The 9-day-long celebrations of Navratri or Durga Puja take place across the length and breadth of the country. We are introducing here, the nine royal states which glorify the richness and grandeur of this nine days festival Navratri (Durga-Puja) to evidence the enticement of nine epitomes of the ferocious divinity- Mother NavaDurga. So, Grab a cup of tea and sit back as this is going to be a rolling thunder ride for you.
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- Punjab: The city Punjab has faith in keeping fasts for nine days to pay homage to Goddess- Shakti during Navratri. Devotees involve themselves in the activities such as- jagrans, evening aarti, jhhakis and other devotional hopping. On the eighth and the ninth days, (i.e Ashtami and the Navami respectively), they invite nine kanya for kanjak ritual. On the last day, break the fasts and prepare bhoga for the ceremonial sacrament.
- Tamil Nadu: By venerating three of the main female deities – Goddess Durga, Laxmi and Saraswati, Tamilians celebrate Durga Puja / Navratri with a great fervour every year. These nine days are worshipped with a kosher set of religious rites, followed by Goddess Pujan each day. Exchanging and presenting the gifts to the loved ones, inviting relatives and visiting to the temples are the conventional customes during these nine-day festivities.
- North-Eastern States (West Bengal, Assam): North- eastern states such as West-Bengal, Assam etc. solemnize the very last five days of the festivity-Navratri, which they called-Durga Pujo. Enthusiasts chase the custom of actively participating in Durga-Pujo/kali Puja during the course of Navratri. This festival is even said to be the most celebrated vivid-observance for the eastern people as they prepare decorated Durga pandals to showcase the victory of Mother Durga over Mahisasur-the buffalo demon.
- Kerala: Navratri indicates the triumph of noble over evil thoughts, on that account, Kerala natives praise these nine divine days in a most astounding way. Admirers worship the idols of Goddess of learning and knowledge-Mother Saraswati and other divinities associated with education. Keralites also believe in starting a new brand undertaking or buying some new gadgets/electronic appliances for their family members.
- Karnataka: With the name Nadahabba, Navratri is solemnized in the Indian state of Karnataka and nearby places. This traditional observance on these nine days of the festivity was introduced by Vijayanagara dynasty, many years back. Mysore Palace in Karnataka Vijayadashami, the tenth day of Navratri, marks the victory of the good over the evil when Goddess Shakti fought and killed the demon Mahishasura on this day. Ironically, the state of Mysore was named after Mahishasura.
- Delhi: Bongs in Delhi organise Durga-Pandals in their respective area and also conduct various traditional and lively activities for amusement on these nine days of the Navratri. They call this holy observance- Durga Puja and give everybody a homely feel for the nine divine days. This different style of celebrating Kali puja or Navratri was begun by Probasi folks (community) in 1910. Hence is admired by the entire Delhi populace (almost), reverencing the holy sacraments by maintaining the Bengali bona-fide legacy. Read more – Must Visit Durga Pandals in Delhi (NCR).
- Uttar Pradesh/Uttrakhand: States like Utter-Pradesh and Uttrakhand are no way different in this regard, their religious splendour includes: jhankis, temple decorations, kanya kanjak and bhajan-kirtans each night to revere Goddess Durga in her nine fierce incarnations. On the last tenth day, devotee carry durga idols in carcades, chariots and processions for exalting Durga-Visarjan to the nearest river or sea. They also admire Dusshera on the very last day, i.e. tenth to venerate Lord Rama, Laxman and Mother Sita for defeating the Ravana.
- Gujarat: Gujaratis across the world follow a special tradition since ages and indulge themselves in the hues of Garba- one of the famous traditional Gujarati dance forms, played by dandiyas in hands and dhols around. Enthusiasts also perform a ritual aarti with proper set of sacraments and Garbi- diya (earthen lamp) to worship Goddess- Durga. On Dashami, extremists carry adorned processions on elephant chariots in the streets of Gujarat.
- Maharashtra: Maharashtrians commemorate the Navratri days by purchasing the silver and gold jewelleries and buying properties. Navratri also brings in great time to work on the business deals and to start any commercial venture. ‘Garba’ (playing dandiya) is also in trend among the Maharashtra folk. Women also apply red vermillion, santoor tilak and turmeric kumkum to each other on these auspicious super nine powerful days. Jhankis, exhibitions and fairs are held all over the state to witness the allure of Goddess-Power (Shakti).
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Durga Puja is not only a festival; it is a gateway of joy for every devotee. As a consequence, for all of us, it is extremely pivotal to discover the true essence and value of each religious celebration as well as the reason behind its revelry. Navratri or Durga Puja is considered one of a kind festival among the Hindu folks and has much importance in Indian culture.
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