Navratri : A festival celebrating womanhood
Finally, the most awaited festival of the year has arrived, the festival of Navratri. A season of happiness & joy with decorated dandiya online, akhand diya everywhere. The festival of Navratri (literally, "nine Goddess") signifies the triumph of good over evil. But, above all this, it is a celebration of Nari Shakti or womanhood.
This festival basically involves the worshipping of 3 hindu goddess namely - Parvati, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. The Goddess Durga 9 faces can be interpretated with these qualities including power, truth, education, love, angry, tranquilly, rebelliousness, and a caring mother. The nine-day Navratri celebration is based on the belief that Goddess Durga is a married woman who visits her parents during these days for some time and here she is worshipped & treated as a queen.
Navratri is primarily a festival celebrating womenhood or women’s power, with a focus on female goddess that is Maa Durga who is worshipped in all of her forms. Let’s have a look how it is celebrated in various parts of India.
Durga Puja Celebration in West Bengal: Sindoor Khela one of the ceremony which can be seen in West Bengal. The women play with sindoor. It which was earlier practiced by only married women but not in modern era it can be played by all types of women, whether married or unmarried. Various Pandals are decorated based on the theme of how a women plays a variety of roles in everyone’s life from caring mother to wife to daughter & to sister. And last but not the least showing a powerful businesswoman! Beautiful pandals are set up that have a akhand diya and decorated dandiya online are also used for decoration.
Kanya Bhoj in Northen India: This is usually conducted in northen parts of India where before beginning kanya bhojan, feet of all the girls are washed & also offering them new clothes, cosmetics & other gifts. They are served with halwa & puri after then. This custom can be seen in various parts of northen India mainly Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab. In this also akhand diya is lit in the temple and then all the ceremonies are done. People buy gifts like pencil box, toys decorated dandiya online, and other gift items for the little girls
Garba in Gujarat: In Gujarat, Navratri celebrations are characterised by Decorated dandiya online & some of them holding akhand diya & dancing. During Navratri, women come out of their houses well dressed to celebrate a night by playing dandia irrespective of age, caste or class.
Belief in Hindu Mythology: It is believed according to Hindu mythology that when all the gods failed in front of Mahishashur, then they all went to Goddess Durga for help. Then Goddess took the form of kali Maa & killed this monster Mahishaasur. This festival highlights the power and strength which in embodied in a women and teaches us to respect women in all forms
How this festival is celebrated?
Navratri festival celebration involves some strict rules & practices which are quite common among men and women. These are:
- People do fasting for 9 days & some of them consume only fruits & milk
- Doing long meditation sessions for Durga Ma
- Do Bhajans & Jagratra while keeping themselves awake for the whole night.
- Wearing 9 different colored clothes on these 9 days to respect Maa Durga's nine forms.
- Putting fresh flowers every day on the idol of Maa Durga.
- Lightening of Akhand Diya of oil or ghee diya in front of Goddess Durga
- During Navratri devotees decorate their houses with marigold flowers.
- Eating only vegetarian food without onion and garlic.
- Avoid wearing black colored clothes.
- Purchasing decorated dandiya online for celebration.
- Doing kanya Bhojan on 8th or 9th Day of Navratri.
Navratri is a festival that teaches a lesson to the world to treat all the women, irrespective of their age as Goddess Durga. Navratri is a special festival that is celebrated with full spirituality, signified with the akhand diya, and zeal, signified with people buying decorated dandiya online.
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