Navratri is a festival devoted to the worship of Goddess Durga. The word ‘Navratri’ literally means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit; Nav – Nine and Ratri – nights. And hence the merriment takes place for 9 days. All through the nine nights and ten days, various forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped.
This year, Navratri is commencing from October 1st and will end on 10th. On the 11th day Dusshera will be observed to celebrate the victory over evil.
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Each of the 9 days starts with first seeking blessings from the goddess and then moving on to celebration. The state is lit up during this time with everybody gushing with energy throughout. People get dressed in colorful attires and participate in Garba folk dance and Dandiya-Raas in which people match their steps to the rhythm of music and dance using dandiya (wooden sticks) with their partners.
Navratri festival does bring people closer to each other and soak everyone in its joyous colors! This festival is especially popular among tourists because it gives them an opportunity to get closer to the rich culture of Rajasthan.
So, now that the festival is this close, get ready to participate this year in the enthusiastic and vibrant festival of Navratri!
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.
Devoted to Goddess Shakti, the Navratri festival in Rajasthan is celebrated with gaiety and fervor. The main highlight of the festivity of nine nights 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 performance of Aarti. People from across the country would come to Rajasthan to celebrate the festival and get energized by the thought of celebrating the Navratri festival for nine days starting from October 05 to 13, 2013.
People dressed up in beautiful traditional attire perform the Garba folk dance around the statue of Goddess Shakt 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.
One can 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 thoughts and devotion behind the celebration of Navratri are the same.
The next day after Navratri festival is Dussehra that is observed to celebrate the triumph of Lord Rama over the demon Ravana.
Rajasthan hosts a number of festivals with a lot of fanfare and enthusiasm. Navratri is one of the most popular festivals. This festival holds great significance among people as it is associated with the blessings of Goddess Durga, which represents Shakti, the cosmic energy that animates all beings. This festival symbolizes health and prosperity, and is celebrated in a very traditional way.
During the nine days, they worship the different forms of Goddess Durga. There are a number of customs and rituals performed during this festival.
This festival acquires quite a fascinating and colorful dimension. The highlights of the festival are the extremely colorful dances of Garbha and Dandiya-Raas. These dances are performed by a group who move graceful and rhythmic manner in circles to measure steps, marking time by sticks and hands. Both men and women dressed in the traditional attires with beautifully designed accessories.
Navratri festival is so much popular among tourists also because it is a great medium to get close to the rich culture of Rajasthan.
During the duration of Navratras, the elephant ride is not allowed till the top. However elephants do ply till the paota.
Navratri celebration is scheduled from October16 to 24, 2012 all over Rajasthan and near by states.
Rejoice…everyone. A whole New Year is coming replete with bliss, cheers, enjoyment and happiness. Bringing new opportunities, new dreams, new aspirations and fun filled days galore.
At different regions of India, New Year is celebrated at different dates but most often it occurs at the onset of spring.
The New Year day is regarded as auspicious to start any new venture. It is also a great moment to witness the colorful traditions and customs of the various Hindu sects ofIndia and marks the first day of Navratri Sthapana.
Navratri is a festival of Hindus celebrated with devotion, love and fervor all overIndia. During these days and nights prayers are offered to Mother Goddess. For the devout these days are the sacrosanct for it is during these days when Goddess Durga takes a stock of her devotees and grants all blessings, removes ills and evils and ensures un-problematic life for her devotees. To celebrate a good harvest and to propitiate the nine planets, women also plant nine different kinds of food grain seeds in small containers during these nine days and then offer the young saplings to the goddess.
Navratri is celebrated twice in a year:
First Navratas are celebrated in the bright two-week period of Shukla Paksha of the lunar month of Ashwani, corresponding to September/October) from the 1st to the 9th date of the two week period
Second Navratras are celebrated during the first nine days of the bright two-week period of Shukla Paksha of the lunar month of Chaitra, corresponding to mid-March to mid-April.
The timing of these Navratras relate to the autumnal and vernal equinox that is also the time when seasons change and we harvest crops which adds to the glory of these revelry.
Rajasthan celebrates this festival with a lot of fanfare. Most of the people in this state clad themselves in new clothes. During the nine days, they worship the different forms of Goddess Durga and visit different famous pilgrimages, that turn out to be a festive destination.
These Spring Navratras are celebrated for both material and spiritual welfare. One cannot achieve anything without the Divine Mother’s blessings. So, sing her praise and repeat Her Mantra and Name. Meditate on Her form. Pray and obtain Her eternal Grace and blessings. May the Divine Mother bless you with all divine wealth !