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9 Facts About the 9 Days of Navratri Festival

Vinita Tahalramani Sep 25, 2019
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
  • Curd
Foods Not to Eat
  • Garlic
  • Onion
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 2020

Day 1: Grey
Day 2: Orange
Day 3: White
Day 4: Red
Day 5: Royal Blue
Day 6: Yellow
Day 7: Green
Day 8: Peacock Green
Day 9: Purple
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.