Oct 4, 2012

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Navratri 2012

Navratri 2012

Navratri 2012

Navratri 2012

Navratri 2012 will start on 16th October, which is also called Ashwin Pratipada.  It will continue for nine days till 24th October.

The festival is celebrated for Nine nights to worship Goddess Durga.  It is celebrated in almost every part of India.  The most important attraction of the festival in North India is Garba or Dandia Ras.  Women dressed in traditional attires of chania choli and men in dhoti kurta put stunning dance performances with vibrant music.  Navratri 2012

Garba is a traditional folk dance of Gujarat and the dance is performed in circle singing the traditional songs. Dandia rass is another dance form that is performed with Dandias or wooden sticks.   In addition to state of Gujarat, Garaba is a common feature of this festival in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Many ladies keep fast for seven days and prefer to wear only green colored clothes at such time. Ladies break the fast on the eighth day which is called Ashtami (Which is the most important day of all nine days) by inviting young girls at home and treating them as Godess and offering them sweets, clothes and money as shagun.  It is celebrated by performing poojas or Shat chandi or Nav Chandi Yadyaj  in Maharashtra.   Marigold (Zendu) flowers have a great importance is worshiping the Goddess in Maharashtra.

Another prevalent ritual in these days is sowing pulses, cereals or seeds on the first day and watering them through out nine days.  This pot is worshiped for nine days which is indicative of fertility worship as per Indian tradition.

In West Bengal Navaratri or Durga Pooja is the most important festival among all the festivals through out the year.  Goddess Kali Mata is worshiped with lot of devotion and love.  In West Bengal big pundals are erected (temporary public booth).  Idols of Goddess Durga are adorned, decorated with different decorations every day for nine days. Big idols of Mata Durga and Kali are the special attractions of the festival.  Long processions are held on the tenth day of Navaratri which continues whole night.
Navratri 2012

Navaratri is the festival of worshiping different manifestation of Durga every night.  During this period in North India, Ram Lila is another attraction for devotees. Ram Lila is a stage presentation of Ramayana.

The next day of Navaratri that is the tenth day is called Dassera which is know for the victory of good over evil.  It is believed that Lord Rama killed demon Ravana on the same day.  So the day is also called as Vijaya Dashami in many parts of India.

Navaratri pooja is specially performed to worship Goddess Durga, Saraswati and Laxmi.  The ways of performing poojas differ in every part of India.  It differs as per the local beliefs and availability of resources as per the season.

But cleaning the house, welcoming the Goddess with great love and devotion, drawing rangolis or kolam , inviting young girls at home and treating them as Goddess, preparing different sweets every day, reciting shlokas while performing the pooja (Durga Ashatakam, Devi Mahatmya, Saraswati stotram , Lalita Sahasranama etc.) are some of the common things which you will notice in every part of India.

Goddess Durga is in her Nine avatar’s on Nine days of Navaratri..

She is worshipped as

1.    On First day                                Shailputri
2.    On Second day                          Brahmacharini
3.    On Third day                             Chandrakanta
4.    On Forth day                              Kushmanda
5.    On Fifth day                             Skandamata (Lalita Panchami)
6.    On sixth day                                 Katyayani
7.    On Seventh day                            Kaalratri
8.    On Eight day                               Mahagauri
9.    On Ninth day                              Siddhidatri
10.    On Tenth day                              Aparajitha

Let us celebrate Durga pooja with great devotion and get the blessings from our Mother Goddess Durga for healthy and happy life.

Wish you all a very Happy Navratri 2012.

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