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Navratri – An Exuberant Festival

Navratri – An Exuberant Festival

Abiramee Kathirgamanathan

Navratri is a Hindu festival that spans nine nights and ten days. On this pious occasion the people worship the nine avatars of Goddess Durga, who symbolises feminine power.

The Nine Nights

Navratri

Navratri also spelled as Navaratri or Navarathri directly translates to “Nine Nights”. It is of two types: one which is celebrated in March-April and one which is celebrated in September-October. The latter is also known as Sharad(a) Navaratri since it is celebrated in the autumn season. It is one of the most widely celebrated Hindu celebrations. Just like the name says, it’s celebrated for 9 nights and the 10th is known as Dussehra or Vijayadashami. 

The Message

Maa Durga

There are many reasons why Navaratri is celebrated. A legend states that this was the time in which Goddess Durga (a form of the Hindu Mother Goddess Parvati) defeated the demon Mahishasura. Another legend involves Shri Rama (an Avatar of the Hindu god of preservation, Lord Vishnu) and his victory against the King of Lanka Ravana. In both legends there is a common message of the victory of good over evil and a positive change. Another way this festival can be interpreted is as a seasonal change. In both Navaratri, there is a seasonal change occurring and since the Mother Goddess is seen as nature, she may worshipped during this time as well. 

The Mother of all Mothers!

Maa Durga

It is a common belief that each of the nine nights is dedicated to a form of the Mother Goddess, particularly nine forms of her as Goddess Durga. They are celebrated in the order as follows: Goddess Shailputri, Goddess Brahmacharini, Goddess Chandraghanta, Goddess Kushmanda, Goddess Skandamata, Goddess Katyayani, Goddess Kaalratri, Goddess Mahagauri, Goddess Siddhidatri.

Thus, the festival is also referred to as Durga Puja. Another popular way of celebrating includes dedicating the first 3 days to Goddess Durga, the next 3 to Goddess Lakshmi and the last three days to Goddess Saraswati. Goddess Durga is viewed here as the goddess of bravery and victory, while Goddess Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth (not only material!) and Goddess Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge. Generally, the festival consists of fasting, offering food to the Goddess(es) and celebrating with family and friends. In southern India, colorful figurines of the Supreme Goddess called “Golus” are placed on a staircase. A popular dance of the state of Gujarat, Garba is also dancing popularly during the festival. 

The 10 Heads

Ravan

Dussehra and Vijayadashami marks the end of the nine-day long festival. It is believed that this is the day when Lord Rama defeated Ravana and his brother Kumbhakarna and Goddess Durga defeated Mahishasura. In some regions of India, effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghanada are burned in bonfires and the story of Rama is narrated. In others, the Goddess Saraswati is celebrated. Since she is the goddess of fine arts and knowledge, on this day many students polish their instruments and begin learning new ones. Students offer books on this day and on the next morning they begin to read them. For this reason the day is viewed as Vidyarambham (Vidya means Knowledge and Aarambham means beginning).

Hopefully you’ve gained more knowledge about this beautiful festival.

Next time when someone talks to you about Navratri, don’t forget to contribute with your new found knowledge!

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Dussehra and Vijayadashami marks the end of the nine-day long festival. It is believed that this is the day when Lord Rama defeated Ravana and his brother Kumbhakarna and Goddess Durga defeated Mahishasura. In some regions of India, effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghanada are burned in bonfires and the story of Rama is narrated. In others, the Goddess Saraswati is celebrated. Since she is the goddess of fine arts and knowledge, on this day many students polish their instruments and begin learning new ones. Navratri Navratri offer books on this day and on the next morning they begin to read them. For this reason the day is viewed as Vidyarambham (Vidya means Knowledge and Aarambham means beginning).

Dussehra and Vijayadashami marks the end of the nine-day long festival. It is believed that this is the day when Lord Rama defeated Ravana and his brother Kumbhakarna and Goddess Durga defeated Mahishasura. In some regions of India, effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghanada are burned in bonfires and the story of Rama is narrated. In others, the Goddess Saraswati is celebrated. Since she is the goddess of fine arts and knowledge, on this day many students polish their instruments and begin learning new ones. Navratri Navratri offer books on this day and on the next morning they begin to read them. For this reason the day is viewed as Vidyarambham (Vidya means Knowledge and Aarambham means beginning).

