It’s that time of the year again. Over the years, enthusiastic Navratri Garba dancers have danced all through the night on popular songs by Phalguni and many other singers. Despite the challenges, this year, Navratri is still celebrated but with a twist.
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But first, let’s learn about the significance of this much-awaited festival!
- During the day, people are busy completing their tasks. They find fulfilment in keeping their commitments.
- But with the setting of the sun, they feel a sense of relief. The end of the day tends to put people into deep relaxation or a time when they can let their hair down.
- The word ‘Navratri’ means nine nights.
- Navratri is one of the most significant Hindu festivals.
- It signifies the victory of good over evil. This festival is associated with the battle between Goddess Durga and the demon Mahishasura.
- Lord Brahma blessed Mahishasura with immortality under the condition that he could be killed by a woman.
- Mahishasura used these gifts to attack earth, heaven and hell.
- Lord Vishnu, Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva created Goddess Durga, who fought Mahishasura for nine days.
- When Mahishasura took the form of a buffalo, she stabbed him with her Trident (Trishul) and killed him.
Navratri is celebrated with grandeur for nine nights and ten days. This year, Navratri is celebrated from 17th to 26th October. A colour is dedicated to each day and the significance of that colour plays a major role. Devotees worship the nine avatars of the Goddess Durga during these nine days. They dress in these colours and dance the night away. Have a look at the different forms of Goddess Durga and the significance of the colours!
- Day 1: Goddess Shailputri is worshipped on Pratipada, the first day of Navratri. The colour grey is worn by the people. It signifies understanding and peace.
- Day 2: On Dwitiya i.e. the second day of Navratri, Goddess Brahmacharini is worshipped. The devotees wear the colour orange that signifies energy and brightness.
- Day 3: On Tritiya or the third day, Goddess Chandraghanta is worshipped and is celebrated by wearing white. White signifies innocence and goodness.
- Day 4: Goddess Kushmanda is worshipped on Chaturthi by wearing the colour red which symbolizes anger and auspiciousness.
- Day 5: Goddess Skandamata is worshipped on Panchami by wearing the colour royal blue which represents superiority and intelligence.
- Day 6: On Sashti, Goddess Katyayani is praised and worshipped with cheerfulness and happiness by wearing the colour yellow.
- Day 7: Goddess Kalratri is worshipped by wearing the colour of nature. Green is symbolic of positivity, growth and beginning.
- Day 8: Peacock Green is worn on Ashtami when Goddess Mahagauri is worshipped. This colour signifies the fulfilment of desires.
- Day 9: Goddess Siddhidatri is worshipped on the last day of Navratri while wearing the divine colour purple which is also symbolic of beauty and ambition.
There are some interesting dos and don’ts that are observed around Navratri!
- Fasting is observed during Navratri where fruits, milk, etc. can be eaten during the day.
- Non-vegetarian food is avoided during this period.
- Meditation is done during this Navratri.
- Many people engage in charity work.
- Some even go on digital fasting.
- The dia i.e. Akhand Jyoti is lit at all times.
- People avoid cutting their hair and nails.
- Leather products are even avoided.
- People pray and perform the rituals as per the day.
- Food is offered to cows.
- Trees are watered.
Despite the lockdown, people have come together to celebrate Navratri through the virtual platform. This festival has seen diversity in the way it is celebrated throughout India:
- In the North, the victory of good over evil is celebrated by the killing of Ravana by Ram during the festival of Dussehra.
- In the South, family and friends are invited to view the dolls that are displayed also known as Kolu.
- In the East, the last five days of Sharad Navratri are celebrated through Durga Puja.
- In the West, the people play Garba or dandiya by forming a circle and dancing through the night.
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