About Navratri – The Indian Hindu Festival of Autumn
India is a country of many different cultures and festivals. The spirit of Indian culture is so exciting and fascinating that keeps the country active and in news the whole year with every upcoming festivals and rituals.. Today we will discuss About Navratri – The Indian Hindu Festival of Autumn
Navratri comes in Autumn season and lasts for 9 Days & Nights. This festivals is of Hindu religion and being celebrated especially in Gujarat and in many other cities where Gujarati peoples are living. Nowadays Navratri festival is being celebrated in many countries due to Indian Gujarati are residing there..
The concept of Navratri comes from below mentioned myth
Navratri Means – Nine Nights – of worshiping different incarnations of Goddess Durga with playing a gujarati cultural dance form of Garba – which is a very energetic and mesmerizing dance form. The beats and music used be so exciting that noone can stop oneself from playing it.
The festival is associated to the prominent battle that took place between Durga and demon Mahishasura and celebrates the victory of Good over Evil. These nine days are solely dedicated to Goddess Durga and her nine Avatars. Each day is associated to an incarnation of the goddess :
Day 1 – Sailaputri – Daughter of the Himalayas
Day 2 – Brahmacharini – One who observes the state of celibacy doing penance
Day 3 – Chandraghanta – One who bears the moon in her neck
Day 4 – Kushmanda – The creator of the universe
Day 5 – SkandaaMata – The mother of Skanda Kartikeya
Day 6 – Katyayana – The daughter of sage Katyayana, who incarnated to help the Devas
Day 7- Kalaratri – black as night, destroyer of Kaal
Day 8 – Mahagauri – the wife of Lord Shiva, doing great penance
Day 9 – Siddhidatri – Provider of Siddhis, giver of mystic powers