Navratri - 'the nine nights festival'
Navratri, the festival of Goddess Durga
is round the corner,
Hindus celebrate this festival for nine days
with great pomp and glitter.
Each day has its own significance
The Goddess is venerated during these days
She embodies the power of creation, preservation and destruction
Worshipping Her bestows wealth, knowledge and prosperity.
The first three days, the Goddess is venerated as Durga, who destroys evil
The next three days, She is worshipped as Lakshmi, who grants wealth and prosperity.
The last three days, as Saraswati, the Goddess of wisdom,
The tenth day is referred to as Dussehra or Vijayadashmi.
This major festival is celebrated across
In East West North and South India,
The whole nation dresses up in vibrant colours
As each day represents a color signifying the deity.
In East, huge **pandals are decorated for Goddess' to perform **puja,
In West majorly Gujarat, **'Garba' a folk dance is performed during these nine nights,
North celebrates uniquely organizing **jagraata and **bhandaara
South people display **Golu at their homes, Many even observe fast.
The tenth day marks Dussehra, meaning 'remover of bad fate'
The day marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasur,
This day also marks the triumph of Lord Rama over Demon king Ravana,
Effigies of Ravana are created and burnt on this day followed by **Ram Leela.
Navratri thus is a festival of Dance Music and Colours,
Holiness, Life and Religious Unity,
Its a festival we all look forward to
as it brings together people of all community!
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Poet's Notes about The Poem
puja - a religious ritual performed in the Hindu religion as an offering to the deity.
Garba - a traditional folk dance that originated in Gujarat state, performed around a centrally lit lamp or a picture or statue of the Goddess.
jagraata (keeping awake whole night by singing devotional songs dedicated to the Goddess) .
bhandara - means a feast that includes puris (made out of wheat) and halawa chana (a sweet dish) .
Golu - is a toy festival celebrated during Navratri in Southern India, toys includes statues of Lords too representing the divine presence of the Goddesses.
Ramleela - is one of the most popular happenings in the whole of North India. It is a play enacting the slaying of the demon king Ravana by Lord Ram.