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why do we celebrate navratri for 9 days

Amba Maa's idol, diyas in colourful clay pots, glittering chaniya cholis and dancing in devotion to the beat of the dhol all night long. What does all this signify? But of course Navratri! Would you all like to know more about this festival? ВWho we worship, why we do garba and above all the importance of praying to Amba Maa? What is the significance of Navratri в Navratri means 'nav=9, ratri = nights'. The festival of Navratri spans a period of 9-days wherein people express their devotion to Amba Maa in different ways like prayers, fasting, pooja, garba and dandiya. в To cleanse all the negative feelings like hatred, jealously, ignorance, anger, greed, violence within and outside us. в The tenth day of Navratri is celebrated as 'Dussehra'. ВWhy do we worship Amba Maa during Navratri? Amba Maa ('Mataji') is known as the 'Goddess of Energy'. в One's prakruti (nature) becomes natural and spontaneous (sahaj). To become natural means to do what comes into mind without any interference of mind ego. в One can progress on the path of righteousness and humanity.

Why do we perform garba? Bhakti (devotion) means to become the form that is being worshipped. Garba, a way of expressing our devotion to Amba Maa, is performed in a group where people dance and clap in a particular style and rhythm. This type of movement of the body and clapping while truly engrossed in devotion removes the impurities within oneself and makes space for gnan (right knowledge) to enter. The festival of Navratri is celebrated all over India, but has different names. In the North, it is called Ramlila, in the East it is Durga Puja and in the South it is Kolu. Thus we see that this colorful festival of Navratri celebrates arts in a varied way with lot of fun and devotion. To conclude, here's a shloka (verse) that describes the power of the Mataji (devi) within us-
'Ya devi sarv bhuteshu shakti rupena sanstitha, I bow before Mataji who is omnipresent in all living beings in the form of Shakti (power). New Delhi: The festival of (literally meaning nine nights) is one of the most widely celebrated Hindu festivals.

It is celebrated to honour Goddess Durga who symbolizes power and purity. Navratri is famous for the ritual of fasting or avoiding food grains like rice, wheat and pulses for nine consecutive days. Along with Goddess Durga (and her other forms like Goddess Shakti), her daughters Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati are also worshipped during Navratri. Devotional music like bhajan renditions and also the garba dance in Gujarat mark Navratri celebrations. When is Navratri 2017? This year, Navratri falls from September 21, 2017 to September 29, 2017. Though there are four seasonal Navratris, it is the post-monsoon autumn festival called Sharad Navratri that is celebrated with most fervour. Sharad Navratri is celebrated in the Hindu calendar month of Ashvin, which typically falls in the months of September and October. Why do we celebrate Navratri? Navratri is celebrated for different reasons and in different ways across India.

In the East and many places of Northeast India, Navratri is observed as Durga Puja, signifying the victory of Goddess Durga over demon Mahishasura. In the North and Western states, however, Navratri is celebrated differently with вRam Lilaв performances and the burning of effigies of Ravana, signifying Lord Ramвs victory over Ravana. The final day of Navratri in North India is called Dussehra and in the East, Vijay Dashami. The overarching theme of Navratri is the victory of good over evil. The nine days of Navratri are also a major crop season cultural event. Life has to go on. A lovely decorated street "Alpana"(longest Rangoli) in Kolkotta. Welcoming Durga Puja. Navratri begins tomorrow for us - Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) is a journey from the outer world of names forms to the subtle world of energies; to the innermost core of our being - the Self. - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (@SriSri) Happy Navratri to everyone celebrating this joyous festival over the next 9 nights! - Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau)

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