Navratri in Gujarat – Vibrant and Colorful

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Navratri is one of the most joyous celebrations of Hindus, which is commemorated with decorating the idols, worship, dance and music. Although, this festival originally signifies the defeat of the evil Mahisasura from the female deity Maa Durga, there is a lot more about this festival. During this festival, the farmers of western India, especially Gujarat offer prayers to the goddess and pray for better yield. In addition, Gujarati men and women dress up in traditional outfit and jewelry and offer their prayers to the goddess for the well-being of the family as well as society.

Navratri in Gujarat:

Gujarati men and women dress up in traditional Kurtas and Chaniya Choli respectively and perform customary Dandiya Raas or Garba dance, which continues until the mid-night during Navratri. Dandiya is also referred to as stick dance because of the rhythmic striking of the dandiya sticks while performing the dance. Devotees offer prayers to the goddess by lighting up earthen pot with holes known as ‘garbi’. The light emitted from the holes symbolizes Devi Durga.
The Garba dance is usually performed in front of the idol of goddess durga and around the illuminated pot.
People also visit various pandals and shrines to enjoy the blissful aroma of the festive season along with their families and friends.

Prayers and offerings:

The devotees observe rigorous fast during Navratri, which is culminated on Mahanavami after the kanya puja performed. Devotees usually worship nine young girls who represent nine incarnations of Goddess Durga. Their feet are washed and they are offered specially prepared bhog along with new clothes.

Navratri in Gujarat is known for being the most colorful one in India as the gorgeous dresses, beautifully adorned idols and the vibrant Garba festival distinguish it from other parts of the country.

Navratri in Gujarat

Navratri in Gujarat

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