Navaratri Celebrations In Different Parts Of The Country- Pink Editorial Desk
The greatness of a culture can be found in its festivals - Siddharth Katragadda.
More than half of the year 2021 has passed in the blink of an eye. September is long gone and bidding adieu to its predecessor October set in. Though August is my favourite month of the year I wait for October, eagerly.
The onset of autumn fills our lives with festivities and one such festival I love to celebrate is Navaratri. Navaratri means nine nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine different forms of goddesses are worshipped. Known as the land of diversity the way of worship, customs and rituals vary as per the region. The festivities are given a unique regional touch.
Let's have a sneak peek into the celebrations in various parts of our country.
Navaratri celebrations in Southern India
During these nine days, women invite friends and relatives are invited to grace their abodes and have a look at their exhibition of dolls and figurines. It is called Bommala Koluvu in Telugu, Bommai Kolu in Tamil and Bombe Habba in Kannada. Women exchange turmeric and vermillion and offer gifts.
The eighth day is celebrated as Durgashtami. Goddess Durga the destroyer of evil is worshipped on this day. This day is also known as Astra Pooja as on this day weapons of Goddess Durga are worshipped.
The ninth day is celebrated as Mahanavami is celebrated with gusto. Agricultural tools, electronic equipment, vehicles are decorated and worshipped.
Saraswati Pooja is also done on the same day.
The tenth day is celebrated as Vijayadashami. It is believed that any new venture or task that is started on this day will thrive and be successful.
Navaratri celebrations in North India
Navaratri in North India is celebrated in remembrance of the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana. The effigies of Ravana are burnt to celebrate the victory of good over evil.
Special poojas are performed on these nine days. Devotees observe fast and gifts are exchanged. The gifts are usually clothes or household items.
On the eighth and ninth days, young girls are invited to Kanya Pooja. Women wash the girl's feet and are served lunch. They are also given sweets and gifts.
Men and women indulge in playing Dandiya in the evenings. They sway to mellifluous music and rejuvenate themselves.
Festivals irrespective of how they are celebrated propagate oneness and forgiveness. Keeping aside their misunderstandings people come together and make merry.
Festivals especially the Indian ones are beautiful. Isn't it?
Stay tuned to read more about Navaratri celebrations.
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