a festival of Dance - called Garba or Raas
  • This festival is celebrated across the globe and Garba has become a synonym of this festival.
  • In the eastern part of India this festival is celebrated as Durga Pooja; where Maa durga wins over demon
  • Durga Pooja signifies the victory of truth & greatness of feminism
  • Kolkata is a major state where Durga Pooja is celebrated with enthusiasm and Maa durga's idol dotting across the city with people celebrating on streets
  • Gujarat in western part of India is a major state that celebrates this festival. Thousands of people dance to the tunes of Garba for 9 nights.
  • In Tamilnadu this festival is called - Golu; where people buy 100s of idols that depicts out culture
  • Nepali Hindus also celebrate this festival in a big way. They put red color kumkum on each others forehead.

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