Navratri ‘Celebrating the Power of Nine Goddess’

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Indian culture is full of diversities and so as the festivals. The customs and traditions followed to
observe the festivals are not just unique but are also important part of the religion and culture.
Spread over 9 nights and 10 days, Navaratri is one of the most sacred and vital festivals in hindu
culture. Goddess Durga or Shakti, which represents the energy of the universe, in her 9 beautiful
forms with great reverence is worshipped.

Goddess Durga is worshipped with great devotion and faith during the festival. The term ‘Navratri’
itself means ‘nine nights’ and during these nine days and nights ‘nine forms’ of Goddess Shakti are
worshipped. Navratri symbolises victory over evil. The best part about this festival is the traditional
dance form of Dandiya and Garba Raas.

Unique customs and rituals mark the festival, the first three days of Navratri are devoted exclusively
to the worship of Goddess Durga, when her energy and power are worshipped. Each day is
dedicated to a different appearance of Durga, namely Kumari, Parvati and Kali.

The fourth and sixth day is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi and fifth day is dedicated to Goddess
Saraswati known as Lalita Panchami. The seventh day is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati, while the
Goddess of Art and Knowledge is worshipped on the eight day and a yagna is also performed. The
ninth day forms the final day of Navratri celebrations, which is also known as 'Mahanavami'.

The feeling of festivity is witnessed in the nine days. People observe fast during the nine day and
offer different forms of prayers to please the goddesses.

Grandeur and auspiciousness marks the 9 days, and feeling of festivity in the air. Many people fast
during the entire period, there are different forms of prayers and lots and lots of varieties of sweets
are prepared. Different parts of India celebrate navratri in different styles, but dandiya, garba, and
folk dance is now common during the festival.

Navratri in Odisha is also celebrated in same grandeur and auspiciousness. Goddess Bimala Temple
is located in the South West Corner of Jagannatha Temple complex and has always been an
important shrine in Odisha.

Dandiya nights are now common in Bhubaneswar. Residents gather in hundreds to enjoy the
Navratri with song and dance. The mega Dandiya festivals begin from Navratri and continue till