Spirituality when combined with celebration becomes the talk of the town. Navratri synonymous to zeal and enthusiasm, is one of the most celebrated festivals across the Indian sub-continent.
9 Reasons Why Navratri is Celebrated
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According to a legend, Navratri is a celebration of the Hindu Goddess Durga’s victory over the Buffalo-demon Mahishasura.
Navratri celebrates Shakti (the divine power) in a female form.
Lord Ram worshipped Goddess Durga for 9 days and was bestowed with the strength to defeat Ravana.
As per Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva allowed Parvati (a complete incarnation of Goddess Durga) to visit her maiden home for 9 days.
Navratri celebrates the welcoming of Spring and Autumn.
Golu - The doll festival of India, marks the beginning of a bride’s Golu collection and symbolizes prosperity.
Nine planets (Navgraha) are worshipped during Navratri to nullify the adversities faced by a person due to astrological imperfections.
The last day of Navratri calls for worship of the means of livelihood (instruments and tools of work).
Science behind the celebration of Navratri: The 9 days worship helps to suppress the negative energy of the body.
What to Do During the 9 Days of Navratri
The festival starts with Ghat Sthapana (installation of a pot), along with the lighting of Akhand Jyoti (a flame that is continuously lit) throughout the festival.
Worshiping the 9 forms of Goddess Durga. It includes reciting prayers, chanting hymns, planting barley - marking the start of autumn.
During the 9 days of Navratri, people observe fast as a form of devotion to the Goddess and to cleanse the body and mind.
Foods to Eat
Sabudana kheer (Tapioca sago porridge)
Fruit and fruit juices
Foods Not to Eat
Meditation: The Sun's position during Navratri symbolises a balance between day and night. This is an appropriate time to reap all the benefits of meditation.
The spirited festival is recognized for the group dance - Garba and Dandiya Raas.
Go shopping before Navratri! Yes, it is true ! It is believed that dressing up in different colors during Navratri brings luck and happiness. The 9 colors signify different incarnations of Goddess Durga.
Colors for Navratri 2019
Day 1: Orange Day 2: White Day 3: Red Day 4: Royal Blue Day 5: Yellow Day 6: Green Day 7: Gray Day 8: Purple Day 9: Peacock Green
Kanya Pujan (charity): A holy ritual which emphasizes that young girls are a form of Goddess Durga.
Sindoor Khela (vermillion game): Celebrated only by married women, the game includes smearing vermillion on the each other's face. The ritual marks bidding goodbye to the idol.
Concluding the 9 days, South Indians immerse the clay idol of the Goddess in water at night.