As everyone knows that Navratri is starting from tomorrow i.e. 25th Sep,14. So here’s little post as to how & why we celebrate Navratri.
Navratri is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Ashwin. This year Navratri is starting from 25th Sep & lasts until 3rd Oct.
Navratri is the Hindu festival of Nine nights dedicated to the glorification of Shakti, the feminine form of the Divine. During these nine nights, the mother goddess is worshipped in nine different forms. Navratri ends on the 10th day with the festivities of Dusshera.
Navratri is celebrated all over India and among the Hindus with great fanfare. Prior to the festival, skilled artists prepare clay models of the goddess in her various forms. Many Hindus take part in special ceremonies, rituals and festivities. People buy new clothes, prepare delicious sweets and buy gifts for family and friends.
During Navratri, many Hindus in Gujarat and elsewhere wear colorful costumes and perform a special type of dance known as Garba. Traditionally, garbas are performed around statues of the mother goddess and with the sticks in hand.
In eastern India and among the Bengalis, celebrants worship the Goddess Durga. She is venerated in the form of a many-armed goddess riding atop a lion or a tiger, and stamping on the demon Mahishashura. On the 10th day following Navratri, the statue of the goddess Durga is taken through the streets in a procession accompanied with singing and dancing to be immersed in a river or the sea.
In north India, Vijayadashmi, also known as Dusshera, is the 10th day of Navratri. It celebrates the triumph of good over evil, and marks the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana. Huge effigies of Ravana are burnt on this day.
Here are the Nine colors in which Goddess is dressed according to the colors of each day. Women wears cloths according to the colors of the days to worship the Goddess.
25th September – Yellow Color
26th September – Green Color
27th September – Grey Color
28th September – Orange Color
29th September – 〉〉〉White Color
30th September – Red Color
1st October – Blue Color
2nd October – Pink Color
3rd October – Purple Color
** All the above information regarding the colors are given in leading Newspapers of India & their websites. You can cross check with the information.
Wishing you a very Happy Navratri to all our readers 😀