What is Navarathri?
Navarathri is one of the very important festivals of our country. Nava or Navam means number 9 and Rathri is night. The word Navarathri thus means Nine Nights that are considered very auspicious and are celebrated as such. The festival ends on the tenth day, known as Vijayadasami or Dussera, which symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Though there are Navarathri's in all the seasons, it is the Autumn Navarathri which is very widely celebrated as the Navarathri festival. It falls in the bright fortnight of the month of Ashwin or Purattasi, that corresponds to September-October.
Predominantly, it is mother Goddess Durga and her different forms, who are worshipped during the occasion.
When does Navarathri fall in 2017?
In the year 2017, Navarathri is scheduled to be celebrated from 21 September, Thursday to 30 September,Saturday.
How is Navarathri celebrated?
Though Navarathri is celebrated throughout the country, different regions follow different customs and observe different practices.
The south invokes the mother Goddess during the festival, worshipping her as Durga on the first three days, Lakshmi on the next three and as Saraswathi, on the last three days. Many people in the states of Andra, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamilnadu set up beautiful arrangements of dolls known as Golu at home and celebrate the festive occasion with friends and relatives. Many observe fast during the day and undertake intense worship during the evening, and follow it up with socializing and feasts.
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