Navratri literally means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit; Nav – Nine and Ratri – nights, Symbolizing victory of positivity over negativity, During these nine nights and ten days, the three forms of the goddess -Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi – are invoked. “Nava-ratri” literally means “nine nights.” This festival is observed twice a year, once in the beginning of summer and again at the onset of winter.
Navratri 2015 starts on the 13th of October. Navratri is a Hindu festival celebrated by Hindus with all nine days with great joy. It represents the nine manifestations of the powerful and benevolent Goddess Durga.
In this Hindu festival Maa Durga is worshipped in her different incarnation for ten days and nine nights. Main ritual during the Navratri Puja is to worshipping the nine forms of Durga. It is the most auspicious period to perform devotional sadhanas, pray to Goddess Durga and perform the Navratri puja. On the tenth day of this festival, known as Vijayadashami or Dussehra (Dasara) the idols of Goddess Durga is immersed in a water body.
Though these festive nine days are dedicated to Shakti or the nine forms of Goddess Durga, people across the country have their unique way of celebrating the festival.
People stay awake the whole night during the nine days of Navratri and play Dandiya and Garba. This festival is celebrated by all Hindus and has special significance in Gujarati community.
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