NAVRATRI

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NAVRATRI

What is Navratri

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Navaratri is a festival devotes to the worship of the Hindu. Navratri is one of the religious Hindu festivals where people all over the country worship the various avatars of Goddess Durga for nine days. Goddess Durga is believed to have nine different incarnations, and each female deity signifies a distinct power. The Navaratri word means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit, Nava meaning “Nine” and Ratri meaning “nights.’

Navratri takes place at the beginning at harvest time and, as the name implies, this festival celebrates for nine days. Navratri is also known as Durga Puja.

Why Navratri is Celebrate

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The demon mahishasur after given a boon by the fire god Agni that weapons having male names would not kill him caused grave devastation and fear. The God ask for the help of Lord Shiva, who advised the goddess Shakti. With the god’s prayers, a divine light sprang from the heart of Lord Shiva and body of all the god and made the goddess Adhya Shakti. The gods gave her ornaments, arms and a lion as a vehicle.

She flight with the evil Mahishasur for nine long days and nights, and at last, resulted in the decapitate of Mahisa on the tenth. The nine nights come to be known as Navratri, and the tenth day is called as Vijaya Dashami, the tenth day that brings the triumph of good over the evil.

 

Sati gets married to Lord Shiva against their father wishes, King Daksha Prajapati. To take the revenge, King Daksha arranged a yagna. He invited all the gods and goddesses but not invite his Son-in-law( Lord Shiva).

Sati decided to attend the yagna despite Lord Shiva attempt to persuade her not to. The sati father ignored his daughter presence and publically abused Lord Shiva. She unable to bear father insults, and she jumps into yagna fire and committed suicide.

However, she was reborn and again won Lord Shiva as her husband and peace restore. It believes that since then sati comes every year with her children Ganesh, Kartik, Saraswati and Laxmi. Also with two of her good friends or ‘sakhis’ called Jaya and Bijaya, to visit her parents home during the time of Navratri.

Navratri Garba

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During the Navratri, people celebrate this festival in the form of dance(Garba). In which originates in the state of Gujarat in India. Many traditional Garba is playing around a centrally lit lamp and a statue of the Goddess Shakti.

The traditional dance moves are simple and enjoying the Navratri. Though people have been creating more complicated steps. A circle, moving around the central representation of a universal creative force, everybody performing the same action. And many of doing the different step of garba.

Both men and women wear colorful costumes while playing garba and dandiya. The girls and the women wear the Chaniya choli, a three-piece dress gets ready beautiful and wearing the ornaments. And the boys wear the kafni pajamas with a Ghagra in the traditional Gujarati manner.

There is a huge interest in Garba among the youth of India and in especially in the Gujarati diaspora.