Celebrate Navratri Gracefully
Navratri, the festival of nine nights is here. If you are one of those who would love to learn the details about this auspicious festival, then this article is for you. We will also provide some interesting beliefs about this festival that goes on for 9 days a year. First of all, let’s understand
why Navratri is celebrated?
Navratri is a major festival in Hinduism and held in honor of the divine feminine. Mainly the different aspects of the divine feminine principles or shakti are celebrated. The celebration pattern varies from region to region, but there is one similarity that, Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati are worshipped consequently as the days pass.
Another popular and common ritual is the “Kanyapooja” also known as Kanjak that takes place on the eighth or ninth day as per belief. In this ritual, nine girls are given offerings of food and clothing after washing their feet and honoring them with Tilak, as nine aspects of the goddess are celebrated.
Navratri is known and celebrated as Durga Pooja by Bengalis all over India and with a lot of enthusiasm in Bengal. In Durga Pooja, the goddess Durga is worshipped on the occasion of her victory over the demon Mahishasura, this is the main reason why Navratri is celebrated by Bengalis. And on the tenth day, the idols of Maa Durga are taken to and immersed in water reservoirs.
In addition, Navratri Dates occur in the month of Ashwin according to the Gregorian calendar which comes usually during the time of September- October. Navratri ends with Dussehra on the 10th-day called “Vijayadashami”. But sometimes as per Indian calendar, Navratri is celebrated for 8 days and Dussehra is celebrated on the 9th day as Navratri depends on the lunar calendar. Four similar types of festivals with the same name are celebrated all around the year but the one that occurs during autumn known as “Sharad Navratri” is celebrated as the most significant.
Many people keep fasts during these nine days. The custom of fasting includes a strict vegetarian diet, abstaining from alcohol and certain spices completely. Other people celebrate it as a festival of dancing and feasting. A famous dance form during this time known as Garba is performed specifically in Gujrat. In North India, Ram Lila is performed greatly as a way of celebration, this is like a play of Ramayana, the Hindu epic.
Navratri Dates for the respective year 2019 is from 29 September to 7 October ending with Dussehra on the 8th of October.