Navratri symbolizes the triumph of good over evil, particularly the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura. But what makes Navratri truly special is its diverse tapestry of celebration in each region.
Let's take a look
In West India, particularly in the state of Gujarat, Navratri is celebrated with the famous Garba and Dandiya- Raas dance.
- Garba is the form of dance wherein women dance gracefully in circles around a pot containing a lamp.
- Dandiya is the second form of dance in which dancers participate in pairs with decorated bamboo sticks.
For Bengalis, Navtrari is celebrated as "Durga Puja". Women deck up in white and red colors and the cities are decorated with lights.
The idols are immersed on the last day
- Dussehra - In North India, Navratri is celebrated as the victory of Lord Rama over the evil king Ravana. The effigies of Ravana and Kumbhakarna are burnt to celebrate the victory of good (Rama) over evil forces. This event is known as Dussehra.
- Kanya Puja: In some parts of North India, families invite young girls to their homes on the eighth and ninth day. They wash their feet, give them sweets and offer them gifts or money. Little girls are considered to be Goddesses.
In South India, Navratri is all about inviting friends and families over to look at the Kolu, which is an exhibition of dolls and figurines.
In Karnataka, Navratri is referred to as Dasara. The Mysore Dasara is celebrated with great pomp and stage plays. It is observed as the state festival steered by the royal family of Mysore.
Nine Nights. One Nation
Navratri paints a vivid picture of unity in diversity. It's a festival celebrated with many customs and traditions. Yet it remains bound together by a shared belief in the triumph of truth and goodness.
It is a time when India's many colors blend into one cultural masterpiece.
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