Monday, October 7, 2013

Navratri Celebrations In Modern World

Navratri celebrations kick started on the 5th of October, 2013; and will continue to occupy everyones calendar till 13th October. Celebrating Navratri in India is as varied as the different forms of Maa Durga and this is exactly the topic we will tell you in this article. Celebrating Navratri, region-wise. Read on... 

The most popular Navratri Celebrations that come to our mind would be these:
  • Navratri dance of Gujarat - Dandia & Garba
  • Durga Puja of West Bengal
  • Navratri Golu in South, and 
  • The famous Mysore Dussehra Celebrations 
Now, let’s look at each of these in more detail.

Dandia & Garba

Garba DanceGarba is a traditional dance of the state of Gujarat. It is an extravagant event, which is organised for the nine days of Navratri. People from all over the state take part in this festival. This is a major attraction for foreign crowd as well. The Government of Gujarat itself organise “Navratri festival celebrations” and the state declares four days holidays to give this festival a whole new level of excitement. Another highlight of this dance is the grand and beautiful costumes. These are traditional Gujarati costumes which have exquisite designs and are of vibrant colors. The dancing folk use beautifully designed sticks and dance to the beats of the songs with one another forming big circles. This is one starry night which no one would want to miss.

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Durga Puja 

Durga PujaDurga puja is one of the biggest festivals of West bengal. The entire state will be immersed in the celebrations, everywhere there will be nothing else to see other than Pandals, food stalls, Durga statues and people gathered in large numbers. Sharad Navratri known as Durga puja is a festival one does not miss in West Bengal. Large size Durga idols depicting her in the Durga form killing the Demon king Mahishasura is placed in big Pandals where people in huge numbers gather to pray and wish one another. Women apply vermillion which is red in color (Durga Maa’s color) and exchange sweets and wish one another. Temples perform special Pujas and rituals, the grandeur at these places is beyond explanation. One has to be there to witness this splendor with their own eyes. Durga Maa, Laxmi, Saraswati, Ganesh and Karthikeya are the prime Gods worshipped during this festival.

 Navratri Golu

Navratri GoluGolu also known as Kolu in Tamil is a custom where miniature dolls of deities depicting ancient legends and stories are placed on decorated steps with colorful lights, flowers and rangolis. This is a most looked forward to festival, which is celebrated in the month of Purattasi in the Tamil Hindu calendar. This is a very popular custom in the four southern states of India, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, Tamil nadu and Kerala. On this occasion, nine young girls dressed as the nine different form of Goddess Durga are invited home and given sweets and new dresses. Married women visit each other’s home and exchange Thambulam (Haldi Kumkum). People gather for a social get together and sing devotional songs, as well as perform skits from Hindu mythology.

Mysore Dussehra

Mysore dussehra The Mysore Dussehra festivals, date back to the 15th century. In 2010, Mysore Dussehra celebrated its 400th anniversary. This festival is celebrated to commemorate the victory of good over evil, Goddess Chamundeshwari, a form of Goddess Durga is worshipped. This festival is considered as the state festival of Karnataka. The entire city is illuminated for the ten days Dussehra Jamboree. The magnificent Mysore palace is lit for ten continuous days, which is a breathtaking sight in itself. The main attraction of Mysore Dussehra is the Dussehra parade or popularly known as Jumboo Savari, which is a major booster for Mysore tourism. Beautifully decorated vehicle carrying artist and statues are paraded on the streets of Mysore. Folk dancers, cultural art performers adorn the streets of Mysore. One more main event of this festival is the Royal Durbar (royal meeting), where the Royal family along with important guests, leaders, officials and public participate in the Puja and ritual. Every year, the main elephant of the event brought in and trained specially for the reason that he carries the golden statue of Chamundi Goddess and the royal sword and parades it through the city.

This is a brief article about the celebrations carried out in different parts of India. Make this Navratri a special one. May Goddess Durga shower her blessings on everyone.

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