It’s that time of the year again when every thing looks and feels good in India – The Mega-festive season in India began on 19th Sep with the First day of the Navratri Festivals, the nine auspicious nights. Navratri is the festival of nine nights and is dedicated to Goddess Durga and her nine forms.
The Navratri Mythology:
Hindu Mythology suggests that due t increased menace of the Daityas on earth, all the Gods came to maa Durga for rescue. After praying to Goddess Durga for nine consecutive days, she got pleased and made a prophecy declaring the birth of Lord Rama, who would fight all the demons and restore peace on earth. This is why last day of Navaratri is celebrated as Ram Navami, the birth of Lord Rama.
Navratri festival is celebrated in Gujarat with Dandiya nights and it attracts a huge influx of people for Dandiya Dance shows. Navratri festival marking the beginning of nearly a month long festive season which is followed by Dussehra and Diwali.
Nine different manifestations of Goddess Durga are worshiped during Navratri and they are:
* Durga :goddess beyond reach
* Bhadrakali the auspicious power of time
* Amba or Jagdamba: mother of the world
* Annapurna: giver of food and plenty
* Sarvamangala: auspicious goddess
* Bhairavi: terrible, fearful, power of death
* Chandika or Handi: violent, wrathful, furious
* Lalita: playful
* Bhavani: giver of existence.