Navratri! The festival of gaiety, dance, music and fun for all nine days and nights is one of the most sought after festivals in India and specially Rajasthan!
Devoted to Goddess Shakti, the Navratri festival in Rajasthan is celebrated with much fanfare and fervor. The most important factor of the nine nights’ festivities is the folk dance of Gujarat called Garba. It is said that each day Goddess Durga manifests herself in different forms.
Each day of the fiesta begins with Aarti. People from across the country specially visit Rajasthan to celebrate the festival and get energized by the celebrations of Navratri festival for nine days starting from September 25 to October 03, 2014. Devotees from far flung areas also come down to Rajasthan to pay visits to Goddess Durga temples in different cities of the state.
People adorned with colorful and traditional costumes perform the Garba folk dance around the statue of Goddess Shakti till late midnight. The dancers usually make use of dandiya, i.e. long wooden sticks, to play garba. During the nine day long festivity, clubs and gathering places are enthused with decoration, colorful lights, tempting food stalls and interesting games.
You would also get to see passion, devotion and enthusiasm of the people with which they indulge in the festive activities of the Navratri season. Devotees from different regions celebrate the festival in different ways, according to their rituals but the devotion behind Navratri celebrations are same.