India is known for its beauty in diversity. Everything about India is attractive; the landscape, cuisines, culture, and more. Besides, the festivals of this nation are also fascinating and fabulous. One of the most exciting festivals of India is Navratri which is celebrated with great pomp and josh.
The word meaning of "Navratri" is nine nights and these nine nights of Navratri signifies spirituality, devotion, and happiness. During these days, Goddess Durga is worshiped and this festival lights the lamp of happiness, wisdom, and wealth. The 10th day, "Vijayadasami", is the celebration of the victory of good over evil. So, if you are planning to visit India, and wish to be a part of this festival, there you go; brilliant!!!
History and significance of Navaratri
According to legends, there was a demon king, Mahishasura, who worshipped Lord Shiva and acquired powers. After becoming powerful he started harassing people and started calling himself, "GOD." In order to safeguard the world from his evil deeds, Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva created Goddess Durga who killed Mahishasura in a battle. This war between the good and evil lasted for nine days and since then, the nine days "NAVRATRI" was celebrated with an enthusiastic spirit of joy.
It is also believed that worshipping Goddess Durga in the 9 days of Navratri and Vijayadasmi, helps devotees to overcome the 10 evils of life; Kama (Lust), Krodh (Anger), Lobh (Greed), Moh (Attachment), Ahankar (Ego), Darr (Fear), Irsha (Jealousy), Jada (Inertia), Nafrat (Hate) and Paschatap (Guilty).
How is Navratri celebrated?
Navratri is celebrated all over India but according to the regions, the celebrations vary. Though every region of India celebrates Navratri, Gujarat is known for celebrating this festival grandly. During these days, there will be decorated pandals or stages, recitation of Navratri stories, special pujas, and more. In addition, families will come together and they perform dances like dandiya and Garba!!!. On the final day of the celebration according to the region either the idol of Goddess Durga will be immersed in the river or the effigies of the Demon Lord Ravana will be burnt; signifying the victory of good over evil.
You can follow the below-given tips to make your Navratri celebration, an exciting one!
- Decorate the idol of Goddess Durga with new clothes, fresh flowers, and ornaments.
- Wear new clothes, pray and follow a vegetarian diet for nine days and if you are keen on fasting, avoid flour and grains.
- Arrange Puja for nine days, recite prayers and hymns
- Recite the stories of Navratri, participate in the celebrations organized in the neighborhood
- Prepare for Dandiya for Garba dance performance
Special dishes for Navratri
Since Navratri is worshipping the nine distinct divine forms of Mother Durga, each day has its own significance. People who are observing fasting are expected to wear a specific color that signifies each day. Besides, cuisines like aloo ka halwa, rajgira ka laddu sabudana khichdi, singhare atte ka halwa, kacche kele ki barfi, sabudana kheer, makhana kheer, kuttu ke atte ka malpua, kache kele ki barfi, lassi, kele ki sabzi, barfi halwa, puri, and chana are prepared during these nine days.
Want to Celebrate Navratri as a traveler?
India is always a wonderful host. Visiting India during the Navratri festival is an amazing idea. You will be jaw-dropped to experience the harmony of customs and cultures during this festival season. You can be a part of the season's blessing and excitement, which will make your holiday an entirely new experience altogether. If you are looking forward to becoming a part of this celebration and explore the nooks and corners of this marvelous country, then your holiday is just a click away.
So, do you wish to visit India during Navratri? Want to make the planning easy and quick, talk to our travel experts and get ready for a memorable vacation!!