Navrati Festival

From: India Festivals and Events 2016-2017

See also: North Eastern IndiaGolden Triangle

Navrati Festival
The Hindu festival Navarati celebrates the Divine Mother known as Shakti who is known for her sacred energy, creation and great empowerment, where during the festival Shakti is worshipped in her nine different forms.

Forms that are worshipped include the Goddess Durga who reflects the warrior aspect of the Divine Mother, Goddess Bhadrakali who is known to be blessed and fortunate. Annapurna is the Goddess of nourishment, Tripurasundari is known as the beautiful Goddess, while the Goddess Bhavani is known as the giver of life.

The festival of nine nights is often separated into three main parts, with three days allocated for the three main aspects of the Goddess Shakti which are Durga, Lakshmi and Sarawati. It is considered necessary to have the blessing of all three aspects of of the Divine Mother to be truly successful.

Fasting during the festival is often undertaken along with greater spiritual development, with plenty of traditional singing and dances such as dandiya raas and garba often being performed on each day forming a big part of the festival.

Date Of Naavrati Festival
The Navarati Festival takes place during the month of Ashvin which is September/October time and lasts for ten days with the dates varying each year according to the lunar calendar.

Navrati is celebrated throughout India.

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