Navratri is one of the major festivals in Hindus celebrated across India with joyful exuberance and a lot of show. The word Navratri is made up of joining two Hindi words Nav and Ratri.
Nav means nine and, Ratri means night. The Festival celebrates for nine nights and ten days and is one of the longest festivals of Hindus.
Each day in Navratri is depicting the different forms or Avatars of Goddess Durga or Goddess Shakti depicting the victory of good over evil in all forms.
Day 1: Colour: Grey – Devi Shailaputri The day is associated with the avatar of Goddess Durga called Shailaputri. She is the daughter of mountains and is the incarnation of Goddess Parvati
Day 2: Colour: Orange – Devi Brahmcharini. She is another incarnation of Parvati. She is Sati and her worshippers for moksha, peace, and prosperity
Day 3: Colour: White – Devi Chandraghanta. She is depicting Goddess Devi Parvati who after marrying Lord Shiva adorned her forehead with a half-moon. She symbolizes beauty and bravery.
Day 4: Colour: Red – Devi Kushmunda. She depicts eight arms and sits on the lion. She associates with vegetation on earth.
Day 5: Colour: Sky Blue – Devi Skandmata. She depicts the strength of the mother. She is riding a lion having four arms and holds a baby.
Day 6: Colour: Pink – Devi Katyayani. She is extremely courageous and rides a lion and has four hands.
Day 7: Colour: Royal Blue – Devi Kalratri. She is the most ferocious form of Goddess Durga and turns black to kill demons.
Day 8: Colour: Yellow – Devi Mahagauri. She is intelligent and peaceful.
Day 9: Colour: Green – Devi Sidhidatri. She is worship on the last day and is the last form of Goddess Durga. Devi Sidhidatri sits on a lotus and possesses all siddhis.
She has four hands carrying Veena, book. She is known as Goddess Devi Saraswati and is the wife of Branhmadeva.
People tend to wear traditional dresses during the Navratri season. In Gujarat and the western part of India, play Garba and dandiya. Wish your Friends & Family.
Wearing traditional dresses like Chaniya Choli which are available extensively in the market during these days. In Bengal, do Durga Puja with wearing traditional Bengali Saree.
Now day’s people, especially youths tend to celebrate the festival by wearing nine different colors on nine days. Since each nine-day signifies a different form of Goddess Durga.
Above are the colors that can be worn during the Navratri season reflecting each form of Goddess.
According to the Hindu religion. Navratri falls Four times in a year. Which is according to Hindu calendar months is Chaitra, Aashadh, Ashwin, and Magha.
Out of these Four, Navrati falling in Chaitra and Ashwin months which are more popular.
Basant Navratri falls in the month of Chaitra (March – April). The ninth day observes as Ram Navami or the birth of Lord Rama.
Sharad Navratri celebrates in the month of Ashwin (September – October) and the tenth day celebrates as Dusshera or Vijayadashmi.
Dusshera or Vijayadashmi is the day when Lord Ram killed Ravana and Goddess Durga killed Buffalo demon Mahishasura.
Navratri is linking to Goddess Durga or Goddess Shakti and Lord Rama and gives the message of victory of good and evil based either on Ramayana or Devi Mahamaya.
Celebrities the goodness among the common people to get rid of the negativity in the form of jealousy, greediness, anger, lust, etc.
In different states, the form of celebration differs. In Chaitra Navratri, mainly fast is performed which is opened on Ram Navami.
Day whereas Sharad Navratri is linked to social gatherings, shows, and Pandal Puja that differs as per the regions.
Northern parts of India are performing, Ram Lila for these nine days, and on the tenth day, Dussehra celebrates in which effigy of Ravana is getting fire.
Eastern and Northeastern part of India, Durga Puja celebrates for these nine days, and on the tenth day, the idol of Goddess Durga killing buffalo demon, Mahishasura is immersing in water and it’s call Vijayadashmi.
In western parts of India, Navratri celebrates by worshiping Goddess Durga, and dances called Dandiya and Garba are performing in the nights
among friends and family. In southern parts of India, Dusshera is very popular and worshiping of Goddess Saraswati Pooja.
Navratri celebrates with much more joyful and shows manner. There are stage decorations in which plays depicting recital of mythological stories like Ramayana, dances, and other shows, folk dances, etc are done in a common gathering.
Nevertheless, the purpose is common in which the festival gives reason to meet the community and enhance the rich tradition and culture through various modes.
Though the festival ends on the tenth day with the immersion of Goddess Durga idol in water or burning of the effigy of Ravana.
it is the beginning of the celebration of the most important festival in Diwali which falls after the tenth day. It is say that after killing Ravana, Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after twenty days.
Navratri decorations are extensive and varied from culture to culture. Homes are clean, decorate with flowers, lights, and rangolis. Rangoli can be done either from rangoli colors or artificial stickers are also available.
Whole markets are glowing with the many small handcrafted decorative material like Laxmi Charan. People from different regions worship a different idol.
forms of Goddess, therefore, various idols of Goddess Durga are available in the market with different materials like brass, wood, etc. For pandal and stage idols of Goddess Durga, Laxmi, Saraswati, and Kartikay are built.
Pandals are decorating with LED lights, flowers, garlands. Various handcrafted Diyas and thalis are also available for puja during Navratris. Various local handcrafted items like wall hangings, chowki, etc can be brought from the market.
Vijayadashami or Dasara 2020
Dasara is an Indian festival that comes before Diwali and the between Dasara and Diwali is 20 days. Dasara is a sign of good over evil.
In our post we will provide you all happy Dasara-related stuff like happy Dasara images, happy Dasara wishes, happy Dasara quotes, and happy Dasara messages, etc. let’s wish this Dasara to all our loved ones.
Thanks for Reading “Navratri and Dasara 2020” I hope you are like this post. If you Like to do Comment and let me know your thought….