Navaratri is a nine night’s Hindu festival, celebrated differently in various parts of the Indian subcontinent. In the southern, eastern and northeastern states of India, the Durga Puja is synonymous with Navaratri, wherein goddess Durga battles and emerges victorious over a demon to help restore Dharma. In the northern and western states, the festival is synonymous with “Rama Lila” and Dussehra that celebrates the battle and victory of god Rama over the demon king Ravana. In southern states, the victory of different goddesses, of Rama or Saraswati is celebrated. In all cases, the common theme is the battle and victory of good over evil.
Celebrations include stage decorations, recital of the legend, enacting of the story, and chanting of the scriptures of Hinduism. The nine days are also a major crop season cultural event, such as competitive design and staging of pandals. On the final day, called the Vijayadashami or Dussehra, the statues are either immersed in a water body such as river and ocean, or alternatively the statue symbolizing the evil is burnt with fireworks marking evil’s destruction.
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Fun Facts on the Navratri festival:
- Names of all the 9 days of Navratri:
Day 1: Shailaputri
Day 2: Brahmacharini
Day 3: Chandraghanta
Day 4: Kushmanda
Day 5: Skandmata
Day 6: Katyayani
Day 7: Kalaratri
Day 8: Mahagauri
Day 9: Sidhidatri
- The tenth day of Sharad Navratri, which is Vijayadashami is celebrated as Dusshera festival.
3. The dates of the Navratri are set as per the lunar calendar. Observerd at the start of summers and onset of winters.