Dussehra and Vijayadashami marks the end of the nine-day long festival. It is believed that this is the day when Lord Rama defeated Ravana and his brother Kumbhakarna and Goddess Durga defeated Mahishasura. In some regions of India, effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghanada are burned in bonfires and the story of Rama is narrated. In others, the Goddess Saraswati is celebrated. Since she is the goddess of fine arts and knowledge, on this day many students polish their instruments and begin learning new ones. Navratri Navratri offer books on this day and on the next morning they begin to read them. For this reason the day is viewed as Vidyarambham (Vidya means Knowledge and Aarambham means beginning).

Dussehra and Vijayadashami marks the end of the nine-day long festival. It is believed that this is the day when Lord Rama defeated Ravana and his brother Kumbhakarna and Goddess Durga defeated Mahishasura. In some regions of India, effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghanada are burned in bonfires and the story of Rama is narrated. In others, the Goddess Saraswati is celebrated. Since she is the goddess of fine arts and knowledge, on this day many students polish their instruments and begin learning new ones. Navratri Navratri offer books on this day and on the next morning they begin to read them. For this reason the day is viewed as Vidyarambham (Vidya means Knowledge and Aarambham means beginning).

Dussehra and Vijayadashami marks the end of the nine-day long festival. It is believed that this is the day when Lord Rama defeated Ravana and his brother Kumbhakarna and Goddess Durga defeated Mahishasura. In some regions of India, effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghanada are burned in bonfires and the story of Rama is narrated. In others, the Goddess Saraswati is celebrated. Since she is the goddess of fine arts and knowledge, on this day many students polish their instruments and begin learning new ones. Navratri Navratri offer books on this day and on the next morning they begin to read them. For this reason the day is viewed as Vidyarambham (Vidya means Knowledge and Aarambham means beginning).

Dussehra and Vijayadashami marks the end of the nine-day long festival. It is believed that this is the day when Lord Rama defeated Ravana and his brother Kumbhakarna and Goddess Durga defeated Mahishasura. In some regions of India, effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghanada are burned in bonfires and the story of Rama is narrated. In others, the Goddess Saraswati is celebrated. Since she is the goddess of fine arts and knowledge, on this day many students polish their instruments and begin learning new ones. Navratri Navratri offer books on this day and on the next morning they begin to read them. For this reason the day is viewed as Vidyarambham (Vidya means Knowledge and Aarambham means beginning).

Dussehra and Vijayadashami marks the end of the nine-day long festival. It is believed that this is the day when Lord Rama defeated Ravana and his brother Kumbhakarna and Goddess Durga defeated Mahishasura. In some regions of India, effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghanada are burned in bonfires and the story of Rama is narrated. In others, the Goddess Saraswati is celebrated. Since she is the goddess of fine arts and knowledge, on this day many students polish their instruments and begin learning new ones. Navratri Navratri offer books on this day and on the next morning they begin to read them. For this reason the day is viewed as Vidyarambham (Vidya means Knowledge and Aarambham means beginning).

Dussehra and Vijayadashami marks the end of the nine-day long festival. It is believed that this is the day when Lord Rama defeated Ravana and his brother Kumbhakarna and Goddess Durga defeated Mahishasura. In some regions of India, effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghanada are burned in bonfires and the story of Rama is narrated. In others, the Goddess Saraswati is celebrated. Since she is the goddess of fine arts and knowledge, on this day many students polish their instruments and begin learning new ones. Navratri Navratri offer books on this day and on the next morning they begin to read them. For this reason the day is viewed as Vidyarambham (Vidya means Knowledge and Aarambham means beginning).

Dussehra and Vijayadashami marks the end of the nine-day long festival. It is believed that this is the day when Lord Rama defeated Ravana and his brother Kumbhakarna and Goddess Durga defeated Mahishasura. In some regions of India, effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghanada are burned in bonfires and the story of Rama is narrated. In others, the Goddess Saraswati is celebrated. Since she is the goddess of fine arts and knowledge, on this day many students polish their instruments and begin learning new ones. Navratri Navratri offer books on this day and on the next morning they begin to read them. For this reason the day is viewed as Vidyarambham (Vidya means Knowledge and Aarambham means beginning).

Dussehra and Vijayadashami marks the end of the nine-day long festival. It is believed that this is the day when Lord Rama defeated Ravana and his brother Kumbhakarna and Goddess Durga defeated Mahishasura. In some regions of India, effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghanada are burned in bonfires and the story of Rama is narrated. In others, the Goddess Saraswati is celebrated. Since she is the goddess of fine arts and knowledge, on this day many students polish their instruments and begin learning new ones. Navratri Navratri offer books on this day and on the next morning they begin to read them. For this reason the day is viewed as Vidyarambham (Vidya means Knowledge and Aarambham means beginning).

