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How Navratri is Celebrated in Different Parts of India

The rich cultural traditions and rituals that make this festival a truly unique and joyous experience for millions of Indians.

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Discover the diverse and vibrant celebrations of Navratri across various regions of India, from the energetic Garba dances in Gujarat to the elaborate Durga Puja in West Bengal.

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Navratri is a festival that honors the nine forms of the Hindu goddess Durga. It is celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm by people of different regions, cultures, and traditions in India. Each region has its own unique way of celebrating Navratri, but the common theme is the worship of the divine feminine power and the victory of good over evil.

Gujarat: Garba and Dandiya Raas

In Gujarat, Navratri is a super famous festival! People dress up in colorful costumes and jewelry and dance to the beats of Garba and Dandiya Raas. They dance around a clay pot with a lamp inside, which represents the goddess. They sing songs that praise the goddess and her amazing deeds. This dance form is also loved in other states like Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh.

West Bengal: Durga Puja

In West Bengal, Navratri is called Durga Puja and it’s the biggest festival in the state. It lasts for five days, from the sixth to the tenth day of Navratri. People make beautiful temporary structures called pandals to house idols of Durga and her four children: Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesha, and Kartikeya. They offer prayers, flowers, sweets, and even animal sacrifices to the goddess. During the festival, they enjoy cultural programs, fairs, and feasts. On the tenth day, they immerse the idols in water bodies with lots of happiness and excitement.

Tamil Nadu: Golu or Kolu

In Tamil Nadu, Navratri is celebrated as Golu or Kolu, which means a display of dolls. People arrange dolls of gods, goddesses, saints, animals, birds, and other figures on a staircase-like platform in their homes. They also decorate their homes with lamps, flowers, and rangoli. They invite their friends and relatives to see their Golu and exchange gifts and sweets. Each day of Navratri, they worship different goddesses like Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Durga.

Kerala: Saraswati Puja or Ayudha Puja

In Kerala, Navratri is all about Saraswati Puja or Ayudha Puja, which is dedicated to the goddess of learning and arts. People worship books, musical instruments, tools, vehicles, and other objects that help them in their work and education. They place these objects near the idol or picture of Saraswati and offer prayers and flowers. They even take a break from using these objects for three days until they are blessed by the goddess. On the tenth day, they start using them again with renewed energy and enthusiasm.

Punjab: Navratra or Navratri Mela

In Punjab, Navratri is celebrated as Navratra or Navratri Mela. Many people observe a nine-day fast during this time. They only eat fruits, milk, and water during the day and have a single meal at night. They visit temples and gurudwaras to offer prayers and listen to devotional songs. They also perform traditional dances like Bhangra and Giddha to celebrate the festival. On the eighth or ninth day, they break their fast by worshiping young girls as forms of goddesses and offering them food and gifts.

Celebrating the Power of the Goddess

Navratri is a festival that shows how diverse and united India is. It’s a time to celebrate the power of the goddess and her blessings on us. It’s also a time to enjoy the vibrant colors, music, dance, food, and culture of our amazing country. So, let’s get ready to have a blast during Navratri!

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