Dussehra and Vijayadashami marks the end of the nine-day long festival. It is believed that this is the day when Lord Rama defeated Ravana and his brother Kumbhakarna and Goddess Durga defeated Mahishasura. In some regions of India, effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghanada are burned in bonfires and the story of Rama is narrated. In others, the Goddess Saraswati is celebrated. Since she is the goddess of fine arts and knowledge, on this day many students polish their instruments and begin learning new ones. Navratri Navratri offer books on this day and on the next morning they begin to read them. For this reason the day is viewed as Vidyarambham (Vidya means Knowledge and Aarambham means beginning).

Dussehra and Vijayadashami marks the end of the nine-day long festival. It is believed that this is the day when Lord Rama defeated Ravana and his brother Kumbhakarna and Goddess Durga defeated Mahishasura. In some regions of India, effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghanada are burned in bonfires and the story of Rama is narrated. In others, the Goddess Saraswati is celebrated. Since she is the goddess of fine arts and knowledge, on this day many students polish their instruments and begin learning new ones. Navratri Navratri offer books on this day and on the next morning they begin to read them. For this reason the day is viewed as Vidyarambham (Vidya means Knowledge and Aarambham means beginning).

Dussehra and Vijayadashami marks the end of the nine-day long festival. It is believed that this is the day when Lord Rama defeated Ravana and his brother Kumbhakarna and Goddess Durga defeated Mahishasura. In some regions of India, effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghanada are burned in bonfires and the story of Rama is narrated. In others, the Goddess Saraswati is celebrated. Since she is the goddess of fine arts and knowledge, on this day many students polish their instruments and begin learning new ones. Navratri Navratri offer books on this day and on the next morning they begin to read them. For this reason the day is viewed as Vidyarambham (Vidya means Knowledge and Aarambham means beginning).

Dussehra and Vijayadashami marks the end of the nine-day long festival. It is believed that this is the day when Lord Rama defeated Ravana and his brother Kumbhakarna and Goddess Durga defeated Mahishasura. In some regions of India, effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghanada are burned in bonfires and the story of Rama is narrated. In others, the Goddess Saraswati is celebrated. Since she is the goddess of fine arts and knowledge, on this day many students polish their instruments and begin learning new ones. Navratri Navratri offer books on this day and on the next morning they begin to read them. For this reason the day is viewed as Vidyarambham (Vidya means Knowledge and Aarambham means beginning).

Dussehra and Vijayadashami marks the end of the nine-day long festival. It is believed that this is the day when Lord Rama defeated Ravana and his brother Kumbhakarna and Goddess Durga defeated Mahishasura. In some regions of India, effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghanada are burned in bonfires and the story of Rama is narrated. In others, the Goddess Saraswati is celebrated. Since she is the goddess of fine arts and knowledge, on this day many students polish their instruments and begin learning new ones. Navratri Navratri offer books on this day and on the next morning they begin to read them. For this reason the day is viewed as Vidyarambham (Vidya means Knowledge and Aarambham means beginning).

Dussehra and Vijayadashami marks the end of the nine-day long festival. It is believed that this is the day when Lord Rama defeated Ravana and his brother Kumbhakarna and Goddess Durga defeated Mahishasura. In some regions of India, effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghanada are burned in bonfires and the story of Rama is narrated. In others, the Goddess Saraswati is celebrated. Since she is the goddess of fine arts and knowledge, on this day many students polish their instruments and begin learning new ones. Navratri Navratri offer books on this day and on the next morning they begin to read them. For this reason the day is viewed as Vidyarambham (Vidya means Knowledge and Aarambham means beginning).

Dussehra and Vijayadashami marks the end of the nine-day long festival. It is believed that this is the day when Lord Rama defeated Ravana and his brother Kumbhakarna and Goddess Durga defeated Mahishasura. In some regions of India, effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghanada are burned in bonfires and the story of Rama is narrated. In others, the Goddess Saraswati is celebrated. Since she is the goddess of fine arts and knowledge, on this day many students polish their instruments and begin learning new ones. Navratri Navratri offer books on this day and on the next morning they begin to read them. For this reason the day is viewed as Vidyarambham (Vidya means Knowledge and Aarambham means beginning).

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